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WHAT IS STEPS 2021 ?

We have a historic opportunity next week to shape the headlines on Inauguration Day.

Last week we witnessed a swarming insurrection on the Capitol steps and heard about our elected lawmakers hiding under desks in fear for their lives. With an ongoing threat of violence in the air, we can wait to see what happens on January 20th or we can use our voices to lift up our country and honor the peaceful transfer of power.

Let’s GO TO OUR STEPS with music, art, and poetry and celebrate the spaces where we build our future together. We’ll go to our places of worship, our libraries, our schools, our porches, our access ramps, or our metaphorical steps – any time between 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Eastern).

Being sensitive to social distancing, play music (or do any art) expressing themes of hope, peace, and justice. Livestream it. Record it. Post it on social media. Share it using the hashtags #Steps2021, #TheFutureWeBuildTogether, and #PeaceWithJustice

You can also use your influence to grow this movement by sharing this information to your network and inspiring others to lift up their own ”voice“ using their talents to honor this moment and then sharing and re-posting their content.

Americans know how to gather with their fellow citizens, congregants, and friends to create and build a future for all – step by step. THAT is the American story we’ll celebrate on January 20, 2021!

More information, COVID guidelines, and a way to register your event can be found below — and follow @2021Steps on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Any questions or concerns? Email info@steps2021.org

A Message from Dar Williams!

PLAN YOUR EVENT

Select your ‘Steps’

Can be literal or metaphorical.
A place of worship, library or your own front porch. Come out and be seen and heard!

Select your Time

We encourage performances to be held between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. EST on January 20, 2021.

Select your Material

Please choose material that focuses on themes related to our democracy: justice, peace, hope, freedom. Possibly make it easy on yourself and pick something that you know.

Create your Event

Register your event on using the form below.
Share your location!

Let People Know

You can use your influence to grow this movement by sharing the Steps 2021 link to your networks (especially social media). Next, tell people what you are planning to do. And finally, notify your local press if you want.

Amplify your Voice

Take to your steps on January 20. Livestream or record your event. Use the hashtags #Steps2021, #TheFutureWeBuildTogether and #PeaceWithJustice and share as widely as you can. Tag @2021Steps in your posts.

STEP 1: Select Your Steps

Select your steps. Please stay away from your state capital as it is likely that there may be protesters there. Stay local – even your own front porch. Register your steps using the form below.

STEP 2: Choose Your Time

Take COVID-19 Precautions

We need to ensure that we are being as safe as possible during this event to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We do know that singing increases the rate of aerosol production and the distance that air produced can travel, which then in turn can increase transmission risk. We encourage you to find a solution that best fits for your space and resources, and obviously many choirs and faith groups have already been adapting to this. The safest celebration is the celebration we want.

Here are some ideas to stay safe:


Be Outside

Being outdoors will increase ventilation and
reduce the risk of transmission to those around you.

Keep it Short

Keep your event short – no more than 15 minutes.

Small Groups or Solo

You can have solo singers, or small groups
depending on the space available.

Mix it Up

If you have more choir members who want to
participate, consider having different small
groups for each song.

Space it Out

We suggest spacing your singers at least ten feet
apart from each other – chalk out these safe
distances on your steps beforehand.

Mask Up

Sing wearing masks.

Use a Mic, if you can

The use of a PA system will allow for voices to be amplified
and thus require less projection and lower airflow.

Not a Singer? No problem.

Your music can be instrumental with no singing. Keyboards,
ukuleles, string quartets, or the organ played loudly through
open doors.

Stop the Spread

Ensure as large a distance as possible between those
participating in the event and anyone who gathers to
watch or document it.

Hype it Up!

Encourage people to participate by clapping,
waving, stamping, etc.

STEP 3: Choose Your Songs

Please choose songs that focus on themes related to our democracy: justice, peace, hope, freedom. Pick two or three that are in your repertoire already. We encourage you to avoid songs like “We Shall Overcome” because of its strong links with the Civil Rights movement. Some examples of songs could include those below:

Just Like You

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Keb’ Mo’)

One Love /
People Get Ready

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Bob Marley & The Wailers)

This Land is
Your Land

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Woody Guthrie)

Prayer of St. Francis
(Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Daniel O’Donnell)

Peace is Flowing
Like a River

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube

Let There Be
Peace on Earth

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Vince Gill)

This Little
Light of Mine

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube

Somewhere Over
the Rainbow

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg)

Finlandia

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Jean Sibelius, Lloyd Stone and Georgia Harkness)

The Times They
Are A Changing

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Bob Dylan)

You’ve Got
A Friend

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Carole King)

Hard Times Come Again No More

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Stephen Foster)

Song for Judith (Open the Door and Come On In)

> Lyrics and Information
> Hear it on YouTube
(Judy Collins)

STEP 4: Create Your Event

Provide some information to help us create the big picture! Let us know who you are, what/how you’ll be singing/participating, and where you’ll be participating! We’ll use this information to create our Song Map! … Don’t worry, we will not publish any private information and we will not pin-point homes on the map (we’ll use the nearest major cross-roads instead).

STEP 5: Let People Know

Consider reaching out to your local media to let them know what is happening. Let’s aim for there to be more coverage of these kinds of joyful celebrations than of any protests.

YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER

Look for a “news” contact email and/or phone number on their website. It may be buried in the “Contacts” sections and/or in the disclaimer/footer areas.

YOUR LOCAL TV STATION

Look for a “news” contact email and/or phone number on their website. It may be buried in the “Contacts” sections and/or in the disclaimer/footer areas.

DOWNLOAD THIS HELPFUL PRESS RELEASE

We’ve prepared a template for you to fill in when communicating your intentions and purpose for media outlets; this is a quick summary that media uses to quickly understand what is being said and done.

STEP 6: Amplify Your Voice

Remember to record or livestream and share your event on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok – wherever you are active on social media. Your message of hope needs to be the story of the day.

About Us

We are STEPS 2021.

Time to Sing

Updates

Jan 12, 2021 — Site launched! Hello world!

Contact

Info@steps2021.org 

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