For 50 years, CCR has been a part of virtually every movement for civil and human rights. We have fought to redistribute power to the oppressed, the under-resourced, the criminalized, and the disenfranchised, and we have pursued cases and projects that aim to transform, rather than merely reform, oppressive structures.
Last night we celebrated this proud history with a fabulous party – clients, supporters and donors, partners, amazing music and art, a moving tribute to CCR visionary Michael Ratner, and most importantly, a look to the future.
White supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism aren’t going away any time soon, nor are the abusive dimensions of state power. CCR, in other words, will be needed in the next 50 years as much as it was in the last 50! And so last night we launched the Michael Ratner Next Generation Initiative, rooted in the values that have always guided us and aimed at building a future as strong as our past.
The evening was chock full of other amazing musical performances as well, starting with Barbara King and the Spirit of Jazz, who performed during the cocktail hour. The main event was Esperanza Spalding, whose exquisite compositions brought down the house. The evening ended with a performance by Brian Jackson, and then segued into an after party deejayed by DJ Center.
CCR Executive Director Vince Warren gave a rousing speech. “This is an exciting time for CCR. We are poised to take the next major steps toward transforming the supporters and effects of unjust power. Your partnership,” he told the crowd, “makes it possible to keep fighting when others have given up. CCR never gives up.”
All photos taken by Chase Wilkinson.