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Campaign Picks Up Speed

The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign continues to pick up speed. We now have over 270 petitioners! This number is up from 144 on May 1.

We are currently seeking the endorsements of elected officials and religious leaders, even as we build our petition of jazz artists and musicians who work in other areas—particularly on Broadway and in the concert field.

Here is our list of Coalition Endorsers at Present:

  • American Federation of Musicians, Tom Lee, President; Sam Folio, Secretary Treasurer
  • Local 802, Associated Musicians of Greater New York
  • Local 802 Jazz Advisory Committee
  • Local 802 Theater Committee
  • Jazz Foundation of America
  • Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director
  • New York Central Labor Council
  • Jazz Ministry at St. Peter’s Church, Amandus J. Derr, Senior Pastor
  • New School Jazz Department Faculty Committee
  • Andy Kirk Research Foundation
  • NY City Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-34, Brooklyn)
  • Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research
  • Dr. Lewis Porter, Jazz Historian and Educator
  • Dan Morgenstern, Jazz Historian and former editor of Down Beat
  • John Chilton, Jazz Historian
  • Maxine Gordon (widow of Dexter Gordon)
  • Gary Giddins, Jazz Journalist
  • Nat Hentoff, Jazz Journalist

Won’t you print up copies of the J4JA Petition and Fact Sheet and convince your fellow musicians to sign on? Then simply mail them in to the address below—or drop by the union’s Jazz Dept—on the 3rd floor.

AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street
New York, New York 10036

Associated Musicians of Greater New York, AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street 3rd floor
New York, New York 10036