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Dance for Dignity fund-raiser postponed

UPDATED, March 12: "Innocent People," a tune developed and arranged by the Arlington band Stanley & the Undercovers, was first performed the Dance for Dignity fund-raiser held at the Somerville Armory on Oct. 25. If plans work out, hear it again, but not at the March 14 fund-raiser. That has been postponed in the light of virus fears.

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What should you do if you already bought tickets and/or made a sponsorship donation?

For those who have already sponsored the event and/or bought tickets, we will gladly give you a refund or, better still, credit you with your sponsorship and ticket purchases for the rescheduled Dance for Dignity. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, March 27, 2020, if you would like a refund. If we don’t hear from you by March 27, we will assume you wish to leave your donation/sponsorship with us.

What if you have not yet donated, but still want to show support for the important work of helping local asylum seekers with basic needs and providing legal defense for immigrants facing deportation and/or deportation?

You can make a donation now, by going to or send a check payable to the Refugee Immigration Ministry, Inc. with the memo line - ArCS Cluster/Dance for Dignity and mail it to RIM- ArCS Cluster Donation Coordinator, 13 Egerton Road, Arlington, MA 02474.

Reported earlier: Pollack said it raised more than $15,000 for the Cambridge Foundation's Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

"I wrote 'Innocent People' in reaction to the horrible things that our government has done and continues to do to people seeking legal refuge in our country from the horrible conditions they face in their home countries," he told YourArlington on Dec. 21.

He and his group are continuing their work with the Cambridge Foundation and coordinating with the Arlington Cambridge Cluster, which is working to help asylum seekers and the Arlington Sister City group [Teosinte], was to hold another Dance for Dignity at the First Parish UU at a later date. They hope to raise significant dollars to support the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and the work of the local groups that are involved in putting this together.

The ticket price is a suggested donation of $25.

The ultimate goal is to increase public awareness of this issue and get people directly involved as volunteers and by providing their financial support to address this critically important human rights issue.

Listen to the song >>

In response to human-rights violationz, a group seeks help to raise $25,000 to support those seeking legal refuge in our community by becoming a sponsor of the March 14 Dance for Dignity.
Please sponsor this fund-raising event. Spread the word to your family, neighbors, and friends and urge them to donate and attend. To be listed in the program as a Dance for Dignity sponsor or purchase a ticket, go to Dance for Dignity  and choose one of the following levels:

Powerful       $5,000 10 tickets, logo/name on all promotional materials
Courageous  $2,500 5 tickets, logo/name on all promotional materials
Caring            $1,000 3 tickets, logo/name on all promotional materials
Committed    $500    2 tickets, acknowledgment at event
Determined   $250    2 tickets, acknowledgment at event
Supportive      $100   2 tickets
Friend                $50    1 ticket (the ordinary price is a suggested donation of $25)

To make your tax deductible contribution go to: Dance for Dignity or send your check payable to the Refugee Interfaith Ministry-ArCS Cluster/Dance for Dignity and mail it to RIM, 6 Pleasant Street, #227, Malden, MA 02148.

For further information contact Stanley Pollack at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (617) 797-0726

The Dance for Dignity Steering Committee: Sheri Baron, Barbara Goodman, Leigh Meunier, Linnea Olsson,  Alex Pirie, Stanley Pollack, Eric Segal, Beth Soltzberg, Susan Webber.

This news announcement was published Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, and updated March 12.

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