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Flobots' Jamie Laurie Wins Parr Widener Civic Leadership Award, Hosts Sunday No Enemies Event

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This year, that award went to Jamie Laurie, better known as Jonny 5, Flobots founder/singer and social activist. Laurie, a graduate of East High School who went on to Brown University, was back working at East when he met Sandy and John, who were volunteering with the A+ Angels mentoring program, and Laurie soon founded Flobots.org, now Youth on Record, to push the kind of civic engagement the couple advocated.

At the memorial service for Sandy, John and Chase, Flobots performed "Rise" -- and got everyone in the audience on their feet.

In accepting the award in their name, Laurie said, "The only way for me to make sense of this is to recognize that it's up to us to raise our voice to fill in where the loss exists, to create better communities."

And as part of that effort, Laurie and his fellow Flobots will launch the new No Enemies campaign with an original collaboration featuring the all-youth 303 Choir at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church, 1100 Fillmore Street. The concert will feature collaborative "remixes" of the Flobots' own songs as well as new interpretations of historical songs from social movements, including one with lyrics written by the late Dr. Vincent Harding, which will be sung in collaboration with Art Jones, founder of the Spirituals Project.

According to Laurie, No Enemies is an effort to create space for musicians, activists and community members to recognize music as a tactic for social change, and to examine, create, share, remix and adapt songs that can be used for rallies, marches, direct action and other forms of public witness. Admission is $10, but no one will be turned away; for more information, go to flobots.com.

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