We love seeing people coming together to support the crisis at the border. One of the coolest advocates that’s helping out in so many ways has to be Doris Muñoz of Mija Management who founded Selena for Sanctuary — a concert to benefit immigration rights. She produced her first concert in 2017, and this year it’s planning to be bigger than ever.
Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis will be headlining the show on August 18 at the SummerStage concert series in Central Park in New York City. Other performers include Cuco, Helado Negro, IV Jay, Ambar Lucid, Jasper Bones, Selena’s nephew Principe Q, and The Santuario House Band with music direction by Adrian Quesada, Brooklyn Vegan reports. All proceeds of this show will go towards Make The Road NY, an immigration rights organization.
“Honored to be headlining Selena for Sanctuary this year,” Uchis said in an Instagram post. “Creating safe spaces and raising funds for immigrants; celebrating our roots, and our journeys, all while paying tribute to the inspirational icon Selena. Tix are free, but all donations and money raised there will support Make The Road NY Organization. c u there.”
In 2017, Muñoz decided to start Selena for Sanctuary to help raise funds for a variety of groups that helped undocumented immigrants pay for legal fees, DACA applications, and the like.
“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer?” Muñoz told Remezcla in an interview in 2017. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Munoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.”
And as we know, not much has changed since 2017, in fact, things have only gotten worse. This show intends to bring some much-needed help, while also bringing Latinx music to the masses.
“YOOOO! So excited to announce being a part of Selena for Sanctuary’s second year in NYC!!!” Cuco said on Instagram. “Come out to Central Park [on] August 18 to support our immigrant community in need. From personal experiences and coming from a family of immigrants, it’s so important to me that you come and get informed of the struggles going on in our current climate (but also have fun remembering Selena). Love you all.”
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