Paul Stein uses his accordion, melodica, claviola, voice, & original songs to support peace, justice, & the environment. Co-founder of The Occuponics, who were active throughout Occupy Wall Street, he can be heard at marches, demonstrations, rallies, & vigils all around the New York City area, often with the Filthy Rotten System band.
March to Senator Schumer’s office from the rally outside the Sheraton New York to stop implementation of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). My accordion provided musical accompaniment for the march, as well as for the Raging Grannies at the Sheraton rally. About 130 folks rallied in the cold and snow. I led the singing of “We Shall Not Be Moved” at the Sheraton and “We’re Gonna Stop the TPP” (to the tune of “We’re Gonna Roll the Union On”) outside Senator Schumer’s office building for a couple of dozen intrepid protestors who made the march. My accordion was well-protected from the snow by the rain poncho. Thanks to Owsspag Apollo for the photo.
Thanks for this photo to Jason Cone of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
My annual appearance. It has been one of my favorite gigs since I first appeared there in the mid 1980′s. About five hundred children enjoyed hot dogs and candy, face painting, painting, music, an appearance by Santa Claus, and gifts for all. Thanks to The Legal Aid Society for the photo (just published yesterday on The Legal Aid Society web site).
Late Sunday afternoon following the Make Music New York Parranda con Paranda music jam organized by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, WHEDco (The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), the Garifuna Coalition, and City Lore. I was present for only part of it, but had fun, and made a tiny contribution (with my “FELIZ NAVIDAD” decorated accordion) to the jam session featuring some great Latino musicians. Thanks to Ariana Hellerman for the photo and for her role in organizing the event.
Friday in Manhattan at the NYC Friends of Clearwater holiday party and celebration of fracking ban in New York, with a great group of activists and activist musicians. I played and sang my “Bah Humbug Polka” and “Chokehold” as part of a musical round robin. While folks were cleaning up the room, I played a selection of Christmas and Chanukah songs with a smattering of fun dances (e.g., polka, tango, hokey pokey). Thanks to Joel Landy for capturing the moment.
Thanks to Ariana Hellerman for capturing the moment.
In Washington Square on Saturday, waiting to step off in the Millions March NYC. It was inspiring to be part of this massive show of outrage at the murder of people of color by the police. I am singing into a microphone on top of the accordion (which also picks up the lower treble side of the accordion) that feeds a battery-powered amplifier hanging by a guitar strap on my left side. Using this setup, civil rights and protest songs could be heard above the din of the march. Thanks to the National Lawyers Guild legal observers (in the green hats) who turned out in numbers to help protect the marchers. And thanks to Ellen Weinstat for the photo.