Andrea Ayvazian

I have been active in movements for social change for 50 years, ever since I was radicalized at Oberlin College during the Vietnam War. A folk songwriter and singer, I have 3 albums in circulation and continue to lead singing at movement gatherings. I am a long-time-anti-racist educator, and in 2017 founded a movement-building school that offers 100 free classes on Zoom each year ( As a pastor, I serve as a minister at Alden Baptist Church, a predominately African American Church in Springfield, MA.
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Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising” Turns 20

Springsteen’s extraordinary post-9/11 album, “The Rising” turns twenty years old this month.

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What Is Owed?

Most houses of worship pay an annual licensing fee to sing hymns

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What Do Musicians Say? Keeping On Keeping On in Times of Struggle and Hardship

Singer-songwriter-activists reflect on what keeps them going year after year and what

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Change Sings: A lyrical message from Amanda Gorman

"We're what the world is becoming, and we know it won't be

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Singing to the Klan

How singing gave us strength when confronted by the KKK and a

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