“Salsa Not War,” a Benefit For Ukrainian Refugees, Comes to Manny Cantor Center

Here’s a fun way to participate in a meaningful benefit in response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis: A group from the Lower East Side’s Latinx community will host “Salsa Not War,” with the salsa legends Johnny Rodríguez and the Dream Team and Pete Nater and Associates headlining at the Manny Cantor Center on Saturday, April 23rd at 4pm. 

Local political leaders Daisy Paez, Anthony Feliciano, Andrea Gordillo, Puerto Rican Activist David Galarza, as well as the Coalition for a District Alternative, New Downtown Democrats, local councilmembers Carlina Rivera and Christopher Marte, and many more are co-sponsoring. 

They write, “‘¡Salsa, Not War!'” is an idea that sprang from the salsa community in New York, which has strong ties to the Nuyorican, Lower East Side, and greater Latinx community in this city, and who share neighborhoods with the Ukrainian community. Seeing music as both an organizing tool and a tool for healing, this informal group of community activists joined forces to make space for the salsa legends Johnny Rodríguez and the Dream Team and Pete Nater and Associates to perform at the Manny Cantor Center to raise funds in solidarity with displaced peoples everywhere and to show that our city is a sanctuary for all peoples.”

You can purchase tickets here.