Punk Rockers Raise Money for Refugees

Raising funds for IRIS.

Raising funds for IRIS.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - The same day that President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring select Muslim refugees from immigrating to the United States, a few dozen New Haven punk rockers gathered in a garage in East Rock to blast a different tune — declaring their support for being good neighbors.

“Earlier this week as I was sobbing into my hands, trying not to be overcome by fear, a friend of mine told me that all you have to be is a good neighbor,” said Brian Frenette, singer and front man of the Western Massachusetts-based punk rock band Blessed State.

“And I thought: how beautiful, and how simple. Here we all are, trying to be good neighbors. Let’s keep this up, because this shit’s only going to get worse before it gets better.”

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