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Benefit for the NLG and ARC 

When: Sat., March 14, 5:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $10-$20
As protests have consistently roiled Oakland in recent months, a spate of benefit concerts were organized for the upstart Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee and the long-established National Lawyers Guild. These shows, usually hosted at underground enclaves, skewed toward punk and hardcore, renewing the legacy of activism that’s historically associated with the genres. In some cases, the music scene was rallying for one of its own. The arrest of The Younger Lovers’ Ezra Rabin at a protest prompted an immediate and formidable fundraising effort. Other benefit shows look to scale that grassroots support. The Anti-Repression Committee maintains a bail fund and a calendar of court dates for defendants in need of support. The National Lawyers Guild will be familiar to protestors, who regularly scrawl its hotline number on their arms in case of arrest. Saturday’s 924 Gilman (924 Gilman St., Oakland) show — featuring performances by Baus, Butana, Puzzled, Beast Fiend, Straight Crimes, and more — benefits both organizations.
— Sam Lefebvre


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