PR for People Monthly February 2020 | Page 2

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With the 2020 presidential election right around the corner, we have increased the number of articles about politics on our news portal. However, our magazine’s feature articles will continue to explore the lives of people who are making an extraordinary contribution to our world in spite of politics.

This month, Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about “Love Beyond Borders,” a program performed by the Seattle Men’s Chorus that is slated for March 20-21 in downtown Seattle. The theme of “Love Beyond Borders” explores Seattle’s unique place in the world as a sanctuary for LGBTQ individuals who grew up in Muslim nations. In the Middle East, assaults, executions, and honor killings of LGBTQ people are very real threats. Michael Failla, a retired chiropractor, has been working to help LGBTQ individuals by forming an underground railway to help LGBTQ individuals to escape to safety

With support from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chorus has commissioned a choral song cycle that illuminates the stories of refugees. The Seattle Men’s Chorus is composed of over 120 singers who identify as LGBTQ. The members of this community sing to bring us unparalleled fun, love, and joy, as well as a great sense of shared purpose and community.

Our Library profile for February is a repeat of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which had been previously published in March 2019. This library is a good complement to our feature article “Love Beyond Borders.”

On a more somber note about libraries, Books On Fire is a narrative that begins by recounting the Nazi book burnings of 1933. Totalitarian regimes often target books as a threat to their ability to maintain control over the masses. Could the Nazi book burnings of 1933 happen in America? Take a look around, libraries have already begun to ban and banish books. Books on Fire connects the dots by showing us how the recent incidents involving public libraries could signal the beginning of a dangerous trend.

Patricia Vaccarino



Editorial Staff

Chief Content Creator: Patricia Vaccarino

Published by PR for People®

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Copy Editor: Lars Brockner

Chief Photographer: Ilya Moshenskiy

Design and Layout: Josue Mora

Photo Credits: William Lulow, Josue Mora, Ilya Moshenskiy, Patricia Vaccarino, and a special thanks to Sean Forest,

Barbara Lloyd McMichael, John Pai

Lyn Rye, composer of a new work for

Love Beyond Borders. Photo credit Sean Forrest.

Jassem and Mado arrived in Seattle late last year. Photo credit

Barbara McMichael.

Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert Photo credit:

John Pai

Paul Caldwell, Artistic Director of

Seattle Men’s Chorus. Photo credit: John Pai

Seattle Men's Chorus members in rehearsal for Love Beyond Borders. Photo credit

Barbara McMichael.

Paul Caldwell conducting rehearsal:
Seattle Men's Chorus Artistic Director

Paul Caldwell leads a recent 
rehearsal Photo credit Barbara McMichael.


Edith Lynn Beer, Lynn Berger,

Gregg Bertram, Dave Bresler,

Peter Corning Ph.D, Bernadette Erasmus,

John de Graaf, JoAnne Dyer,

Anna Faktorovich, Ph.D., Ron Flavin,

Michael Fliegelman, Randy Friedberg, Esq.,

Manny Frishberg, Henri P. Gaboriau, MD,

Sally Haver, Alison Harris, Roger Hillman,

Lorraine Howell, David L. Laing,

Linda Jay, Chef Mary Beth Lawton Johnson,

Barry R Lewin, William Lulow,

Dean Landsman, Barbara Lloyd McMichael,

Joe Puggelli, Oliver Roth, Annie Searle,

Hall Stuart-Lovell, Jordan Riefe,

William Thomas, Patricia Vaccarino, and

Serena Wadhwa.


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