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Brave souls speak out at open mic night

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Hands on hips, Lili Plummer performs her poem “Self-Harm Princess.”
Hands on hips, Lili Plummer performs her poem “Self-Harm
Princess.”

As the lights dimmed, a single purple spotlight illuminated the stage. The crowd went wild as each brave soul took the stage to tell their story.

The event, known as SOS Outloud, was an open mic night where individuals told their stories through prose, poetry, and song. Topics ranged from police brutality to sexual assault to self-harm, and the show was put on by SOS, also known as Squad of Siblings.

According to their publication, Squad of Siblings is a “grassroots feminist group” that aims to fight sexual violence in and around Westport through educational, cathartic and community building events.

One of these community-building events took place last Thursday at Uptown Arts Bar.  Many talented poets and storytellers took the stage.

One performer, Lili Plummer, recited an original poem about her struggles with self-harm.

“I shared my poem, Self-Harm Princess, because I want to help other people who are going through what I went through,” Plummer said.

On the lighter side, performer Kate Sontheimer discussed her journey with anxiety with a comedic twist.

 

“It’s important for me to laugh at myself,” Sontheimer said. “Sometimes you lose control of your life, but you always get it back.”

Perhaps the most moving pieces were performed by Melissa Brown, who goes by her stage name, Moon.

Moon performs poems about police brutality, sexual assault, and homophobia.

“It’s my job as a black queer person to be an activist,” Moon said. “I am here to dismantle racism and homophobia.”

Melissa Brown, known by her stage name Moon, performs her original poem “The American Dream.”
Melissa Brown, known by her stage name Moon, performs her original poem “The American Dream.”

The performers were grateful for a supportive audience.

“Letting your crazy flag fly and people accepting it is really awesome,” Sontheimer said.

For more information on SOS and their mission, visit their Facebook or Instagram @SOS.squadofsiblings

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