Party for Planned Parenthood

With the incoming administration threatening women’s rights and the funding for Planned Parenthood, Bushwick has taken action to defend this vital healthcare provider.


Partnering with Lantern Hall, Amanda Skye organized Party for Planned Parenthood, featuring music and burlesque. Amanda is a musician and long-time resident of Brooklyn, who cites her upbringing in the Midwest as one of the main reasons she feels such a passion for organizations such as Planned Parenthood.


“I definitely understand the limited access there is to viable sex-ed and Healthcare, particularly for women, whether it’s getting birth control and contraceptives, or making OB-GYN appointments, or even abortion and mammograms. (Planned Parenthood) has really pushed to make sure women’s rights remain our rights.”


Party for Planned Parenthood featured a wide variety of local acts, starting with avant-grade sludge-rockers, The Beriberi, featuring mesmerizing bass lines and hauntingly eerie vocals.


Following The Beriberi were TinVulva, the punk band with Riot Grrl attitude, and a trumped that explodes through each song. Folk rock band Calotype, previously featured on The Sound Live, came out in rare form with a particular gusto that made their set both heart wrenching and stunning.


After Calotype was I AM THE THIRD, a fusion of funk, rock, and soul with politically progressive lyrics. The music is wildly danceable, while carrying a flame that calls for social consciousness. Mean Siders then took the stage with bluesy grunge-rock, and crystal clear vocals over fuzzy guitars.


The final band for the evening were old-school New York band LTrain. The band combines funk and hip-hop with hard rock, and brilliant vocals. Once the bands had finished, Lantern Hall danced the night away with DJ Thera Choice.


Party for Planned Parenthood was also treated to tantalizing burlesque performances by Striker Posie and Nina LaPêche.


Now that the party is over, anyone who wants to show their support to Planned Parenthood can do so by visiting their website, and making a donation. Also, keep a look out for other events and demonstrations to defend Planned Parenthood at








Michelle Eliza
Michelle Eliza
Michelle Eliza is a recovering opera singer, who sought recovery in rock n roll music and roller derby. Michelle moved to New York City after earning her bachelor degree in music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After a few years singing in operatic productions, Michelle exchanged heels and high notes for wheels and loud noises. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she sings with the rock band Schmeeze.