Amnesty International Mounts Small Places Tour

 

 

Think global, act
global – get mobilized!

By Blurt Staff

 

Amnesty International will be feting the 60th Anniversary of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this fall with the Small Places Tour.
The call is currently out for musicians and bands “to raise their voices in
song and action in hundreds of concerts held around the world in fall 2008,”
according to Amnesty.

 

 

In addition to musical performances on the Small Places
Tour, the hope is that musicians and fans will become engated in supporting
Amnesty’s “Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60” campaigns: stopping
torture, demanding the closure of Guantanamo, ending the killing in Darfur,
campaigning to stop violence against women, protesting China’s actions in Tibet
and working for the release of Aung San Sui Kyi in Burma.

 

 

 

In a statement released by the organization the details are
outlined:

 

 

For nearly half a century, Amnesty
International has been fighting the good fight on behalf of the underdog and
the oppressed. And from Pete Townsend’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” at
the first Amnesty International Secret
Policeman’s Ball
gala in 1979 to Green Day’s stirring rendition of John
Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” for Amnesty’s 2007 Darfur campaign,
musicians have always answered Amnesty’s call, and have been willing to stand
on the front lines of the war to counter terror with justice and human rights.

 

Now musicians are being asked by
longtime Amnesty supporters such as Peter Gabriel and The Edge to answer that
call again. Starting on September 10th and running until the 60th Anniversary
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”) on December
10th, Amnesty International will be running the Small Places Tour, its most
ambitious global music and human rights project since the Human Rights Now!
Tour in 1988.

 

The Small Places Tour is named in
honor of human rights pioneer Eleanor Roosevelt, who spoke of human rights
mattering “in small places close to home.” This is a “tour”
with a difference. No one has to travel to join the tour, or change any
performance commitments.  Musicians will
have many different ways to engage with the tour, including performances as
well as offering premium seating packages, meet & greets and other unique
fan experiences. Gabriel and The Edge are hoping the Small Places Tour will
represent the “passing of the torch” to the next generation of
musician-activists.

 

 

 

The Small Places Tour can be reached via its MySpace page, where you can also hear music from Amnesty International supporters.

 

 


 

Meanwhile, watch Peter Gabriel and Amnesty’s Bill Shipsey
talk about the Small Places Tour:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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