In a week full of benefit concert announcements comes news that Amnesty International will sponsor a new concert series. The shows will feature performances by forward-thinking artists and will also be highlighted by appearances by celebrities and activists, who will walk on stage during different parts of the evening, spreading the word about various Amnesty International causes. A major focal point for the human rights organization are prisoner of conscience cases, where the interned are only held for their beliefs and no real criminal act.
William F. Schulz, the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA added,
working with popular artists, Amnesty International hopes to expand the
grassroots movement that during our 40-year history has helped free
40,000 political prisoners. The support of these artists will bolster
Amnesty International's reach to young activists, who are critical to
the movement for social change." The series will kick off on August 21 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles with a stellar co-headlining bill featuring Beth Orton and Aimee Mann. Mann's new album, Lost in Space is due out on Super Ego Records on August 27 but feel free to check out a full album stream for Windows Media or Real Audio.