The Bringing Human Rights Home concert on February 5 at the
Barclays Center in Brooklyn will resume a global concert series
that Amnesty International began 25 years ago, featuring rock
greats such as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Lou Reed.
"We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of
activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad,"
Steven W. Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty
International USA, said in a statement.
Pop singer Colbie Caillat, rock band The Flaming Lips, indie
group Cold War Kids and others will also appear at the concert
that the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group said will include a
digital twist, live commentary and streaming to audiences around
More than 1.2 million fans attended 28 Amnesty International
concerts worldwide between 1986 and 1998. Although the group has
worked with musicians since then, the concerts have not been as
much of a focus.
Cammie Croft, deputy executive director of Amnesty International
USA, said the organization is partnering with a new generation
"Musicians have been a vital part of Amnesty International's
efforts to create awareness about human rights injustices —
giving voice to those unjustly silenced for who they are and
what they believe, and mobilizing everyday people to stand up in
solidarity for their freedom and basic human rights," Croft
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney;
editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Bernadette Baum)
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