Posted: 26 September 2008
Joan Baez, legendary folk musician and lifelong human rights
activist, has joined Amnesty International's Small Places Tour - the
human rights organisation's latest international music project
Baez, whose 27-city European and US tour starts in Dublin tonight
(and also includes forthcoming dates in Glasgow, Manchester and
London), has joined a project that sees music as a means of engaging
thousands of new human rights activists worldwide.
The American performer has a history of human rights activism that
spans four decades and Joan Baez herself helped establish Amnesty
International in San Francisco more than 35 years ago.
Amnesty International UK's Creative Relationship Manager Chloe
'Amnesty is fortunate enough to be working with some of the world's
most talented musicians and Joan's support is incredibly important to us.
'Joan Baez's music continues to be an inspiration to millions and
it's absolutely fantastic that she's joined our 'Small Places Tour'.
"This year sees the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and we're taking its message of human rights for all out
to music audiences around the world.'
Baez joins the likes of U2, R.E.M., Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette,
Gilberto Gil, Tracy Chapman, Sigur Ros and hundreds of other artists
on Amnesty's tour.
The Small Places Tour takes its inspiration from a speech made by
Eleanor Roosevelt - a key player in the creation of the UDHR in 1948
- where she called for 'concerted citizen action' in 'small places'.
The tour launched in London on 10 September at an event with U2's The
Edge and Peter Gabriel. It is set to culminate on 10 December
(international human rights day and 60th anniversary of the UDHR)
with dozens of concerts worldwide.