What: In honor of Mumford & Sons’ performance at the Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball in NYC, we’re fundraising for AI.
What is Amnesty International?
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.
Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.
When: Through March 4th, the date of the Secret Policeman’s Ball
Why: We love this band and they give back and make the world better, why shouldn’t we?
Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Russell Brand among acts to appear at the Secret Policeman’s Ball in NYC on March 4, 2012!
From the Washington Post:
The concert will benefit Amnesty International, as it has since it started back in 1976 with celebrities like John Cleese. Over the years, Bono, Sting and others have participated. This will mark the first time it’s being held in New York City.
“For us, it’s iconic and a very special thing, and has provided the opportunity to really celebrate the presence of freedom of expression and free speech, and how we can move people and how we can bring people together, and just how powerful that is,” said Amnesty International spokesman Andy Hackman in an interview Tuesday.
The last Secret Policeman’s Ball was in 2008 in London. Hackman said the organization wanted to do something different and on a grander scale this year since it’s the 50th anniversary of the human rights group.
“That phrase ‘human rights’ has lost meaning in some ways,” he said. “That’s why we want to demonstrate the power and the joy that free speech can bring to us all. … It’s really just using these amazing talented people to demonstrate the power, what a force of good free speech is.”
…Tickets go on sale Monday [January 30th].
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