Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei to Receive 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in Berlin May 21, 2015 – Time.com has an amazing photo slideshow of Joan Baez as she began her early life as an activist-musician. This coincides with Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei being awarded the 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in…
JAN 27, 2014 – Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" benefit concert will be live streamed on the Internet worldwide on February 5th, and to gear up for it, Amnesty International volunteer Kristin Hulaas Sunde wrote a blog on Amnesty's "Livewire" site, where she reminisces about how she was awakened and her activism for social justice really started back in 1988 at the Human Rights Now! concert in Philadelphia. Pete Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Tracy Chapman and more all played to a huge throng of 75,000 activists. Read Kristin's cool blog on LivewireAmnesty.org here, and make sure you catch the Bringing Human Rights Home concert on February 5th next month. The concert will feature the Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, Lauryn Hill, Cold War Kids, and others; and the recently freed members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, will be there also. Find out more about the concert here.
AUG 19, 2012 – JTMP was at the Pussy Riot Global Day rally in front of the Russian embassy here in DC, and Michelle Ringuette from Amnesty International was there and we got her to comment on the 3 jailed women musical activists. Watch the interview below from our awesome YouTube Channel !
June 20, 2012 – Aung San Suu Kyi has been awarded Amnesty International's highest honor for her brave and continued work to bring freedom and political rights to Burma/Myanmar. She was greeted like a rock star and by a rock star, Bono from U2, when she visited Ireland to accept the award. She was treated to a musical show that included Bono, Bob Geldof and musicians from around the world. She will then travel to England, and accept a honorary doctorate from Oxford University and address both houses of Parliament. She will also be reunited with her grown children she hasn't seen since her house arrest in 2010. Read more on VOANews.com here, take action at Amnesty International here, and check out the video below of Suu Kyi speaking at the event by TelegraphTV. Also, to watch a statement at a U2 concert by Suu Kyi and see U2 perform "One", check this YouTube video from atu2 out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNWiOLekIpo.
MAR 12, 2012 – Punk music activist band Anti-Flag, who have been interviewed and featured on the Justice Through Music's website and "Rock Your Rights" DVDs over the years, has teamed up with Amnesty International and released a powerful new music video called "This is the New Sound" speaking out against the NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act. The act gives the President power to detain and hold American citizens indefinitely without a charge or a trial.
The song is from their upcoming album "The General Strike" to be released on March 20th. Anti-Flag has been one of the most political musical activist bands ever, with lyrics such as "You gotta Die for Your Government, That's shit!". Drummer Pat Thetic is an outspoken critic of the use of depleted uranium by US, UK, Israeli and other militaries in their bullets. They have teamed up and supported PETA, Greenpeace, and Democracy Now! and numerous causes over the years.
JAN 25, 2012 – Over 80 musicians spanning music styles and genres as well as age, have all come together to honor 50 years of Bob Dylan and his musical activism, and have teamed up with Amnesty International in an album called "Chimes of Freedom". Musicians include everyone from Miley Cyrus to Patti Smith, and from Joe Perry to Ziggy Marley.
Amnesty International says the album is dedicated to "people worldwide who are unjustly imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their beliefs." Check out a track from the album below, and read more at the Amnesty International website here.
NOV 30, 2011 – 80 activist musicians are all coming together to honor Bob Dylan and Amnesty International for their 50 years of work on protecting and supporting human and civil rights in an album called "Chimes of Freedom" to be released in January of 2012. From Patti Smith to Kris Kristofferson, and even lesser-known artists, a diverse group of musicians will all contribute to this project produced by by legendary music executive Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta.
"This album is a powerful fusion of the music community's respect for Amnesty's life-affirming work and for Bob Dylan's enduring brilliance," said Ayeroff and Yannatta. "We are proud to have worked with Amnesty to produce this remarkable project."
On Amnesty International's website they say, "Through Chimes of Freedom, Amnesty International seeks to enlist support for its fight against censorship and attacks on free speech — whether involving artists, writers, musicians, political activists or bloggers. In this campaign, Amnesty is fighting for people such as the imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in China, a scholar and human rights defender imprisoned since 2009 for writing about corruption and criticizing China's political system. In addition to purchasing the album at " To learn more go to AI's website by clicking here.