Special tour with Earle, Harris highlights refugee issues
Thursday, July 26, 2018
– "The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families" with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne and Mary Chapin Carpenter, will raise awareness of immigrants at five shows promoted by the Women's Refugee Commission.
The group will tour from Oct. 23-28. Others on the bill include Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin and Lila Downs. Not all artists will play all dates.
Tour cities include Nashville, Washington, D.C.; Collingswood, N.J.; Boston and New York.
"The Women's Refugee Commission has been on the front lines in advocating for the safety of women and children. Their work is as remarkable as it is critical, especially right now," said Harris. "It is my honor to partner with this incredible organization and to bring my friends along for what I know will be a powerful tour."
WRC's Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) Program documents conditions for asylum-seeking women and children and at the U.S. border and then advocating for their rights and protections.
"This administration tore children away from parents trying to save their lives by asserting their legal right to asylum with no intention of reunifying them," said MRJ Director Michelle Brané. "It is imperative that we all raise our voices against these dystopian policies. Art and music have long been an important part of advancing social change and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a remarkable group of talented musicians committed to justice."
The Trump administration began separating families late last year and in April of this year announced its "Zero Tolerance Policy" toward people who cross into the U.S. from Mexico without documentation.
Facing a court order, the Trump administration has reunited 1,442 children with their families, but hundreds have not been reunited.
Tour dates are:
Oct. 23-Nashville, TN-City Winery
Oct. 25-Washington, DC-Warner Theatre
Oct. 26-Collingswood, NJ-Scottish Rite Auditorium
Oct. 27-Boston, MA-Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 28-New York, NY-The Town Hall
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