Benefit concerts for Amnesty International will kick off on August 21 with Aimee Mann and Beth Orton at the John Anson Theatre in Los Angeles. A series of shows is expected to last through spring 2003. The concerts will feature commentary by activists, artists and celebrities in addition to the music.
"By working with popular artists, Amnesty International hopes to expand the grassroots movement that during our 40-year history has helped free 40,000 political prisoners," Amnesty International executive director Dr. William F. Schulz said in a statement. "The support of these artists will bolster Amnesty International's reach to young activists, who are critical to the movement for social change."