|"I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without.” — Robert Plant|
|"When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated." — Robert Plant|
(Washington, D.C.) September 28, 1016 — Robert Plant has confirmed that he will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids, and more for select dates on the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour in October.
The Lampedusa concerts are an 11-stop concert tour intended to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Funds raised by Lampedusa will support the Jesuit Refugee Service Global Education Initiative, which provides educational programs for refugees around the world.
“This is a humanitarian issue — it is not a political issue,” says Patty Griffin. “These are real people with real needs and it’s not going to go away and we have to deal with these issues in a realistic way, and realism has to do with compassion.”
“I'm taking a break from recording the new Sensational Space Shifters record to be a part of this very important and worthwhile cause," said Mr. Plant. "When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated. That seems a million miles away for many people at the moment. They are living in refugee camps, in conditions that are far below sustenance levels.”
“When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help, in whatever way I could. One thing that I want to make clear: as with all the other members of this tour, I will be performing two or three songs a night and no more.”
“I’m not making a political statement," Mr. Plant noted. "The organization that is receiving these funds is a religious one, however, this is a totally secular mission. This appeal is trying to help on the ground wherever it can. I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without.”
After visiting JRS projects in Ethiopia last summer, Emmylou Harris said, "I think if I’ve got one thing I’m going to take back is that I believe that education is the key to everything. These minds need to be challenged and developed, and they are a huge resource for the countries that they are in now or wherever they may end up. But we have to give them the tools to develop their hearts and their minds and their souls, to use the abilities that they have that are still intact. It’s just a huge potential."
For tickets and more information about the tour, please click here.
The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS services are provided to vulnerable people wherever we work, regardless of their religion. The scale of this humanitarian crisis is staggering: 65 million people – one in every 122 individuals on earth – is a refugee. More than half are women and children; at least 30 million are under the age of 18.
JRS believes that education – which is the cornerstone of our mission – is a life-saving humanitarian intervention, and is dedicated to educating refugee children and young adults through programs from pre-primary through post-secondary school, as well as vocational and skills-based training. The unprecedented scale of the current refugee crisis – the largest displacement of people since World War II – has tested the limits of the global humanitarian community, and the ability of refugees to access quality education. We began the Global Education Initiative to help respond to these greater needs.
The focus of our work is to help those we serve to heal, to have the opportunity to learn and ultimately to thrive.
Heal because the refugee experience is one of sudden, catastrophic loss — of family, friends, home, community, livelihoods — and ongoing trauma of fear, violence and despair.
Learn because education is the one life-saving intervention that cannot be taken away, providing a path to a better future, community empowerment and peace building.
Thrive because enabling devastated people to take back their lives re-instills the self-reliance and independence they once had and builds confidence and hope for a better future for all of us — now and for generations to come.