'We Are Not Afraid' Campaign Enlists Rock Stars To Stand Against Violence And Hate
December 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM (PT)
KEITH RICHARDS, ROBERT PLANT, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ROBERT DE NIRO, STING, RINGO SGTARR, PATTI SMITH, DEBORAH HARRY and YOKO ONO have come together with 200 other rock legends and cultural heroes to declare WE ARE NOT AFRAID, in a new video targeted to raise funds for victims of religious and political violence around the world.
Creator/organizer STEVE WEITZMAN says WE ARE NOT AFRAID gives a voice to those whose voices often go unheard. Legendary rock photographer BOB GRUEN expanded the concept into an eight-minute video. "It's a positive statement in a negative world," says GRUEN, who served as director. "I hope it becomes something that inspires people around the world to do their own versions. You shouldn't go through life being afraid."
WEITZMAN said, "BOB, a longtime friend of mine, brought it to YOKO ONO's attention, resulting in her becoming the campaign's very first participant and immediately offered to put together the long form 'WE ARE NOT AFRAID video when told of our plan. And for that we are deeply grateful."
The song was penned by NIGERIAN singer-songwriter MAJEK FASHEK,and is available for purchase on iTUNES, AMAZON and other major outlets with all proceeds being donated to the INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (IRC) and HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (HRW).
Others involved include IGGY POP, PETER GABRIEL, JACKSON BROWNE, CHUCK D. GALACTICA, JOE WALSH, BONNIE RAITT, DARLENE LOVE, DION, ELVIS COSTELLO, GRANDMASTER FLASH, JEFF TWEED, SHEP GORDON and SUSAN SARANDON.