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    Thu, 03 May 2012 09:16:05

    Amnesty International Releases "Toast to Freedom" - It celebrates the org's 50th birthday

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    Amnesty International released "Toast to Freedom," a new and exclusive commemorative song dedicated to human rights activism around the world and performed by nearly 50 artists, including the late Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Angelique Kidjo, Ewan McGregor, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Florent Pagny, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Jimmy Barnes, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Mullins, the Blind Boys of Alabama, among others.

    Written by veteran guitarist/producers Carl Carlton (Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Keb Mo) and Larry Campbell (Levon Helm Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello), "Toast to Freedom" is the brainchild of Carlton, and longtime music industry executive, activist and entrepreneur Jochen Wilms in collaboration with Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey.

    "Toast to Freedom," which celebrates Amnesty International's 50th anniversary, is being released to coincide with World Press Freedom Day. It's available for purchase via online retailers worldwide via here. Net proceeds will benefit Amnesty International.

    To mark the occasion as the song is launched, Amnesty International is asking people to take action on behalf of Chinese journalist Shi Tao and Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, both of whom are in prison for exercising their basic right to free expression. For more information and to take action, please visit here.

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    —Katie Sheehan
    05.03.12



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