Several Americana artists including Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and Patty Griffin, have announced that they will take part in “The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families,” which will provide aid to migrant families affected by the current US immigration policies under president Donald Trump. This event is organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), with the first two concerts taking place on Tuesday, November 5 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and on Wednesday, November 6 at The Town Hall in Manhattan.
“I am thrilled to be teaming up again with the Women’s Refugee Commission,” said lead tour musician Emmylou Harris, a supporter of the organization. “They are on the front lines in advocating for the safety of displaced women and children. It is my honor to continue this important partnership and to bring my music friends along for another powerful tour in the coming year.”
Over 24 people have died while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody during this recent presidential administration. Seven of these reported deaths were children who had been separated by their families under the Trump administration’s new enforcement policies.
“WRC is on the front lines fighting back against the administration’s inhumane immigration policies,” Sarah Costa, WRC’s executive director explained. “We go into detention centers to hear directly from women and children about how these policies are devastating their lives. Right now, more then ever, we need voices from across the country speaking out in support of human rights, which is why this tour is so important. Together, we can make a difference.”
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