The Beats For Peace Tour will kick off at S.O.B.’s
in New York, May 8. The six city tour will feature Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch,
Medusa, Anwar Superstar, The Jazz & Hip-Hop Orchestra, Supernatural and
The goal of the tour, which is sponsored by the
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is to encourage youth activism using
hip-hop and spoken word.
"Today we face the task of responding to
a challenging time in our history," says AFSC’s Beats for Peace co-organizer
Sunanda Ghosh. "We mourn the loss of life during the September 11th attacks
and the United States’ policies since September 11th have threatened human life
and well being both at home and abroad."
Co-organizer Erik Wissa said that Beats for Peace
hope to alert the youth of America that many civil liberties that are currently
enjoyed are "rapidly eroding."
"Constitutional protections that took decades
to fight for are being pared back, not to mention the ramifications of the War
on Iraq," Wissa added. "The cost of war falls not only upon those
caught in its crossfire, but also on those who are most vulnerable in this country.
Social spending is the first item cut to accommodate a bloated military budget
– increasing the existing burdens and injustices on our communities – particularly
communities of color."
THE BEATS FOR PEACE TOUR travels to the following
New York City May 8, 2003 – S.O.B.’s
Northampton, Massachusetts May 9, 2003 – Pearl Street
Providence, Rhode Island May 10, 2003 – Lupo’s
Washington, DC May 11, 2003 – Nation
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 12, 2003 – The Electric Factory
Boston Massachusetts May 13, 2003 – Somerville Theater