Beats For Peace Tour Slated To Kick Off

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

Northeast cities:

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