Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Peter Gabriel, Brian Wilson, Sting, Iggy Pop and more than 175 other rock legends unite to declare “We Are Not Afraid” in a video promoting the titular global campaign, aimed at raising funds for the refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence.
Robert De Niro, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Susan Sarandon, Yoko Ono, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Nile Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Queen’s Brian May and Bonnie Raitt also appear in the slideshow clip, holding signs bearing the slogan. The video was directed by former 10cc member Kevin Godley and soundtracked by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek’s song “We Are Not Afraid.”
“The idea for We Are Not Afraid resulted from the increasing senseless violence experienced by citizens of this world and a desire to try and make a difference by bringing awareness to the issues and the organizations dedicated to helping the victims,” campaign creator Steve Weitzman writes in the clip.
The video also incorporates an insightful quote from author Salman Rushdie: “The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism.”
All proceeds generated from the “We Are Not Afraid” campaign will benefit the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and International Rescue Committee (IRC). Other participating artists include the Roots’ Questlove, Pussy Riot, George Clinton, Fiona Apple, Thurston Moore, Fred Armisen and the Doors’ Robby Krieger and John Densmore.
“Irrational hatred is a cancer of humanity’s own design,” Godley wrote on the project’s official site. “To succumb would mean the failure of our species.”