Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel and over 175 more artists have lent their support to “We Are Not Afraid,” a global campaign aimed at raising funds for the refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence.
Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Brian Wilson, Debbie Harry, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, Buddy Guy, My Morning Jacket, Nile Rodgers and many more have also joined the campaign, which centers around the song “We Are Not Afraid” by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek.
On September 29th, a video for the track, directed by Kevin Godley, will features images of the 175 artists involved in the campaign holding signs declaring they 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,” the campaign, created by concert promoter Steve Weitzman, states on its website. “At countless rallies of support following attacks around the world people can be spotted holding NOT AFRAID signs. These images inspired this effort.”
“Irrational hatred is a cancer of humanity’s own design,” Godley added. “To succumb would mean the failure of our species.”
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Other artists involve include Questlove, Pussy Riot, George Clinton, Susan Sarandon, Thurston Moore, Fiona Apple, Fred Armisen, Phil Lesh, Ralph Steadman, the Doors’ Robby Krieger and John Densmore, Shepard Fairey and more. See the full list of participating artists at We Are Not Afraid.