JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs by 2020 to 240,000.
Concert Tour to Benefit Refugee Education Coming to Toronto

September 13, 2016 — Five of popular musical acts are coming together for an 11-stop concert tour this fall to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS) announced today it will host this singer/songwriter tour in support of the organization’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs by 2020 to 240,000.

“After witnessing firsthand the work of JRS in Ethiopia this past June, I have never been more inspired to champion such a critical cause,” said Emmylou Harris, 13-time Grammy winning artist. “The better angels of our nature call upon us to act with compassion and not with fear in the face of so much suffering.”

“This is a humanitarian issue — it is not a political issue. These are real people with real needs and it’s not going to go away and we have to deal with these issues in a realistic way, and realism has to do with compassion,” said Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin. 

In an effort to shed light on the plight of the more than 65 million refugees worldwide and the need to raise funds to support refugee education, the concert tour will be in the following cities: 

  • October 6, 2016        Boulder Theater, Boulder, Colorado
  • October 8, 2016        Helzberg Hall, Kansas City, Missouri
  • October 9, 2016        Rococo Theater, Lincoln, Nebraska
  •  October 11, 2016     Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, Missouri
  • October 12, 2016      Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • October 13, 2016      Vic Theater, Chicago, Illinois
  • October 14, 2016      Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario
  • October 16, 2016      Berklee Performance Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • October 18, 2016      Town Hall, New York City, New York
  •  October 19, 2016      Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • October 21, 2016      Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

Everyone’s journey begins somewhere – and for some that journey includes Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Sicily that serves as a waypoint in a refugee’s search for safety and security. 

JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of many of these refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. The scale of this humanitarian crisis is staggering: one in every 122 people is a refugee. More than half are women and children; at least 30 million are under the age of 18.

“We are ready to bring this critical issue to the stage and help people understand that education provides a path forward in life for refugees,” said Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. 

“Most people don’t realize that refugees spend an average of 17 years displaced from their homes and many never return. It’s time to take bold action and our Lampedusa concert tour will help us do so.”

Funds raised by Lampedusa will support educational programs for refugees around the world. “Education is the one life-saving intervention offered to displaced people that cannot be taken away,” notes JRS International Director Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ.

For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit www.jrsusa.org/lampedusa.

About Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in more than 45 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.jrsusa.org. 





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