Ani DiFranco, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Henry, and Blues Traveler’s John Popper will perform at a Jan. 19 benefit concert at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The event, to be hosted by activist Gloria Steinem, commemorates the 29th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the U.S.
Proceeds will benefit the action fund of Voters For Choice, the nation’s largest independent political action committee working in support of reproductive rights. Funds will also be set aside for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), a 24-year-old political/social organization of Afghan women striving to improve human rights in Afghanistan.
“There is no democracy without women’s equality,” Steinem said in a statement. “This concert shows that we stand with our Afghan sisters.”
Tickets go on sale Saturday (Dec. 22) via Ticketmaster and at the GWU campus. Seats that include a post-show reception with Steinem can be obtained by calling 202-944-5080.
Voters For Choice had announced plans for a Sept. 25 benefit in Washington, D.C., featuring Popper, Henry and Spearhead’s Michael Franti. The event was called off in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.