Amnesty International (AI) and Emmy-nominated actress/singer/songwriter Michele Dominguez Greene unite forces for The Women of Juarez Campaign by hosting a benefit concert on September 28 at Genghis Cohen Cantina in Los Angeles. The benefit concert will feature songs from Greene's new critically acclaimed Luna Roja CD, with a portion of the ticket and CD sales going toward Amnesty International's Women of Juarez campaign.
Bonnie Abaunza, Director of Artist Relations for Amnesty International states, "We don't want people to forget that since 1993, almost 400 women and girls have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. Our work is not done and we urge the involvement of every Amnesty International supporter and, in particular, women's issues to join us in the campaign. To get involved, visit: www.aiusa.org <http://www.aiusa.org/> . Type in keyword 'Juarez' to find out more."
Greene adds, "The women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico-the victims and their survivors--need our passion and our voices to be raised on their behalf. LUNA ROJA features a song called "Ciudad Juarez" and is an homenaje (homage) to these women: the sisters, the daughters, the mothers, the workers who deserve justice and the basic human dignity of being treated as if their lives and deaths matter. They do matter. Lo que pasa a mi hermana, me pasa a mi tambien (What happens to my sister, happens to me). I urge people to speak up, speak out and end this violence."
The situation in Ciudad Juarez remains serious with at least 28 murders of women reported last year and continuing high levels of impunity, particularly for past cases. Amnesty International has always maintained that the pattern of violence against women and impunity in Ciudad Ju‡rez and Chihuahua City was of complex nature involving many different forms of crimes and perpetrators, with widespread institutional failings to prevent and punish those really responsible. The families of the victims have struggled tirelessly for justice and it's through their efforts and through Amnesty International that international attention was finally drawn to the situation.
Genghis Cohen Cantina is located at 740 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles with Greene's performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, please contact: (310)-231-9903. Tickets are $10 at the door.