Dead & Company Address North Carolina Discrimination With $100,000 Donation

first_imgWith Dead & Company’s tour beginning on June 10th, fans of the Grateful Dead ensemble have been buzzing about the band’s opening night performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state is home to a new bill, titled “HB2,” which places restrictions on bathrooms and has been viewed incredibly unfavorably by the LGBTQ community.After artists like Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen cancelled performances in NC, fans were wondering if Dead & Company might do the same. The band finally addressed the situation, saying that they were hoping the law would already be repealed by now. Since it isn’t, they don’t want to deprive their fans of the show, and will instead be donating $100,000 to The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Not only that, but the group will host a “Participation Row” area where activist groups can reach like-minded fans directly. “Participation Row” was a concept that has been implemented successfully at major events like Fare Thee Well and Lockn’ Festival, bringing a number of charitable organizations together and giving fans the opportunity to contribute.You can read the band’s full statement, below.This March, when North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2 and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law, we categorically objected to it. We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed. Sadly, it has not.After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice – the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Additionally, we will assemble a “Participation Row” social action area, where we’ll host local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet. Every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the true ramifications of the HB2 law, and take meaningful action by registering to vote; to that end we are working on an online community registration site that will assist the HeadCount organization in promoting and simplifying voter registration.Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no matter how they appear or self-identify. History shows these values of openness and inclusiveness have served us – and the world around us – well.We’ve never been a band that’s spoken many words when we’re on stage. But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before.With Love and Respect,Dead & Companylast_img

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