Common and the National are playing a benefit show called Show Up! in Washington DC on 1/19, the night before Inauguration Day. The concert is put on by Planned Parenthood and the All Access Coalition, and proceeds will go towards Planned Parenthood, which President-Elect Trump is threatening to defund when he takes office. (Donate here if you can.)
“Women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and health. This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights,” the National’s Matt Berninger said in a statement. “A concert in DC, inspiring people to take action, seems like a pretty good way to kick it off.”
Here’s a quote from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards:
On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, we plan to send a clear message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care and abortion services . Many of the activists within the All Access coalition have been leading this fight for decades, and together, we plan to energize more supporters to show up and take action, not just on January 19, but every day and everywhere they can. We’re standing together to create the world we want to see. We know our movement is stronger when we partner together and we will make our message clear: We will not back down, we will not be silenced, and we will not let attacks on reproductive freedom stand.
More special guests will be announced in the coming days.