“LIVE 8”: MILLIONS OF LIVES AT STAKE AS FREE CONCERTS IN PHILADELPHIA AND AROUND THE WORLD PRESSURE PRESIDENT BUSH AND OTHER WORLD LEADERS AT THE HISTORIC “G8” AFRICA SUMMITMay 31 2005
MILLIONS TO ATTEND CONCERTS JULY 2; BILLION MORE ON AOLMUSIC.COM, TV: STARS, CITIZENS TO DEMAND US AND RICH NATIONS END EXTREME POVERTY
Tuesday, May 31, 2005, Philadelphia — Dave Matthews joined Bob Geldof from London to announce that today’s biggest names in music will be joining in a free, simultaneous concert series July 2 to allow citizens of the most powerful nations to call on President Bush and leaders of the other seven wealthiest countries to make poverty history at the historic G8 Summit July 6.The concerts will be seen by more than a billion people over the Internet through AOL and on television, millions will come to all the shows, and hundreds of thousands of people will go to the G8 summit to reinforce the concert’s message: 8 men can save millions of lives.
Live 8 is a key moment in the growing global campaign to end extreme poverty. In the USA this campaign is called ONE, and is supported by Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, George Clooney and Penelope Cruz as well as Pat Robertson and others.
Left and right, conservative and liberal, are coming together as one on the importance of this emergency. Over 750,000 Americans have joined the campaign in the last 6 weeks with thousands more joining everyday.
Live 8 is asking Americans to join the campaign at live8live.com and one.org, and call on President Bush to do the right thing, and get themselves to a rally in Washington DC on July 1st hosted by George Clooney, and travel on to Philly on the 2nd and then on to the historic summit in Gleneagles. This series of events will form an important week called the “Long Walk to Justice” with campaigners from across Europe converging positively and persuasively on the G8 Summit.