A Conspiracy of Hope was a short tour of six benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International that took place in the United States during June 1986. The tour commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Photo Credit: Ken Regan/Neal Preston for Amnesty International). We were there to amplify a call for justice so it couldn’t be ignored. the Human Rights Now! / Madness, STEVE PERRY / Bryan Adams / The Tubes / Sammy Hagar / John Cougar / Journey, Genesis / Elvis Costello / Blondie / Robert Hazard / A Flock of Seagulls, Foreigner / The Kinks / Joan Jett & The Blackhearts / Loverboy / Huey Lewis And The News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=gRrkMCtaZCQ, The Rolling Stones / Journey / George Thorogood and The Destroyers, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Dzs0s7UtY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LWtpSKD0jQ&t=518s. Human Rights Now! Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. After Springsteen finished playing the last set that night, the crowd erupted again. The Human Rights Concerts is the collective name informally used to describe the series of 28 rock concerts presented worldwide 1986-1998 to raise funds for – and awareness of - the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization Amnesty International. The media strategies for the tour, based on concepts originated by Healey and Lewis, were developed by Healey and Daly and executed by tour media director Magdeleno Rose-Avela and Charles Fulwood, Communications Director for Amnesty International USA. Held not to raise funds but to increase awareness of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on its 40th anniversary and the work of Amnesty International, the shows featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour, plus guest artists from each of the countries where concerts were held. There was also The Police with Joan Jett, R.E.M and Madness. There was more than one concert at JFK in 1983. The cookies do not identify you. Philadelphia, PA: Sep 19, 1988 Amnestry International Amnesty International: JFK Stadium: Philadelphia, PA: Sep 19, 1988 Human Rights Now! Healey developed the concept with famed rock promoter Bill Graham, who had worked with Healey on Amnesty's shorter, United States-only tour in 1986, titled A Conspiracy of Hope, and who acted as tour director. ?oldid=51609. Amnesty is bringing back its Human Rights Concert series for a new generation. Before Live 8, before 12-12-12, before the Concert for New York City, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour teamed up with Amnesty International to educate and move a generation towards activism. Healey served as executive producer, leading the team of three producers: Mary Daly, Jessica Neuwirth, and James Radner, father of George Radner. Added by Voodoo Chile, Genesis / Elvis Costello / Blondie / Robert Hazard / A Flock of Seagulls Those artists were helping to grow a worldwide human rights movement and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Follow him on Twitter @paulpaz. The promise I made that night is one that stays with me to this day and one I still strive to live up to. There were more than 75,000 activists at the old RFK stadium that night, the largest stadium Philly has ever had, and the crowd was electrified throughout the night. Having already been a huge Peter Gabriel and Genesis fan, I was absolutely not going to miss his performance and especially looked forward to his human rights anthem “Biko.” Adding to that, with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Youssou N’Dour and Tracy Chapman – artists with a strong and ongoing commitment to human rights – the show was unlike anything I had ever seen. This website uses cookies to allow us to see how the site is used. By Paul Paz y Miño, Amnesty International USA’s Colombia Country Specialist. Added by Shay Burke, Rolling Stones The twenty concerts were the second stage of what subsequently became known collectively as the Human Rights Concerts - a series of music events and tours staged by the US Section of Amnesty International between 1986-1998. was a worldwide tour of twenty benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International that took place over six weeks in 1988. Tour in Philly in 1988. Book your tickets through Ticketmaster or go to http://www.amnestyusa.org/Feb5Concert/ for more information. When Gabriel played his moving tribute to the leader of South Africa’s Black Consciousness movement Stephen Biko, murdered in jail by South African police, the entire crowd threw their fists in the air and you could feel the power of solidarity and grassroots movement. His 6-year-old son is “coincidentally” named Gabriel. That number soon rose to over a million members worldwide and reinforced the power Amnesty had to be a force for change.