Members of Pussy Riot | Madonna | Susan Sarandon
On the eve of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, thousands of human rights supporters came together at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC for an unforgettable night. Imagine Dragons, Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, The Fray, Cake and others performed. Madonna took the stage to announce members from Russian art collective PussyRiot, who were recently freed from prison after 21 months (and hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty activists).
Stories were told. Actions taken. Lives changed.
Thank you to all who took part. We hope you join us as we continue to bring human rights home.
"Amnesty's past concerts have featured some of the greatest artists of our generation and have been catalysts for real, measurable change. It's an honor to perform as part of this event and continue the cause of championing human rights around the world."
-- Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Grammy-nominated rock band Imagine Dragons
"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners. We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners."
-- Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina, members of Pussy Riot who were jailed in 2012 for publicly criticizing Russian president Vladimir Putin in a church
"I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights."