Last Friday was Carleton's fourth annual Jamnesty, a benefit concert at the Cave whose proceeds go to Amnesty International.
The evening started off at 9 pm with French Island with some very intriguing music that could best be described as experimental electronica. French Island mixed various kinds of electronic noise to create their unusual constructions. They were followed at 9:30 by the Third Goodhue Band. As this band plays under a different name every time they made a performance, this night they played as "Mark Stewart and the Tennessee Two." They played several well-known songs, including a very popular rendition of "Flagpole Sitta." They were followed by Peter Uwalaka's dance ensemble, Picnic Lightning, and Gospel Gossip.
Between acts, members of the Amnesty International Carleton chapter read reports of success stories, like that of an Iranian blogger who was released from prison due to Amnesty's intervention. The concert was free, but donations to Amnesty International were welcome. The concert raised about $200 for Amnesty.
Amnesty International's Carleton chapter is an active student organization on campus. They focus on writing letters to political leaders to pressure them to right human rights violations. They also often have movie showings and guest speakers. They meet Mondays at 7 pm in Upper Sayles.
Amnesty International was founded in 1961 after Peter Benenson published an article in the London Observer calling for an international organization to prevent human rights abuses. He had been inspired by reading an article about two Portuguese students who had been arrested for making a toast to freedom. Today Amnesty International has over 1.8 million members and combats torture, unlawful imprisonment, and human rights violations all over the world.