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Exclusive: Michael Stipe in PSA for Amnesty International’s Small Places Tour

Watch video of the R.E.M. frontman speaking out on human rights, part of an ongoing PSA series featuring Justice, Vampire Weekend, and others, many of which will premiere here.

Kenny Herzog // July 28, 2008

If there’s one thing we here at like more than rocking out, it’s making the world a better place to live in. Luckily, Amnesty International — as well as some of our favorite bands — agrees: From Sept. 10-Dec. 10,Amnesty will be launching their Small Places Tour, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Besides functioning as really sweet gigs, the concerts are intended to bring attention to urgent global human rights concerns, as well as to raise funds for future Amnesty campaigns.

But beyond that, acclaimed Catalan filmmaker Lluis Danes shot public service announcements with more than 30 artists supporting Amnesty and the tour, including R.E.M., the National, Vampire Weekend, and Justice. And you can check out the first of a handful that will be premiering — this one featuring Michael Stipe of R.E.M. — below.