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Message from Brandi - Bruce Springsteen and North Carolina

As I'm crossing over the state line into the beautiful state of Massachusetts where I was legally married to my wife four years ago - I'm contemplating Bruce Springsteen and North Carolina. Everywhere I've gone I'm being asked if I plan to cancel my shows. I should start by saying that I want to be Bruce Springsteen when I grow up. Bruce has decided on principal not to go through with his concert because of thinly veiled legislation having been passed that permits the discrimination of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters in NC. I deeply appreciate this, and I want to say on my own behalf thank you for doing what you're doing guys. These are massive shows and this is big business lost for NC. Bruce is not LGBTQ himself but is bravely defending those of us that are. This is how we've seen the progress that we've seen. As artists it's our responsibility to take cause against those who would oppress our brothers and sisters and defend them using whatever power we possess. Bruce is an artist, but on behalf of NC LGBTQ citizens, also is poignantly depriving NC of the big business his event would bring - well done. For very different reasons I have decided not to cancel my North Carolina shows. I'm a small artist, and I'm gay, many of my fans are gay as well. To cancel my shows in NC would further oppress my fans who are hurt by this legislation, who worked hard to suppress it, and who need a place where they can come together. That's why we intend to be in Wilkesboro, Charlotte, Asheville, and Greensboro this summer. We're going to come together, let our voices be heard, not stand down, and make a joyful noise in the face of this insult of a law. We all have a role to play here. Bruce is playing his beautifully and I respect him. In my own humble way though, I want to witness the protest through music. See you in NC my friends.  xobc * The Looking Out Foundation will donate its portion of the proceeds from Brandi's shows in Wilkesboro, Charlotte, Asheville, and Greensboro to the ACLU foundation of North Carolina.
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Calling all Brandi Carlile fans, activists and likeminded changemakers…

The Story Campaign is taking off on tour with Brandi Carlile this summer and we need volunteers! “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story,” The Looking Out Foundation is partnering with War Child to launch The Story Campaign – a sharing of stories from children whose families, communities, and schools have been torn apart by war. But that’s just the beginning. “So many stories of where I’ve been and how I got to where I am.” Every month, we will be posting new stories from these resilient individuals so that their voices can be heard and so that we can raise funds to help them and the thousands of other people who are unfairly impacted by war. All proceeds from The Story Campaign will benefit War Child to help in their efforts of supporting and protecting children and their families. “But these stories don’t mean anything when you’ve got no one to tell them to.” We’re relying on our Looking Out community to share these stories and help fundraise for these extraordinary people. We are recruiting two volunteers per show to join our Looking Out Street Team. You will be armed with iPads to sign people up and collection buckets to raise funds and awareness for The Story campaign. Selected Street Teamers will be provided with a ticket to Brandi’s show, a limited edition Street Team T-shirt and an amazing opportunity to help children in dire need across the globe. In addition, the Street Team who signs up the most people will win a VIP concert ticket package for any Brandi Carlile show in 2017. All we ask is that you are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and inspired by The Story campaign.
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Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Light It Up Blue on April 2, 2016 in honor of World Autism Awareness Day!
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Meet Abdulmajid, Age 15

Syria “The night before we fled, a plane attacked our neighborhood. It was very dark. We were all hiding. The noise was very loud so I stayed awake. We all stayed flat on the floor for hours.” The next morning Abdulmajid’s parents and their 10 children fled their family home. His school was destroyed on the same day. “We didn’t take anything. There was no time. On the road I saw houses in rubble and burned out cars. I saw massacres, people and children, killed without any reason.” He pauses, thinks and then whispers:
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Support World Water Day!

Water Changes Everything. Support World Water Day.
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FtFC Sexual Assault Awareness Evening – April 28th – Seattle

The Fight the Fear Campaign, founded by musician Brandi Carlile in 2010, is excited to announce a Sexual Assault Awareness Evening for Western Washington High School Girls.  This free event will take place on Thursday, April 28th from 7-9pm in Roosevelt High School’s Performing Arts Center.  Girls will learn to recognize the red flags that often precede assault, as well as the assertive communication, self-defense, de-escalation, and boundary setting skills that are a proven deterrent to violence.  Guests will hear from survivors, including Jennifer Hopper, whose story is the subject of Eli Sanders’s new book While the City Slept.  To get tickets for this free event, please visit our News/Events page at www.fightthefearcampaign.org.
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Important announcement from Brandi…

The twins and I are currently producing the new The Secret Sisters album! This is our first production project that isn’t our own. PLEASE read my letter below to understand how you can be a part of changing The Secret Sisters story and helping us make this album! It’s revolutionary. Xobc “Boys they can’t take my refrigerator now!!” Who said it? No no – it wasn’t a bandit on the run from the law fearing the dreaded appliance repossession… it was Patsy Cline not long before she left us in 1963, why is it important? Because Patsy Cline had a slew of number one hits under her belt while she frequently pondered the real possibility of repossession of her prized possession… her refrigerator.
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Happy International Women's Day!

This is Beating the Odds
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The IF Project Film

The IF Project team has produced a feature length documentary that follows one extraordinary police officer and four incarcerated women through their journey as they are released, reunited with their families and faced with life on the outside. By telling their stories in an intimate and rarely seen way, The IF Project documentary lays the groundwork for change. Don’t miss your chance to watch a screening near you.
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