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- Posted on Aug 9th 2011 5:30PM by Theo Spielberg
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A campaign is already underway with Amnesty International, which will give away his solo version 'Get Up Stand Up' (which he co-wrote with Bob Marley) in order to drum up support for Mexican human-rights defender Lydia Cacho. The Cancun-based journalist has received numerous death threats after she exposed a government-backed child-pornography ring, and anyone who signs up to "stand up for Lydia" will receive the free MP3.
In the coming weeks, Tosh's music will also be used in campaigns by Greenpeace International, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and the Marijuana Policy Project, and will highlight music from his solo albums 'Legalize It' (1976) and 'Equal Rights' (1977). The SSDP is hosting a video contest in which people can submit a PSA on the them of "What 'Legalize It' Means to Me," in support of the first-ever marijuana legalization bill in Congress. The winner will have their video featured in the effort and receive a "Legacy Edition" of 'Legalize It.'
"Peter Tosh called on the world to 'Legalize It' six years after President Richard Nixon officially declared the 'War on Drugs,'" Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, said in a statement. "I am proud to be working with the Tosh Foundation to keep the memory alive of those millions of lives lost and destroyed as a result of that war. We're proud to represent the next generation to continue the struggle for freedom that Peter sparked. We're educating students, parents, and teachers around the country that, in reality, the 'War on Drugs' is a war on all of us."