If you’re a musician or an artist, Neil Young wants you — to join him in writing a song supporting immigrant children, by using the children’s own words to tell their story.
A lengthy post on Young’s website features the lyrics of his song “I Am a Child,” followed by the first-hand accounts of immigrant children in federal custody, describing their poor treatment.
“There is tremendous pain in these children’s stories,” reads the post. “And we are reaching out to you as musicians and artists who will embrace their stories with humility, openness, and respect, and find a way within the music community with the talents, gifts, and calling to share their words with the universe, in the hope that the truth will ensure that these practices end, so that these children will suffer no more.”
“Please answer this call to amplify their voices and elevate the truth,” the post continues.
The post calls for “a unique song to amplify the voices of the children that utilizes their accounts from their detention,” explaining, “We believe that music is universal and the best manner in which these accounts can be shared and heard throughout the world.”
“We also believe that the songs will keep the accounts and atrocities being perpetrated against these children in the minds of the public and will be a call to take action,” continues the post, which calls the treatment of children and their families “illegal.”
The call to action comes from Project Amplify, a non-profit campaign supported by the Lawyer Moms Foundation.