Jackson Browne, Graham Nash Headline Immigration-Focused Tour
Jackson Browne tweeted confirmation of his involvement in the Lantern Tour, joining several artists — including Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle — to advocate for the end of the Trump administration’s separation policies for immigrant families detained at U.S. borders.
Other artists appearing on the five-city tour include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin and Lila Downs. Not all artists will appear on all dates of the tour, which begins a brief run in October. You can see the dates below.
Nash tweeted, “Honored to join Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin and Lila Downs on the Lantern Tour this fall to stand with families seeking safety at our border.”
Proceeds from the tour will go to the Women’s Refugee Commission, which advocates “for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution,” according to its website.
The organization has been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which allows federal authorities to separate children from their parents, relatives or other adults who accompanied them in crossing the border.
The policy was temporarily suspended by President Trump by executive order, but not before some 2,300 children were removed from their parents and sent to detention facilities.
Musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Ted Nugent and others have weighed in on the administration’s immigration statutes and methods of enforcing them, and their reactions hew closely to their previously stated political beliefs.
Springsteen, speaking from the stage at his Springsteen on Broadway show, called the treatment of immigrants “inhumane,” while Nugent posted a meme ridiculing the Obama administration’s prior complicity in mass deportations, a favorite conservative retort on the issue.
The Lantern Tour, Featuring Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs, Steve Earle and Graham Nash Tour
Oct. 23 – Nashville, Tenn. (City Winery)
Oct. 25 – Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
Oct. 26 – Collingswood, N.J. (Scottish Rite Auditorium)
Oct. 27 – Boston, Mass. (Orpheum Theatre)
Oct. 28 – New York, N.Y. (Town Hall)