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MySpace Partners in Darfur Aid Campaign

The words “MySpace” and “genocide” don’t often appear in the same sentence—usually it’s just “stalking” or “school bomb threat”—but today social networking giant MySpace announced a partnership with humanitarian organization Oxfam and nearly two dozen bands to raise awareness of—and funds for—the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region. The Rock for Darfur campaign will feature more than 20 concerts across North America on October 21, online interactive promotions, and a public service announcement featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson which will appear in theaters in front of selected 20th Century Fox films, as well as on cable and online outlets.

“More than three years of violence in Darfur has left half the region’s population dependent on international aid for survival, and there are untold thousands more who can’t even be reached,” said President of Oxfam America, Raymond C. Offenheiser. “Such a catastrophic humanitarian situation will not improve without an end to this brutal conflict. The people of Darfur urgently need—and deserve—our help. It’s incredibly heartening that MySpace, which can rally millions of people to this cause, is working so hard to educate the world about this crisis.”

“The crisis in Darfur is a global concern and as a global community we have a responsibility to take action,” said Chris DeWolfe, MySpace’s CEO, in a statement. “MySpace’s reach gives us an extraordinary opportunity to spread the word and empower individuals to help address the horrors in Darfur.”

The online campaign for Rock for Darfur will feature video segments from actor George Clooney’s recent trip to Darfur, as well as an except from the forthcoming documentary The Devil Came on Horseback. Individuals can donate through the campaign Web page, by buying campaign merchandise, or by attending one of the Rock for Darfur cancerts—a portion of ticket sales will go towards Oxfam’s relief efforts in the Sudan and neighboring areas of Chad.

Rock for Darfur concerts currently include:

Alice in Chains
Winston-Salem, NC, Millennium Center
Ziggy Marley
Medford, OR, Main One Center for the Arts
The Fray
Toronto, Ontario, Kool Haus
TV on the Radio
Philadelphia, PA, Starlight Ballroom
Baltimore, MD, Sonar
Sacramento, CA, The Boardwalk
Secret Machines
San Diego, CA, SOMA
Insane Clown Posse
St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Landing
Citizen Cope
Seattle, WA, Showbox
Teddy Geiger
Melbourne FL, King Center
Jamie Cullum
Reno NV, Reno Hilton Theater
Amos Lee
Washington DC, 9:30 club
The Lost Trailers
Atlanta, GA, The Peachtree Tavern
Hotel Cafe Tour
Louisville, KY, Phoenix Mill Tavern
Slightly Stoopid and Pepper
San Francisco, CA, Warfield
The Wood Brothers
Charleston, SC, The Music Farm
Jars of Clay
Minneapolis, MN, Marantha Hall
Gov’t Mule and Donavon Frankenreiter
Spokane, WA, The Big Easy
Benevento Russo Duo
Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
Bob Weir &mamp; Ratdog
Milwaukee, WI, The Rave