Local Bands Perform to Help Darfur

Local bands Exit 75, In Between Names, Render My Speechless, The Truth, The Projects and Protaginist will be performing Saturday, June 9, at Boomers in Boca Raton to raise awareness and money for the Darfur Conflict. The show starts at 6:00 pm and there is a $5 admission fee. All of the proceeds are going to the Save Darfur Coalition. Since February 2003, over 400,000 people have been killed and 2 million have been forced out of their homes into refugee camps in the western region of Sudan.

The event is going to raise money for Darfur and create awareness, “A lot of people don’t know about [Darfur],” Michelle Kameron, organizer and Olympic Heights High School senior says. “We’re going to let people know what’s going on – that it’s a deadly conflict.”

She explains it doesn’t take a lot of effort to come out and listen to music especially when it will help many people.

Lead Singer for The Projects, Nick O’leary, sophomore ocean engineering major, agrees, “How much time is it going to be? A couple of hours for people who are having their families killed, who are dying of starvation.”

The Projects have a progressive and experimental sound, but with a mainstream theme that can reach all audiences, O’leary describes. But he maintains, “Everyone is going to have a goodtime, but you should be there for people who have nothing.”

In March, FAU’s chapter of Amnesty International held the “Make Some Noise for Darfur,” event which received “a lot of praise from University President Frank Brogan and Senator Ted Deutch” according to Joseph Palermo, senior Pre-law student, who organized the event with the human rights organization. Palermo says the event brought out 300-400 people.

Kameron hopes her Darfur benfit goes as smoothly and says, “I know a lot f people don’t think about stuff like this because it’s a different county, but I want to open up people’s minds and perceptions.”