Neil Young urges musicians to write songs using words of detained migrant children
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Singer-songwriter Neil Young is encouraging musicians to write songs based on the accounts of migrant children who have been put in U.S. custody.

A post on Young's website this week asked artists to "embrace their stories with humility, openness, and respect, and find a way within the music community ... 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," it added.


Young called on musicians to spread awareness about the accounts of migrant children as part of Project Amplify, a campaign from the nonprofit group Lawyer Moms of America. The initiative quoted unnamed migrant children describing detention conditions in excerpts of sworn declarations.

"We believe that music is universal and the best manner in which these accounts can be shared and heard throughout the world," the post on Young's website read. "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 action."

Young's initiative came a day after the Trump administration announced it would unveil a new rule allowing migrant families to be held indefinitely. It would end what is known as the Flores Settlement Agreement, which prohibits holding children for longer than 20 days.

Young has been critical of the Trump administration and in 2016 supported Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief says congressional progressives looking to become stronger force in 2021 Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary.