Waxploitation to Launch 2nd Sudan Charity Auction
The auction will launch on eBay on July 12th at www.eBay.com/the_wax_trust and will include rare and signed items donated by Angelina Jolie, OutKast, Eminem, Radiohead, BAM Margera, Bjork, Kanye West, Serena Williams, Trent Reznor (NIN), Beastie Boys, System of a Down, Shepherd Ferry, Nelly, REM, Phish, Ciara, Atmosphere, (Grateful) Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Banner, Chad Muska, Sum41, Sage Francis, Will Oldham, Foo Fighters, Dropkick Murphys, Nappy Roots, Paulina Rubio, Rob Zombie, They Might Be Giants, John Legend, Prince and Metallica amongst many others. Over 100 items will be auctioned.
In May, the New York Times estimated that up to 400,000 people have been murdered and more than 2 million people have been displaced from their homes by Sudanese government backed militias called the Janjaweed. The genocide is a massive campiagn to rid the Dafur region of its African population. The BBC reports that "human rights groups say there has been a systematic campaign of rape, intended to humiliate and punish non-Arab groups...they have killed, raped, maimed, looted and burned down tens of thousands of village homes, displacing hundreds of thousands of people."
"We've learned a lot since our auction earlier this year," says Jeff Antebi, founder and creative director of Waxploitation. "This time, we are working towards not just raising money for relief organizations, but also putting together a nationwide petition demanding that the Senate and White House take definitive action against the Sudanese government. It seems like every time there's a moment for this horror to finally be addressed, something overshadows it in the news media. So we're going to shake the trees ourselves and create a way for people to take real action."
Earlier this year, Waxploitation released a CD titled Genocide in Sudan with featured artists including Gorillaz, System of a Down, Jurassic 5, Danger Mouse & Murs, Yoko Ono, Thievery Corporation and Jill Scott to name a few. Proceeds from the sales of CD and the first Sudan auction raised over $10,000 which was donated towards relief efforts in Sudan and Chad.