Common & The National ‘Show up!’ For Reproductive Rights

Ready or not, Inauguration Day is soon approaching. While the world will have its eyes on Washington D.C., next Friday, Common and The National are headed to the capitol the previous evening to take part in “Show Up! A Concert For Reproductive Health, Freedom + Justice.”

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– Common
“A Celebration Of  Music In Film,” Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah.

Presented by Planned Parenthood and All Access, the Jan. 19 concert will take at the 9:30 Club. The All Access coalition, which began hosting a series of concerts last summer, is a collaboration of organizations including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and Whole Women’s Health.

“Women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and health,” The National lead singer Matt Berninger said. “This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights. A concert in D.C., inspiring people to take action, seems like a pretty good way to kick it off.”

The band announced last month that it was donating all profits from its online store, from Black Friday to the end of 2016, to Planned Parenthood, ACLU Nationwide, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Democracy Now!

Jason Moore
– The National
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, N.C.

The Show Up! concert will be hosted by Monica Simpson, the executive director of SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. More special guests will be announced. The event is expected to bring together “leading activists, elected leaders, celebrities supporters and advocates from across the nation.” 

Tickets are free of charge and available through partnering organizations. Visit for more information.