Thursday night (4/13), Dear America, a "non-profit organization that provides a platform for artists to express themselves through events focusing on topics of social justice," put on a benefit show in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, with performances and readings from Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer, Elvis Perkins, John Forte, writer AM Holmes, and other artists, writers, and advocates for social justice.

Dear America brings voices together to express our diversity and encourage a dialogue that unites us as a country. Now more than ever the personal is political and we have an opportunity to speak up and speak out.

Proceeds from the show went to The Southern Poverty Law Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Trevor Project, and Planned Parenthood. Check out pictures of the performers and speakers in the gallery above, and watch a video clips of Regina Spektor performing "Après Moi," and Amanda Palmer reciting e.e. cummings' "Humanity i love you" at the show below.

Regina Spektor has an upcoming show at Central Park SummerStage; tickets are on sale. Amanda Palmer plays Rough Trade and Bowery Ballroom with Edward Ka-Spell of The Legendary Pink Dots in May, but those shows are sold out.



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