METALLICA, ROB ZOMBIE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and Trent Reznor (NINE INCH NAILS) are among the artists that have donated rare and signed items to the second Waxploitation, Inc. online auction to assist victims of the "ethnic cleansing" taking place in the African country of Sudan, a dire situation that the UN has called one of the worst humanitarian crises the world faces right now.
The auction will launch on eBay on July 12th at eBay.com and will include over 100 items.
In May, a number of major news organizations 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. It has been a widespread and systematic campaign of rape, murder, looting and displacement of villagers.
"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.