The Spitfire Tour  
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The Spitfire Tour is a free speech tour of musicians, actors & activists speaking out on global affairs. Created in part by human rights advocate Zack De la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine), Spitfire tours to college campuses each year, primarily in the Fall. Each event features at least four speakers, who are all on stage at once, but that speak one at a time. Topics range from human rights, to environmental justice, to social issues, to current campus issues. It is our belief that grassroots interaction is the key to positive change. By providing information on serious topics in a fun and entertaining environment (which includes spoken word, acoustic performances, slides, video, poetry and more), we aim to inspire youth to get involved in their lives, their communities & in their world.

Spitfire was launched in 1998 by some dedicated people who cared enough to give this a shot. Our thanks go out to early believers Krist Novoselic, Amy Ray, Woody Harrelson, Tracey Conaty, Cecilia Rodriguez, Jello Biafra, Todd McCormick, Michael Franti, Julia Butterfly & Kennedy. Since then, a lot has happened. We have appeared at more than 50 colleges/cities, and we have performed for as few as 100 people, and as many as 10,000 in one single night. From the very first show, it's been a pretty powerful journey.

Along the way we have been a part of some tremendous victories - like the day Julia Butterfly saved the old growth called Luna, and finally touched ground after 2 years. But we have also witnessed some terrible losses, like when we saw the Federal Government put cancer patient Todd McCormick in prison, for growing medical marijuana, legal in his home state of California. We also made some special appearances off campuses. We performed at Woodstock and were saddened by our experience. But then we traveled to the WTO, and were empowered by the majority of peaceful people, who traveled from all over the country to take a stand. It's been a rollercoaster ride, but it's been well worth it.

Over the years, The Spitfire Tour has grown into The Spitfire Agency, and now we run a series of 'spin off' tours modeled around the original Spitfire concept above.  Our first offshoots include Woody Harrelson's "Simple Organic Living Tour" (Spring 2001), The Indigo Girls "Honor The Earth Tour" (Spring 2003), and Julia Butterfly's "We The Planet" (Fall 2003). The original Spitfire Tour will continue to go out between the others. Please join our e-mail list, and we will keep you up to date. We welcome your Feedback, and look forward to seeing you on the road!


 
 
Speakers
 
Adam Werbach
Conservationist
The Thin Green Line

 
 
Amy Ray
Indigo Girls
Human Rights
 
 
Andy Dick

Actor
Drug Abuse
 
 
Angelo Moore
Musician/ Fishbone
Racism
 
 
Art Alexakis

Everclear
Deadbeat Dads
 
 
Cecilia Rodriguez
Activist
Zapatistas
 
 


Doughty
Soul Coughing
Free speech

 
 
Dr. Drew
Loveline
Info Technology and Sexuality
 
 
Exene Cervenka

X
Society's Toll on Mental Health
 
 
Howard Lyman
Environmentalist
Agricultural Reform
 
 
Ice T

Actor
Censorship
 
 
Ingrid Newkirk

PETA
Animal Rights
 
  Irene Mcgee
Former Real World Seattle Housemate
Media Manipulation
 
  Jello Biafra
Dead Kennedy's
Alternatives to Corporate Power
 
 
John Trudell
Poet/ Native American Leader
 
 
Jill Sobule
Musician
Social Commentary
 
 


Julia "Butterfly" Hill
Activist
Deforestion

 
 
Kenneth Cole
Designer
Social Activism
 
 
Kennedy

MTV
Personal Responsibility
 
 


Krist Novoselic
Nirvana
Censorship

 
 
Lydia Lunch
Confrontational artist

 
 
Michael Franti
Spearhead
Racism
 
 
Mickey Hart
Grateful Dead
The Environment
 
 
Perry Farrell

Janes Addiction
Jubilee
 
 
Ralph Nader

Green Party
The Public Interest
 
 
Rosie Perez

Actor
AIDS Education
 
 
Todd McCormick
Activist
Medical Marijuana
 
 
Tom Tomorrow

Satirical Cartoonist
Politics & Social Issues
 
 
Tracey Conaty

Activist
Gay Rights
 
 
Winona LaDuke

Author, Activist
Native Struggles for Land and Living
 
 
Woody Harrelson

Actor
Environment & Associated Issues