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Sunday
May122013

Andy Grammer's Mother's Day Gift: Launching Campaign to End Gender-Based Violence

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty ImagesAndy Grammer is celebrating Mother's Day in a very personal way this year.  The "Keep Your Head Up" singer is memorializing his late mother by launching a campaign to fight violence against women. 

Before she passed away, Andy's mom worked with women in their community to help empower them, and now he wants to carry on her work. 

"My mom, Kathy Grammer, was a very bright light,” the singer says in a statement. "I can remember coming home to a group of women gathered around my mom.  Her effect on them was similar to watching someone blow wind into a small flame until it became a fire.  Women she touched would leave my house standing taller, inspired and committed to believing in themselves and the equality of men and women.”

Andy now has launched the KathyGramm campaign, which asked fans to donate money to the Tahirih [TAH huh ray] Justice Center.  The center protects immigrant women and girls from becoming victims of gender-based violence.  It takes $5,000 for the center to provide full legal representation, social and medical services for one woman or child.

Here's how you can donate: text "justice kg" to 52000 to give $10, or visit the campaign's website to give more.  The website went live about two weeks ago, and fans have already raised $12,000.

"My fans have enormous hearts," says Andy in a video explaining the campaign.  "Let's see how big we can fan the flame that started in my mom's living room."

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