Green Day Salutes Eleanor Roosevelt

Jan. 27 [16:00 EST] -- Green Day and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt may seem like the oddest of couples, but the two are linked by "Generations One: A Punk Look At Human Rights," a compilation that pays tribute to Mrs. Roosevelt for her role in constructing the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights.

The document calls for a basic standard of living, the right to education, and the right to employment (ideals which are still out of reach for millions).

Bad Brains, Pennywise, Joe Strummer, Pansy Division (with Green Day's Tre Cool), and former X frontman John Doe are also on board for the project.

The 50th anniversary of the declaration is actually December 1998, and plans are currently being made for a large concert and/or live broadcast for that date. However, the "Generations" album, which arrives February 11, is the opening salvo in a planned series of four album releases highlighting human rights activists.

Twenty-five percent of the royalties from "Generations One" will be donated to the Human Rights Action Center, run by Jack Healey, the former director of Amnesty International.