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in Review: 2004
Adam Gardner (Guster) with
RtE Executive Director Marc Ross
been an incredible year for Rock the Earth and we are extremely
grateful for the help and inspiration of our Members, Volunteer
Staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, family, friends,
musicians and music lovers who have helped us achieve so much
this year! We thought it would be nice to show you how much
we have accomplished in our first year. Expect much more to
come in 2005!
December 2003, RtE did not yet have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
and was based in Pittsburgh, PA with a Volunteer Staff of
17 and only five Board Members.
Earth was granted its official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
by the IRS in February 2004. We immediately began accepting
our first tax-deductible donations and building our membership.
Today RtE has an active office in Denver, CO, and is awaiting
incorporation in Colorado. We now have a Volunteer Staff of
21, seven Board Members, two Advisory Board Members and our
first paid Intern beginning work in January.
December 2003, RtE did not yet have a website, a newsletter
or a membership and outreach program.
we have a frequently-updated and informative website with
information about Rock the Earth actions, events and membership,
as well as details about all of our projects. We also have
a very active membership and outreach program that includes
regular participation in concert events and festivals nationwide.
This year RtE organized its first cross-country Summer Tour,
tabling over 50 events in 16 states, raising awareness about
RtE and environmental issues such as mining and drilling,
pesticide use, ozone pollution, and the importance of wetlands.
We currently have over 325 members and over 1,500 people on
our mailing list, many whom are interested in volunteering
December 2003, RtE had not written any grant applications
or established any partnerships with sponsors.
RtE has received two grants and we continue to work on additional
funding opportunities for 2005. Thanks to our hard-working
Fundraising Committee, consisting of four Volunteer Staff,
we received grants that provided two Rock the Earth banners
that allowed us to table multiple events across the country
this summer, and provided funds for part-time administrative
assistance in our Denver, CO office. We currently have several
other proposals and applications for funding under review
that would provide general operating expenses as well as salaries
and training opportunities.
December 2003, RtE had not approached or collaborated with
any musicians on projects or events.
summer RtE organized an elaborate summer outreach tour with
bands such as the String Cheese Incident, Barenaked Ladies
& Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews Band, the Acoustic
Planet tour and many festivals from coast to coast. At several
of these festivals, RtE organized intimate gatherings with
musicians such as Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Railroad Earth
and New Monsoon to enjoy music and conversation about the
we held our first benefit show at the Connecticut Yankee in
San Francisco, which featured music by the Jambay Trio, the
Geo Trio and David Gans. Right now RtE is collaborating with
musicians on several projects across the country, including:
helping the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi prevent the King
William Reservoir Project in Norfolk, VA, a project brought
to us by Sugar Hill recording artist Scott Miller; researching
the dropping water levels of the Great Lakes at the request
of Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies; and reviewing several
environmental issues concerning the St. John's River in Florida
at the suggestion of the Trucks Family (both Derek Trucks
and Butch Trucks are in the legendary Allman Brothers Band).
some incredible momentum at the end of this productive and
exciting year and we look forward to many additional accomplishments
in our Year in Review for 2005!
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Your Gift List with Rock the Earth Gift Packages!
you having trouble finding the perfect gift for friends and
family on your gift list? Do want to give them a unique gift
they'll love that really makes a difference? Get that special
someone a gift
package from Rock the Earth!
have some wonderful gifts for the music lovers and environmentalists
on your gift list, each of which comes with a membership to
Rock the Earth and will help us continue to Defend the
Planet One Beat at a Time. You can choose from several
gift packages that include a One Love Vol. 1 2 CD set
with music by artists such as Michael Franti, New
Monsoon, ALO, and Steve Kimock; a specially
designed RtE long-sleeved, organic cotton/hemp blend, winter
t-shirt by artist Yvette Chappuis; a JamCam Chronicle
DVD, featuring behind-the-scenes festival footage and
interviews with Rock the Earth staffers from our 2004 Summer
Tour; and signed and numbered seriagraph prints (limited
edition of only 500!) printed on 25% hemp/75% post-consumer
waste paper by such notable artists as Emek, Jeff Wood, and
let this holiday season pass you by without purchasing gifts
for your friends and family that will make a lasting impression
~ buy them a great gift that also helps to protect the environment!
Order by December 15th to make sure it arrives by Christmas!
YOUR GIFT NOW!
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E-town in December
month Rock the Earth continues its partnership with e-town
as it participates in two more events at the Boulder Theater
in Boulder, CO. E-town is an exciting weekly radio broadcast
heard nationwide on public and commercial radio stations.
The live taping of e-town brings together today's top musical
artists for an intimate performance as well as conversation
about the world around us.
5th e-town featured inspiring and energetic performances by
the legendary Mavis
Staples and singer-songwriter-surfer, Donavon
Frankenreiter. Rock the Earth volunteers were
thrilled to be able to participate in this wonderful show
that featured songs off Ms. Staples' new CD, Have a Little
Faith, including a wonderful version of "Will the
Circle Be Unbroken" and "God is Not Sleeping."
She brought the crowd to their feet with sing-along-versions
of "I'll Take You There" and "I Ain't Gonna
Study War No More." The highlight of the show was when
Donavan Frankenreiter joined her for a wonderful version of
The Band's "The Weight," a song that Ms. Staples
has made her own since appearing with the legendary band in
the Martin Scorsese movie, "The Last Waltz." In
between the music were interview interludes in which Ms. Staples
regaled the audience with stories about opening for Jimi Hendrix
and meeting Martin Luther King, Jr., while Donavon Frankenreiter
spoke of surfing in Iceland.
16th taping of e-town will feature Shawn
Colvin with David Lowery and Johnny
Hickman from the bands Cracker
Van Beethoven for another inspiring night of music
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the National Park Service!
Colorado River needs your help. In October, the National Park
Service (NPS) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) addressing how the stretch of the Colorado River which
travels through Grand Canyon National Park will be managed.
The Colorado River courses through some of the most spectacular
scenery in North America. As a scientific resource, the Grand
Canyon is a mecca for geologists, geographers, and biologists
throughout the world. It is also a place of tremendous natural
and historic interest; a place of beauty, peace, quiet or
exciting adventure. The Colorado River within the Grand Canyon
National Park ("GCNP") is the longest stretch of
recreational whitewater in the world and offers one of the
most sought-after river trips in the United States as well.
RtE had commented that the Colorado River is not being managed
in accordance with law and policy and that substantial modifications
were warranted to the way that the Colorado River is managed.
We recommended that the NPS consider altering management of
the Colorado River so as to implement policies and corrective
actions that remedy the problems that protect against further
impairment to park resources and values. Alternatives that
should have been considered should include: a restoration
of natural flows to the Colorado River; the elimination of
motorized river transport on the Colorado River; and the equalization
of access to the river that does not favor commercial interests
recent draft EIS does not adequately address these concerns,
ignores the deleterious impact of the Glen Canyon Dam on species
and biota in and along the river, continues to allow for motorized
transport through the canyon, maintains access discrimination
against private boaters in favor of commercial interests and
recommends changes that actually increases the
number of people who may travel the river, thereby increasing
the damage to the environment.
to comment on the draft EIS is January 7, 2005. While RtE
will be submitting extensive legal and technical comments
on the draft EIS, there is strength in numbers. We encourage
you to write individual letters/emails to the NPS on this
important issue. You can submit your comments to:
Grand Canyon National Park
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
E-mail form: http://www.nps.gov/grca/crmp
comments, we recommend that you make the following points:
transport on the Colorado River should be phased out to
protect the wilderness character of the Grand Canyon and
restore the natural soundscapes along the river.
Levels should be reduced so as to protect and restore the
Colorado River's disappearing beaches.
should be made fair and equitable by adopting a common pool
reservation system in which private and commercial interests
have equal access to river trips.
EIS should take into consideration the negative impact that
the Glen Canyon Dam is having on the wilderness character
of the river.
and more information about this issue can be found at www.rocktheearth.org/projects/crmp.ws.
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with David Gans
David Gans with RtE Treasurer Glenn Fee
added a new section to our newsletter so that you can hear
from musicians, members and other environmentalists about
their environmental concerns and inspiration! This month we
are featuring David
Gans -- musician, producer, author, music journalist,
and long-time host of the nationally syndicated radio show,
The Grateful Dead Hour. He was one of many musicians
that participated in our first benefit show last month in
California and is an inspiring musician and person who is
also a passionate environmentalist. Here's what David had
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most
critical at this time?
don't know. There are so very many - global and regional and
local - that it's hard to prioritize. I suppose we should
start at the global end and see what can be done about global
warming, air and water pollution, and making resources available
to everyone. This would entail reducing the growth of corporate
power and curtailing/reversing privatization of public infrastructure.
But it's also really important to deal with regional and local
matters such as suburban sprawl, destruction of wetlands and
wildlife habitat, recycling and waste disposal, etc.
What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with
alive and awake in the last half of the 20th Century. I was
at San Jose State College on the first Earth Day, in 1970,
when they buried a car -- a gesture whose hamfisted symbolism
was soon reconsidered. But the seeds were planted early, and
people of my generation came of age with a firm belief that
it's the obligation of individuals to tread lightly on the
Earth and keep it clean.
Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace
Utah. The history of the planet laid bare! Every ridge, reef
and canyon shows a different view of the story, and every
time I go there I see something new and inspiring.
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Can You Help Rock The Earth?
Volunteer! We are always looking for people across the country
to help table events, write grants or newsletters or help
publicize local events. If you would like to help please send
your name, volunteer interests and contact information to
Let us know if there is an environmental issue in your neighborhood
or anywhere else that you would like to see us work on! You
can email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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