over Grand Canyon Begins
week, the National Park Service (NPS) issued the Record of
Decision (ROD) for the Colorado River Management Plan, an
issue in which Rock the Earth has been involved since our
inception in 2002. This week, RtE and River Runners for Wilderness,
spearheading a coalition of wilderness advocate groups including
Living Rivers and Wilderness Watch, will be filing its first
lawsuit against the NPS to challenge the ROD. Our primary
claims involve access to the Colorado River by public, non-commercial
boaters, the failure of the NPS to consider the deleterious
impact that the Glen Canyon Dam is having on the River, and
the fact that the ROD, by allowing for continued motorized
use on the River, is inconsistent with the Park's Wilderness
recommendation. The outcome of this case will be far-reaching,
potentially impacting how all wilderness is managed in the
United States and determining what activities are necessary
and appropriate on our most precious public lands. For
more information on the issue, check out the RtE
CRMP information page. Stay tuned to the RtE
website to see a copy of the Complaint and for
the latest news.
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Franti Joins RtE Advisory Board
Michael Franti - Power to the Peaceful 2005
Photo by Dave Vann
Earth is thrilled to announce that Michael Franti has
joined our growing Advisory
Board. In nearly two decades of music-making,
Franti has grown from a black-booted voice of youthful rage
into a barefoot clarion for social justice. In 1986, Franti
formed the Beatnigs, whose black industrial sound deconstructed
punk rock and Reaganism with a leather-jacketed "No!"
to militarism, racism and compromise. By 1992, Franti and
Beatnig member Rono Tse became the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
with multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hunter (who has since become
a renowned jazz guitarist). Franti toured with U2, recorded
with William Burroughs, and became a protest music icon.
step defied expectations. In 1994, he signed to Capitol Records
for his new band, Spearhead, and dove headfirst into his blackness,
mixing up Mayfield and Marley, Scott-Heron and Scarface on
hits like "Hole In The Bucket, "People In
and "Ganja Babe." Home and Chocolate Supa Highway
sold hundreds of thousands of copies and Spearhead became
a worldwide phenomenon.
Everyone Deserves Music represents the most connected, developed
work Franti has ever done. He composed many of the songs from
the guitar up, and, like fellow 21st century cultural globalists
Manu Chao and Ozomatli, continues to synthesize his eclectic
influences. In a departure from the noise of the Beatnigs
and Disposable Heroes and the minimalism of early Spearhead,
Franti's affirming lyrics are now set to appropriately
swelling rock chords, while keeping a 21st century world-wise
groove, nodding towards reggae, dancehall, bossa nova, Afrobeat
and funk, with a nod to the '80s rock of The Clash and U2,
as well as classic soul from Stax and Motown. Indeed, Everyone
Deserves Music might be called a movement record dedicated
to the preservation of "the motion of the hips."
Franti's revolution has never been this funky.
the release of Stay Human in 2000, Michael Franti and
Spearhead have toured relentlessly, headlining hundreds of
shows for their legions of devoted fans as well as sharing
the stage with acts as diverse as Dave Matthews, Ani Di Franco,
(Phish) and KRS-One. They continue to hit the festival circuit
worldwide, in addition to producing the annual Power
to the Peaceful festival, which has drawn over
20,000 people to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco over the
past four years. In both popular music and the peace movement,
Franti has never been more relevant and influential than now.
Lyrics from his song, "Bomb The World," written
in the dark aftermath of September 11, have found their way
onto protest signs and T-shirts all over the world from Los
Angeles to Berlin, the San Francisco Chronicle to CNN as millions
have marched for peace. "You can bomb the world to pieces,"
he sings, "but you can't bomb it into peace."
the Earth has worked many a show and festival with Michael
Franti and Spearhead, most recently, in October 2005, collaborating
with Michael on a fundraiser for RtE and Bioneers,
with a solo concert and screening of his new movie, I
Know I'm Not Alone.
now, people ask me, 'What can one person do to change what's
going on with the world?' I don't know what one
person can do except to connect with other people. In doing
that, each of us play our roles," he says. "My role
is as a storyteller and a songwriter. I'm somebody who
is trying to keep the spirits of other people up, despite
all the chaos and fear around us."
Earth is honored to have Michael join our Advisory Board.
Advisory Board is:
||San Francisco, CA
|Dr. Jon Gelbard
||El Dorado Hills, CA
|Bob Lippman, Esq.
||Castle Valley, UT
information about all of our Advisory Board Members, check
out the RtE website.
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Nominated for Inaugural Planet Defender Awards
Earth Day 2006 in April, Rock the Earth will announce the
winners of its inaugural Planet Defender Awards. Thank
you to RtE members and friends who have nominated dozens of
musicians, activists and community leaders in our three categories.
in the "Rocker" category include musicians
Jack Johnson, Michael Franti, Jackson Browne,
Bonnie Raitt, and the Hot Buttered Rum, among
"Leader" category, nominees include Salt
Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, Julia Butterfly
Hill, the Oregon Country Fair, Howard Dean,
and the Whole Earth Festival.
category nominees include Jason Rutledge of the
Healing Harvest Forest Foundation, Earth Institute Founder
Lester Brown, the Utah Kind Foundation, and
Earth's Volunteer Staff will review the nominations over the
next month before the April announcement of award recipients.
Thank you to all of our members and friends who help advance
our goal of Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time!
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Seeks Summer Outreach Interns
interested in a summer internship with Rock the Earth? This
summer, RtE will once again tour the country! Our goal is
to educate music fans and environmentalists about our mission
and the environmental issues on which we are working. We will
be signing up new members and volunteers, as well as continuing
to build our relationships with musicians nationwide. We had
great success during our 2005 Summer Tour, and look forward
to reaching even greater heights in 2006! If you are interested
in learning more about the Summer Outreach Intern Positions,
please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for a full job description.
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is a time where the weather starts to change, the flowers
start to pop up and folks begin to look towards summer plans.
For our Members, this month we're featuring several opportunities
for discount tickets to upcoming festivals, in addition to
our ongoing Members Only discount of 20% off any merchandise
from the String Cheese Incident when purchased through their
Email us at Membership@RockTheEarth.net
to find out how.
can also purchase specially priced RtE merchandise, as well
as t-shirts, posters, DVDs and concert photography from your
favorite artists and musicians! Look for announcements on
our website, www.RockTheEarth.org,
and in your monthly newsletter.
This month, we're featuring a few of items available only
to our Members:
Tickets to Joshua Tree Music Festival [www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com]
Through April 1, RtE members are able to receive discounted
tickets to the 4th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival - a 3-day
high desert camping experience in Joshua Tree, California,
featuring Kinky, New Monsoon, Lotus,
Kan'nal and many others. Tickets for Rock the Earth
Members are $70 - a savings of UP TO $20!
tickets to Smilefest
RtE Members are able to receive discounted tickets to Smilefest
XII. Smilefest will be held June 2-4, at the Gorges Music
Park, in Lake Toxaway, NC. A full weekend of colorfully varied
world-class music, serene camping, terrific food, exciting
kids' activities, important community and environmental service
info exchanges, and much more awaits each attendee. Smilefest
features Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams,
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sam Bush, The
Everyone Orchestra and Hot Buttered Rum. Tickets
for RtE Members are $75 - a savings of up to $30!
Tickets to 10,000 Lakes Festival [www.10klf.com]
RtE Members are able to receive discounted tickets to
10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, MN, July 19-22. 10KLF
is held at the Soo Pass Ranch, a 600-acre state-of-the-art
concert and camping venue with 4 stages, vendors, activities,
huge restroom facilities with running water, and beautiful
wooded and lakeside camping. Featuring artists such as Phil
Lesh & Friends, String Cheese Incident, Trey
Anastasio, O.A.R., and Benevento/Russo
Duo featuring Mike Gordon, 10KLF is surely a festival
not to be missed in 2006. Tickets for RtE Members are $100
- a savings of up to $60!
last March Membership Benefit
In honor of Rock the Earth's latest addition to our Advisory
Board, we are offering our members this opportunity to purchase
a Limited edition Michael Franti & Spearhead Print
for only $15! Printed on Living Tree tree-free paper,
this rare, limited edition print (9.75"x17") by
concert poster artist Scramble
Campbell, is signed and numbered by the artist,
out of a series of 200.
any of these items, email Membership@RockTheEarth.net.
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Jason Mastrine Rocks the Earth
Mastrine is the General Manager of TicketsWest-Oregon.
Before working for TicketsWest, Jason served as General Manager
and co-founder of SCI
Ticketing, a concert ticketing company created
to provide musicians with a means of selling tickets directly
to their fans. In addition, he was one of several managers
who formed the Footprints Foundation & Gouda Causes
- the philanthropic arm of The String Cheese Incident. In
1996, Jason received his Masters degree in Environmental Geochemistry
from the University of Alabama, and spent several years working
as a consultant in Boulder, CO, covering various Natural Resource
Damage Assessments, and mining-related fish studies. While
no longer in science, Jason has spent much of the past 10
years working to advance various social and environmental
problems afflicting the U.S. Jason remains an active member
of the Advisory Board from his office in Portland, Oregon,
where he lives with his wife, Verity, and son, Julian.
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most
critical at this time?
responsibly and resisting the temptation to dissuade yourself
that change begins with the individual. It's easy to forget
these things when you have the Bush Administration blindly
hacking their way through their respective jobs, considering
only the carrot that's been slipped into their back pockets,
rather than the needs of the whole. But we must each do our
part to stay grounded and not get caught up in the rat race
of everyday life and Bush's fumbles, where our ability to
question, reason, and consider the whole before ourselves
is replaced with automation and a lost sense of self. I write
these words on paper because for me, this is MY most important
environmental issue. It affects most of us no matter how enlightened
we may think we are.
What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with
an environmental geochemist prior to entering the music industry
in 1998. I made that career change in large part because I
felt that I could use my science background to affect change
on a larger scale by giving certain environmental issues a
voice through music and the artists.
Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace
has changed as I've moved around the country. When I was young,
my family owned a small cabin in the Hocking Hills (Southeast
Ohio) where we spent most weekends and a good part of the
summer. Not many people think of Ohio as having much topography
or significant geology (outside of glacial features), but
the Hocking Hills are a great example of the Appalachian foothills
and have fantastic sandstone formations, caves, ferns and
many waterfalls. In some ways, not so dissimilar from where
I live now in the Pacific Northwest, which makes being in
nature in either of those two places the most comfortable
and inspirational for me.
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the Earth in Central Park: Photo
Melissa Ross, with Ira Greenberg in Central Park in NYC.
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