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Rock the Earth Newsletter September 2012

» Mountain Heroes Stand with Appalachia in Washington, DC
» A Summer Tour Journey
»Still Rockin’ to Protect Browns Canyon and Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining

» Key of Green: It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding

» RtE September Auctions
» Member Benefit: Discount Festival Tickets for RtE Members

»  Help Wanted
» Volunteer Jam

Mountain Heroes Stand with Appalachia in Washington, DC

The Summer of Solidarity made history as citizens from coast to coast rose up to demand an end to extreme forms of dirty energy, and a transition to a safe, prosperous, clean energy future for all of us. The momentum continued into the autumn as members of the public joined with Appalachian citizens and Mountain Heroes, Appalachian community groups, environmental organizations, clean water defenders, faith community leaders, and voices for social justice to call for an end to destructive mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Citizens stood up in favor of clean water protections, renewable energy solutions, and a better future for our nation.

It was a fitting crescendo for our summer-long partnership with Earthjustice and other conservation groups to hold a series of strategy sessions and a public rally against MTR mining in Washington, DC this past September 13.

After months of gathering thousands of photo petitions at concerts and festivals throughout the U.S., hundreds gathered at noon outside the White House to protest MTR and have their voices heard. Dedicated to recently fallen Mountain Hero Larry Gibson, several guest speakers and leaders in the environmental movement, including Maria Gunnoe and Bo Webb, spoke to the cause and from personal experience as to the incredibly destructive nature of MTR mining.

Demanding that the Obama administration take action to enforce the Clean Water Act and stop this destructive practice, the entire rally marched across Lafayette Square Park to deliver nearly 15,000 photo petitions to the White House Council on Environmental Quality – the largest photo petition drive in history! 

Later that evening, activists and movement leaders met at All Soul’s Church to share stories of the resistance, faith, courage and community, and enjoyed an abridged screening of The Last Mountain (a film RtE formerly screened in Bonnaroo’s Cinema Tent as part of its Green Screens Presented by Rock the Earth program in 2011).

Although the photo petitions were presented to the White House on September 13, it’s not too late for you to participate!  Join the thousands of Mountain Heroes, including My Morning Jacket and Warren Haynes, by uploading your own photo petition. Meanwhile, Rock the Earth will continue to gather photo petitions during the rest of our summer tour, concluding at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival in mid-October.


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A Summer Tour Journey

As Rock the Earth’s Summer Tour rolls on, the team finished out a very successful August! We were able to attend the first ever Peach Music Festival in Pennsylvania, as well as getting to follow such amazing acts as My Morning Jacket, Wilco, and the Allman Brothers Band to amazing venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland and the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia.

August brought a close to our tour with so many great bands, and though it was bittersweet to end our time with such amazing acts, we also began our first dates with old friends in Journey (along with friends Pat Benetar and Loverboy), Elephant Revival, and Great American Taxi.

            One of our major highlights of September was getting to attend the Minnesota State Fair with headliners Journey, which included a special fireworks finale. Shoe Fest in Manteno, IL, was another amazing new event for Rock the Earth, with such amazing acts as Old Shoe, Keller and the Keels, and Elephant Revival. We were able to add many more photo petitions to our Mountain Heroes Campaign, and are now counting over 13,500 people as allies in the fight against Mountain Top Removal. We've also received a lot of love from the folks in Elephant Revival, who gave us a shout out at every show we attended with them!

            The traveling Summer Touring team continues on the road with stops that include a Bruce Hornsby solo show, a night with our friends in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and then a series of Journey shows to finish up the tour, as we visit parts of the U.S. from Maine to Alabama. Summer Tour 2012 ends with a bang at Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival in mid-October.

            Meanwhile, our regional teams were also busy over the last month. In NYC RtE volunteers worked shows by Enanitos Verdes, Flying Colors, and Steve Vai, while our Colorado team continued to recruit support for Browns Canyon at shows by BB King, Gov’t Mule, Railroad Earth, Umphrey’s McGee, Train, and Jason Mraz, as well as helping to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Wildlife Experience in a day of environmental education and activity in Parker, CO.

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Still Rockin’ to Protect Browns Canyon and Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining

As noted in the June edition of Rock the Earth Notes, this summer Rock the Earth has been focused on two major projects: the permanent monument protection for Colorado’s Browns Canyon, and stopping the incredibly destructive practice known as Mountain Top Removal Mining.

Since the start of Rock the Earth’s Summer Tour 2012, thousands of music fans across the country have taken a stand to support our efforts on these two important issues. If you are one of those who have participated, we THANK YOU!  As we continue to tour the country, both of these issues are at the top of our list of activation projects, and if you haven’t already taken action, YOU can NOW!

Although the initial batch of photo petitions have been submitted to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, you can still be a Mountain Hero and join the fight to save mountains, waters and communities in Appalachia now, by adding your photo to our online “Mountain Heroes” photo petition. Our goal is to have over 15,000 people sign up to be Mountain Heroes this Summer by the time we conclude our Education & Outreach Tour on Oct. 15! 

For more information and to join our photo petition, visit Then share the petition with your friends through Facebook and Twitter to help us spread the word and recruit more allies. Together, we can save mountains!

In addition, if you care about western wilderness areas and protecting them, you can also take a stand for permanent monument protection for Browns Canyon (and register to win a free, two-day overnight rafting trip for two, courtesy of Wilderness Aware Rafting). For more information about what you can do to preserve this amazing place, GO HERE

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Key of Green: It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding

Planning your Summer 2013 wedding?  Add some green! Check out these great tips when making decisions about your special day!

Picking a venue: Stay local so guests don’t have to travel, and consider having the ceremony and the reception in the same place. Also consider an outdoor setting and let Mother Nature provide you with natural light.

Picking a dress: Go vintage or better yet, borrow a gown (something borrowed, wink, wink). Maybe your mom’s wedding dress has some potential so don’t rule it out. If you really want to go new, consider a material like hemp, bamboo or organic cotton or silk, and same goes for your bridesmaids’ dresses too!

Invitations: Save some trees and use an online invitation!  That way potential guests won’t lose the invitation and they can access it anywhere, anytime. Don’t forget a wedding blog, they’re ALL the rage!  If you want to print, consider using earth-friendly paper like bamboo, hemp, banana stalks or organic papers. Also, don’t forget the ink – go with veggie or soy-based with inks!

Time to eat: Go with a food provider that uses organic and/or local foods (both is best). Try to use what’s in season, and consider lots of vegetarian options. Rent glassware and dishes, or use biodegradable options. Last, but not least, donate leftover food to a local shelter.

Flowers: Go organic if possible!  Start a new trend amongst your friends and have your bridesmaids carry vintage handbags instead of flowers. Don’t forget the option of using silk flowers – they never wilt. You can donate the flowers to a local hospital too!

Gifts and party favors: In lieu of giving favors to your guests, donate a small amount of money per guest to a few select charities (i.e. Rock the Earth). In lieu of receiving gifts, consider offering your guests the option of donating to your favorite charity!  Other ideas for party favors - local soaps, an herb plant that can be used for cooking (guests will be reminded of your special day), make place cards of seeded paper so guests can plant them at home, or offer guests a downloadable playlist from the night’s festivities!

Make your guests “green” with envy and weave some of these ideas into your wedding planning process – happy planning!

Photo by Soulshine Photography, Chicago, IL

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RtE September Auctions

While our 9th Summer Tour rolls on, artists have come forward to support Rock the Earth by signing LIMITED EDITION MEMORABELIA to help support our advocacy and education efforts!  This month, we’ll be auctioning off rare, signed prints from:  My Morning Jacket, Barenaked Ladies, John Butler Trio, The Black Keys, Primus, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and many more! GO HERE to bid, but HURRY, the auctions close on October 4!


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Member Benefit: Discount Festival Tickets for RtE Members

Thanks to our generous festival supporters, once again, if you’re a Rock the Earth Member, you can take advantage of some incredible savings on tickets! So, make sure that your membership is up to date and then HURRY, as supplies for these discounted tickets are very limited!  All tickets are non-transferable; one discounted ticket per RtE Membership.

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival (October 11-13) – Members Save $25+
Back to scenic Mulberry Mountain in the Arkansas Ozarks we will go, for Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival! Hosted by Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band, this bluegrass/newgrass festival will have a wide range of world-famous performers. Not only do you get Yonder for multiple performances, but also great bands like Leftover Salmon, Punch Brothers, The Jayhawks, Cornmeal, Elephant Revival, Dumpstaphunk, and many others!  Rock the Earth is offering RtE Members 4-day ticket/camping passes for $110!  RtE members should contact to purchase.

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Help Wanted

Webmaster/Website Developer ? Social Networking ? Washington, DC ? San Francisco Bay Volunteers
Do you have some time on your hands to dedicate to a great nonprofit?  Rock the Earth is only able to accomplish all that we have, since 2004, due to the dedication of generous, talented and passionate volunteers. Each year, over 100 people donate over 10,000 volunteer hours to Rock the Earth!  You could be one of us! 

We are currently seeking a new Webmaster and/or Website Developer for our new website that will more accurately reflect our latest work. Want to really leave your mark on an organization by helping us with our IT needs?  Become part of the strategy team regarding our future.

We are currently also looking for volunteers to assist with the following positions:

- Washington, D.C. /Baltimore Volunteer Coordinator
- San Francisco Bay Volunteer Coordinator
- Chicago Volunteer Coordinator
- Social Networking Volunteer

If interested in any of these positions, please write to

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Volunteer Jam

Volunteer Jam provides an outlet to thank non-staff volunteers and supporters who have rocked it big time during the past month, and who have gone above and beyond in generous support of the Rock the Earth cause. We want to sincerely thank each of you for giving so generously of your time, and applaud you for your contributions: 

Axel Tomac, Azaria Posik, Courtney Kotecki, David Malavenda, Gabrielle Masucci, Gregory Farlow, Jeremy Mason, Justin Spony, Karie Davis, Kevin O'Donohue, Laura Lamilla, Lauren Szudarek, Mackenzie Broeren, Nathan Brady, Nicholas McDonnell, Robbie Skorge, Victoria Stellato, and Lisa Shara.

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