Special Event for March 22, 2014
Tom Neilson, Music for Social Change
Award winning song-writer, Tom Neilson brings his satire and social commentary to the Redwood City UU on Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 PM. Tom will be performing songs of wit and poignancy, to include autobiographical sketches you won’t want to miss. Come hear his takes on same sex marriage, contraception, lost love, alternative love, distance love, environmental love, human rights love, a love for peace, and more.
Tom is known for decades of peace and justice work and has converted these experiences into 21 awards and nominations to include a 2011 IMA Song of the Year Award, winning at the Kerrville and South Florida Folk Festivals, JPF International awards for songs and CDs, MASC Silver Award, plus four songs at number 1 on the Soundclick music charts. He has performed in 21 countries on 5 continents and his music has been used in 9 documentaries and numerous stage and street theater productions.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 2124 Brewster, Redwood City
Show starts at 8PM
$20 Donation; $15 seniors; $5 youth
Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee of UUFRC and GPSMC
Light refreshments will be served
650 574-7155 for more info
What are others have said about him:
Michael Stock of WLRN, Miami says “He does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.”
“Politically cutting-edge, incisive, warm, & very funny; Raucous political satire &, quick wit; had everyone laughing & engaged.” Cathy Gilbert, Miami Greens
“Marvelous wit, endlessly creative, the storyteller’s storyteller.” Layne Longfellow, Prescott Unitarians, AZ
“The precision of his lyrics, his long history as an activist, his touching on current issues, and his spoken word – Oh, and he’s hilarious.” Joannes Werner, SEYM
“Creative & compelling; skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy & powerful in corporations, the media & government.” People’s Voice Café, NYC
I had the pleasure of seeing Tom perform in Freedom Square in Washington, DC just after the beginning of the Occupy movement.
Fracking is an inherently dangerous threat to our air, water and health, and a practice not adequately addressed by existing environmental protection laws. A strong and clear position against fracking is critical to keep California beautiful. We urge proactive steps to ban any and all fracking activities within Solano County.
Why is this important?
Fracking is a toxic method of oil and gas extraction that involves blasting vast quantities of water and toxic chemicals deep underground–and it’s endangering countless Californians’ health, safety and livelihoods.
Big Oil has plans to massively expand fracking in a huge section of the state–roughly 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, from Modesto to San Diego County–putting our precious water, our farms, and our health at risk.
In the last ten years, fracking has expanded rapidly in states like Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Texas and Colorado. Residents living near fracking operations suffer from constant noise and light pollution, endless diesel truck traffic, toxic spills, contaminated water, dangerous air pollution, increased crime, and falling property values.
If fracking continues to expand, it could spell ruin for California farmers. Appallingly, even in times of drought, the fracking industry regularly outbids farmers for water rights, increasing the price of water and directly jeopardizing their livelihoods. And the toxic chemicals and heavy metals associated with fracking operations can contaminate the soil, air and water, leach into crops, and kill livestock.
But despite the clear risks posed to Californians by the oil industry’s plans to frack our state, legislation that would have placed a moratorium on fracking died in the Assembly and Governor Brown appears eager to encourage the expansion of this toxic industry.
That’s why we have to take matters into our own hands and ban fracking at the local level. Cities and counties in California have broad authority to ban fracking, and we should pressure our elected officials to step in where the state government has so far failed to act.
Local bans on fracking may also be one of the most effective strategies for winning change at the state level. If a wave of cities and counties in California reject fracking, it will put increased pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking in all of California.
Hundreds of communities across the country, from New York and New Mexico, to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado, have successfully passed local bans or moratoriums on fracking in order to protect their homes and pressure state officials to act.
Now it’s up to us.
“Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up,” New York Times, February 3, 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/us/vast-oil-reserve-may-now-be-within-reach-and-battle-heats-up.html?pagewanted=all
“Fracking Our Food Supply,” The Nation, November 28, 2012: http://www.thenation.com/article/171504/fracking-our-food-supply#axzz2WmFXyJPL
“The Fracturing of Pennsylvania,” New York Times Magazine, November 17, 2011: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/fracking-amwell-township.html?pagewanted=all
“This is Your Town on Fracking,” OnEarth, June 13, 2013: http://www.onearth.org/blog/this-is-your-town-on-fracking-williston-north-dakota
“Fracking presents new strains on water supplies in some drought-stricken areas of the US,” Associated Press, June 16, 2013: “http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/fracking-presents-new-strains-on-water-supplies-in-some-drought-stricken-areas-of-the-us/2013/06/16/421299cc-d68a-11e2-ab72-3f0d51ec1628_story.html”
“Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests,” New York Times, June 1, 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/us/california-oil-and-ag-face-rift-on-fracking.html?pagewanted=all
“California Drought is No Problem for Kern County Oil Producers,” Circle of Blue, August 24, 2010: http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2010/world/california-drought-is-no-problem-for-kern-county-oil-producers/