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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Two days after hosting President Barack Obama, it has been announced that the Houston home of plaintiffs attorney Steve Mostyn will be the site of a fundraiser for the Democratic nominee for Texas governor.
On Friday, state Sen. Wendy Davis emailed supporters, notifying them Willie Nelson would perform at an April 27 fundraiser at Mostyn’s home.
On Dec. 31, the Mostyn Law Firm donated $1 million to the Texas Victory Committee – a joint project of Wendy R. Davis for Governor and Battleground Texas.
“No, folks, I’m not kidding,” Davis said in her email. “We’ll have some amazing Texas BBQ. We’ll be talking about the future of our great state. And at the end of the night, we’ll have a special performance by Willie.”
Mostyn made hundreds of millions of dollars suing the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association after Hurricane Ike ravaged the gulf coast.
On Wednesday, Obama met with around 30 members of the Democratic National Committee and major party contributors at Mostyn’s home.
The announcement that Willie Nelson will serenade Davis’ financial backers comes only two months after the senator’s Republican rival, Attorney General Greg Abbott, suffered a political blow from his association with another Texas musician, Ted Nugent.
In February, Abbott made an appearance with Nugent at a voter turnout rally. That same month, the controversial singer called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” drawing criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
And campaigning with an outspoken celebrity can have its drawbacks, as Abbott can attest.
Nelson, an iconic political activist, chairs the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and favors marijuana legalization. Over the past several years, his troubles with the IRS have made national headlines.
Few things are more revered in Texas than Willie Nelson and barbecue, and Wendy Davis is enlisting both for an upcoming campaign event.
The Democratic candidate for governor will be hosting the country music legend in Houston on April 27 for a “Backyard BBQ,” according to an email sent to supporters Friday.
The Red Headed Stranger, and Texas native, will perform a private concert at the event, the email said, which added people will be entered for sweepstakes to attend with a contribution of $5 or more.
Nelson is not shy from the political scene as he has drawn attention to climate change issues as well and is vocal supporter for the legalization of marijuana.
Davis, who recently met with President Barack Obama this week following his remarks at the Fort Hood memorial service, is running against Republican Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general.
“1st place!! Let’s keep going! Vote today, tomorrow, and Friday for the Boys and Girls Club!” — Lukas Nelson
It’s neck and neck right now, between the Boys and Girls Club of Maui, and another Boys and Girls Club somewhere in Calfornia, so vote early and vote often! Or as often as you can, which is actually only once a day.
Windemere Real Estate is sponsoring a contest to award $25,000.00 to the charity that gets the most votes on their facebook page. Lukas Nelson has championed the Boys and Girls Club from his home town, and has invited his family and friends and fans to join him in helping them win the $25,000.00, which they could really use. The contest ends Friday, so you still have a few chances to vote and help push the B&GCOM through the finish line.
Singer Willie Nelson has thrown his support behind an initiative to fight a coal mining practice, which involves blowing up mountaintops, by recording a rendition of America The Beautiful for a public service announcement.
The On The Road Again hitmaker has released avideo, via the Natural Resources Defense Council, in which he sings the patriotic song as pictures of destruction caused by mountaintop removal are flashed onscreen.
A message written at the end of the video reads: “The Appalachian Mountains (in the U.S.) are a national treasure, but mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying them forever. Obliterating forests, polluting the air and water and flooding the valleys. It won’t stop unless we do something.”
Country music legend Willie Nelson is joining the fight in Congress to protect Appalachian communities from the impacts of the devastating mining practice of mountaintop removal.
In a new music video that depicts dynamiting operations in Appalachia and their ruinous consequences, the American icon sings “America the Beautiful” to highlight opposition to giving coal companies free rein to blast the tops off mountains and dump dangerous pollution into surrounding streams and creeks.
The House of Representatives will vote on a bill Tuesday that would make it easier to dump the tons of toxic waste and debris from these mountaintop mining operations into Appalachian streams.
“Willie Nelson is a strong voice for everyday Americans, as shown by his solidarity with the people of Appalachia,” said Jon Devine, senior attorney in NRDC’s Water Program. “This legislation would clear the way for more destruction and more pollution. It must be stopped.”
Nelson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and first winner of the Country Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, has long championed the people and communities of rural America with his Farm Aid concerts.
The video, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, features Nelson’s song playing over scenes of wooded Appalachian mountains being dynamited by coal companies and the resulting boulders, ash and sludge cascading down on to communities below.
The bill scheduled for Tuesday’s House of Representatives vote, HR 2824, would lock in place a George W. Bush-era rule change that opened up local streams to the pollution caused by the ravages of mountaintop mining. Under this practice, companies are blasting off entire mountaintops to get at the thin coal seams below. They’re filling local rivers and streams with blasted debris, and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities in the region.
Mountaintop removal mining has already leveled more than 500 mountaintops, poisoned or buried over 2,000 miles of streams, and destroyed communities across Appalachia. Top scientists agree that the ecological damage of mountaintop removal is largely irreversible.
For more background on mountaintop removal, see: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/mountaintopremoval.php
World famous menswear designer and visioneer John Varvatos, invited Willie Nelson and his sons to be a part of this year’s annual Stuart House event. The benefit is organized to raise money for the Stuart House, a program created by the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center that serves the special needs of sexually abused children.
This years event will happen April 13th and is known to attract many well known stars and performers who support the program.
This is not the first time that Nelson and sons have partnered with Varvatos. The trio suited up for the Fall/Winter 2013 campaign last year.
Thank you Martha Cassel Bodell for sharing this photo.
Danny Clinch shooting Willie Nelson and his sons for a high- fashion campaign. / Courtesy of Danny Clinch Behind the scenes w/ the photographer who shot Willie’s new album cover and the John Varvatos fall and winter campaign that Willie and the boys were featured in.
Join us in celebration of The 2nd Annual Ben Dorcy Day this Tuesday night at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, TX
Ben Dorcy is the first stage hand to be invited on a tour, making him the first roadie. He’s still working at 88 years of age, making him the oldest working roadie.
Where: John T Floore’s Country Store, Helotes, TX
When: Tuesday February 4th 7pm
Who: Jamey Johnson,
Josh Abbott, Evan Felker,
And other Special Guests
Tickets: $20 in advance at http://www.liveatfloores.com/
All proceeds go to Ben Dorcy III
Willie Nelson has asked for help to support one of his long time roadies Ben. If you can’t make the show, you can still buy a ticket, proceeds will go to Ben. Details here – http://bit.ly/1g1GTjK
The Second Annual Ben Dorsey Day February 4, 2014 John T. Floores Country Store Doors at 7PM; Show starts at 9PM. Tickets: http://www.liveatfloores.com
If you live outside Texas, like me, but want to support the fundraising efforts, you can purchase tickets through Floore’s website. Then, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you bought tickets you won’t be using. Let’s join the Ben Dorsey Team.
Jamey Johnson will headline the Second Annual Ben Dorsey Day Concert on February 4th, at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas. There seems to be a group of friends in the music business who care about Ben and care for him, and it’s moving to witness that kind of friendship and community, at it’s finest. Along with Jamey Johnson, Josh Abbott, Even Felker of The Turnpike Troubadours & more will perform. All the artists and crew on this show will be donating their time and talent for free! It promises to be a great show to honor a long time member in the crew.”
More details here
I took this picture of Paula Nelson and Ben in Austin, on New Year’s Eve. When I showed Paula the picture, she told me Ben had his hand on her ass when I snapped this photo. Ha. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Barbi Twins: Why have you and your family become so active specifically in anti-horse slaughter?
Willie Nelson: I’m a little prejudiced when it comes to horses. I have always loved them. I currently have about 68; 25-30 were rescued directly from slaughter. I got involved 8 years ago when Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) first made me aware that American horses are being slaughtered and shipped overseas for human consumption. It’s a shame that horses – or any animal – be treated this way when horses are the foundation of America. Horses were a way to travel to get to where we are today, and it is our job to protect them.
BT: The wild horses have been in the news, but most people don’t understand that horse slaughter is legal. Can you explain what the government does?
WN: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency in charge of protecting wild horses, has been rounding them up at an alarming rate, supposedly for their own good. Sadly, there are more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild. Something is wrong with that, so we must act now before the BLM has managed these magnificent animals into extinction.
BT: Why should Americans be worried about horse slaughter still being legal?
WN: Americans don’t eat horses. They are not raised as food animals and they are treated with chemicals that render them unsafe for consumption. The regulations needed to change their status to “food animals” would cripple every aspect of the horse industry as we know it. Plus, it would be wrong.
BT: What benefit does horse slaughter have if most people are against horse slaughter?
WN: America’s horses and horse industry are under attack by a small group of folks out to line their pockets at the expense of our wild and domestic horses, American taxpayers, and those restaurant patrons who are ingesting toxic horse meat. However, we can pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which will ban the slaughter of all American horses for the purpose of human consumption, while also ensuring they aren’t sent abroad to suffer the same fate. My family has been working closely with our friend Chris Heyde at AWI on the SAFE Act and other important horse welfare issues for years. I encourage everyone to join with us by visiting www.awionline.org, taking action, and signing up for eAlerts today. Together we can make a difference.
BT: What can you tell people about how they can help stop horse slaughter of domestic and wild horses?
WN: Folks, please join my family and friends at the Animal Welfare Institute to see how you can help with this important American cause.
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