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Bid on chance to see Willie Nelson & Friends on New Year’s Eve in Austin and Meet Willie Nelson in person

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Willie Nelson returns to Austin City Limits Live to ring in the New Year with two shows, December 30th and 31st.

You and a guest will get to attend the December 31st, 2016 show and meet with Willie Nelson, Austin’s hometown musician, as he returns to ring in the New Year with Delbert McClinton with Glen Clark on 12/31. Andy Langer will host the show on the 31st, where there will be an appearance by Father Time Texas and champagne toast by Woodbridge Sparkling at midnight.

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Support Farm Aid #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
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Dear Linda,
Last month, Farm Aid received a donation along with this note:

In 1985, I pledged $20 through the concert telethon line when I was a college student. Later, I realized that I did not have the money to send in. Last night, my college roommate reminded me that we never sent our donations in. I am a single mom of two college students now and I don’t make a lot of money but I want to pay what I promised I would 31 years ago. Please accept my apologies. I wish that I could afford to do more. Thank you.

This generous sentiment energized all of us here at Farm Aid to keep up the fight for family farmers and good food. Here is a person who, despite her own difficulties, stayed true to her word by honoring a 31-year old pledge to do good in the world. Inspired by the first Farm Aid concert, she continues to believe —  like we do —  that family farmers are essential for the well-being of all of us.

We all have intentions that we don’t always follow through with for various reasons: We get busy, we forget, or our intentions are too big to fulfill at that moment. But the chance to follow through on your promise is always there.

Whether you’ve intended to give to Farm Aid in the past or you donate regularly, we hope you’ll see #GivingTuesday as a chance to fulfill your intention, and strengthen our mission to keep family farmers on the land and grow the good food movement. In 31 years, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture thanks to big-hearted donors like you.
Today is your chance to join millions of people who are using #GivingTuesday as a way to do good in the world! We hope you’ll use this opportunity to support Farm Aid and make a difference in the lives of family farmers and all of us who eat.
Thank you, from all of us at Farm Aid.

PS —  Today only! One of Farm Aid’s generous donors has pledged to match gifts up to the first $2,000 donated. Give a gift to support family farmers right now and see it doubled!
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Thank you, Willie Nelson

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

In 2007, Willie Nelson & Family performed at a fundraising concert in Peru, Illinois, for the Peru Catholic School.  This is one of the hundreds of cards and posters presented to Willie Nelson by the students of Peru Catholic School last year. The kids wanted to thank Willie for helping to raise money to help the school build a playground.

Willie Nelson and Family support Standing Rock Water Protectors

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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Willie and family have so far committed $3,500 to build a solar barn.

Temperatures are already plummeting in North Dakota, and adequate housing is absolutely critical to shelter the Water Protectors through the winter.

Bold Alliance is taking action to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies at the Oceti Sakowin camps that are holding the line to protect our land, water and climate from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bold is raising $35,000 to build 30 tiny solar-powered barns on the Standing Rock land set aside for winter camping. We’ve already raised over $20,000, more than halfway to our goal — Thank you!

Chip in to match Willie Nelson & family’s donation to build tiny solar barns to shelter Water Protectors fighting Dakota Access.

The tiny barns will be mobile — so they may be utilized in the future by the Standing Rock tribe, and transported to support Pipeline Fighters on the frontlines in other states.

Chip in $25, $50 or whatever you can to match Willie Nelson & family’s donation to build tiny solar barns to stop Dakota Access.

Bold Alliance continues to stand with Standing Rock and landowners in Iowa fighting Dakota Access.

 

Thanks to the Nelson family, and to all the Water Protectors standing with Standing Rock and Iowa landowners fighting Dakota Access. 

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Alliance team
@Bold Nebraska on Twitter
Bold Nebraska on Facebook

Willie Nelson & Family donate Solar Barn to Standing Rock

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

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Now more than ever, we need to stand together and show the strength of this movement. Right now, we have to keep the pressure on President Obama to do what’s right while he’s still in office, and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

But right now, we’re hearing reports that President Obama and the Army Corps may approvethe final pipeline permits as soon as Monday. 

Let’s show how huge of a grassroots movement there is to stop this risky pipeline.

Our good friend and fellow Pipeline Fighter, Water Protector, and defender of Family Farms — Willie Nelson — and his wonderful family have generously offered to match your donation to build tiny solar barns to stop Dakota Access!

(Willie, along with his sons Lukas and Micah, performed at Bold Nebraska’s 2014 “Harvest the Hope” benefit concert on the Tanderup farm to stop the Keystone XL pipeline Willie’s wife Annie came to Nebraska too, cheered all from backstage.)

Willie and family have so far committed $3,500 to build one tiny solar barn — can you step up and help match his generous gift? 

Temperatures are already plummeting in North Dakota, and adequate housing is absolutely critical to shelter the Water Protectors through the winter.

Bold Alliance is taking action to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies at the Oceti Sakowin camps that are holding the line to protect our land, water and climate from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bold is raising $35,000 to build 30 tiny solar-powered barns on the Standing Rock land set aside for winter camping. We’ve already raised over $20,000, more than halfway to our goal — Thank you!

Chip in to match Willie Nelson & family’s donation to build tiny solar barns to shelter Water Protectors fighting Dakota Access.

The tiny barns will be mobile — so they may be utilized in the future by the Standing Rock tribe, and transported to support Pipeline Fighters on the frontlines in other states.

Everyone who makes a donation will have their name inscribed on a plaque placed on the tiny barns at the camp.

  • $25: Pitch in for a solar panel
  • $50: Pitch in for a tiny solar barn
  • $500: Solar panel + battery for one tiny solar barn
  • $3,500: One tiny barn ($3,000 barn kit; $500 solar + battery)

Chip in $25, $50 or whatever you can to match Willie Nelson & family’s donation to build tiny solar barns to stop Dakota Access.

Bold Alliance continues to stand with Standing Rock and landowners in Iowa fighting Dakota Access.

Bold Oklahoma coordinator Mekasi Camp Horinek has been embedded at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota since July, helping to organize nonviolent direct actions.

Bold Iowa started the Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance, which has been signed by more than 2,500 people willing to risk arrest to stop the pipeline, and organized nonviolent direct actions resulting in stoppage of construction and dozens of arrests.

Finally, if you’re in the Omaha area, be sure to join us on Sunday, Nov. 13 for the River Guardian Benefit Show at The 21st Saloon, 1:00-8:00 p.m. Eight bands, family-friendly, Pancake Man 1-4 p.m. Organized by Heather Pearson and co-hosted by Bold, with proceeds to go towards the Bakken Pledge Legal Fund. Click here for details on Sunday’s #NoDAPL benefit show in Omaha.

Thanks to the Nelson family, and to all the Water Protectors standing with Standing Rock and Iowa landowners fighting Dakota Access. 

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Alliance team
@Bold Nebraska on Twitter
Bold Nebraska on Facebook

Bridge School Benefit 2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

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Willie Nelson & Family at the 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit (October 22, 2016)

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

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Organized by musicians Neil Young and Pegi Young, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, all acoustic, non-profit charity event held every October at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. All proceeds directly benefit the operations of The Bridge School.

Our Mission

The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies. The Bridge School is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication and has developed unique programs and trained highly skilled professionals in the use of state of the art assistive technology.

The first concert was held October 13, 1986 and, with the exception of 1987- the year the educational program was launched- it has become a highly anticipated Bay Area favorite.

Support making of “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed” and you may win a guitar autographed by Willie Nelson

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Willie’s Reserve Donates Signed Guitar to MARY JANES Documentary

Support Mary Janes: The Women of Weed and you could win a signed guitar by Willie Nelson, thanks to our friends at Willie’s Reserve.

Willie Nelson once saved his guitar from a burning building and they have spent a lifetime traveling the world together. Willie and “Trigger” have a love story for the ages. They hope a MARY JANES’s supporter can start a friendship like that with their own Willie’sReserve guitar signed by the legend himself. The Fender Guitar (with acoustic pack) signed by Willie Nelson, along with a Willie’s Reserve T-shirt and hat, will be delivered to one lucky winner.

DETAILS ON HOW TO WIN THE GUITAR:https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mary-janes-the-women-of-weed-film-marijuana-cannabis#/

Willie’s Reserve wrote: “Upon the debut of Willie’s Reserve in Colorado and Washington, Willie Nelson told us all, ‘Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people.’ Willie’s Reserve has set out to uphold these values, so we are so proud to support the motion picture MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED. It will take a community working together to create an industry where women are duly respected as leaders in marijuana. This film will be a cornerstone in the story and together we will pay tribute to a tradition of sharing, caring, and toking.”

Video produced by Green Mile Pictures, in association with Rise Above Social Strategies. Promotional consideration provided by Willie’s Reserve. Music by bensound.com

Special Thanks to: Wendy Mosher, Natalie Simone,Lauren Gibbs, and Diego Rodriguez.

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Win a chance to meet Willie Nelson on his Tour Bus at Austin City Limits Music Festival (Oct 9, 2016)

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

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Help support an American-made petroleum alternative and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and you could meet Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

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Courtesy of Willie Nelson, you and a guest will receive 2 single day passes to the Austin City Limits Festival, for Sunday October 9th, a special guided tour of the festival’s backstage and artist compound area and then meet with the man himself, Willie Nelson on his tour bus ‘The Honeysuckle Rose’.

You and your guest will be allowed to get a photo with Willie and bring one personal item each to be signed by Willie at the meeting.

Proceeds benefit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

Donated by: Willie Nelson

Empowering Urban Communities Through Food #TakingAction #FarmAid

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Meet some of the people growing DC’s urban agriculture scene and healing communities with urban gardens.

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Each year on the Farm Aid stage, before the concert kicks off, Farm Aid artists Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews join rockstar farmers who are changing the farm and food system to talk about their work. This press event/pep rally allows us to highlight the farmers and food system changemakers – the unsung heroes – who do their work on the ground each and every day without the spotlight they deserve.

In this video from the press event, meet some of the people growing Washington, DC’s urban agriculture scene and healing communities with urban gardens.

Featuring:

– Chris Bradshaw of Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

– Sumayyah Muhammed, a grower at Dreaming Out Loud’s community garden in Washington DC’s Ward 6

– Xavier Brown of @soilful city Soilful City

– Boe Umar and Ms Mary Morgan of Dix Street Garden in Washington, DC’s Ward 7

Bid on Bedell Guitar, autographed by Willie Nelson and benefit Reverb

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Help the non-profit work of Reverb and you could take home a sustainably produced Bedell Guitars signed by Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is not just a singer and song writer. Willie Nelson is an American Legend whose musical style has crossed every boundary. Now is your chance to own a beautiful Bedell Acoustic Guitar signed by the man himself. This elegant instrument comes complete with hard shell case, certificate of authenticity and a photo of Willie Nelson signing the guitar at his ranch in Texas.

The Bedell Earthsong Orchestra proves it is possible to create a guitar with incredible tone while honoring a complete commitment to forest stewardship. The Earthsong Orchestra is inspired by the beauty and wonder of the American landscape: the streams and deserts, swamps and forests, beaches and valleys, and all the natural wonders that grace this vast and diverse country, from shore to shore.

The Bedell Earthsong Orchestra isn’t just sustainable, it is also built using only American harvested woods: a salvaged Sitka spruce soundboard, Western bigleaf maple back and sides, an Eastern hard rock maple neck, and a walnut fretboard, bridge and peghead overlay. Bedell craftsmen have achieved unparalleled tone and projection from these plentiful American woods for a truly planet-friendly guitar made from ethically harvested trees.

Donated by: Willie Nelson

 

Willie Nelson gives autographed guitar to help raise funds for new documentary, “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed”

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Denver, CO, September 12, 2016 – DVA Productions unveiled the film teaser for its new documentary motion picture, MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED, at a private Teaser Premiere Party in Denver, CO.

MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED, the third documentary by award-winning filmmaker Windy Borman, follows female “ganjapreneurs” as they navigate the “budding” marijuana industry in the United States. Their combined experience with the medical, legal, technical, scientific and business aspects of cannabis paint a multidimensional portrait of what it really takes to be “The Women of Weed”.

Borman writes, “When I moved to Colorado in 2014—the same year adult use of marijuana became legal—and started meeting successful women in the weed business, I knew I needed to share their stories to inspire audiences about how gender parity, social justice and environmental sustainability lead to greater success for all.”

Borman began production on MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED in Feb. 2016 in Denver at the Women Grow Leadership Summit. She has since filmed in DC, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. Filming in Oregon, Washington and Alaska will occur this fall.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, women account for over 40% of annual cannabis users. This means 13.1 million women used cannabis in the United States in 2015. “When you also consider that women purchase over 50% of movie tickets, it just makes sense to produce a film where women get to speak about their experience,” writes Borman.

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Willie Nelson once saved his guitar from a burning building and they have spent a lifetime traveling the world together. Willie and “Trigger” have a love story for the ages. They hope a MARY JANES’s supporter can start a friendship like that with their own Willie’s Reserve guitar signed by the legend himself. The Fender Guitar (with acoustic pack) signed by Willie Nelson, along with a Willie’s Reserve T-shirt and hat, will be delivered to one lucky winner.

Willie’s Reserve wrote: “Upon the debut of Willie’s Reserve in Colorado and Washington, Willie Nelson told us all, ‘Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people.’ Willie’s Reserve has set out to uphold these values, so we are so proud to support the motion picture MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED. It will take a community working together to create an industry where women are duly respected as leaders in marijuana. This film will be a cornerstone in the story and together we will pay tribute to a tradition of sharing, caring, and toking.”

Borman (THE EYES OF THAILAND and THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA) is on track to wrap principal photography on Election Night in Nov. 2016, making MARY JANES eligible for major festivals in Spring 2017. Finishing funds will be primarily raised through Indiegogo.com, the popular online crowd-fundraising source. Donations to MARY JANES are tax-deductible through Green Planet Films, a 501(c)3 organization, at: <https://igg.me/at/MaryJanesFilm>.

Website: http://MaryJanesFilm.com

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/MaryJanesFilm

Twitter and Instagram: @MaryJanesFilm

About MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED:

MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED follows female “ganjapreneurs” as they navigate the “budding” marijuana industry in the United States. Their combined experience with the medical, legal, technical, scientific and business aspects of cannabis paint a multidimensional portrait of the what it really takes to be “The Women of Weed”.

Along the way, we meet authors, lawyers, doctors, patients, Congresswomen, legalization advocates, parents, and teachers who demystify the legal marijuana industry. We’ll learn about the evolution of theCannabis Sativa plant, its Schedule I drug status with the DEA, and its eventual legalization for medical use. We’ll discuss how the “War on Drugs” created new “Jim Crow laws”, and the parallels between women leading the way to overturn alcohol prohibition and ending marijuana prohibition. Finally, we’ll highlight female-led businesses that are instilling social responsibility into their foundations and the successes these garner. By the end, we hope female and male audiences become educated voters and empowered entrepreneurs in any industry they choose.

About Windy Borman:

Windy Borman, MST, is a multi-award-winning film Director and Producer, as well as the founder of DVA Productions. Her recent projects include directing and producing the 10-time award-winning film, THE EYES OF THAILAND (narrated by Ashley Judd), and producing THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA, which premiered at Sundance and on HBO. Other credits include producing performances for Dr. Maya Angelou and Margaret Cho, directing “The Vagina Monologues”, and writing for Takepart.com and Indiewire: Women and Hollywood.

From 2003-2005, Ms. Borman dedicated two years of her life to Teach For America, teaching middle school Drama and Dance in the South Bronx. In 2006 she opened DVA Productions to use her gift of storytelling to produce film and digital media that give a voice to the voiceless and promote peace, justice and equality.

Windy has been an active member in Women in Film chapters since 2008. She served as the Vice President of Bay Area Women in Film and Media (BAWIFM) and was member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT). She moved to Colorado in 2014 and is thrilled to serve as the Founding Board Chair of Women in Film and Media Colorado (WIFMCO).

About Willie’s Reserve:

For decades, Willie Nelson has served as the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States, while speaking out in favor of legalization for medical and recreational purposes. The nation’s most renowned aficionado has awaited the opportunity to share the pleasures of fine quality cannabis with his legions of fellow fans, and now, with top-grade, meticulously grown and beautifully packaged Willie’s Reserve, he can. Willie’s Reserve signature Ready Rolls and high quality flower are currently available at select purveyors in Colorado, Washington and future legal states for connoisseurs who appreciate the best. Willie’s Reserve will continue to support Nelson’s goals and celebrate his legacy by constantly seeking innovative ways to develop and curate the brand, while seeking an end to marijuana prohibition in America. http://williesreserve.com/

Willie Nelson to perform at Bridge School Benefit (Sat. Oct. 22, 23, 2016)

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

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Willie Nelson  will perform at this year’s Bridge School Benefit Concert on October 22 & 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, along with Neil Young, Matthews & Tim Reynolds Metallica, Roger Waters and others! Visit https://www.bridgeschool.org/concert/ for details.

Willie Nelson speaks out in support of the US Postal Service

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Willie Nelson and Jim Hightower join lobby to save and protect our public Postal Service.

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Willie Nelson to Perform at 2016 Bridge School Benefit

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Bridge School Concert 2014

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Neil Young will host the 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert on October 22–23 with music from Dave Matthews, Metallica, Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson and more.

Rounding out the lineup will be supergroup case/lang/veirs, Norah Jones, Cage the Elephant and E Street Band guitarist and former member of Crazy Horse Nils Lofgren. The concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and tickets will go on sale August 29. See the announcement video above.

The Bridge School was co-founded by Pegi Young, former wife of Neil, in 1986 and has been helping children with sever speech and physical impairments since, with Neil Young curating the benefit concert annually to raise money for the organization.

Bridge School Benefit Concert Lineup

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Willie Nelson
Metallica
Roger Waters
Dave Matthews
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My Morning Jacket
Norah Jones
Cage the Elephant
Nils Lofgren