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“The Keystone XL pipeline is a large step in the wrong direction for the health of Earth,” Neil Young said at the Harvest the Hope concert. “America must lead the world again and stop this pipeline.”
The Harvest the Hope performance video for “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” concludes with a call for citizens who give a damn about protecting our land and water to take action and vote on Election Day, Nov. 4.
Voters in Nebraska can find out which candidates oppose Keystone XL and will fight to protect land and water in the New Energy Voter Guide, available here.
Many thanks again to Neil for once again lending his voice to the fight to protect Mother Earth, and to Harvest the Hope performers Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Frank Waln, and the Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars.
You can honor Neil’s commitment by helping spread this video far and wide, and voting on Election Day!
Watch the “Pipeline Fighter” version of Neil Young’s “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”
Let’s prove the naysayers wrong, and get out and vote for New Energy on Nov. 4.
Stand Up. Protect Land and Water. Vote.
Thanks for all you do.
Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team
P.S. Chip in $10 to buy some last-minute ads to promote the video before Election Day.
Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and friends, “This Land is Your Land” (Harvest the Hope Concert) (9/27/140Monday, September 29th, 2014
Thank you, Jenny from OK, for the video!
Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young and country music star Willie Nelson teamed up with anti-Keystone XL group Bold Nebraska for a fundraising concert called Harvest the Hope, to raise money and awareness of the fight against the Canadian oil pipeline.
photos by Matt Ryerson
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Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ (Farm Aid 2014) (Raleigh, NC)Saturday, September 20th, 2014
by: Dave Saldana
He is the director, writer and producer of Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, a new short film that is a production of the Center for Media and Democracy Investigative Fund.
Jane Kleeb and Bold Nebraska were coy at first, posting a tantalizing message that held a promise of… what?
Big Bold Nebraska announcement coming in a few moments…watch your FB and Twitter and Email…
Well, what could it be? Could it be that their lawsuit against the governor’s unconstitutional power grab that handed over their farms and ranches to TransCanada won at the appellate level? Could it be that their efforts to wrest#NoKXL commitments and pro-New Energy policies from Nebraska’s congressional candidates were successful? Because either of those would be big news.
When the announcement came, it was a really big deal.
Country music legend Willie Nelson and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young will be performing next month in Neligh, Nebraska, to raise money for Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, groups continuing to fight against Keystone XL and the threat it poses to their land and water. The concert is called “Harvest the Hope,” and will take place on a farm owned by a family who refused to sell out to TransCanada.
“Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes,” Kleeb, Bold Nebraska’s director, said in a statement. “Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that President Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil.”
Young and Nelson, whose combined careers exceed 100 years in the public eye, haven’t shied away from taking a stance on social and political issues.
After writing country standards like “Crazy” and “Hello Walls.” Nelson’s musical career took on a new trajectory in the 1960s, when he and other rebellious stars– including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings– stepped away from the Nashville hit machine and began writing and playing songs that addressed the changing moods and mores of the times, and the social misfits they spawned. The movement was called “Outlaw Country.”
Young’s history of political involvement is no secret. His responses to racial turmoil in the South are rock classics; “Southern Man” and “Alabama” are foundational in the protest-rock canon. But it was “Ohio,” the song he wrote in the immediate aftermath of the killing of four students at Kent State University by National Guardsmen, that cemented his place in political music.
Young and Nelson have joined forces before in Nebraska. They, along with John Mellencamp, created Farm Aid, the musical festival to raise awareness and money for family farmers who were losing their land to banks and industrial farming. In 1987, a crowd of 69,000 joined Young and Nelson for Farm Aid III, the largest concert in Nebraska history.
Young has been especially outspoken about tar sands development. Earlier this year, he toured the country, criticizing the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for, in Young’s words, “trading integrity for money.”
Naturally, Young’s criticism drew fire from the Harper government, which is known torespond with snark where diplomacy and statesmanship are called for. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver responded that “even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day.”
Young’s retort, quoted by Global News, took Oliver to task.
If rock stars need oil is an official response, how does that affect the treaties Mr. Harper’s government of Canada is breaking? Of course, rock stars don’t need oil. I drove my electric car from California to the Tar sands and on to Washington DC without using any oil at all and I’m a rock star. My car’s generator runs on biomass, one of several future fuels Canada should be developing for the Post Fossil Fuel Age. This age of renewable fuels could save our grandchildren from the ravages of climate related disasters spawned by the Fossil Fuel Age; but we have to get started.
Young and Nelson are ready to get started, and they’re inviting you along.
by: Marjorie Sturgeon
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Bold Nebraska, the organization behind an anti-pipeline concert featuring Willie Nelson and Neil Young, says tickets are sold out.
The announcement was made in a post on Twitter Friday morning, just two days after tickets for the Harvest the Hope concert in Neligh went on sale.
Seven thousand tickets were made available for the show, which will be held on a farm organizers say is on the route for the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline through the state.
Money raised from the concert will go toward efforts to oppose the pipeline and also help fund community clean energy projects on farms and tribal lands, according to Bold Nebraska.
LINCOLN — Tickets for next month’s Keystone XL pipeline protest concert headlined by Neil Young and Willie Nelson sold out Thursday, a day after they went on sale, according to the etix.com website.
Although the northeast Nebraska farm where the event will take place could have fit as many as 10,000 people, a decision was made to cap sales at 7,000 tickets, said Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, the group organizing the event. The tickets sold for $50 each.
Proceeds from the Sept. 27 concert will benefit Bold Nebraska and two other organizations fighting a proposed pipeline that would move crude oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.
Organizers started selling tickets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show will take place on a farm near Neligh lying on the path of the proposed pipeline.
Pipeline company Trans Canada remains in a holding pattern as it awaits a decision by the U.S. State Department on whether the project meets the national interest.
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama said he would postpone the decision until after the Nebraska Supreme Court settles a constitutional dispute on the pipeline’s route.
The State Supreme Court will hear arguments in the pipeline appeal Sept. 5, but is not expected to rule on the matter until late in the year.
Project supporters say that the pipeline would bring jobs and economic benefits while tapping a supply of oil from a friendly trade partner.
Opponents say that ramping up production from Canada’s oil sands region will boost greenhouse gas emissions and that potential leaks from the pipeline are a threat to land and water, specifically the vital Ogallala Aquifer that underlies much of Nebraska.
Nelson and Young have not played together in Nebraska since the 1987 Farm Aid show at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both are advocates of alternative energy who notably have run tour buses and other vehicles on biodiesel fuel.
The concert also will feature musical performances by Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son, and hip-hop artist Frank Waln, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.