Thursday, April 11, 2013

Help Musicians United Protect Bristol Bay

Si Kahn, Activist, Organizer & Folk Singer/Songwriter and his fellow-travelers are at it again!

I'm writing to you from Juneau, Alaska, where I'm this year's official Guest Artist at the Alaska Folk Festival, with exciting news and a request for your help.

Today we are launching a crowd-funding campaign for my new album Bristol Bay.  I'm deeply proud of the songs, most of which were written and field-tested here in Alaska.  They include co-writes with Grammy winners Jon Vezner and Tom Chapin, and a wonderful instrumental composition by Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers, the album's producer.

I am also very proud to be donating 100% of all income from the CD, including my artist and songwriter royalties, to support  Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay -  a growing movement of musicians around the world, including luminaries like Pete Seeger, Holly Near and Tom Chapin, who are using the power of music and their networks to help stop a potential environmental and cultural disaster in Alaska's Bristol Bay, one of the world's remaining great wild places.

I hope you will join with us and DONATE what you can today.  A donation of $25 or more gets you the album when it's released in June.  For a donation of $200 or more, you will get a copy personally signed by me to you.  And there are many other rewards you can get for other donation levels.

We are funding Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay completely with grassroots donations from folks like you.  There is no limit to how much you can donate, and the entire amount is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

We recently shot a video of Pete Seeger talking about and endorsing Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay.  This legendary folksinger and storyteller nails the Bristol Bay battle in two minutes, and ends by singing “Which Side Are You On?”    To see that video, make a donation and sign up for your copy of my new album, click HERE!

Bristol Bay, Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.   It's home to much of the fresh wild fish we eat in North America, to the last great population of sockeye salmon, and to Alaska Native communities that have lived off its bounty continuously for over 10,000 years.

But the Bristol Bay area is also home to what may well be the largest copper and gold ore deposit in the world.  Not surprisingly, an international mining consortium wants to build the world’s largest open pit mine right next to the headwaters that drain into the Bay.

Please DONATE today to help Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay help fight the Pebble Mine, and receive my new album of songs about the beauty of the Bay; the strong, courageous folk who have lived and fished there for over 10,000 years; and the corporate insanity and greed that threatens to destroy this extraordinary heritage forever.

In solidarity and music,


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