AUG 4, 2012 – JTMP has been fighting hard against Fracking using music and video, and even hosting "Tour De Frack" in DC this summer, but we have also learned that Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono have teamed up to fight against Fracking in their home state of New York, by forming the organization Artists Against Fracking, and have united musicians together against this destructive practice ranging from David Crosby to Wilco. You can check out their site here.
July 29, 2012 – JTMP was part of the nationwide "Stop The Frack Attack!" actions all week long here in DC, and one of the events was a panel discussion with Josh Fox, Jason from Tour De Frack, Bill McKibben and others; and JTMP was not only there to film it but we "live streamed" it out to the Internet for all who could not make it. This shows how another tool of technology and social media are being used in the world of activism. It went off without a hitch, and you can catch part of the discussion recorded on our JTMP UStream.TV Channel here. JTMP is committed to using technology and social media to bring about social progressive change, and we will surely be streaming more events in the future, so check back.
UPDATE! July 29, 2012 12:00 PM – VIDEO OF PANEL AND Q&A BELOW!
July 28, 2012 – JTMP was at St. Stephen Church of DC to be a part of a anti-fracking panel discussion and acoustic guitar concert with activists from all parts of the country. Tour De Frack was there, along with Josh Fox, Bill McKibben, and even farmers that have been devastated by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"; telling stories of dry wells, sickness, and property value loss. JTMP live streaed the event on our JTMP UStream TV Channel, so people who could not make it could be a part of it.
The day started out with citizen activists gathering at St. Stephen Church, and then being sent out on various actions to let our voice be heard, "No Fracking!". Later, everyone gathered back at the church to be part of a panel discussion featuring not only Jason from Tour De Frack, and filmmaker Josh Fox, author/activists Bill McKibben; but also farmers from all over America who have had their animals get sick and die, wells running dry, and all sorts of horror stories as a result of the destructive and harmful practice of fracking. We wil post the video in its entirety shortly, so check back, and as always check our JTMP YouTube Channel and Subscribe!
There was also a lot of activist music, with local DC activist musician Renard Cohen playing his anti-fracking song and telling people of the documentary that will be coming out called "Groundswell". Also, I got up on stage and sang two of my activist songs, "Rise Up" and "Occupy Everywhere", and warmed up the crowd for Zach. Zach biked down from Pennsylvania with Tour De Frack, and sang a few of his great songs, including one very anti-fracking song called, "I Want a Future Too". Check back all week as we will be processing and releasing videos of all these performances all this week.
Check out Pics from the event at our JTMP Facebook Page! The entire 2 hour video panel and Q&A is below, use the mouse to fast forward and watch various chapters for there are some good speakers including farmers devastated by fracking.
(Above: Jason from Tour De Frack meets with aide for Sen. Mikulski (D-MD) and shows contaminated water and explains facts about the harmful process of "fracking")
July 26, 2012 – The anti-fracking bicyclist-activist group known as Tour De Frack biked all the way from Butler, PA to DC to talk to their elected officials at the federal level about the harmful effects fracking does to our environment, and JTMP was there to record it for a video. The US Capitol building is too small to house the offices of all the Senators and Representatives, so there are satellite buildings around the US Capitol grounds, where citizens can visit and talk to their elected officials about their concerns on issues.
Jason and the others of Tour De Frack told me that some of the representatives considered fracking to be a state issue, but they told them they feel let down by their state government, and their environment and health are not being protected. They will continue this citizen lobbying effort all week and beyond, and plan to see Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), James Inhofe (R-OK), and many others. There will also be a music concert tomorrow night, so check back for more video with political music! "No Freakin' Frackin'!" Watch the Hart Senate Office Building visit video below, including interviews of Tour De Frack activists afterwards.
July 25, 2012 – JTMP was on hand to meet the Tour De Frack activist bicyclists as they arrived in the DC area today. We met them at the Maryland Great Falls Park Visitors Center as they ended their bike run from Butler, PA to Washington, DC. Check out a video of the event below, including an acoustic guitar performance by Zach, and for more information and the scheduling of Tour De Frack week, click here.
July 24, 2012 – Tour De Frack is on, and the activist bicyclists will be arriving in the DC area tomorrow at the Maryland Great Falls Visitor Center at 11:00 AM, with a picnic concert by Zach Freidhof, so come on down and have some fun and help us kick off the Tour De Frack lobbying efforts to take our concerns about fracking to the federal level. There will be events all week, here is some of the schedule:
July 25 – 11:00AM – MD Great Falls
July 26 – 10:00AM – Capitol Hill, DC
July 27 – 9PM – Concert at Church in DC
OCT 24, 2011 – Sean Lennon, along with Gasland director Josh Fox, sang "Material Girl" in Zuccotti Park in a show of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters and movement, and they also spoke out against "fracking" which has severely impacted New York.
To view the video please click on icon or this link:
Back in January of 2011, JTMP helped get the word out on the dangers of the issue of "fracking", where hundreds of toxic chemicals are shot into rock to fracture them and extract more natural gas, but polluting the drinking water table. Hundreds of people have gotten sick, their wells destroyed, and even their kitchen faucets catch on fire.
Our JTMP HD Video we released, along with the song, "Freakin Frackin" by Op-Critical, has scenes from the documentary "Gasland" by Josh Fox. On Saturday, September 17, Josh won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for Non-Fiction Programming, and had this to say to the President, "President Obama, I hope you are paying attention. We cannot allow America to turn into a gas field."
Watch "Freakin Frackin" by Op-Critical below.
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