Power to the Peaceful Festival 2009

by Anis Salvesen

Like free music?  What about live music outdoors?  What if I told you the entertainment was part of an event all about creating solutions to put an end to world poverty?

This Saturday, September 12th, at the Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, you can join 70,000 people in one of the biggest outdoor events in the country.  It’s the 11th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival. Doors open 9 a.m.,  and the festivities continue until 5 p.m.

So who is performing?    You can check out the list of featured artists , but I’ll just mention two of my favorites.  One is Alanis Morissette.  Did you know Jagged Little Pill remains the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S.?  It’s also the highest selling debut album worldwide in music history!

The other performance about which I am really excited is the one by Michael Fronti + Spearhead.  I dare you to sit perfectly still while listening to his music.  It’s impossible.  If you’re reading this in a place where you can’t move to music, maybe you should listen to it later.

It gets better.   In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be some great, great speakers.  Namkha Rinpoche, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist Teacher, for example, will be there.  He will be sharing a message about the necessity for compassion directly from the Dalai Lama!  Cynthia McKinney, the first African-American woman to represent Georgia in the US Congress, will be another cool speaker.   Anyone who walks around the House floor in gold tennis shoes is automatically intriguing in my book.

Before I forget, the following day, Sunday the 13th, there will be a forum with lots of great workshops.  It will be here in San Francisco at Herbst Theater, at 401 Van Ness St.  One workshop that sounds fascinating is on climate change and its particularly devestating effect on the poor.

This is the kind of event that makes it so great to live in the Bay Area.  There are just so many socially conscious, active people here, and it’s wonderful that a bunch of us are going to get together and have a great time .  The suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.  The decision to attend is a no-brainer.

Thanks for reading this blog post.  See you Saturday!

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