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Power to the Peaceful Festival Fills Golden Gate Park
by amandamaria
Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
Golden Gate Park was packed with attendees of the 911 Power to the Peaceful festival on Saturday, September 8. The festival featured yoga sessions, information tables from various peace organizations, food and vendor booths, and free music all day from two different stages.
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Golden Gate Park was packed with attendees of the 911 Power to the Peaceful festival on Saturday, September 8. The festival featured yoga sessions, information tables from various peace organizations, food and vendor booths, and free music all day from two different stages.

Started in 1998, the festival's orginial aim was to draw attention to the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. After September 11, 2001, the festival was re-named Power to the Peaceful and has taken a different tone, calling for an end to all bombings across the globe.

Michael Franti and Spearhead headlined the show. They were preceeded by the Indigo Girls, Hot Buttered Rum, Bassnectar and DJ Spooky. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! spoke about the importance of independent media especially now as more and more media falls into the control of a few large corporations. She highlighted past news events that have happened on or around September 11 of vatious years which often stay out of the mainstream media landscape.

Find out more about Power to the Peaceful at http://www.powertothepeaceful.org.
§Petal Art
by amandamaria Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
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§Maquiladora Awareness
by amandamaria Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
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A group bringing awareness to the dangerous conditions facing women working in sweat shops, or maquiladoras, in Mexico, brought a giant milk carton painted with information about the number of killed or missing women and statistics about the work environment.
§Micheal Franti
by amandamaria Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
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While musical artists were performing there was sign language interpretation. photo by bradley
§Kid's View
by amandamaria Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
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There were several kids on their parents' shoulders enjoying the concert. As the parents would bounce to the music, the smiles on kids sitting atop their shoulders would get wider and wider. The event was fun for people of all ages. photo by bradley
§Sesame Street
by amandamaria Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
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In addition to Bob Marley and Sublime covers, Michael Franti and Spearhead covered the Sesame Street theme song. "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street..." photo by bradley
§Love Party on Stage
by amandamaria Sunday Sep 9th, 2007 5:23 PM
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At the end of the show the stage was filled with puppets, signs proclaiming things like "Have Faith," and plenty of people giving out flowers. photo by bradley

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