August 15, 2011

Crosby Stills, and Nash; Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt; Sweet Honey in the Rock; and other musicians performed at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View on August 7th as a benefit for Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE). Proceeds supported Japan disaster relief efforts and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non­nuclear energy. The concert was intended to re-energize the excitement of the first MUSE no-nukes concert in 1979, attended by 200,000 people following the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, and spur a new wave of anti-nuclear organizing. SF Bay Area PSR Steering Committee member Dr. Tom Newman attended and said of the event, “Besides the great music, it was great to see so many people there unified in their opposition to nuclear power.  They had a whole ‘Safe and Clean Energy Village’ with booths for antinuclear groups from all over the country, including our friends from Tri-Valley CARES.  And the whole concert was powered by solar panels and biodiesel!  I felt safely and cleanly re-energized!” See below for quotes from musicians on the importance of the event.

The following day, Dr. Robert Gould, SF Bay Area PSR President, attended a statewide meeting on nuclear power hosted by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) in San Mateo. The event was intended to provide a forum for anti-nuclear groups to share organizing ideas, on the heels of the MUSE concert and events commemorating the 1945 U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A key topic of the statewide meeting included efforts to stop the relicensing of nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, and the goal of shutting them down completely. Approximately 50-60 people attended the meeting, representing a variety of organizations with roots in longstanding anti-nuclear work in CA. This meeting was the first time this many people and organizations got together to coordinate efforts to end nuclear power in California for decades.

From the MUSE concert press release:

“The disaster in Fukushima is not only a disaster for Japan. It is a global disaster. We come together now across cultural boundaries, political and generational boundaries, to call for changes in the way we use energy, and in the ways we conduct the search for solutions to the problems facing humanity,” says Jackson Browne. “We join with the people of Japan, and people everywhere who believe in a non‐nuclear future.”

“The MUSE concert will not only be a great show, it will hopefully entice the public to become better informed of the tremendous dangers of nuclear power,” says Graham Nash. “We have to keep real and true information flowing so that people can act on it.”

Pat Simmons, of The Doobie Brothers, who performed at the original MUSE shows adds, “We are so proud to be reuniting with so many of our talented friends, who share our concern for the safety, and sustainable future of our fragile planet. Current events have brought us to a turning point in our human existence. It’s time to consider alternatives to the present course of energy production that have been forced upon us by an aggressive corporate power structure. We join together to generate funds to help our Japanese friends, as they recover from the devastation that they have had to endure, due to man’s careless use of nuclear energy, and nature’s unpredictability. Through these efforts we also hope to raise public awareness of the challenges we are faced with, and the important responsibilities we share in moving us towards a safer, nuclear free future.”