The World's Grievance Man Blue Collar Rocker Who Sings With A Cause in His Heart VISIT www.MIKESTOUTMUSIC.com “There are a lot of guys out there who pass themselves off as blue-collar rockers, but Mike Stout is unquestionably the real thing”. -Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Mike’s lyrics speak for the working class more than any other musician around today" -Jim Jordon Electric Pencil "In the Woody Guthrie tradition, his songs reflect contemporary issues without resorting to journalism. They're more like partisan op-ed columns that grab political opponents by the throat and don't let go." - John Hayes Pittsburgh Post Gazette "It’s high time to make the powers that be dance to a different tune and Mike has supplied the soundtrack for that mission. I believe music can be a driving force for change and I’m glad Mike Stout is behind the wheel." -Paulo Freire of elecpencil.wordpress.com The Grievance ManMike Stout is an internationally known socially conscious singer song-writer and in your face take charge social activist. Taking his music to the picket lines and protest rallies Mike leads crusades against economic and environmental injustice calling people to action. Like his musical heroes Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger his songs urge people to unite in solidarity to fight for a better life and to fight for a world safe from war and environmental degradation. For more than three decades, Mike Stout has been writing, recording and performing songs that tell the stories of the working class heroes of U.S. labor history and their struggles for peace, social justice and a decent standard of living. Working with all-star casts of nationally known Pittsburgh musicians and producers Mike has released 13 independent CDs and recorded over 150 songs. Mike Stout's "Point of Pittsburgh", "Americana Dreams" and "Breaking The Chains" CDs were named notable releases by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. His "Calling Steeler Nation" video was viewed over 100,000 times and was named "One of the best tributes I've ever seen to the borderless 'nation' of Steelers fans" by Dan Gigler in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Blog-N-Gold. The song 'People to People" from his "Full Circle" CD brought him to the attention of music fans in Germany. Brandenburg Gate Protest Day 2007Mike Stout has performs at concert halls, outdoor festivals, clubs, union conventions and schools across the United States and Europe. The highlight of his 2007 German tour was a concert at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate playing for thousands at the national protest day. Stout has appeared in Germany on eight concert tours and has performed in Paris, Denmark, Poland, and the Czech Republic with his message of human solidarity and peace. On Sept 7, 2012 Mike was invited to perform in tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the birth of folk-singer Woody Guthrie at the PA Labor History Society concert held at the State Theater in State College, Pa. He performed with Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, an Mary), Anne Feeney, and Si Kahn. The event was part of the national Grammy Awards Woody Guthrie celebration. Mike performed his ode to Woody "America's Favorite Son" German Elementary School 2009 -5 Stout performs in schools across Pennsylvania teaching students with his songs about the forgotten unsung heroes of history. They are people who fought for worker safety, the 8 hour work day, free speech, and freedom, but who are not mentioned in our school history books. They are working class organizers such abolitionist and renaissance man Martin Delany, the cotton mill women of the 1840’s, Crystal Eastman, Fannie Sellins, the workers of the Pressed Steel Car Strike in McKees Rocks, the union organizers of the New Deal, Father Charles Owen Rice, Captain Sean (George.) and the resisters of the plant shutdowns in the 1980’s. His message is that we should not take for granted the rights that they won for us. As a union leader and social activist Mike Stout has fought for improved worker safety and came to the aid of the unemployed by founding food banks and economic development councils. As an environmentalist he works to educate the public on the dangers of global warming and fracking. Mike was one of the founding members of Pennsylvanians United For Single-Payer Healthcare (PUSH) that has been in the forefront in the fight for single-payer, universal healthcare. In Pittsburgh Stout fought the closing of the Braddock Hospital and successfully stopped the closing of trolley stops used by the elderly. In 2007 the Pennsylvania Labor and History Society presented Mike Stout with the Mother Jones Award for his efforts as a social leader and as a performer who uses music to bring about change. Mike was a blue collar steel worker and a union leader. Mike tells stories from his heart about people who are affected by unemployment, social injustice, environmental hazards, or war. Mike is not out to be a rich rock star. As he’s stated on numerous occasions,“the kind of ‘change’ I’m interested in ain’t coins or money, but social movements.” VISIT WWW.MIKESTOUTMUSIC.COM
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Multi-Million Dollar Landmark North American Lawsuit on Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Impact on Groundwater. Suit accuses EnCana, Alberta Environment and Energy Resources Conservation Board of negligence and unlawful activities. Case presented at the United Nations in New York.
On April 27, 2011 lawyers representing Jessica Ernst, a 54-year-old oil patch consultant, released a 73-page statement of claim that alleges that EnCana broke multiple provincial laws and regulations and contaminated a shallow aquifer used by a rural community with natural gas and toxic industry-related chemicals.
The claim methodically reports how Alberta’s two key groundwater regulators, Alberta Environment and the ERCB, “failed to follow the investigation and enforcement processes that they had established and publicized.” The ERCB recently gave EnCana permission to drill and fracture more CBM wells above the base of groundwater protection near the affected water wells mentioned in this claim.
Jessica Ernst has been invited to present her story and make recommendations to governments at the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York. The claim represents assertions that have not yet been proven in court. All defendants will have the opportunity to respond in these proceedings.
Ever hear of “The Woodlands” north of Pittsburgh?
Subject: Underfunded Woodlands Water Bank Closed
A local water bank in Butler County serving 40 families who lost their water after REX Energy began drilling for natural gas had to close their doors last week because donations dropped off. Below is a Letter to the Editor that a Butler resident wrote explaining the situation. Please post and share widely. They are without potable water.
Here is the letter.
"Imagine the following scenario: due to an unspecified natural disaster, 40 families in the Adams/Middlesex Township area of Butler County are left without potable drinking water. How long do you think it would take local, county and state agencies to step in and remedy that situation? You can bet that action would be swift.
But let's imagine the unthinkable. Let's imagine that four years had passed and nothing had been done to return fresh, clean drinking water to these families. What would be happening then? The public outrage from local residents would be deafening. Donations from churches and businesses from around the county and beyond would be pouring in. No doubt millions of dollars would be raised to help these families. And the recent battle cry "Where's Our Water?" would take on a greater and deeper significance.
Such a natural disaster has indeed occurred in Butler County. Forty families in Connoquenessing Township are without potable drinking water. Duquesne University professor John Stolz has determined, through lengthy and ongoing research, that some sort of geological disruption (we needn't speculate on what caused the geological disruption) has caused toxic substances from old coal mines in the area to flow into the groundwater of the Woodlands neighborhood, contaminating the domestic water supplies of 40 families in that neighborhood. And yes, the unthinkable has happened: some of these families have been without fresh, clean drinking water for four years. Please pause in your reading and imagine that daily reality for four years if you can.
So. Where is the large-scale public outrage? Where are the millions of dollars in donations? Non-existent. A small handful of churches and businesses -- a miniscule percentage of the churches, businesses and faith-based organizations in Butler County -- have reached out to help these people. One church in the area set up a "water bank" where these families could come and receive bottled water for their daily needs -- only a small percentage of what the Red Cross estimates is necessary for optimum human survival.
And on Aug. 24, that water bank was forced to close its doors due to a drastic fall-off in donations.
Which leads one to ask: why are so many churches and businesses reluctant to lend aid to these needy families? The answer seems obvious. Early on in the Woodlands saga, the drilling industry was implicated as a plausible culprit in the contamination of these water wells. Using incomplete water test data (the infamous Suite Code 942), PA DEP exonerated the drillers from any culpability. County and local officials proffered a few totally inadequate remedies, then walked away and left residents to fend for themselves.
But the sociological damage had been done. The drillers had been implicated, and we all know that nobody wants to get involved in controversies involving the drillers: the "goose that lays the golden eggs" -- it's bad for business! So churches and businesses have turned away in droves from this drama of human suffering occurring in our own back yard. If it had been a flood or tornado that had caused this suffering, relief aid would have been sudden and swift. Four years later, these families would have had fresh clean water for the past three years at least, instead of having gone without it for four. But because the drillers were implicated early on, businesses and churches don't want to get involved.
Butler County communities pride themselves in being "Christian communities." I'd like to appeal to that Christian spirit now. Stop worrying about whether or not you're going to offend "the goose that lays the golden eggs"! These are HUMAN BEINGS we're talking about here! Human beings who have gone without fresh drinking water for FOUR YEARS! THINK about that! Think about it and open your wallets, give of your time, do whatever it takes to make sure these people have clean water. It DOESN'T MATTER how it happened! It does and it doesn't; like so much else in this sad chapter of our regional history, it will no doubt all be sorted out in the courts eventually.
But for now, these people need our help. Jesus said: "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me." Don't tell Jesus: "Those people have always had bad water! They're just trying to get something for nothing! They deserve to suffer!" None of that is true. After four years, you should know better. Please help these people. Donations can be made at the Water for Woodlands website or through White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church in Renfrew. Shame on us all if this situation goes on for one more year without a viable permanent solution being in place or well underway!"
Joseph P. McMurry
White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church
102 Shannon Rd.
Renfrew, PA 16053
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