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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-10-01

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VOTER MOBILIZATION

from page 47

Springsteen told the New Jersey Star
But Miller, who says he will proba-
cause," says the
Ledger.
bly vote for John Kerry come
Birmingham resi-
Landau then met with the managers November, does not feel manipulated; dent. "But this is also a
of other participating acts to bring it
he knows exactly who is getting his
turning point in our nation's history.
all together.
money. "I think that artists have
We have suffered through four years
At the same time, Eli Pariser, execu-
attempted for years to use their voices
of an administration that just doesn't
tive director of the MoveOn political
for change, and to take advantage of
get it. John Kerry would not be my
action committee, an arm of the liber- the unique position they're in," he
first choice, but George Bush is a fail-
al group MoveOn.org , was looking
says. "I'd hope that people would have ure and he needs to be removed from
for a way to reach out to the creative
the intelligence to make up their own
office."
community, concertgoers and young
minds when they vote. But there's
The Bush administration, Keller
people who might not otherwise
nothing wrong with the musicians
asserts, has spent $200 billion on the
think their vote would make a differ-
speaking their minds."
war in Iraq. "But the budget for
ence.
Gilda Jacobs agrees. The state sena-
homeland security is $28 billion. I'm
Noticing that Landau was a mem-
tor (D-Huntington Woods), who will
not sure how he's protecting us.
ber of the MoveOn PAC, Pariser con-
join her husband, John, and two
People are so shrouded in the idea
tacted him, and together they eventu-
friends at the Bruce Springsteen con-
that we have to stop the terrorists.
ally agreed to work together and to
cert, thinks "it's great to see entertain-
Nobody disagrees with that. But I
give all concert proceeds to America
ers getting involved in social issues.
don't think that removing Saddam
Coming Together (ACT), a voter
Besides being musicians, they are peo- was the way to stop terrorism."
mobilization group targeting battle-
ple who have concerns outside of
Of course, not everyone agrees. Jim
ground states and run by veteran
their work. I think it's OK to blend
Bellinson, also of Birmingham, has
Democratic supporters. "The tour is
one's passions with social justice."
been a fan of many of the artists per-
aimed squarely at the radical right-
Jacobs, a longtime grassroots activist forming in "Vote for Change," partic-
wing policies of Republican
ularly James Taylor and Bruce
ideologues throughout the
Springsteen. But, "I would not
country," says Pariser, who
give one dime to them in sup-
hopes the shows will enlist
port of this cause," he says.
hundreds of thousands of
"I voted for Gore. But I sup-
members to MoveOn.org. "It
port Bush now I wouldn't say
is the Paul Revere ride of rock
that I'm a Democrat or a
'n' roll, sounding the emer-
Republican, but I feel the
gency alarm for the most
world is in a different place
important election of our life-
now than it has been in a long
time."
time, and I think President
Adds Landau, "These
Bush is doing the right thing
artists/citizens all feel the need
right now with respect to
to speak out. They will do that
national security, which is
respectfully and intelligently,
Gilda Jacobs: "It's great to
Mark Keller: "I'd be going what I put weight on when
then let the chips fall where
see entertainers getting
to [the Springsteen] concert voting for a president."
they may."
However, that does not
involved in social issues."
regardless of the cause."
With headliners like Bruce
mean that he opposes politi-
Springsteen, who has a fan
cally motivated concerts such
base willing to go to great
as "Vote for Change."
costs to score concert tickets, the
and former professional fund-raiser
"Just because I don't believe in their
chips may fall exactly where organiz-
for organizations including JARC,
message in this instance does not
ers want them. Even if fans don't nec-
encourages the idea that people can
mean that I don't believe in freedom
essarily support the motives of the
take charge of their lives through the
of speech," says Bellinson. "If I in
concerts, many are willing to shell out political process. "We'll be able to get
some way tried to quell these con-
cash for a chance to see their favorite
a lot of young people to vote from
certs, I'd be hypocritical to what my
artists live — and to become members this," she says. "It's a unique way of
core beliefs are." ❑
of MoveOn.org for a chance at pre-
motivating people who might not
sale tickets for shows likely to sell out,
otherwise get involved in the process."
like Springsteen's.
But she also just thinks it would be
"I don't know exactly what it is
really fun to see Springsteen in con-
Vote for Change tickets are on
about George Bush that MoveOn
cert. "He's a great performer," she
sale through Ticketmaster, (248)
doesn't like," says Matthew Miller, a
says.
645-6666, for all tour dates in all
Bloomfield Hills attorney who
Mark Keller, the North American
cities. The concerts will be in the
snatched up pre-sale Springsteen tick-
distributor for two European fashion
Detroit area on Sunday, Oct. 3,
ets on the PAC's Web site. "I honestly
lines, will be attending the
at various venues (tickets still
haven't had the time to look into it.
Springsteen concert along with his
available at most venues). For
I'm going primarily because I'm a
17-year-old son, Jake, who is a fan of
ticket information and details
Bruce Springsteen fan. There are seri-
Bright Eyes, one of the bands appear-
about Vote for Change, go to
ous fans who will stop at nothing to
ing with Springsteen.
vvvvw.moveonpac.org; for more
get tickets, no matter the cause," he
"I'm a huge Springsteen fan. We
about America Coming Together,
says, a fact that organizers are count-
have the same birthday. I'd be going
visit www.act04.com
ing on.
to this concert regardless of the

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