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National Acts Top Free Festival July 10 Amherst MA: Promoting Common Good Economy

AMHERST, MA: Award-winning activist songwriters Emma’s Revolution and Appleseed recording artists Kim and Reggie Harris headline a star-studded lineup performing on the Amherst Common next month, 11am to 7pm, Sunday, July 10 at the first-ever Common Good Festival. There is no charge for admission.

Emma's Revolution's best known work, "Peace, Salaam, Shalom", is sung around the world and has been called the "anthem of the anti-war movement." As Pete Seeger said of their latest CD: "This record is part of the worldwide revolution which will save this planet..."

Kim and Reggie Harris have brought their warm and exciting performances of music rooted in the African-American experience from the Underground Railroad through the Civil Rights movement to such venues as Washington DC's Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute, and even a festival in Austria.

Other performers also include Grammy-winning Native American flute player Joseph FireCrow, local reggae band Rebel Alliance, and award-winning activist songwriter Tom Neilson.

In addition, the festival will feature local sustainability and social justice activist groups and businesses, craft vendors, cooperative games, children's activities, a magician and more. Magician Jeff Pyzocha is sure to astound and amaze audiences of all ages.

The event will raise awareness of Common Good Finance, a nonprofit organization working to bring real democracy to communities in Western Massachusetts and throughout the country. The organization employs four full-time staff and calls itself "a revolution with a bank", because its proposal centers on member ownership of Common Good Bank, a planned alternative to the badly managed megabanks that came close to destroying the US economy in 2008.

Unlike other banks, Common Good Bank will offer community members full local control and a true voice in their financial future: every member will have an equal vote in setting policy, from creating lending guidelines to determining distribution of profits. Founded by William Spademan of Ashfield, Common Good Finance has launched a grassroots membership campaign to finance the bank, which will provide a full range of conventional FDIC-insured banking services to area residents and business owners.

"Money decides what happens in the world. If we want to save our communities and our planet, we have to control the money. We need to stop waiting for someone else to fix the economy -- and take responsibility for it ourselves," said Spademan, who has spent nine years developing the project. "At the festival, we will give people a glimpse of the Common Good Economy -- and offer the community some great music and a whole lot of fun at the same time."

The festival website is CommonGoodFestival.com. The website for Common Good Finance is CommonGoodBank.com. For more information, please call (413) 628-3336 (9 AM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time), or e-mail info@CommonGoodBank.com.

Journalists: William Spademan, President of Common Good Finance, is available for interviews.

Event Summary:
Common Good Festival and Sustainable Economy Fair
Sunday, July 10, 2011
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Amherst Town Common, Amherst, MA
Rain or Shine
Entertainment: music, food, games, children’s activities, magic
Music Performers: Emma's Revolution, Kim and Reggie Harris, Joseph FireCrow, Tom Neilson, Rebel Alliance, others TBA
Contact: (413) 628-3336, info@CommonGoodBank.com


Abstract:
Award-winning duo Emma’s Revolution and Underground Railroad performers Kim and Reggie Harris headline a fun-filled festival to promote a Common Good Economy, a proposed democratic, community-centered economic system, July 10, Amherst, MA.
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