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Pipeline Protests


Neil Young of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Willie Nelson of Local 433 (Austin, TX) have worked together for decades organizing Farm Aid concerts to benefit family-owned farms in the US. Now they are teaming up for a new cause. On September 27 they will stage a Harvest of Hope concert at a farm outside Neligh, Nebraska, to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cut through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska. All proceeds will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Cowboy and Indian Alliance. In addition to the imposition of the pipeline on tribal land, area farm owners are concerned about the environmental impact.

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