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Dennis Kucinich, Ani DiFranco Urging Fans to Go Green

By November 9, 2007

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Ani DiFranco speaks at a rally for Ralph Nader in 2002It's not news to Ani DiFranco fans that she's befriended and campaigning for progressive democratic presidential candidate Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). Dennis appeared at a few dates in Ani's 2004 Vote Dammit Tour, during his first run for presidency, and even made it onto her documentary DVD Render.

This weekend, the underdog candidate joins DiFranco in two locations—Boston (tonight, Nov. 9, 2007) and Asheville, North Carolina (Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007)—as part of her east coast tour that's "dedicated to promoting clean, sustainable energy solutions to the climate change crisis and opposing the construction of new nuclear power reactors."

Hardly new to the go-green bandwagon, Ani's been supporting small businesses with green thumbs for years. The mom-and-pop shop she hired back in the day to print her t-shirts uses non-toxic inks and biodegradable materials. The church her Righteous Babe-backed organization saved from the chopping block—now home to a performance venue, the Righteous Babe offices, and space for a local arts organization—was renovated using green standards and a geothermal heating system.

Kucinich's appearance on these two dates will be used to announce his proposal for a Works Green Administration. According to Ani's Web site:

The Works Green Administration,....will put millions of Americans to work developing and implementing “green strategies” for alternative fuels development, energy conservation, research and technology, and the retro-fitting of homes, businesses, and government facilities to make them more energy efficient.
In addition, DiFranco will donate portions of the proceeds from the entire tour to Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS), whose work is focused on a nuclear- and carbon emissions-free future. Information tables will be set up at all shows on this tour.

More on Ani DiFranco and the Environment...

  • Interview With Ani DiFranco
  • Ani DiFranco Official Web site
  • Environmentalist Folk Songs
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  • photo: George De Sota / Getty Images

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