Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women’s Music Award. Near was named among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize” in 2005. She continues … Continued
Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women’s Music Award.
Near was named among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize” in 2005. She continues an active tour schedule and has a discography of 26 albums.
Holly Near and Emma’s Revolution sing “I’m Not Afraid” at the November 15, 2007 SOA Concert and Extravaganza at Eyedrum Gallery. The proceeds from this concert went to support the work of the School of the Americas Watch.
On November 28, 2008, the city of San Francisco remembered the lives of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. It was the day after the 30th anniversary of the assassination of both Moscone and Milk by then former Supervisor Dan White, which occurred on November 27, 1978. George Moscone is remembered as a mayor who supported the disenfranchised people of San Francisco and left a legacy of future politicians that have shaped both the city and the state of California. Harvey Milk was the first ever openly-gay person to be elected to a government position and is greatly remembered as a pioneer of gay rights in the 1970’s.
This is Holly Near leading the crowd in singing her song “Singing For Our Lives” during the Memorial Concert at City Hall in San Francisco.
Holly Near sang on May 18, 2006 at a rally outside the White House on May 18, 2006. Cindy Sheehan and others from groups including Gold Star Families for Peace, AfterDowingStreet, Democracy Rising, Code Pink, and Traprock Peace Center, among many others, brought a petition to the gates of the White House. The petition called on the Bush administration to not attack Iran; it was signed by over 40,000 people.
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