Nature’s Inspiration 2017 was a lovely celebration and we hope everyone left feeling inspired. We are so thankful to have spent the day with the Committee for Green Foothills’ community honoring the amazing Joan Baez. Thanks to those who attended the event and helped us celebrate our 55 year legacy. Huge thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and our speakers (Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman Valentin Lopez, Executive Director Megan Medeiros , San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Legislative Advocate Lennie Roberts, former US Congressman Pete McCloskey, and of course our honoree Joan Baez) for making the day happen.
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Nature’s Inspiration is Committee for Green Foothills’ premier celebration to honor an individual who has dedicated their life to protecting nature. Past honorees include Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier; Pete McCloskey, Co-Founder of Earth Day; and Peter Douglas, former California Coastal Commission chief.
Our 2017 honoree is Joan Baez, local legend, famed American folk singer, songwriter and activist known for songs like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Diamonds and Rust.’ She has used her talent to inspire generations of people to rise up and make our world a better place. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and wine as we pay tribute to Joan in grateful recognition of her lifetime of environmental and social justice activism. Our venue, Coyote Ranch, is nestled in the beautiful Coyote Valley, the threatened greenbelt between San Jose and Morgan Hill. The celebration is from 1-4pm at Coyote Ranch. Directions can be found here. Attire is outdoor fancy. Live music will be provided by Live in Peace Studio and Chris Reed.
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Joan Baez is a musical force of nature, American folk singer, songwriter, musician and activist who has displayed a lifelong commitment to environmental and social justice activism. Joan has performed her music for over 55 years with over 30 albums in six languages. She began her career in 1960 with immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status and stayed on the Billboard and other record album charts for two years. Songs of acclaim include ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Diamonds and Rust.’
Other noteworthy accolades include introducing the world to Bob Dylan in her early tours, marching on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., striking for fair wages in the fields with Cesar Chavez, singing on the first Amnesty International tour, and bringing the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley. On Earth Day 1999, Joan and Bonnie Raitt honored environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill with Raitt’s Arthur M. Sohcot Award on her 180-ft high redwood treetop platform where Hill camped to protect ancient redwoods in the Headwaters Forest from logging. Lennie Roberts and Committee for Green Foothills worked alongside Joan and dozens of her neighbors in 2001 to defeat a massive development proposal on the 92-acre Lawler Ranch property in Woodside. Once again Joan joined Lennie and Committee for Green Foothills worked on a collaboration with The Horse Park at Woodside to restore eroding hillsides and adopt land restoration and wildlife-friendly management techniques. In 2007, Joan received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In the end of 2016, she joined Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where at least 200 tribes gathered to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most recently, Joan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.
This is only a brief description of such an amazing woman. Read more about Joan Baez, our 2017 Nature’s Inspiration honoree.
To honor local legend Joan Baez, we have some special guests who will help introduce her properly.
Valentin Lopez is the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. Valentin is Mutsun, Awaswas, Chumash and Yokuts. The Amah Mutsun are comprised of the documented descendants of Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. Valentin Lopez is a Native American Advisor to the University of California, to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and to the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Valentin is actively involved in efforts to restore tribal indigenous knowledge and ensure history is accurately told. Finally, Valentin is working to restore the Mutsun Language and is a traditional Mutsun singer and dancer.
Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015, and at the age of 44 became one of the youngest mayors in San José’s modern history. During his tenure, Liccardo has pushed to make San José the nation’s largest city to launch a “Community Choice Energy” program, enabling consumer choice in electric power to boost renewables at competitive rates. In 2006, voters elected Liccardo to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize San José’s downtown, preserve its hillsides and open space, and boost funding for affordable housing.
Congressman Pete McCloskey has a tremendous history with Committee for Green Foothills that goes back to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center power line battle. He was also the 2010 Nature’s Inspiration honoree. Congressman Pete McCloskey served from 1967-1983 in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley. An ardent environmentalist, he was co-chair of the first Earth Day in 1970 with Senator Gaylord Nelson and co-authored the 1973 Endangered Species Act. After serving in Congress, McCloskey returned to private practice. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush and elected its first chairman on the U.S. Commission on National and Community Service. McCloskey served from 1990-1992.
Margaret Abe-Koga, Mountain View Councilmember | Ruben Abrica, East Palo Alto Vice Mayor | Mark Berman, State Assemblymember | Jim Beall, State Senator | David J. Canepa, San Mateo County Supervisor | Catherine Carlton, Menlo Park Councilmember | Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor | Kansen Chu, State Assemblymember | Jed Cyr, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Rick DeGolia, Atherton Councilmember | Lan Diep, San Jose Councilmember | Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman | Helen Fisicaro, Colma Mayor | Carole Groom, San Mateo County Supervisor | Sequoia Hall, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Cecily Harris, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Larry Hassett, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Jerry Hill, State Senator | Virginia Holtz, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor | Davina Hurt, Belmont Councilmember | Sergio Jimenez, San Jose Councilmember | Cameron Johnson, San Carlos Councilmember | Ash Kalra, State Assemblymember | Barbara Keegan, Santa Clara Valley Water District Director | Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park Mayor | Yoriko Kishimoto, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Liz Kniss, Palo Alto Vice Mayor | Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor | Shelly Masur, Redwood City Councilmember | Dorsey Moore, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Ray Mueller, Menlo Park Councilmember | Kevin Mullin, State Assemblymember Speaker Pro Tempore | Tam Nguyen, San Jose Councilmember | Bob Nunez, Milpitas Councilmember | Teresa O’Neill, Santa Clara Councilmember | Deborah Penrose, Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor | Raul Peralez, San Jose Councilmember | Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor | Mike Potter, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Harvey Rarback, Half Moon Bay Councilmember | Don Rocha, San Jose Councilmember | Debbie Ruddock, Half Moon Bay Mayor | Ann Schneider, Milbrae Councilmember | Pat Showalter, Mountain View Councilmember | Pete Siemens, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor | Jackie Speier, United States Congresswoman | Rene Spring, Morgan Hill Councilmember | Bill Widmer, Atherton Councilmember | Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor
All sponsorship and ticket purchases are tax-deductible as allowed by law, minus $50 per ticket. All proceeds from Nature’s Inspiration will support our work to protect the open spaces, farmlands, and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.