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Many of Humboldt county's non- profit organizations rely on having a food booth at "Reggae on the River" as part of their yearly income. Many local non profits, including schools, volunteer fire departments, the community radio station, enviromental groups, feel so strongly that this years reggae festival is unethical, have chosen to stand in solidarity with Mateel Community Center by not having a food booth at the festival this year.
I forgot to add to my previous post, for anyone attending the event , be forewarned, all sorts of protests and actions are being planned by the community at large.
As a member of the Mateel Community Center, I wish to say a few things regarding your one sided biased article.For the Mateel community Centers point of view talk to their lawyers. The staff of the community center has been laid off, and does not have the funds to hire a slick public relations firm, like people's productions takes advantage of. A large majority of the population in So. Humboldt and No. Mendocino counties are outraged that " People's Productions" a -for profit corporation- hijacked a two decades old community sponsored event- that benefitted our local non profit organizations. For all the years Reggae on the River has been in existence, the Mateel Community Center fronted the seed money to PPto put on the festival. People's Productions reaped the profits with out having to invest their own money. Carol and Tom's offer of $200,000 dollars was not going to be paid up front and was not guaranteed. Boots and 2b1 productions made an offer of $350,000 up front and half the ticket sales. Most importantly, " REGGAE ON THE RIVER "IS NOT FOR SALE AND NEVER HAS BEEN FOR SALE. The community is not willing to sell. I'm sure Tom and Carol wish the whole little problem of an outraged community would go away but all is not Irie when "Reggae on the River" becomes "Babylon Rising"
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