With the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the owner of the stage used for the 1969 festival is using it as a petition to rally support for gun control measures.
Steve Gold, who was among the estimated 500,000 who came together on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York from August 15th to the 18th, 1969, says, "I want my generation and younger generations to learn from the lessons of Woodstock that we have the ability to make change happen. The stage is a physical reminder of the concert, and we are turning it into a platform to call for gun sale background checks and a Red Flag law. It’s time to awaken the spirit of Woodstock.”
To that end, he's organizing an effort to petition the Senate to act on gun control legislation. He encourages people to sign petitions on panels from the original stage that will be available this weekend at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel. He's also created an online petition at Change.org.
Woodstock founder and producer Michael Lang is also backing the effort. He says, “We support any effort to encourage sane voices in support of sensible gun control. With an unresponsive government we all need to do all we can. Voting is everyone’s responsibility and is the most powerful tool to accomplish social change.”