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Lollapalooza Green Street: Lolla Cares

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Cares organizations, located in Green Street North and South, support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad.

Food Policy Action

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Green Street North
Completed by Cory Sullivan, assistant to Tom Colicchio & Food Policy Coordinator

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is the first Lollapalooza for both myself and our organization, Food Policy Action. We’re very excited to be here.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
An interactive copy of our National Food Policy Scorecard, appearances by famous Chicago chefs, a photobooth chock-full of food props, and a raffle to win dinner at a legendary Chicago restaurant…

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
1470326_742562245757326_1974115062_nI’m from New York and work for Tom Colicchio on food policy issues; I started earlier this year after five years in restaurant operations and consulting.

How green are you? Why?
As green as one can be in Manhattan, but always striving to be better. I buy my groceries at our local farmer’s market, have opted for my monthly energy consumption to come from one-hundred-percent renewable sources, and use public transportation whenever possible. My years spent as an Eagle Scout allowed me to develop a deep appreciation for the natural world around us and the need to protect it.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Paddling out into a hurricane off the coast of New Jersey my freshman year of college. I’ll never forget the sheer power of those waves rolling under my board… or the helplessness I felt when trapped in the break zone!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Bombay Bicycle Club, Duke Dumont, The Head and the Heart, Darkside.

HeadCount

headcount.org
Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
HeadCount has been registering people to vote at Lollapalooza since 2008. Each year, it proves to be an awesome experience!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At the HeadCount booth, you’ll find some awesome folks ready to help you register to vote! We’ll also be talking to fans about a Pledge to Vote, beautiful postcards designed by concert poster artists, that we’ll mail back before the elections as a reminder to get out there and make your voice heard!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
HeadCount is a nationwide organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. At the beginning of 2014, we celebrated our ten-year anniversary.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We can’t wait to check out our partner artists, who have done so much for us over the years, including: Kings of Leon, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, Portugal. The Man, Phosphorescent, and Lucius among others!

The Lexicon of Sustainability

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Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
It’s our first Lolla, but certainly not our last. We’re digging it!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Sustainability. Screen printing. Interactive street art. Dynamic art show.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Hailing from beautiful Northern California since 2009, the Lexicon of Sustainability’s mission is to educate, engage and inspire people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.

How green are you? Why?
Our mission is to educate and inspire folks to take action for a sustainable tomorrow. We’ve connected with millions of people across the country and around the world through our interactive, participatory artwork which has been featured on PBS’s “Know Your Food” series, in our book published by Harper Collins “Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America,” through a high-school course connecting students to their local food producers, the artwork from which has been hung in the Smithsonian, and through a traveling gallery show which has been seen by over 500,000 folks throughout the Americas. We’re inspired by community and participation, because we know that together, we can BEET the system!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
It’s so hard to choose! Top Three? Foster the People, Lorde and Outkast.

The Love Hope Strength Foundation

lovehopestrength.org
Green Street South
Completed by Rob Rushing, tour manager

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
No. Three years.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We give people the opportunity to sign up to be possible bone marrow donors for those with blood cancers in need of a lifesaving transplant. So far, we’ve found an amazing sixteen potential lifesaving matches at Lolla!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’m from Georgia, I am the Tour Manager for LHS, and have been doing it for three years.

How green are you? Why?
We do our best to generate very little trash at our sign-up booths.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
I moved to Denver to save lives with LHS and it’s turned out GREAT!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Honestly, I haven’t even looked, as there will be very little opportunity for me to sneak away.  Lolla always has a phenomenal lineup!

ONE

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Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
We are incredibly thankful to the Lolla organizers for having us at the festivals for more years than we can remember.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Friendly faces, free wristbands and opportunities to save millions of lives through easy, free advocacy actions.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
ONE was co-founded by Bono about ten years ago. We are based in DC but work through amazing volunteers around the country. Our Chicago crew are some of the best!

Lolla1How green are you? Why?
We’d like to think we are pretty green. We don’t normally pass out flyers, instead we direct people to our cool website at one.org (check it out!). We empower people to take action, which helps others around the world, and we give them a ONE wristband as a reminder of the good work they’ve done.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
We mobilized hundreds of artists to recreate popular protest songs to raise awareness of the injustice of extreme poverty and preventable disease. And it turned out awesomely. Check it out at one.org/protestsongs.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Kings of Leon, Foster the People, Outkast, Cage the Elephant.

Oxfam America

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Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
We are thrilled to be returning to Lolla for a second time this year. We had a blast last year and were grateful to receive such a positive response from the crowd!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We just launched a new campaign in May for our Behind the Brands initiative, and we need your voice! At our booth, visitors will have a chance to make a choice in how they want to fight poverty, hunger and injustice. Visitors can sign our current petition, play our Behind the Brands game, or snap a picture in our Empowered Snacks photo booth. Take action, then grab a free music-download card after using your voice to Right the Wrong!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Oxfam was founded in Britain as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in 1942. Oxfam America, part of the international Oxfam confederation, was formed in 1970 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Washington, DC. We, the Oxfam Action Corps, are local volunteers who work to engage the community in Oxfam’s campaigns. Action Corps volunteers have spent the last eight years working in thirteen cities across the nation to build grassroots support for our campaigns.

pitchforkChOACHow green are you? Why?
We strive to be as green as we can. Our GROW campaign and GROW method are based on the principle that there is enough for everyone, as long as we use our resources wisely. Efficient use of resources and minimizing waste is a key part of Oxfam’s work.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
This past May, to launch our most recent campaign, Oxfam staff and local Chicago volunteers staged a “Breakfast of the Future” photo op in Lake Michigan to highlight the impact of climate change on crops and food security. Four famous mascots—Toucan Sam, Tony the Tiger, the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Trix rabbit—sat down to breakfast only to find crops failed due to extreme weather. The photos were posted on social media and drew attention to the campaign launch. Plus, we got to have some fun in the lake on a gorgeous day!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We’re very excited to see Oxfam supporters Fitz and the Tantrums, Broken Bells, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, and Arctic Monkeys hit the Lolla stage this year!

RTV.logo3Rock the Vote

rockthevote.com
Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
No way—it’s Lolla number SIX for Rock the Vote!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Come register to vote! Learn about how, when and where to vote, and get fired up about this year’s midterm elections!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are from all over—we are based in Washington DC, but traveling across the country to get millennials in all fifty states registered to vote!

RTV 5How green are you? Why?
We are GREEN! One of our top priorities as an organization is to make online voter registration available and accessible for young people in all fifty states, and fully integrated online voter registration is paperless!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Well there was that one time in 1990 when Madonna wrapped herself in an American flag for a Rock the Vote video, and improvised a song to get young people to vote… it was a huge hit!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
OUTKAST! The Head and the Heart! Bleachers!

Syd Rocks

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Green Street South
Completed by Syd Martin

Is this your first Lolla?
I have been to Lolla a number of times as a fan but this is my first year with a booth in Lolla Cares for my charity Syd Rocks.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
An awesome selection of rock necklaces called Syd Rocks that help raise awareness and funds for Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and pediatric cancer. You can even make your own necklace by choosing your own rock.

necklacesbackWhere are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I am from the suburbs of Chicago. I started my charity seven years ago when I was ten years old to raise money for LCH after being diagnosed with the disease. I fund medical research by selling lots and lots of these one-of-a-kind handmade necklaces.

How green are you? Why?
Extremely green! My whole Syd Rocks charity uses unlimited natural resources (beach rocks) in a way that helps sick kids.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Cliff diving in the DR.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see? 
Chance the Rapper, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Head and the Heart, and The Kooks.

Working Bikes

workingbikes.org
Green Street North

10451161_2416295324204_7120276088643414133_nCompleted by Marie Akerman, Acquisitions, Communications, and Development Coordinator

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Nope, it’s my second year. I staffed the Working Bikes booth last year as well.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We’ll be bringing our bike machines, stationary bikes that power a record player or pump water as you ride. They demonstrate how bikes can be used to generate electricity in places without electricity. Featured records include “Saturday Night Fever,” “Abbey Road” and “Grease.” There’s also usually some bluegrass and Donna Summer.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I was born and raised in Chicago. I’m the communications and development coordinator at Working Bikes, which means I answer emails, update our website, coordinate donations and events, and try to get more bikes. I’ve worked here for a little over a year.

Photo: Monica Eng

Photo: Monica Eng

How green are you? Why?
I try to live “green”… I reuse my Ziplocks, don’t use air conditioning at home, and ride my bike to work every day in the warmer months. Part of Working Bikes’ mission is to promote recycling and sustainable transportation, so working here has helped me to live mindfully. We donate about 5,000 used bicycles each year to partner organizations in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and Chicago, diverting those bikes from landfills and providing people in need with a reliable, environmentally-friendly means of transportation.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Killed a man.  (Just kidding)

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Lykke Li, Parquet Courts, Avett Brothers, Foster the People, The Head and the Heart.

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