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Robert Minkin Photography (July 2001)

waitingRobert's photographed rock-n-roll since the mid-seventies. Covering such music genres as "punk" rock typified by the Clash and Talking Heads, the Blues of Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Jazz artists and the San Francisco sounds of the Grateful Dead, Robert continues to pursue his love of music and photography.

 

Robert is available for assignment for live events, trade shows, and band promotion. Equally adept at traditional and digital media, he can offer creative solutions for your photo and design needs. Please contact him to discuss your needs.

 

Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Robert eventually settled with his family in Marin County, California. He is a partner in Minkin Design, a full-service web design and graphic studio.

 

Stock photographs are available for editorial, multimedia and other usage. Please check the stock list for available artists. Bob's work has appeared in many publications and book titles.

 

Many of photographs shown here are available for purchase. These are hand-printed using the finest materials. Please contact Robert for more information regarding purchasing a photograph.

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GD Live (November 2000)

- for the Grateful Web

 

Tons of music for your listening pleasure..

Go Veggie! (October 2000)

Intro to Veganism

Every year in the U.S., more than 25 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating. Eating animals is bad for our health, leading directly to many diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

For animals

Animals on factory farms are treated like machines. Within days of birth, for example, chickens have their beaks seared off with a hot blade. Male cows and pigs are castrated without painkillers. All of these animals spend their brief lives in crowded and ammonia-filled conditions, many of them so cramped that they can't even turn around or spread a wing. Many do not get a breath of fresh air until they are prodded and crammed onto trucks for a nightmarish ride to the slaughterhouse, often through weather extremes and always without food or water. The animals are hung upside down and their throats are sliced open, often while they're fully conscious.

For the environment

Today's factory farms use everything but the "moo," "cluck," and "oink" — but in the process, they leave behind an environmental devastation that generations to come will be forced to clean up. Raising animals for food requires more than half the water used in the United States and is the biggest polluter of our water and topsoil. Coyotes and other animals are poisoned and shot by western cattle ranchers who consider federal land to be their land for grazing. Our country's meat addiction is slowly poisoning and depleting our land, water, and air.

… And for YOU!

The only two researchers in human history who have successfully reversed heart disease, by far America's biggest killer, have included an exclusively vegetarian diet as a part of their programs. On the Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn programs, patients become "heart attack proof" (to quote Dr. Esselstyn, in the August 1999 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology) by getting their cholesterol levels to below 150 (the average vegan cholesterol level is 128), the level below which no one has ever been documented as having died from a heart attack. And people who consume animal products are also 40 percent more susceptible to cancer, and at increased risk for many other illnesses, including stroke, obesity, appendicitis, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and food poisoning. Additionally, meat contains accumulations of pesticides and other chemicals up to 14 times more concentrated than those in plant foods.

Click here to read PETA's fact sheets on the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Click here for a longer essay, "Veganism in a Nutshell," which delves more deeply into each of these topics.

What you can do

Meat stinks for the animals, the Earth, and your health. Make the compassionate, environmentally sound, and healthful choice — go vegetarian! Download our leaflets, videos, photos, and factsheets, and give them to your friends, relatives, and the public (including any reporters you feel might be interested). Check out our "Resource for Activists" for more tips. If you can't download the information you want, you can order copies through the PETA literature catalog.

Hippie Things (February 2001)

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Special offer FREE sticker with purchase of two posters,
 
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LocksofLove (December 2002)

 

locksYou may not have ten inches of hair to donate, but there are plenty of other ways you can help!

Help Us Help Others!
Tell your pediatrician or dermatologist about Locks of Love. Or, if you know a child who needs our help, please contact us with the name and address of the family. We will send an application.

If you happen to live in the Palm Beach County area, we always need helping hands to open and sort mail, send thank you notes, and a hundred other tasks that keep us going! Call us at (561) 963-1677.

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Do you know a celebrity that would be willing to doodle for Locks of Love? Contact us today for more information.

Friends of Cheese (August 2000)

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Who is The String Cheese Incident?

  • Michael Kang electric mandolin, acoustic mandolin, violin
  • Bill Nershi six string acoustic guitar
  • Keith Moseley five string electric bass, four string acoustic bass
  • Michael Travis drums, congas, djembe, talking drum, percussion
  • Kyle Hollingsworth piano, organ, Rhodes accordion

    Masters of improvisation, The String Cheese Incident has reached the cusp of an explosive national breakthrough through outstanding live performances and a dedication to touring. Now averaging over 160 shows a year, the band has attracted fans of all genres by mixing high energy fun with rigorous musicianship and impassioned artistry.

    The String Cheese Incident crafts undeniable masterpieces from an astonishing mix of roots musics, with intricate mountain bluegrass, transcendent Afro-pop rhythms, sensuous Latin melodies and breezy Calypso grooves that branch from a trunk of traditional American rock. The String Cheese Incident not only weaves together these incredibly diverse musical elements, it creates an entirely new sound in the process.

    This Boulder, Colorado based quintet has leapt into the collective conciousness of several grassroots scenes at once. Fans of bluegrass, reggae, jambands and other roots genres have strongly embraced the creative milestone that is SCI's music, as well as the band's ability to create a relaxed, fun environment at every show, or Incident, as they are better known.

    The symbiotic, audience-band relationship that develops into a rich atmosphere at each Incident lead the band to provide a new level of fun and music to their fans in 1998 through several international Incidents, in both Negril, Jamaica, and Akumal, Mexico. More international shows are currently being planned.

    Pioneers of both music and the business of music, The String Cheese Incident has steadfastly refused to compromise any amount of creative control over its music by signing with a major label. Applying the grassroots ethic that has made the band into successful touring artists,The String Cheese Incident instead chose to launch a full-scale label, Sci Fidelity Records. The band now continues to build its grassroots empire with a website that attracts one million hits a month, an in-house ticketing service and a travel agency designed to cater to their fans.

    While the band's Incidents have become the stuff of legend, it is in the studio that The String Cheese Incident distinguishes itself in craftsmanship. Buoyed by the 1998 release "Round The Wheel," which has become the band's best selling album to date with its mix of richly textured arrangements and tight, ear-catching pop tunes, Sci Fidelity Records and The String Cheese Incident are currently choosing tracks for a live double album that will be released in early fall.

    The String Cheese Incident received the honor of opening and closing the 1998-99 New Year's Eve Celebration at the Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, CA, with remaining members of the Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna. The band's success on a massive U.S. tour in the spring of 1999 culminated in three sold-out shows at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, and a string of sold out shows along the east coast.

    In June, The String Cheese Incident returns to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as a headlining act, where they stole the show as the opening act in 1993, just six months after their official formation. This summer, the band will also headline both the High Sierra Music Festival and the Oregon Country Fair. Looking towards the millennium, The String Cheese Incident will host a two-night New Years extravaganza in Portland, OR that will encompass a "world-music" theme on a scale of grand proportions.

    The creative and musical foundation that constitutes the essence of The String Cheese Incident is always evolving with the band's musical tastes and their interaction with the fans in the live setting. The albums speak volumes and the critical acclaim rises, but there is no substitute for a live "Incident".

    - Image and text from The String Cheese Incident official website, www.stringcheeseincident.com

  • MoveOn.org (February 2004)

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    What is MoveOn all about?
    MoveOn is working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out. When it becomes clear that our "representatives" don't represent the public, the foundations of democracy are in peril. MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. Our nationwide network of more than 1,700,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today.

    What does MoveOn do?
    When there is a disconnect between broad public opinion and legislative action, MoveOn builds electronic advocacy groups. Examples of such issues are campaign finance, environmental and energy issues, media consolidation, or the Iraq war. Once a group is assembled, MoveOn provides information and tools to help each individual have the greatest possible impact.

    How does MY voice count?
    At MoveOn, every member has a voice in choosing our shared direction. Using our ActionForum software, you can propose issue priorities and strategies. Others will see and respond to your suggestions, and the most strongly supported ideas will rise to the top. We adopt the issues that rise to the top as our campaign priorities. In 2000, for example, our members chose campaign finance reform and protection of the environment as our two top issues. In 2003, Iraq and media reform rose to the top. We'll also continue take the initiative to organize quick action on other timely issues as they arise.

    Who started MoveOn?
    MoveOn was started by Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Although neither had experience in politics, they shared deep frustration with the partisan warfare in Washington D.C. and the ridiculous waste of our nation's focus at the time of the impeachment mess. On September 18th 1998, they launched an online petition to "Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation." Within days they had hundreds of thousands of individuals signed up, and began looking for ways these voices could be heard.

    The MoveOn Peace campaign was founded independently by Eli Pariser, a Maine native and recent graduate of Simon's Rock College of Bard. In the days following September 11th, 2001, he launched an online petition calling for a restrained and multi-lateral response to the attacks, which was quickly signed by more than half a million people. Eli joined forces with MoveOn soon afterward, and is now MoveOnPAC's Executive Director (see www.moveonpac.org).

    Who pays for MoveOn?
    Because MoveOn.org has only a tiny staff, our basic operating costs are very low. You can support our work with a secure online contribution. Almost all of our funding comes through these donations from people like you.

    What is the MoveOn PAC?
    Many of our current national leaders actively disregard public opinion and common sense, recklessly placing the interests of their big-money donors ahead of the good of our society. For these politicians, our only alternative is electoral action. It's time for a change in leadership. We need more new talent and new vision. Broadening public support for congressional campaigns will be key in making this possible. Through the MoveOn Political Action Committee, more than 10,000 everyday Americans together contributed more than $2 million to key congressional campaigns in the 2000 election, and more than $3.5 million in 2002 election (more information).

    To contact MoveOn.org: click here

    Fur is Dead (January 2004)

    The fur ads you might see in magazines and commercials portray fur coats as a symbol of elegance. But these ads fail to show how the original owners of these coats met their gruesome deaths.

     

    Millions of fur-bearing animals—including foxes, raccoons, minks, coyotes, bobcats, lynxes, opossums, nutria, beavers, muskrats, otters, and others—are killed each year on fur farms by anal and vaginal electrocution and in the wild by drowning, trapping, or beating.

    Click on the sections below to read more about each.

    A Lifetime in a Cage

    Fur Farm Exposé

    What We Uncovered on a "Modern" Fur Farm

    Foxes in Boxes

    Suffering in the Wild

    Fur mean, Not "Green"

    Fur: A Personal Choice?

    "Suffering in the Wild": The Fur Industry & Indigenous Trappers

    Enviornmental Protection Agency (December 2003)

     

    Our Mission

    Our Mission
    The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. View the Agency's complete strategic plan, annual report, and policy resources.

     

    Our Mission

    Our Mission
    The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. View the Agency's complete strategic plan, annual report, and policy resources.


    Who We Are
    EPA employs 18,000 people across the country, including our headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs. Our staff are highly educated and technically trained; more than half are engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs, financial, information management and computer specialists. EPA is led by the Administrator, who is appointed by the President of the United States.


    What We Do
    EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts.

    Develop and enforce regulations: EPA works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental laws enacted by Congress. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs, and delegates to states and tribes the responsibility for issuing permits and for monitoring and enforcing compliance. Where national standards are not met, EPA can issue sanctions and take other steps to assist the states and tribes in reaching the desired levels of environmental quality. More information

    Offer financial assistance:  In recent years, between 40 and 50 percent of EPA's enacted budgets have provided direct support through grants to State environmental programs. EPA grants to States, non-profits and educational institutions support high-quality research that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its goals.

    Perform environmental research: At laboratories located throughout the nation, the Agency works to assess environmental conditions and to identify, understand, and solve current and future environmental problems; integrate the work of scientific partners such as nations, private sector organizations, academia and other agencies; and provide leadership in addressing emerging environmental issues and in advancing the science and technology of risk assessment and risk management. More information

    Sponsor voluntary partnerships and programs: The Agency works through its headquarters and regional offices with over 10,000 industries, businesses, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments, on over 40 voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts. Partners set voluntary pollution-management goals; examples include conserving water and energy, minimizing greenhouse gases, slashing toxic emissions, re-using solid waste, controlling indoor air pollution, and getting a handle on pesticide risks. In return, EPA provides incentives like vital public recognition and access to emerging information. More information

    Further environmental education: EPA advances educational efforts to develop an environmentally conscious and responsible public, and to inspire personal responsibility in caring for the environment. More information


    How We Are Organized
    Explore the Agency organization chart and access information about specific program offices, regional offices, and labs across the country.


    Our Budget and Performance

    Access primary budget documents, information about performance measures, EPA's annual report, and various other management reports, including:


    Contracting Opportunities
    Access documents that describe the specifications and proposal due dates for supplies and services the government requires, information on contract awards, notifications of canceled procurements, and other information about contracting with EPA.


    Our History
    In July of 1970, the White House and Congress worked together to establish the EPA in response to the growing public demand for cleaner water, air and land. Prior to the establishment of the EPA, the federal government was not structured to make a coordinated attack on the pollutants that harm human health and degrade the environment. The EPA was assigned the daunting task of repairing the damage already done to the natural environment and to establish new criteria to guide Americans in making a cleaner environment a reality. More Information

    Howard Dean for America (November 2003)

    Democracy for America  is dedicated to supporting candidates for all levels of office and building a grassroots network.

    Our goals are:

    1. To have strong, sustained grassroots involvement in the democratic process.
    2. To promote an America where candidates and office holders tell the truth about policy choices and stand up for what they believe. The era when politicians equivocate about matters as fundamental as war and peace must end.
    3. To fight against the influence and agenda of the two pillars of George W. Bush's Washington: the far right-wing and their radical, divisive policies, and the selfish special interests who for too long have dominated politics.
    4. To fight for progressive policies like health care for all; investment in children; equal rights under law; fiscal responsibility; and a national security policy that makes America stronger by advancing progressive values.

    Over the next couple of months we will:

    1. Recruit and encourage progressive candidates to run for office at every level. We will help them find the resources to campaign successfully with small donations from grassroots supporters, to begin to break the stranglehold special interests have on the political process.
    2. Raise funds for Congressional candidates for whom financial support could be the key to winning, and whose election will be key to winning back a House of Representatives that has become the tool of the Republican right-wing.
    3. Develop strategic partnerships with other progressive organizations to maximize resources for candidate recruitment, training, and organization.
    4. Build relationships with other political initiatives to focus on the failed, destructive policies of the Bush administration.
    5. Harness the power of the Internet to enlarge and support our grassroots organization committed to taking back America from special interests that control the right wing leadership of our Congress and the White House.

    Read Governor Dean's full announcement speech.