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#501352 - 02/21/15 05:25 AM Oceana to hold Rock the Vote concert
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On February 29, 2012, Oceana Belize, under the then Vice-President, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, held what the organization called the "People's Referendum" on offshore drilling. It was an independent attempt to GET A POPULAR MANDATE on what should be the policy on drilling in the country's offshore AREAS.

At the end of the exercise, OCEANA reported back to the public that just over 29,000 voters participated, and 96% said "no" to offshore oil drilling. Though, it was not an official exercise, it drove the message home, emphatically.

At the time it forced Prime Minister Dean Barrow - who was campaigning for a second term - to promise that if elected he would hold an official referendum - which hasn't happened. And so, on the verge of another election, OCEANA's new management is holding a free concert to commemorate the 2012 event, while still keeping it current. They have a lineup of popular local artists who have signed on to perform.

Communications Director Alyssa Carnegie told us more about today:

The concert takes place on Sunday, March 1, at the Memorial Park. Admission is Free.

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#501353 - 02/21/15 05:29 AM Re: Oceana to hold Rock the Vote concert [Re: Marty]
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Oceana Belize will hold a Rock the Vote concert on Sunday March 1st at the Memorial Park, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Peopleís referendum.

Alyssa Carnegie, Oceana Belize communications director said the purpose of the concert is to commemorate the importance of the peopleís referendum held in 2012. Carnegie said it was a sinificant showing of people who voiced their opinion on the critical issue of offshore drilling and it deserves to be highlighted.

According to Carnegie, the referendum revealed the publicís overwhelming position against offshore drilling and that position is still relevant and of concern today. Carnegie added it was a celebration of the democratic process and peopleís right to be heard.

Carnegie said those who attend the concert are sure to be fully entertained as the line-up includes Tanya Carter, the Garifuna Collective, Melonie Gillet, TR Shine, Nello Playa, Verge of Umbra, Positive Vibes, Jackie Castillo, among others.

According to Carnegie, most of the artists are volunteering their time, based on their support for Oceana. There will be giveaways of limited amounts of t-shirts and wrist bands, Carnegie added.

Admission to the event is free and is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Carnegie encourages everyone to make a note of the date and to attend.

Carnegie also encouraged supporters to join their online campaigns by entering their anti-offshore drilling selfie competition on social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

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