"People For A New Society has proudly nominated Tom Neilson, Ed.D for the 2015 Nelson Mandela Award. Tom's work has spanned decades and continents sharing comprehensive and sobering interpretations of sociology and history with an easily digestible and entertaining format designed to inform and inspire..... Peace.
The UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize recognizes the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity in the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and in community development, guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations."
D. Petrovich, People For A New Society
- Tom has just been nominated for his third IMA (Independent Music Awards) Song Of The Year for his song about whistleblowing, "It's A Crime
Music for Social Change
“This is very good music. And very good politics.” Tom Paxton
“One of the most savvy songwriters I know.” World Soul Records
“Does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.” Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL
Tom and Lynn performing Same Sex Marriage at PMN Winter Gathering 2015
Tom performing Gotta Have TheBalls at Great Labor Arts Exchange 2013
Tom's new song in video for forest protection against clear-cutting
Tom at Freedom Square October2011.org
Winner- Kerrville Folk Festival
Winner- South Florida Folk Festival
Winner- IMA People's Choice Song of the Year for Social Action
"Individuals have duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal 1950