Poet Gary Hicks Featured in New Video

Poet Gary Hicks – Featured in Berkeley CA (31:05) Vic Sadot Vimeo “Truth & Love Poetry Videos” Collection.

Poet Gary Hicks was invited by Cynthia Jean Johnson to be the BFUU Social Justice Committee’s “Featured Artist” in Berkeley CA on Oct 9, 2015. David Yandle captured the audio on the sound board and Vic Sadot made this video in October 2016.

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It is posted here as Video #47 at the Vic Sadot Vimeo Video Channel in the “Truth & Love Poetry Videos” Collection. This project is an open forum for video poetry, as described here: “Poetry by poets and their friends using video to express their poetry. Progressive commentary, free thinkers, and humor encouraged. Open forum for poetry recitals. Poetry in motion or in stills. Live  readings from home cameras or remote locations. Poetry interpreted as song with video. Welcome! Maybe you’ll be #48!

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Gary Hicks poems are vignettes covering many local SF Bay places and his reflections upon them from poetry slams, to late night bus travel moments, to the distinct and creative culture of the scene at Caffe Trieste in the North Beach area of San Francisco.
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The video was posted first at the BFUU Social Justice Committee YouTube Channel and the open mic event was sponsored by the SJC.

Poet Gary Hicks – Featured Artist Oct 2015 BFUU Monthly Open Mic (31:05) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel

Poet Gary Hicks was the Featured Artist on October 9, 2015 at 7 PM at the invitation of Cynthia Jean Johnson who was our rotating host for that month. On October 5, 2016 Vic Sadot proposed to Gary that he could make a video for the quality audio recording captured by David Yandle, the BFUU Social Justice Committee Tech Team Sound Engineer. The video was uploaded to the Social Justice Committee’s “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY” YouTube Channel. Please share this video if you like it! Thanks! (Creative Commons Copyright by Vic Sadot for non-profit use with full credits/no edits please Stats: 1280×720 px; mp4; 3:52 GB; 31:05 minutes)

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic happens every 2nd Friday of Every month! Join us in Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita St), Berkeley, CA. Fellowship Hall is wheelchair accessible via the ramp on Bonita Avenue! On Oct 14 the host will be Poet Gene Herman on his 82nd birthday featuring his wife, Dolores Hellman. Note to Musicians/Performers: Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm for 20 ten minute spots!

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October 2015 Featured Artist: Gary Hicks: Gary Hicks has been involved in civil rights, housing advocacy, peace with justice and cultural preservation for the last five decades. Author of two volumes of poetry plus numerous publications, he is a member of the Boston Liberation Poets Collective and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco. The Featured Artist performs sometime between 8 and 8:30 pm!
cynthia-jean-johnson_bfmom_8-09-13byvicsadotOctober 2015 Host: Cynthia Jean-Johnson: Cynthia Jean Johnson is a well-known Berkeley community activist. The long time former chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee remains active with the SJC as Vice-Chair. Cynthia also serves on the Local Station Board (LSB) of KPFA Pacifica, the Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI), and Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (MITFA). Cynthia has long understood the power of songs of struggle and the role of music in keeping people in touch with what matters most.

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BERKELEY CALLING BLOG: Buffalo Roadshow Report! Inspiring, deep, awesome!

The Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow brought co-founder Mike Meese to Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA along with event organizers Karen Pickett of Earth First! and Vic Sadot of the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Musically, the 2016 BFC Roadshow featured two acts: Mignon Geli and Karaj Lost-Coast. Karaj Lost-Coast opened with a charming original composition to guitar called “Headlands”. It is a reflective patchwork of memoirs beginning with how odd it seemed to have wild bison in Golden Gate Park in the heart of San Francisco.

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The headliner was Mignon Geli on the Native American flute. Mignon gave an articulate and heartfelt explanation of the roots of each song, be it original or traditional or experimental, such as “Native Blues”, “Stampede”, or songs from the Nisenan tribe of the Nevada and California hills.

As a long-time lover of ballads and broadsides, I love the way some people like Phil Ochs, Buffie Sainte-Marie, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Patrick Sky, Peter La Farge Patrick Sky -The Ballad of Ira Hayes (Peter La Farge) and countless others, so effectively set up their song for delivery. It’s a talent that Mignon Geli has, in addition to her soulful instrumental talents. Matter of factly, she’s been heard to say: “The Black Hills are NOT for sale!” See her BlackHillsAreNotForSale.org biographical link below if you like these performances and if this multi-dimensional cause strikes a chord with you!

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Click here to watch the video made by Vic Sadot from the Board Audio recorded by David Yandle of the BFUU Social Justice Committee Tech Team. There are two other videos in this evening’s collection, but they were made by Vic Sadot using a cell phone cam and a video editor. There is an Event Photo Album at the BFUU Facebook page as well.

2016 Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow (56:56) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.
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Veteran Earth First! Activist and BFC stalwart, Karen Pickett, was the key organizer for the event in Historic Fellowship Hall.

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After Vic Sadot, an activist with the Social Justice Committee does a welcoming and promotion of upcoming SJC October 2016 events, Karen Pickett takes the stage to explain the vision and modus operandi of the Buffalo Field Campaign.

The Buffalo Field Campaign “Roadshow” came rolling through the SF Bay Area with founder Mike Mease presenting his stories and videos from years of engaging this project to protect and preserve the wild buffalo and the environment we all need to survive and thrive. Part of Mike’s talk was captured to a cell phone video, which is posted to this “Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” YouTube channel.

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This video is made from the board audio by Sound Engineer David Yandle. Vic Sadot did post-production audio, photo, and video work over quite a few hours of focus. It is listed as a Creative Commons Copyright, set for free download non-profit use with credits/no edits please. The Thumbnail Cover Photo for this video is by Kevin Connelly of the Earth Island Institute at The Brower Center in Berkeley.

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In this video, the featured artist is Mignon Geli performing a solo concert of Native American Flute presentations for the “Berkeley Night For the Buffalo” event on 9-30-16. She employs sound tracks and beats from the Goodshield Aguilar 7th Generation Rise Band.

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This is Mignon’s 4th tour with the Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow. She met Goodshield Aguilar because he was touring with the roadshow, and they went on to do some great collaboration! Although Goodshield Aguilar was not on this 2016 tour, his music and spirit are most definitely are a big part of this sound. See the several links below to know the work of this soulful musician, Mignon Geli!

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Karaj Lost-Coast opened the evening for his first-ever performance for the Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow with a marvelous song called “Headlands”. Karaj Lost-Coast Home Site: http://www.karajjlostcoast.com

The event was sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists with the Buffalo Field Campaign to bring their awesome “Roadshow” to Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. on September 30, 2016.

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 Mignon Geli Bio at The Black Hills Are Not For Sale

Mignon Geli was born in San Francisco, California, of Filipino and Spanish ancestry, and currently living in the California Sierra Foothills by Coloma, in Nisenan-Maidu country, for the past 16 years.  Twelve years ago, her son gifted her with a native wood flute.  She is self-taught, plays by ear, and a couple years later added native drums to her repertoire.  She can flute along in many genres of music from traditional native to contemporary native, to folk, rock, jazz, funk, soul, etc.  She is a member of the Neena McNair Family Singers, a multi-cultural women’s native traditional Drum group.  When not playing solo flute or women’s Drum, she often joins Goodshield Aguilar or his 7th Generation Rise band, http://www.GoodshieldMusic.com at many festivals and events and is a member of Walan Amana, a Nisenan rock band.

mignon-geli_flute_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caMignon is a volunteer broadcaster since 2007, on KFOK Community Radio, 95.1 FM, Georgetown, CA hosting “Indigenous Soul” airing pre-recorded indigenous music and sounds of Turtle Island (America) Wednesdays, 4-6pm.  http://www.kfok.org/about-us/broadcaster-profiles/302-mignon-geli

nisenan-tribe_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caShe is also a member of the El Dorado County Indian Council http://www.edcic.org Friends of the Nature Area http://www.georgetownnaturearea.org and an active supporter of the Buffalo Field Campaign protecting the last of the wild, genetically pure buffalo in Yellowstone Park:  www.buffalofieldcampaign.org   Anna Kastner and she are co-coordinators of the Global Indigenous Peoples Village at California World Fest’s annual music event, which just took place July 14-17, 2016, in Grass Valley, California. Many of the musicians from the Unity Concert participated.

where-the-wildlife-grows_karaj-song_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caPlease visit http://worldfest.net/global-indigenous-peoples-village/.  She has three music albums available for purchase:  Naturally Flute & Drum, Soul-A-Mente, and The Fifth World, all in collaboration with Goodshield Aguilar and/or 7th Generation Rise.

montana-state-coralling-wild-buffalo-policy_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caThe Fifth World album is available on CD Baby and includes Buffalo Wild by John Trudellhttp://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/7thGenerationRise

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Alfred Jacob Miller (January 2, 1810 – June 26, 1874) was an American painter and sketcher best known for his paintings concerning the northwestern United States.
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San Francisco Harbor 1850 California Gold Rush Era

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California Gold Rush 49’ers working the American River in 1849

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buffalo-calving-season-defenders_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caFor further information, contact The Buffalo Field Campaign www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

Mignon Geli – Native American Flute at “Berkeley Night For the Buffalo” (5:02) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

Mignon Geli – Native American Flute Presentations for the “Berkeley Night For the Buffalo” at BFUU Facebook SJC Videos. The event was sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists with the Buffalo Field Campaign to bring their awesome “Roadshow” to Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA (5:03). Vic Sadot captured a short video with his cell camera of Mignon Geli playing Native American flute music with tracks from Goodshield Aguilar and The 7th Generation Rise Band in Historic Fellowship Hall of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at Cedar & Bonita in the heart of Berkeley, CA.

“Let the Buffalo Roam!” with Mike Mease is one of two video clips captured by Vic Sadot and pasted to the BFUU Facebook from the Berkeley Night for the Buffalo in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA on Sept 30, 2016 (18:52) BFUU Facebook SJC Event Videos. 

Vic Sadot 9/11/16 concert and reflections posted at TruthTroubadour Blog

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and Vic Sadot of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley CA on 9/11/16 at the Opening Candle Lighting Ceremony for the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11/01 Terrorist Attacks on the United States of America.

TRUTH TROUBADOUR BLOG 9-21-16 Berkeley, CA: Veteran 9/11 Truth Singer-Songwriter Vic Sadot Organizes 9/11/16 Concert in Berkeley – This blog reports on the first segment from the 18 song concert. The focus is on how Vic came to write The BALLAD OF WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ at the suggestion of David Slesinger who he met at the July 22-24, 2005 DC Emergency Truth Convergence at three locations in Washington, DC: the National Press Club, Lafayette Square for a rally, and numerous sessions at American University. This segment is from the 9/11/16 Vic Sadot Concert Released audio recorded by David Yandle Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee as a “Truth & Justice Love Songs” solo concert by Vic Sadot. It opened with a Candle Lighting Ceremony by Cynthia Jean Johnson and Vic Sadot. Please share this blog and the new video! We thank you!  http://truthtroubadour.blogspot.com/2016/09/veteran-911-truth-singer-songwriter-vic.html

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William Rodgriguez was head janitor at the North Tower of the WTC for about 20 years. He even survived the bombing in 1993 for which the FBI was alleged to have played a major role in setting up. He came in late on 9/11/01 and threw himself into the rescue effort. He was acclaimed a hero and dined at the Bush White House until he told his story to the corporate-government press and the 9/11 Commission. Then he was shunned by that media. William Rodriguez became a leading activist and advocate for victim families and is still at that effort.

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Rob and Vic Sadot performing at the July 22-24, 2005 D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence at American University. Vic also played two new 9/11 Truth songs at the rally in Lafayette Square across from the White House: “Mad Cowboy Disease” and “Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave?” (the latter co-written with Cindy Abromowitz)

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Ray McGovern, former CIA daily briefer for several US Presidents, founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). Here he is speaking to the crowd at the D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence rally in Lafayette Square across from the White House where Vic Sadot sang his first 9/11 Truth songs. Vic went on to release a 16 song CD on 9/11/11 for the 10th Anniversary of the event titled “9/11 Truth and Justice Songs”, which remains available at CD Baby, and for which there are now videos to go with most of the songs. Some are also given away at SoundCloud by BroadsideBalladeer.

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This is Donna Marsh O’Connor on 9/11/05 at the UN demanding an independent investigation and evidence of how her pregnant daughter Vanessa Lang Langdon died in the World Trade Center. Vic Sadot sang his new song, “The Ballad of William Rodriguez” at the Dag Hammorskold Plaza right after she and William Rodriguez spoke to the crowd.

The two of them teamed up on 9/11/16 to speak out. If you click on their photos here, it will take you to their 2016 9/11 presentations for “9/11 Fifteen Years Later – What Have We Learned?” (1:42:34) Other Voices, Other Choices. Donna Marsh O’Connor Introduces Ray McGovern on 9/09/16 at Binghampton University in central New York State.

For a more detailed review of Vic Sadot’s 9/11/16 concert, we refer you to the Truth Troubadour Blog on the event.

Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka Look Set To Lead Green Party 2016 Election Drive!

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ELECTION 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GREEN PARTY’S JILL STEIN: Jill Stein Selects Human Rights Activist Ajamu Baraka as Vice-Presidential Running Mate

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Green Party presumptive Presidential nominee Jill Stein has offered her vice-presidential bid to international human rights scholar and activist Ajamu Baraka. Jill Stein Press Release:

“I am honored and excited to announce that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka, activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building true political revolution,” Stein announced.

“Ajamu Baraka is a powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come – an agenda of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, indigenous and immigrant justice. Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Stein continued. “In this hour of unprecedented crisis, we are honored to lift up a unified movement for justice in the only national political party that is not held hostage by corporate money, lobbyists and super-PACs. We look forward to bringing this agenda for justice to the American people in the exciting race ahead.”

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Ajamu Baraka is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs, Baraka has served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.

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Jill Stein speaking at the Berkeley, CA Post Office on June 13, 2016. Photo by Vic Sadot

Additional information and useful links gathered:

General Media Info GREEN PARTY NATIONAL CONVENTION TO BE LIVE-STREAMED ON YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, & LIVESTREAM PLATFORMS 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party will livestream the 2016 Green presidential nomination (Aug. 6) and other events at the Green Presidential Nominating Convention, set for August 4 to 7 in Houston, Texas. A final schedule of events open to media is posted here. Viewers can watch the livestream broadcasts on the Green Party’s YouTube page. Portions of the convention, including the nomination, will also be aired on the Green Party’s Facebook page. Here is link for the Green Party USA YouTube Channel for Livestreaming

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Ajamu Baraka Joins Jill Stein Campaign: Exclusive Interview (13:40) imixwhatilike YouTube Channel.

Posted Notes Published on Aug 2, 2016: Last night, August 1, word broke that our next guest, long time activist, Ajamu Baraka had been selected by the Jill Stein campaign to be her vice-presidential running mate for the Green Party’s nomination for president of the united states. So we of course wanted to hear from the man himself once again. Ajamu Baraka is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. He is the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs and he has also been a member of the Green Shadow Cabinet. and there is so very much more which can be learned about him and his work and his analyses via his website at ajamubaraka.com and we will of course provide a link to his many appearances on imixwhatilike!

Ajamu Baraka Blog at Black Agenda Report

Ajamu Baraka Blog at Common Dreams

Ajamu Baraka is a veteran activist and organizer. He is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Baraka was founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 201.1 He has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. His home website is ajamubaraka dot com.

Ajamu Baraka Blog – A Voice from the Margins: About the work of Ajamu Baraka

Recent Posts: Paris, Orlando and Turkey: Displacing the Narrative of Western Innocence Posted on July 6, 2016 by Ajamu Baraka; Muhammad Ali and Dylann Roof: Contested Meanings and Contested Lies Posted on June 26, 2016 by Ajamu Baraka; Beyonce and the politics of Cultural Dominance Posted on February 12, 2016 by Ajamu Baraka; The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement Posted on November 19, 2015 by Ajamu Baraka.

Ajamu Baraka Facebook Page

Green Party Jill Stein Ballot Access Report

The Debate in the Woods

“The Debate in the Woods” was between Jack Gescheidt of The Tree Spirit Project vs Bob Strayer of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy. The monitor was Bill Lazarus.

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East Bay Area Woods and Nature Preservation Activists gathered in Claremont Canyon Preserve on July 24, 2016 to hear Jack Gescheidt of The Tree Spirit Project (center) versus Bob Strayer of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy (right).

The debate was friendly and respectful. It covered numerous issues related to the plan created by UC Berkeley, City of Oakland, and the East Bay Regional Parks, and the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) to cut several hundred thousand trees, to spray herbicide to prevent re-growth, and to create grasslands instead of re-planting other trees. The Hills Conservation Network, a coalition of a number of civic groups, has filed a law suit to stop the plan. This debate was a reflection of two persons with different philosophies and understandings about the impact of the plan on the living creatures and plants, as well as the soil and the watershed of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The TreeSpirit Project is an environmental art project devoted to raising awareness of the crucial role trees and forests in our lives, both globally and also personally. The global and the personal are inextricably linked. TreeSpirit’s centerpiece is the world’s largest collection of photographs of naked, vulnerable humans communing with trees, created by Founder and photographer Jack Gescheidt with hundreds of volunteer participants.  All are tree and nature lovers who want to attract public and media attention to how much we need forests to mitigate climate change — and to touch our souls. Click on the photo below to watch a short video titled “The Forest and the Sea of Stumps”, an excellent review of the alarming plans to cut over 400,000 trees in the Bay Area Hills (7:44) Published on June 3, 2016 at Magmalavas YouTube Channel. A Film by Doug Prose; Music by Machinimasound & Joe Hartnett. Now in “The Politics of Trees & The Preservation of Natural Areas” playlist at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

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Bob Strayer, Board Member of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy. The Claremont Canyon Conservancy provides stewardship and educational programs to its members and the public regarding the 500-acre, mostly wild land, Claremont Canyon at the Oakland/Berkeley border in Northern California. Address: Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705; Phone: (888) 327-2757.

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Photo by Vic Sadot taken on May 17, 2016 while hiking up a Claremont Canyon trail.

Hills Conservation Network

Stop the Deforestation of the Berkeley/Oakland Hills! UC and the City of Oakland plan to use federal disaster mitigation funds to clear-cut ALL of its tall trees in the hills. They are targeting eucalyptus, pines, and acacia for complete eradication, not because of a fire risk, but instead to clear the land for facilities expansion and to continue to allow UC to avoid spending its own money to maintain its wild land properties. They have dismissed proposed “species neutral” fire mitigation strategies that would be cheaper, would use far fewer herbicides, and would be far more effective in lessening fire risk because such strategies wouldn’t accomplish this hidden agenda. inquiries@hillsconservationnetwork.org

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Click on the photo to read Dan Grassetti’s article on the cutting of these trees by UC Berkeley before the release of the environmental impact study in August 2014. The Hills Conservation Network has filed a lawsuit to stop the clear-cutting of trees under the notion that they are an “invasive species” and need to be eliminated by a chemical war on them. Dan Grassetti is the founder of the Hills Conservation Network.

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The Hills Conservation Network (HCN) filed suit to prevent the funding and implementation of these projects on March 6, 2015.  Below is the press release announcing HCN’s suit.  Please contact the Hills Conservation Network if you wish to contribute to the cost of this suit:    http://www.hillsconservationnetwork.org/HillsConservation3/Blog/Blog.html

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Ordinary, extraordinary people, all volunteers, from all walks of life,  bare themselves to boldly, playfully, feel connected again: to trees, to others, to themselves. In this case, the people gathered to defend a stand of Eucalyptus trees on the UC Berkeley campus. Click on the photo above to watch a video in which Jack Gescheidt explains the philosophy and strategy of the artistic activism of The Tree Spirit Project, a celebration of our interdependence with nature.

 

SF Mime Troupe Video by Vic Sadot

The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicked off its Summer 2016 Season to a large crowd in Berkeley’s Cedar-Rose Park on July 2 and 3. Then they packed everything up and did a show in Dolores Park in San Francisco on July 4. “Schooled” (6:34) is the title of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Summer 2016 musical play.

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Vic Sadot created a short  video (6:33) made from photos and short clips at the end of the show on July 3 at Cedar Rose Park. It has been posted at Vic Sadot YouTube and Truth Troubadour YouTube. The lyrics are full of one line gems that pack a lot of impact in the whole context of the storyline. Ira Marlowe runs a little Berkeley club called The Monkey House, and he is one of the most prolific songwriters in the SF Bay Area. Daniel Savio is the Musical Director for the SFMT Summer Tour. Try to remember to get the free flyer “Schooled Lyrics”, which is separate from the program. Get both! You won’t regret it!

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They will be back in Berkeley at Live Oak Park at Shattuck Ave. & Berryman St. on Saturday, July 9th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30) and Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30). To get a good seat on the grass you should get there an hour before the music and you can bring small lawn chairs and picnic stuff. The summer tour goes all the way to the grand finale at Dolores Park on September 4 and 5. There will be only one more curtain call in Berkeley at Willard Park (aka Malcolm X Park) on August 20 and 21.

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It was another great combination of script writing, comedic talent, and clever song crafting. They pass out a program with all the credits and also a Song Lryics flyer for this year’s play called “Schooled” written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan. Directed by Michael Sullivan. Music & Lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Musical Direction by Daniel Savio. In “The Campaign”candidate Babbit is a Trump-like boastful character derides his oppostion saying he is: “Up against some mommy whose kid can’t make the grade… and some aging commie on the corner. Vote for Babbit! Vote for Babbit! Here’s your chance, now grab it!” Candidate Ethel retorts: This country needs citizens, awake and aware! Standing up to power and that class of billionaires! Our schools need teachers, respected and inspired! Our kids need to be taught, and not just wired!”

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Will Durkee plays guitar and bass in the 3 piece SFMT Band. The actors and Troupe members go into the crowd after each play to solicit support. Their political message is able to get to the root of our social problems because they do not accept funding from corporations. The SFMT BAND is Will Durkee on guitar and bass; Dominic Moisant on percussion; and Daniel Savio on keyboards.

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This new Vic Sadot video about the 2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Tour is set as a Creative Commons Copyright for Non Profit Use with Credits. “We are The San Francisco Mime Troupe! And we are in our 57th year of fighting oppression one play at a time!”, states Rotimi Agbabiaka when the play ends and it’s time to make the pitch for grass roots support.

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The events are Stage Managed by Karen Runk. Scenic Design by Jay Lasnik. Costume Design by Blake More. Sound Design by Keith Arcuragi and Taylor Gonzalez. CAST OF CHARACTERS: Rotimi Agbabiaka plays Thomas Jones and Arthur Quisdedo; Velina Brown plays Lavinia Jones and Estelle Partridge; Lisa Hori-Garcia plays Fredersen J. Babbit and Michiko Chimlis; and Keiko Shimosate Carreiro plays Ethel Orocuru, Tatianna, and the Choir Student. See full credit listings at Show Bios for 2016 “Schooled” Personnel. 

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SFMT also has a great online Store for SFMT promotional items!

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The key to the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s independence and artistic integrity is their San Francisco Bay Area fan-based funding. They do strategic grant fundraising that also supports the many projects they engage in. At the SFMT Merchandise Booth at every show many attractive souvenir items are available. I went for the T-Shirt this year. There is also a volunteer sign-up sheet at the merchandise booth, and you can subscribe to this unique SF Bay Area cultural project at their website. After the show, you can have a chat with the cast and crew. But on days when they have to bust everything down and haul it to the next show, they may seem weary and in a hurry. Able bodied volunteers are appreciated in most cases (lol)…

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The San Francisco Mime Troupe is indeed a precious example of community theatrical resistance to war and social injustice as well as being a participatory education vehicle for citizen empowerment. Come laugh and enjoy the sunshine as you contemplate the great difference between being “educated” to be capable of doing the critical thinking needed of citizens in a democracy; and being warehoused and “schooled” to be a pawn in the plans of the super rich psycho-patholigical predatory class out to privatize every commonwealth resource and institution on the planet. SF Mime Trouple may be a rag tag organization, but their mission is to make all the difference in the world. So…

“What are you’s gonna do about it?!!!” (Fredersen J. Babbit – Corporate School Board Candidate in “Schooled” by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan)

SFMT Donate Page

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ps I am doing my own Summer of 2016 Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign to maintain similar independence and artistic integrity intact for my own music projects. See Berkeley Calling Blog post 6-23-16: “Vic Sadot Launches IndieGoGo CD Fundraiser”. The “Truth Troubadour” CD Campaign will end on August 9!  Or go directly to Vic Sadot Launches 2016 IndieGoGo Truth Troubadour CD Fundraiser Campaign June 24, 2016 for 47 days to end on Aug 9! Please share this link now to help launch this project! Come hang out here with Vic for a few minutes!  Thanks! Vic Sadot