Video of Berkeley Peace Symbol Event Posted to YouTube as Public Access HD

The Berkeley “Ban the Bomb!” Video is out! The 2nd Edition of the Berkeley Peace Symbol commemoration has lots of cool special effects! Slightly re-titled, you can find it listed as “Berkeley Celebrates the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol” at the YouTube channel called “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY”.
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The Sound and Recording Audio work in Fellowship Hall was by David Yandle. Post Production Audio & Video work was contributed by Vic Sadot. Now it’s posted to the internet! We need YOU to help us get this information and these links distributed! Note: Every photo on this page is linked to another related site full of information or music.

This video is 58 minutes in length and it will be set for Creative Commons free download so that it can be used in a non-profit manner by activists to schedule it on their local Public Access Cable TV stations. It is indeed educational in that it deals with a subject avoided by the corporate media, the hugely profitable and extremely dangerous nuclear arms race. Refer questions to Vic Sadot at vic.bfuu.sjc@gmail.com.
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Born out of fear of nuclear mass destruction, the Peace Symbol has become an essential part of our Peace Movement. How was it created? Who did it? What was the moment of historical context in which this now well-known symbol was created?
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It was Gerald Herbert Holten who created the Peace Symbol using navy semaphore flag signals as the basis for the design. The Peace Symbol was first used on February 21, 1958 in support of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in a march of 10,000 people from London to Aldermaston. Gerald Holten had been a conscientious objector during World War II. He was a graduate of the Royal College of Art.
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Poet Arnie Passman and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists invited poets, singer-songwriters, and comedians to celebrate the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol! The history of the birth of the “Band the Bomb” movement in the UK and the need for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be pressed forward are discussed.
hiroshima-ground-zero_us-army_berkeley-celebrates-peace_vic-sadotThe Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol was on “Presidents’ Day”, Monday, Feb 20, 2017. Veteran BFUU Social Justice Committee activist Cynthia Jean Johnson welcomed the small audience who came to Fellowship Hall on that rainy day. 
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The obligations of signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the need for all nuclear countries to sign and participate, are explained in this video.
mordechai-vanunu_berkeley-celebrates-peace-symbol_vic-sadotThe gathering was fortunate to have a formidable poet like Frances L. Hillyard. Frances contributed several thought and emotion provoking poems, including poems about The Statue of Liberty; the view of a woman suffering the violence and turmoil in the city of Jenin in Palestine; a revolutionary salute to Mumia Abu Jamal; and the charming and hopeful “Dove of Light”. A separate 10 minute video of her performance has been posted!
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A wonderful, inspirational, community sing-along was led by Berkeley’s beloved “Save the Post Office” organizer, Hali Hammer. The event closed with Christine Driftwood‘s implanting of a vision of possible uses of the Peace Symbol in Berkeley!
hali-hammer_berkeley-celebrates-peace-symbol-59th-birthday_vic-sadot-screenshotHali Hammer kicked off her presentation by promoting a new website for the Progressive Majority Creative Network at WordPress. It’s a networking site for artists who are ready and willing to sing and speak truth to power! Click on Hali’s photo to link to her home site! Her songs are listed below in the list of “Performers & Participants”.
chizu-hamada_no-nuclear-weapons_hiroshimas_berkeley-celebrates-peace_vic-sadotChizu Hamada is a long-time San Francisco Bay Area activist against nuclear weapons and power. She works with Steve Zeltzer of KPFA’s WorkWeek Radio and the Labor Video Project, and thousands of other concerned citizens of many countries in various organizations, but principally she works with No Nukes Action Committee. The group has protest rallies outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco at 3 pm on the 11th of every month since the nuclear catastrophe first happened on March 11, 2011. Since March 11, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history there should be a larger than usual turn-out. What’s more is that the emergency is an ongoing radioactive disaster that continues to contaminate land, air, and sea, and continues to threaten all living creatures that depend on these elements of nature for sustenance.
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Participants in the Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol:

(1) Welcoming by Cynthia Jean Johnson; (2) Vic Sadot – Two Bob Dylan Songs: The Times They Are A Changin’ & Masters of War; Ban the Bomb Oratory: “Do You Realize?”; (3) Karen Dewald – Reflections on the history of the nuclear disarmament movement, the origins of the Peace Symbol, and some discussion of concerns and expectations in the Trump era; (4) Frances Hillyard Poems. Note: Some beautiful screenshot photos in the Jenin poem by Frances L. Hillyard were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary, who lives in Jenin, Palestine, and posts on YouTube and Facebook; (5) Brian Brackney recommends prolific writer Lawrence Wittner’s books on the nuclear disarmament movement; (6) Hali Hammer Announces the “Progressive Majority Creative Network”. Sings original compositions “I Refuse To Believe” & “We Will Rise Together”. Leads Communal Sing Out! “Down By The Riverside”, “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” (Phil Ochs), “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” (Pete Seeger), “Draft Dodger Rag” (Phil Ochs), “If I Had A Hammer” (Lee Hays); (7)  Christine Driftwood shares her Vision of an Illuminated Peace Sign in the Berkeley Hills, at People’s Park, or along the Interstate Highway.

Various links below should be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about these subjects, individuals, and organizations. There’s a bounty to be harvested here!

There’s a great poem about Palestine in this new video! It’s part of a 4 poem presentation by Frances Hillyard that is 10 minutes long: Frances Hillyard Poetry at Berkeley 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol (10:00) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY.
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Note: Several photos in the video of the poem by Frances L. Hillyard about the town of Jenin in Palestine were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary who lives in Jenin, Palestine. During research Vic Sadot discovered Ahmed’s YouTube video, which lists a link to the Facebook Photography Page of Ahmed Alomaryjenin-palestine_farmes-bale-hay-in-fields_ahmed-alomary-screenshotAhmed responded affirmatively to a request for permission to take some screenshots from his video, saying that he would be pleased that people would be made more aware of what is really happening in Palestine. Here is the link to his vignette of images of the beautiful aspects of the city under pressure from the Apartheid supremacist regime following a plan for long-term expansion that involves the dispossession and subjugation of the Palestinians. jenin-palestine-city-lights_ahmed-alomary-screenshotJenin Palestine (2:39) Ahmed ALomary YouTube & Photos All Rights Reserved. photos from jenin palestine with background music naseer shamma palestinian heritage.
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Ahmed Alomary manages to capture the beauty in the city and countryside around Jenin. But the Zionist expansion is constantly pressing into their territories with colonizers who are euphemistically called “settlers”. And the IDF is always nearby to enforce “The Law In These Parts” (An Israeli film that was screened at the annual Jewish Film Festival in Berkeley, California).
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Here are some links to the books by Lawrence Wittner who was recommended by Brian Brackney
 

The Struggle Against the Bomb: Resisting the Bomb – A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970 (Stanford Nuclear Age) Hardcover – December 1, 1997 by Lawrence Wittner (Author)   

Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) 1st Edition by Lawrence S. Wittner   

The Struggle Against the Bomb: One World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953 (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) Paperback – March 1, 1995 by Lawrence Wittner 

Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) by Lawrence Wittner   

Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement, 1933-1983 Paperback – May 24, 1984 by Lawrence Wittner

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Clicking on the above photo links you to an article by Chris Hedges: Fighting the Militarized State” Posted on Mar 30, 2014 By Chris Hedges at TruthDig

Hali Hammer Music Sites:

Hali Hammer Home Site

Hali Hammer – Eclectic Circus

Hali Hammer – I Refuse To Believe

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The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes (3:16) StormCloudsGathering 

Vic Sadot Home Site

Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel

Vic Sadot YouTube Channel

Free Vic Sadot Songs at SoundCloud Broadside Balladeer

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BLOGS BY VIC SADOT:

Truth Troubadour Blog – 9/11 Truth & Deep Politics

Berkeley Calling – Free Speech Bay Area

Broadside Balladeer – Political Songs & Folk Music Matters

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4 Vic Sadot CD Sales links at CD Baby:

Truth Troubadour (Dec 2, 2016) – 18 songs sung by Vic Sadot. Featuring Eric Golub.

9/11 TRUTH & JUSTICE SONGS (9/11/11) by “TRUTH TROUBADOUR” VIC SADOT

Broadsides & Retrospectives CD (2005) by Vic Sadot at CD Baby

Comin’ Home CD (1997) Cajun/Zydeco & Louisiana R&B by Vic Sadot & Planète Folle at CD Baby

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Full Spectrum Dominance (6:04) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” This song was written by Vic Sadot for the 4-10-11 visit of Bruce Gagnon to speak at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. Bruce is the founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, Eric Golub is on violin. Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”! If you click on the photo above, the link goes to the video that Vic Sadot made for this song.

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Green Party Techies Insert Jill Stein into US Presidential Debate in Real Time!

BERKELEY CALLING BLOG DECLARES JILL STEIN THE WINNER OF TODAY’S 2016 US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE! GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JILL STEIN WAS VIRTUALLY INSERTED INTO TODAY’S US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FROM WHICH SHE WAS BEING BARRED! Four years ago she was handcuffed to a metal chair for 8 hours at Hofstra University! In 2016 Jill Stein participated “In The Debate” electronically on Facebook! Now posted to YouTube: “Jill Stein’s Response to Being Shut Out of the First Presidential Debate” (1:34:42) Jill Stein for President Booster Club YouTube Channel
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Four years ago Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein was handcuffed to a metal chair for 8 grueling hours when she tried to march into the US Presidential debates and take her rightful position representing our Green Party USA. Today, Green Party techies inserted our candidate into the debate in real time, the very debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that she was being excluded from!

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Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala removed from Hofstra 2012 US Presidential Debate (0:25) Long Island Report YouTube Channel

The brilliant audacity of it should be duly noted by activists everywhere who are excluded from the public discourse. It is archived. So the debate from today is not quite over. People need to hear what Jill Stein said today in real time to her Two Corporate Monopoly War Party opponents.

THE GREEN PARTY USA WAS IN TODAY’S US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE! YOU CAN WATCH IT NOW! PLEASE SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE! STOP VOTING THE TWO PARTY TRAP BECAUSE YOU LEGITIMIZE WHAT THEY DO IN YOUR NAME WHEN YOU VOTE THE TWO PARTY TRAP!

Watch Green Party USA Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein responding live to the US Presidential Debate from which she and the Green Party USA were excluded! In 2012 at Hofstra University Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala were arrested and handcuffed to metal chairs for 8 hours for showing up for their right to participate in the American Presidential debate. Only one Presidential candidate called for a truly independent investigation into 9/11, Dr Jill Stein. Only one candidate called for an arms embargo of the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia! Only one candidate clearly stands against the Trans Pacific Partnership sell out! Tune in now!

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CNN GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL [FULL 1:08:00] (8/17/2016) – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016 with Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and VP candidate Ajamu Baraka at GreenPartyVideos YouTube Channel Published on Aug 18, 2016.  

“Jill Stein calls for new investigation into 9/11” (1:00) Newsy YouTube Channel. Published on Sep 10, 2016: Green Party candidate Jill Stein says there should be a new independent investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been shown to possibly be complicit in the cover-up of 9/11 because on 9/11 he, like news anchors Dan Rather and Peter Jennings, Trump stated that only controlled demolitions could have caused the steel-framed World Trade Center Towers to disintegrate in 10 seconds. In the case of building 7, it fell later in the afternoon at free fall speed in 7 seconds. WTC owner, Larry Silverstein, Likud Party leader Netanyahu confidant, said on a PBS show that he and the NYC Fire Chief agreed to “pull it”. Last year Silverstein revealed in a Tel Aviv speech that he had plans to rebuild Building 7 in the year 2000!

Trump saw on 9/11/2001: “bombs were used” on WTC in the planes that hit, according to Trump (3:52) TruthMakesPeace Published on Sept. 16, 2016: “Donald Trump saw the same day that bombs must have been used on the WTC towers on 9/11/2001. He quickly knew that the official Bush Story of 9/11 (BS911) was a lie. From his experience building steel sky scrapers, he knew they were built to be strong, even against a jet. He stated to the reporter that bombs must also have been involved. Donald showed what a nice guy he is, as he called his competitor Larry Silverstein to see if he was ok. He did not suspect Larry let 3000 of his tenants die for over $4 billion from insurance”.

Donald Trump picks 9/11 inside criminal suspect Mayor Rudy Giulani as possible Homeland Security Director (4:01) TRUTHstreammedia YouTube Channel. Published on May 13, 2016.

Attention 9/11 Truth Activists! Don’t let Truth be Trumped! Donald Trump 2013 Endorsement of PM Netanyahu on Israeli TV (00:35) Posted 1-15-13. Only 110,042 views by 7-25-16? Maybe you better share this!

Jill Stein Proved Me Wrong by Kevin Ryan at DigWithin Blog, author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”

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My last blog post was wrong. As of a week ago, it does matter who is elected president. That’s because one of the candidates has openly called for a new investigation into the crimes of 9/11.

In a recent statement on the subject, Jill Stein made the following important comments and promises:

“The families and friends of those who were murdered on 9/11 deserve justice. They also deserve to know the truth.”

“Under our administration a new inquiry would have access to the considerable body of responsible independent research that has emerged over the last 15 years.”

“We would create an independent 9/11 Commission, not one dominated by members with an interest in protecting the reputation and careers of foreign affairs and intelligence communities.”

“It’s time for a full accounting of what happened, and an end to the misguided post-9/11 wars that are actually making us less safe, not more safe.”

In May, a national poll showed that, “An unprecedented 91 percent of voters 28 or younger favor having an independent on the ballot, and 65 percent of respondents are willing to support a candidate who isn’t Clinton or Trump.”

Facebook truth activists are invited to visit: Truth Movement Integrity Activists Facebook Page: Posts to promote respect and integrity in the truth seeking community; against censorship; for fairness, honesty, respect, logic, and verifiability. http://www.facebook.com/TruthMovementIntegrityActivists

And here is the latest video produced by BERKELEY CALLING editor Vic Sadot

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Ballad of William Rodriguez (9:22) “Vic Sadot In Concert 9/11/16” at Vic Sadot YouTube Channel. Vic Sadot’s 15th Anniversary “Truth & Justice Love Songs” Concert segment introducing the song about William Rodriguez and how it came to be written out of attending the 2005 D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence at American University and Lafayette Square. Vic was there to sing newly written 9/11 Truth songs, “Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave?” and “Mad Cowboy Disease”. On 9/11/11 Vic Sadot released a 16 song CD titled “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”, which remains available at CD Baby. Now there are videos on line at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel.

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Meeting Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and talking with her about the Bill of Rights Defense Committee’s campaign to get all 6,700 pages of the US Senate Report on US Torture released. We were at a rally to Save the Berkeley Post Office on June 3, 2016. Everyone wanted a chance to talk with Jill in person, and Jill was very patient with us. She was as good a listener to the people who approached her as she was an articulate speaker at the rally making post 9/11 era “Common Sense”. Related earlier BERKELEY CALLING BLOG 8-02-16 Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka Look Set To Lead Green Party 2016 Election Drive!

Background on why “Torture Accountability” is so important to American democracy and our world public relations: Torture Architect Tries to Justify Program … Fails Miserably By Washington’s Blog Global Research, December 16, 2014.

Watch the trailer “Preview: 9/11 in the Academic Community” by Adnan Zuberi. (3:15) Now video #5 in the “9/11 & Other False Flag Investigations” playlist at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel. At 59 seconds into this trailer we hear Professor Michael Truscello of Mount Royal University state: “25% of the footnotes in the 9/11 Commission Report are based on torture testimony.” Professor Graeme MacQueen of McMaster University, author of “The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for Domestic Conspiracy”, keynote speaker at the 2016 9/11 Truth Film Festival at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA on 9/09/16, says, “They made it the core of their story and they don’t discuss that these guys were tortured.” Is that the report we want to base US laws and policy on? Read Barrie Zwicker’s Truth & Shadows Blog about this book!

Link to the Full Movie: “9/11 in the Academic Community” (1:13:41) by Adnan Zuberi.  Now video #60 in the “9/11 & Other False Flag Investigations” playlist at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

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

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Cynthia Jean Johnson
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.

Truth Troubadour Blog on Barrie Zwicker on No Lies Radio’s False Flag Weekly News Show 8-12-16

TRUTH TROUBADOUR BLOG by Vic Sadot: News Analyst Barrie Zwicker on 8-12-16 False Flag Weekly News on No Lies Radio produced by Allan Rees

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Hosts Kevin Barrett and “Tony” Antonius J Hall were joined by author and news media analyst Barrie Zwicker for a rapid review of the past week’s news events. The new Vice Presidential candidate of the Green Party USA, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka, was the subject of a mass media attack on him as a “holocaust denier” by virtue of his having been on this very show, “False Flag Weekly News” on No Lies Radio.

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Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein invited Ajamu Baraka to join her on the 2016 Green Party ticket as the VP candidate. The central claim or smear against Ajamu Baraka was to name him as a “holocaust denier” in a classic and unfounded “guilt-by-association” technique for having appeared on the show with a said-to-be “known holocaust denier”, host Kevin J Barrett, PhD. Every week on No Lies Radio news events are analyzed with pithy commentary and with screenshots and links given so that the viewer can look into the issues themselves. Barrie Zwicker is famous as the director of the documentary “The Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw”, as the author of “Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11”, and as a well-known Canadian television personality for decades. Barrie Zwicker recently reviewed Kevin Barrett’s book on the alleged Orlando massacre event in a column at Craig McKee‘s excellent “Truth and Shadows” Blog.

The song for this blog features the video from Vic Sadot’s “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel called “Full Spectrum Dominance”. After a successful crowd-sourced fundraising effort at Indiegogo, Vic is now ready to release a new CD to be titled “Truth Troubadour” featuring a cover photo by Rob Sadot of Vic Sadot during a hiking trip in the East Bay hills. Here is a link to a free mp3 for “Full Spectrum Dominance” at SoundCloud by Broadside Balladeer that is a first rough mix, not the one that will be on the album.

Vic Sadot Launches IndieGoGo CD Fundraiser

Calling Berkeley and Beyond, Vic Sadot Launched his 2016 IndieGoGo Truth Troubadour CD Fundraiser Campaign on June 24, 2016. It will last 47 days and end on Aug 9, 2016. Premiums include autographed CDs, SF Bay Area Release Party Invitation, T-Shirts, house concerts, etc. Watch the short video where Vic tells you about some of the songs to be released, musicians like Eric Golub and Rob Sadot on the CD, and premiums offered. Have a look around the Truth Troubadour CD page via the links featured there. Please share this link now to help launch this project!  IndieGoGo-Facebook_Berkeley-Hills_Vic-Sadot_1200x630_SF-Bay_October2012byRobSadot046art-poster-vic-sadot

Songs we need to get out include originals like Full Spectrum Dominance (Rob Sadot electric guitar), No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, The Harbor of Love, Lori; and covers like Bob Dylan’s Masters of War and John Lennon’s Working Class Hero. These are acoustic songs with Eric Golub featured on violin, viola, and ukulele. Come hang out with me here for a few minutes! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/truth-troubadour-cd-by-vic-sadot/x/11464365#

Artist Call to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15

Phil Ochs sings at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechener

Phil Ochs singing at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechner

Thanks to people all over the world, but especially people on Facebook like Shannon Hammock with her Celebrating Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday page, and also the group page called 1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs, there is considerable interest in recognizing the work of American singer-songwriter Phil Ochs on the passing of his 75th birthday on or near to December 19, 2015.

I’ve heard of events all over the country being organized. I’m organizing such an event in Berkeley with singer-songwriter Hali Hammer at Historic Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7 pm at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley..

I met and interviewed Phil Ochs in 1973 and just got around to making a 2015 video based on that old reel-to-reel audio tape from WGTB when Phil did a week of shows at The Cellar Door in Washington, DC. (See link below!) Phil stayed at my apartment that week. So I had lots of opportunities to talk with Phil, but I never saw him in person again. Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec 19, 1940, and unfortunately, he died by suicide on April 9, 1976. Phil Ochs’ songs were unique and thought provoking, not only in dealing with political topics of the time, but in dealing with the political system in a more deeply revealing way. His philosophical songs, such as Changes, When I’m Gone, Cross My Heart,and There But for Fortune, reached people in a deeper and more long lasting way than most songs that come down the pike. In the tradition of Broadside Magazine, edited by Phil’s avid supporters, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen, Phil preferred to call himself a “topical singer”.

The Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has reserved Historic Fellowship Hall for Dec 19, 2015. We’re sending out a call for people to do one or two songs, or 10 minutes. The performers and songs will be listed in a simple program like we did for the Berkeley Protest Fest with Country Joe McDonald on Aug 15, 2015.

We are looking for people to sing (1) Phil Ochs covers; (2) Phil Ochs tributes; (3) and original songs that the artist feels were inspired in them by Phil Ochs. They can submit an mp3 to me at this email broadsideballadeer@gmail.com

If your song submission is selected, then for publicity we would then need a close-up photo, a short bio of 2 or 3 sentences about you and your music, your website and booking contact info if you have such and want it listed in the program. We hope to hear from talented people who love Phil Ochs who want to sing out in Berkeley on Dec 19th! Vic Sadot

More Phil Ochs Information Links:

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. Shannon is also organizing a tribute album of various artists to be released for the 75th birthday. Vic Sadot is performing an unreleased studio recording of United Fruit by Phil Ochs, and Vic is accompanied by the talented violin of Eric Golub.

1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Video Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.

“Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America. This old 1973 reel-to-reel tape comes alive as re-created as a 2015 video by Vic Sadot as a tribute to Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th Birthday on Dec. 19, 2015.

Broadside Balladeer – A tribute song to Phil Ochs written in 1977 by Vic Sadot. This free download version has Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar with Eric Golub on violin. This version was released on September 11, 2011 on the  “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD, which is available on CD Baby.

A History of Phil Ochs Song Nights organized by Phil’s Sister Sonny Ochs

You may want to join this amazing Phil Ochs Facebook Group: “1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs”.

No More Songs – The Phil Ochs Tribute & Memorabilia Site Created by Phil Ochs Fans

Phil Ochs Legacy Lives On in the House of Woody Guthrie – Broadside Balladeer Blog 8-10-15

Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Broadside Balladeer Blog 7-17-13

PHIL OCHS FBI FILE by Vic Sadot at the Official Vic Sadot Music Website 10-24-10

BFUU Facebook Event Call for Artists to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15

The Official Phil Ochs Website
Best Phil Ochs Song Lyrics Page in the World! Thank you, Trent!

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Phil Ochs at the Berkeley Barb newspaper office in 1974. This photo was given to me by Stephen Vernon when Country Joe McDonald invited me to sing at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb on August 12, 2015. We organized the Berkeley Protest Fest on August 15 with Hali Hammer.

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL PERFORMERS LIST AT BERKELEY CALLING BLOG