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. 

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.

The Occupation of the American Mind

This Berkeley Calling Blog is just a sampler of the main journal on this topic, which is Truth Troubadour Blog Movie Review 6-22-16: The Occupation of the American Mind Produced by Sut Jhally & Narrated by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. However the Berkeley Calling movie review has a focus on the emerging Berkeley Anti-Free Speech Movement that attempts to stop speakers and media from being heard and seen.

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“The Occupation of the American Mind” (Running time: 85 mins) was screened at the Berkeley Public Library on June 6, 2016 for free. The event was co-sponsored by NorCal Friends of Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area. I think both groups have done outstanding work and I first met some of these folks when I served for a couple years as the Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, which has shared its Historic Fellowship Hall with many voices. Tolerance is practiced and there is a code of preferring to “agree to disagree” rather than to silence or suppress “Free Speech”. Within this blog I’m going to attempt to practice those principles by speaking my mind and by linking to all parties mentioned. Without getting into it too much in this blog, I must express my concern for that heritage of intellectual civility and political integrity that is being recklessly destroyed in the wake of Ken O’Keefe‘s speech about “Jewish Power” and his advocacy for Banning the dangerous and humiliating post-9/11 TSA Body Scanners on March 20, 2016. This is deeply concerning. There is a coordinated effort to suppress the speeches of Ken O’Keefe, including the one in Berkeley, which clearly had a disclaimer that his views did not necessarily reflect the views of the BFUU or its members. His “free speech” is being subjected to a game of whack-o-mole that makes the questions he raised all the more important to the public. So pardon me if some Berkeley Anti-Free Speech Movement activists are temporarily successful in removing links so that you cannot hear the pro-Palestinian pro-Semitic side. This is the sign of a lack of confidence in one’s position. It is an Un-American abuse of power and it stands starkly in conflict with the spirit and letter of the First Amendment.

Ken O’Keefe‘s organization is called World Citizen Solutions, an effort to remove a citizen’s obligation to support wars. Yet, such an anti-war pro-Semitic perspective will make you a terrorism suspect and they will violate your 4th Amendment Rights as well as your precious health with these absurd security measures and secret lists meant to chill dissent in the good ol’ USA! Words were tossed about as if they were more important than shattered lives! Strategic use of “Anti-Semitism” in a way that excludes the inhumane treatment of the other Semitic peoples in the Middle East and North Africa reached clarity. Why is killing Palestinians not a most grievous form of “Anti-Semitism”? “Hate Speech” is too often now code for the “Anti-Free Speech Movement”. We don’t want that in Berkeley! And we don’t go along with the UC Regents criminalizing the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and suppressing anyone’s “Free Speech” in the guise of repressing “Anti-Semitism”, “Jew Hatred”, or “Hate Speech”. The principles we seek to uphold are universal and apply to everyone’s conduct. In the case of the Unitarian Universalists there are Seven Basic UU Principles. There’s a world of difference between actual genocidal hatred of someone just for who they happen to be by chance, and using these words to “divide and rule” and to suppress those who question your version of history. The most virulent form of this authoritarian mentality is the erudite anti-intellectual form attempting to intimadate our scholars in our universities. And we are highly susceptible to manipulation if we do not question the basics of each event that has happened since 9/11 always accompanied by the “psychic driving” techniques of the Corp-Gov Media.

This documentary, The Occupation of the American Mind, is a deeply needed and well-made introduction to the history and tragedy of the criminal Apartheid Occupation of Palestine by Zionists who have created “The Jewish State”. It should be shared widely for it signals a growth in consciousness and conscience among the global masses, particularly among Jewish and Arab communities who know that the true history of their relations was not one of hostility. These developments are all a very good thing!  The Occupation of the American Mind is the story of an extremely biased media, biased against the other Semitic Peoples. This is also a story of secret global political machinations that has led to the support of a supremacist ideology and a bellicose political entity by countries who would not tolerate such a thing in their home countries.  As significant as this new documentary will soon be recognized to be, it must be said that it still has serious flaws of omission.

However, you are certainly able to get the omitted history from numerous sources, such as Alison Weir‘s new book, “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used To Create Israel”. Alison Weir’s organization is If Americans Knew. It can fairly be said that you can only accomplish so much in a short documentary, and that should be conceded in this case where the subject is opened so well to the uninitiated. Likewise Alison Weir‘s book is also only an introduction to a complex historical problem, and she acknowledges that. In fact, her book is only 94 pages, and the rest, the “end notes” comprising of 135 pages, substantiate what she says and they give you credible avenues to pursue deeper into a subject which impacts much more tellingly on your life and your world than you may realize. Having Roger Waters bravely serve as the narrator is helping this happen.” Hit the book image below to find out more about “Against Our Better Judgment” by Alison Weir.

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Come Ye Masters of War! You that build all the guns! You that build the drone planes! You that drop all the bombs! You that hide behind walls! You that hide behind desks! We just want you to know we can see through your masks! – Bob Dylan

Click on the lyrics to “MASTERS OF WAR”above or the image below to be directed to the new Vic Sadot recording of the song with the talented Eric Golub improvising on viola.

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Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza residents used a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Saturday to stock up on supplies and survey the devastation from nearly three weeks of fighting, as they braced for a resumption of Israel’s war on Hamas amid stalled efforts to secure a longer truce. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)