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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The 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!
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 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 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.
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.
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 Alomary. Ahmed 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 (2:39) Ahmed ALomary YouTube & Photos All Rights Reserved. photos from jenin palestine with background music naseer shamma palestinian heritage.
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).
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
Hali Hammer Music Sites:
BLOGS BY VIC SADOT:
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
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.
Alison Weir 2017 “100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism” HD (58:00) 911TVorg YouTube Channel. The Story of How a Special Interest Lobby Enabled the Colonization of Palestine and Still Influences Policies Today.
The 58 minute Public Access TV free download version is now available for non-profit educational use with full credits/no edits from 911TVorg YouTube Channel. This lecture by Alison Weir in Berkeley, CA happened on February 16, 2017 in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. Lecture by Alison Weir, Executive Director of IfAmericansKnew.org. Alison Weir is also the President of the Council for the National Interest, and author of “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel”.
Alison Weir received a standing ovation in Berkeley’s Fellowship Hall. The event was sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists The complete title of the power-point presentation was “100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism & Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’: How a Special Interest Lobby Enabled the Colonization of Palestine and Influences Policies Today”.
Alison wrote a blog the day after the event that some will want to know about: “Berkeley event was successful despite efforts against it” by Alison Weir Feb 17, 2017 at If Americans Knew Blog
Henry Knorr at the open mic during the Q&A session on Feb 16, 2017 in Berkeley
Henry Knorr Defends Alison Weir from JVP Attacks on Voices in the Middle East on KPFA Pacifica Radio. Move the bar forward to the 38:00 minute mark to hear Henry Knorr, who is an American Jewish Bay Area activist against the 6 decade Apartheid Occupation of Palestine. He is also a member of JVP. He calls it a “demonization campaign” against Alison Weir and IfAmericanKnew dot org. He also admires Alison for “not just talking to the choir”. He is disgusted with the secret dossier compiled on her, and how an umbrella group named The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine was led to expel her due to the slander campaign. The real problem is that she stands against Zionism as a supremacist political ideology. He talks about her book Against Our Better Judgment about the Israel Lobby and how it is based to a large degree on academic histories by Jewish historians, thoroughly documented, “not kooky stuff” he asserts from years of study and activism on his own part.
Truth Troubadour Blog 2-21-17. This 58 Minute Public Access TV video of the Alison Weir 2017 Berkeley Speech “100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism” HD is now available at 911TVorg YouTube Channel for free, non-profit, public education use!
There is a full length version posted at No Lies Radio YouTube Channel that includes the Q&A Session after the lecture.
Alison Weir in Fellowship Hall on 2-16-17. Photo by Vic Sadot (photo links to the YouTube video)
Alison Weir Feb. 16, 2017 Full Length Berkeley Lecture & Q&A! “100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism & Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’: How a Special Interest Lobby Enabled the Colonization of Palestine and Influences Policies Today” (1:55:57) No Lies Radio YouTube Channel. The lecture is about 60 minutes long, and the rest is the Q&A session.
No Lies Radio Posts Video of Alison Weir Feb. 16, 2017 Berkeley Lecture! “100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism & Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’: How a Special Interest Lobby Enabled the Colonization of Palestine and Influences Policies Today” (1:55:57) Audio by David Yandle; Video by hummux. Lecture by Alison Weir, Executive Director of IfAmericansKnew.org. Alison Weir is also the President of the Council for the National Interest, and author of a new book, “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel”. The lecture is about 60 minutes long, and the rest is the Q&A session.
The music for the intros and outros of the video was performed at the beginning of the event by folksinger songwriter Francis Collins. The Sound Engineer was David Yandle. Post Audio Production by Vic Sadot. Video by hummux. It’s meant to be a creative commons archived video to be shared and viewed widely. The 58 minute HD version is perfect for cable access programming! Can you help 911TVorg get it on Cable TV?
Francis explains that he learned the song off the Jewish Voice for Peace website. Published with this note on Mar 9, 2012: “SF City Watch producer Tony De Renzo captures Francis Collins at The Buck, former city supervisor Chris Daly Bar and Grill at 1665 Market Street in San Francisco at their monthly Radical Acoustic Music open mic.”
We will close this Berkeley Calling Blog with “Simple Song of Freedom” – Truth Troubadour Vic Sadot update of the Bobby Darin 1969 classic anthem to struggle released under license on “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” available on CD Baby.
Alison Weir Receives a Standing Ovation in Historic Fellowship Hall in an event sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee on Feb 20, 2017 in Berkeley, CA. Video linked above and to the Photo by Vic Sadot.
Inspirational Song for this blog: “Simple Song of Freedom” – Free mp3 download at Sound Cloud by Broadside Balladeer Vic Sadot update of the Bobby Darin 1969 classic anthem to struggle released under license on “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” available on CD Baby. The song was actually a hit for Tim Hardin in 1966, and Hardin’s “If I Were A Carpenter” was a hit for Darin.
The link on the above cover takes you to the Truth & Shadows article here:
William Pepper on MLK at Truth & Shadows Blog
The book is on sale at Amazon: The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Screenshot photo of No Lies Radio livestream of the 2013 9/11 Truth Film Festival in the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA when Vic Sadot was presenting his music video based on the book of the same title: “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King”.
An Act of State – The Execution of Martin Luther King (5:04) CD Baby YouTube Channel “Truth Troubadour playlist”. This song is from “Truth Troubadour”, which was released on Dec 2, 2016 as the 4th CD listing in partnership with CD Baby. The song is based on the book of the same title by King family lawyer, William Pepper. The book tells the story of the trial that Pepper won on behalf of the King family in 1999 in a Memphis court where a jury of 6 black and 6 white jurors unanimously found Loyd Jowers and unnamed government conspirators guilty of murdering Martin Luther King. The studio recording features Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar and Eric Golub on viola.
Official Video: An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (2013 2nd version soundtrack with Eric Golub) by Vic Sadot (5:11) Truth Troubadour Channel in the Truth & Struggle Heritage playlist: http://youtu.be/fcoZ3jMXrww?list=PLE14BFC2C412E750F
Amazon has this about the new book:
Bestselling author, James Earl Ray’s defense attorney, and, later, lawyer for the King family William Pepper reveals who actually killed MLK.
William Pepper was James Earl Ray’s lawyer in the trial for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., and even after Ray’s conviction and death, Pepper continues to adamantly argue Ray’s innocence. This myth-shattering exposé is a revised, updated, and heavily expanded volume of Pepper’s original bestselling and critically acclaimed book Orders to Kill, with twenty-six years of additional research included. The result reveals dramatic new details of the night of the murder, the trial, and why Ray was chosen to take the fall for an evil conspiracy—a government-sanctioned assassination of our nation’s greatest leader. The plan, according to Pepper, was for a team of United States Army Special Forces snipers to kill King, but just as they were taking aim, a backup civilian assassin pulled the trigger.
In The Plot to Kill King, Pepper shares the evidence and testimonies that prove that Ray was a fall guy chosen by those who viewed King as a dangerous revolutionary. His findings make the book one of the most important of our time—the uncensored story of the murder of an American hero that contains disturbing revelations about the obscure inner-workings of our government and how it continues, even today, to obscure the truth.
“Truth Troubadour” is the title of Vic Sadot’s latest CD with 18 songs. Truth Troubadour is the most acoustic and reflective CD of the 4 CD’s that he has posted since first teaming with DiscMakers and CD Baby in 1997. Seventeen of the 18 songs on Truth Troubadour are duos with Vic on guitar and vocals, and some piano accordion on several songs. Eric Golub contributes his formidable talents on various stringed instruments: viola, violin, and 2 ukuleles. It’s a mix of broadside ballads and sweet love songs. Truth Troubadour was published to CD Baby on Dec 2, 2016.
The first press announcement was at VicSadot.com calling for reviews!
Left My Mind is the lead-off song and the only rocker on the CD. Like Lori, a gentle poetic love song, Left My Mind was written by Joe Sadot, who passed in 1978 at age 26. Left My Mind was recorded in Delaware with Rob Sadot, Dean Banks, and Rob Hunter at Rob’s Tune Room Studios. Everything else was recorded at Ancient Owl Audio (formerly Robot Envy Studio) with Sammy Fielding doing all of the sound recording and mixing work in Berkeley, CA. Here we have Rob Sadot recording “Full Spectrum Dominance” in Berkeley.
The 18 songs cover many topics and emotions. The reflective love songs are titled In the Harbor of Love, Lori, and Dearest Lady. The original broadside ballad topical songs are well-researched on timely topics, such as Full Spectrum Dominance, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, Selling Futures, Courage To Resist – Free Chelsea Manning, The Kidnapping Coup (Haiti 2004), and No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update.
Full Spectrum Dominance is of those songs that may take on greater significance and meaning as time goes by. The term is used by the US military and political sectors in reference to their goal of global hegemony on land, air, sea, outerspace, and cyberspace.
The line that says, “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” is a reference to President Obama’s joke at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, May 1, 2010. It was as callous and crude as President Bush’s joke skit at the same dinner during his administration when he was joking about looking for “weapons of mass destruction” in the country he massively destroyed for being under suspicion of having them, Iraq.
Psychopaths in powerful positions seem to not have the empathic abilities that normal people have in society. Michael Moore reported on it here: Obama Jokes About Killing Jonas Brothers With Predator Drones (00:29) mmflint channel: “The Jonas Brothers are here. (Applause.) They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. (Laughter.) I have two words for you, predator drones. (Laughter) You will never see it coming. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)”
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. The line-up for this October 2012 session was Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, and Eric Golub is on violin. “Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”!
Selling Futures (4:32) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube Channel. Published on Dec 11, 2016 – Provided to YouTube by CDBaby.
“We’ve got socialism for the rich; competition for the rest…
What kind of social system leaves so many dispossessed? …
If we should ever take it in our hearts to share this great Land of the Free,
It would be like Woody Guthrie said: This land was made for you and me!”
See Woody Guthrie Center to learn more about his legacy in American folk music.
The Kidnapping Coup is a broadside ballad that tells the story of the US military intervention in Haiti in 2004 to overthrow the elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Party. He and his wife were actually blindfolded and taken to Africa on a US military jet!
Eric Golub in the Berkeley studio from a “Full Spectrum Dominance” video screenshot.
Vic chose some great songs to cover too: Changes and United Fruit (Company) by Phil Ochs, Working Class Hero by John Lennon, Masters of War by Bob Dylan, and Fayette County Snow by Greg DeCowsky. Click on the titles or on the photos below to hear these cover songs on the CD.
The Fog Watch takes you back into time before we had paved roads and it took farmers an over-night trek to deliver their harvest to the nearest local marketplace. That song was adapted from a poem by Vic’s Uncle George Reuter.
Truth Troubadour CD Credits: Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar on all 18 songs; and on piano accordion on 9, 12, 14, 17. Eric Golub on viola 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18; violin 2, 12, 13, 15, 16; ukulele on tracks 4, 5, 9, 11, 18; baritone ukulele 14 and 17. Rob Sadot on electric guitar on 1, 13, 15. Dean A. Banks on piano/bass on 1. Rob Hunter on drums/recording engineer at The Tune Room in Wilmington, DE on 1. All other recording/mastering by Sammy Fielding at Ancient Owl Audio in Berkeley, CA. Back cover photo by Cecile Earle 7-22-16 at Redwood Gardens Community Room in Berkeley, CA. CD Design by Vic Sadot.
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Facebook Page Dedicated to “Truth Troubadour” CD Released in December 2016. Love songs and broadsides for the post 9/11 Trump era!
“9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” CD was released on 9/11/11 for the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 & Anthrax Crimes. The 16 songs were published on Oct 13, 2015 as a playlist at CD Baby’s YouTube Channel.
1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview: Nixon, Watergate, South America” by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.