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.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists  

OUR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES

How to UNITE FOR OUR RIGHTS!

Right here at the beginning of the Puppet Trump Administration All Trump supporters should test Trump’s loyalty to them. Let me explain how to do it. It’s called UNITE FOR OUR RIGHTS!

The Trumpeteers really need to demand that our Bill of Rights be restored, that all Anti-Constitutional martial law powers passed by Puppet Obama to Puppet Trump be rescinded by President Trump now! They should abandon the Trump regime and all other traitors to the Constitution of the United States if they do not act immediately and decisively to restore the Republic and the Constitution of the United States. Puppet Prez Obama has passed on some draconian legal claims to Puppet Prez Trump. This is a review of several specific violations done in the name of “security”. We must UNITE FOR OUR RIGHTS!

Listen to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr!  “Obama Creates Propaganda Ministry; Now Trump Owns It” (7:21) The Ring of Fire hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
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Note Published with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. video on Jan 27, 2017: “Just before the Christmas holiday, former President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act which provides funding for the military. Buried inside the NDAA was another bill that officially establishes an anti-propaganda center in order for the State Department to recognize, understand and expose counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining the United States. They really said that. Mike Papantonio, host of America’s Lawyer, discusses this with Richard Eskow, host of The Zero Hour.”

Similarly, all of us American citizens should exercise our inalienable rights to voice our grievance against Puppet President Obama for signing police state laws in bills that should only be about monetary matters. They should not include clauses that claim Executive powers to use the U.S. military for imprisonment called indefinite detentions (BORDC) and executions of American citizens without any due process.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. mentions how Obama earlier, with the sweep of a pen, signed an NDAA that repealed the 1949 Smith-Mundt Act that forbade the US government to use psychological operations and propaganda on the American People.

The Two War Parties need to start taking orders from the American People! Break out of the Two Party Matrix Mind Trap! UNITE FOR OUR RIGHTS! Defend EVERYONE’S RIGHTS! Or lose them… For more specific information and videos about the deliberate misuse of the annual NDAA military funding bills to claim Anti-Constitutional powers, and to join efforts with other people who are working to reject and rescind such illegal power claims, visit BORDC (The Bill of Rights Defense Committee)! Visit  PANDA – People Against the NDAA Unite! 

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Tom Paine, 1795, The Rights of Man. For more on the great American Revolutionary writer, see the links posted below!

Share this Berkeley Calling Blog with supporters of Trump now! Also send it to those who need to be educated about how President Obama  passed these Unconstitutional Executive emergency power claims to his “adversary” President Donald Trump! It’s time for all of to UNITE FOR OUR RIGHTS!

 “Tom Paine: Courageous Revolutionary Writer” Playlist at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel of the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Tom Paine Talks Today – Actor Ian Raskin plays Thomas Paine for the Thomas Paine Society production of “Thomas Paine Tells Glenn Beck and the Tea Party: ‘You’ve Got it All Wrong’!”

“Tom Paine: Courageous Revolutionary Writer” Playlist at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel of the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Favorite line, “Is the term crapulous mass still in use today?” Posted in the “Tom Paine: Courageous Revolutionary Writer” Playlist at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

I’ve studied Thomas Paine thoroughly since the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution, aka The Bicentennial of the overthrow of monarchy and colonialism and the founding of the Republic. I wrote a ballad for him and the chorus is:

“Oh Tom Paine! If you could see us now! Oh Tom Paine! We’ll struggle on! We vow!”

The Ballad of Tom Paine by Vic Sadot – 2016 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Awards (9:30) Video 1 of 7 in the “2016 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Awards” playlist at “Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” YouTube Channel. Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense”, “The Crisis Papers”, The Rights of Man”, “The Age of Reason”, “African Slavery in America”, and “Agrarian Justice”. The lyrics by Vic Sadot are posted in the description box as well as in the video itself. The Ballad of Tom Paine tells the life story of Thomas Paine, one of the foremost revolutionary writers of his time.

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Did Michael Hasting die trying to warn you about your loss of your rights through NDAA clauses in the annual military budget bill? That’s an odd way to pass Unconstitutional “laws”! See: “Domestic Propaganda Ban to be Lifted?” (9:32) Published on May 24, 2012 at The Alyona Show on RT. “Last week, the House passed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment that would repeal the Smith-Mundt Act: a 1948 law that prevents the U.S. government from distributing propaganda at home. Alyona discusses the proposed provision with Michael Hastings, who broke the story. What is the significance of the amendment when the line between propaganda, and public relations has become increasingly blurred?” Hastings died in a bizarre car crash in California before he got to publish more exposes.

The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges. Posted on Feb 11, 2013 

Left My Mind (Joe Sadot) is song #1 on the new “Truth Troubadour” CD by Vic Sadot in the CD Baby YouTube playlist. Featuring Vic in vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano accordion with virtuoso improvisations by Eric Golub on viola, violin, and ukuleles! This site allows full length play of the cover songs. The CD Baby sales site only gives short clips of our covers of Dylan, Ochs, and Lennon songs. (Back & Front Cover of TT CD)

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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)