Community Questions KPFA Censorship, Content, and Commitment to Free Speech Radio, and Anti-War Truth Journalism

No Lies Radio has embedded the “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel video titled “No Lies Radio Report Public Comments KPFA Local Station Board 9 15 18”, which was done by No Lies Radio & Berkeley Calling Blog reporter Vic Sadot. 

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The meeting was held in the North Berkeley Senior Center. It was advertised at Pacifica Network Meeting Board that it was the regular public community LSB monthly business meeting; that it would have a KPFA Manager’s Report, and that it would include closed Executive Session as part of the meeting, followed by a Public Comments session at the end. The Board deserves credit for reversing that order so that public comments could be heard by General Manager Quincy McCoy and the community-elected Local Station Board could hear public comments before they asked people to leave and that invite them back to have a say if anyone was still there at 2:45 PM. After the Public Comments the meeting moved into Executive Session, which generally results with a report to the KPFA members and SF Bay Area community at a later date. 
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The 27 minute; 13 second video is an excerpt made from the “Public Comments” section of the archived audio of the KPFA Local Station Board, which was a little over 2 hours and 34 minutes. Eighteen speakers took the opportunity to state their current concerns to the community elected local station board, management, and staff in attendance.

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The main topics of concern were the following: (1) Censorship of Guns And Butter Radio; (2) A call for KPFA to support a resolution supporting the Journalism Rights of Julian Assange; (3) Content Issues: Promotion of Mockingbird News Lies about RussiaGate, Democratic Party talking points, 9/11 Truth, foreign terrorists waging a war against the elected government of Syria, Military Intervention, and issues related to investigating historical accuracy by the use of weaponized terminology such as “Anti-Semitism” to prevent criticism of the violent military Apartheid occupation of Palestine, and the calculated use of “Hate Speech” as a cover for the Suppression and De-Platforming of those engaging in “Free Speech”.

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There is a disagreement over First Amendment Press Rights at KPFA Pacifica Meetings advertised as “public meetings” as distinguished from “executive session” meetings. At the last KPFA Local Station Board the LSB voted to not allow video recordings; thus censoring the press in attendance. Labor Video YouTube Channel was ordered to not film at the previous meeting and they put their camera away. In the No Lies Radio coverage of the last KPFA LSB meeting you can see that there were 2 men acting as “security” for the KPFA LSB who told the NoLiesRadio reporter, Vic Sadot, to stop filming.
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NO LIES RADIO Exclusive Report Published 8-19-18: “Guns & Butter banned by KPFA” features Bonnie Faulkner and others in the “Public Comments” session at the community elected KPFA Local Station Board Meeting on 8-18-18. Also documented on video were attempts to censor the First Amendment Press Rights of the press in attendance. Watch Bonnie and “Public Comments” now embedded at No Lies Radio at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel by Vic Sadot reporting on Censorship at “Free Speech Radio” in Berkeley.  More on this challenge to reporter’s rights below.

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Ann Garrisson asked the KPFA Local Station Board, “Do you reall want to go on record as opposing a resolution in support of Julian Assange”? She told the Sept 15, 2018 gathering about her participation in the #Unity4J programs, and that Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, Joe Lauria, current editor of Consortium News founded by the late Robert Parry, were participants and signatories as well as Michael Parenti. She said that Daniel Ellsberg was surprised to hear that there was resistance to supporting Assange and wikileaks.

The Importance of Supporting the Journalist Press Rights of Julian Assange: Ann Garrison Interviewed by Don DeBar, #Unity4J Vigil, 1 Sept 2018. (13 m 03) #Unity4J YouTube Channel. Join Joe Lauria, Editor in Chief of Consortium News, for a chain of interviews with Julian Assange’s supporters and friends. https://youtu.be/uyjVGryc69U

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19 Daniel Ellsberg Interviewed by Joe Lauria, #Unity4J Vigil, 1 Sept 2018 (38 m 16) #Unity4J YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/XOMkGIlns6o

At the 8-18-18 LSB Meeting, No Lies Radio reporter Vic Sadot was twice told to stop filming during the Public Comments session by two different men acting as volunteer “security”. One later apologized and stated that he thought it was not right after he had thought about it. Although the No Lies Radio reporter continued to film, as directed by the owner of NoLiesRadio, Allan Rees, the reporter was effectively prevented from covering some of the comments of Bonnie Faulkner, host of the censored 17 year old summarily terminated program called “Guns And Butter Radio”, and all of the comments by Allan Rees of NoLiesRadio, a Pacifica Affiliate.

See NO LIES RADIO REPORT Published 8-19-18 by No Lies Radio, a Pacifica Affiliate, reporter Vic Sadot: Guns & Butter banned by KPFA – Public Comments at the community elected KPFA Local Station Board Meeting.
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On 9-15-18 Allan Rees again claimed First Amendment Press Rights on behalf of No Lies Radio, an independent Pacifica affiate stattion, to Christina Huggins, current appointed LSB Chair, who presented papers claiming an LSB right to ban video coverage. Allan Rees decided to not film at this time to avoid confrontation, time wasted in courts, and delays in reporting the public comments for 9-15-18.

An audio is usually recorded except when “executive sessions” are invoked. This NoLiesRadio video report by Vic Sadot attempts to provide visuals to represent past and current historical context to the public comments audio provided by the Pacifica archive. Whereas, the current KPFA LSB seems to have a problem with transparency in blocking other Press from video reporting its public meeting portions in spite of having an option to shout out the press and community byy invoking an “executive session”, which may sometimes be needed to discuss personnel employment related issues or matters in litigation.
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All Pacifica Meeting Notices are listed at KPFTX dot org in advance and many of them have audio archives for the public to listen to on line or to download for free. https://kpftx.org
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Daniel Borgström of Veterans for Peace, who has a great blog called “Daniel’s Free Speech Zone” was keen to alert those in attendance to alert the community to the fact that KPFA LSB elections are coming soon. He stated that MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018 is the DEADLINE for qualifying to be a voting member in the next election.  Daniel Borgström announced the formation of a slate to be called “Rescue Pacifica” for which he passed out an email sign-up sheet. He asked people to join to work together for their interests in KPFA and Pacifica, and you can sign up now by emailing to danielfortyone@gmail.com
Borgström encouraged people to find candidates with a real committment to Free Speech Radio and anti-war truth journalism, as well as transparency in governance without censorship. 
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Architect Scott Page, an active member of Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, came out to his second KPFA Board meeting in support of Bonnie Faulkner and to speak against the termination of her long-standing GunsAndButter Radio Show. He reminisced with respect and appreciation about Bonnie and her 11 year old suddenly censored show for all the reporting and interviewing that has been presented. At 18 minutes into the video you can hear Scott say,I first heard of KPFA in 1975 when the station had the courage to read Phillip Agee’s ‘Inside the Company’ for a complete week. And it really changed my whole political structure. I didn’t know anything about what was going on. And I say, can’t we give one show one hour a week to do the thing?”
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Vic Sadot quote from the 8-18-18 KPFA LSB meeting in the screenshot above. Several speakers were interrupted by sudden bursts of loud music that seemed to be coming from a lap top at the front table. That was preserved in the audio that’s in the  Pacifica Network Archives for Meeting Information.

Important Related Links Below:

Pacifica Remembers Its Pacifist Roots by Matt Swanson-Hurley, May 25, 2015 Pacifica Network

No Lies Radio posts SF Rally To Defend Julian Assange 8 01 18 NoLiesRadio Report by Vic Sadot, and the full Labor Video Report on the Aug 1, 2018 Speak-Out for at the San Francisco Ecuador and UK Consulates: “Free Julian Assange NOW! SF Rally & Speak-out To Defend Julian Assange” http://noliesradio.org/archives/151681

Free Julian Assange NOW! SF Rally & Speak-out To Defend Julian Assange (36 m 42) laborvideo YouTube Channel Published on Aug 1, 2018. https://youtu.be/d4yHvfVMiVE

On August 1, 2018 a rally and march was held to demand the freedom of Julian Assange and against the expulsion of him from the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Speaking from New York was journalist, WBAI host and activist Randy Credico as well as OSHA whistleblower Darrell Whitman who was able to use WikiLeaks to find the connection between Obama operative John Podesta and Karen Lerner who ran the Office of Special Counsel OSC which was supposed to investigate and stop corruption in the government. Trade unionists, journalists and civil rights activists talked about the need to defend whistleblower Julian Assange and prevent his arrest and incarceration by the UK and US government. They also marched to the San Francisco UK consulate and also challenged the UK government for it’s attack on Assange. Production of Labor Video Project

 

 

Broadside Balladeer Blog Reports New Phil Ochs CD Release by Various Artists

A group called “Celebrating Phil Ochs” that was set up to celebrate the 75th birthday of topical folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs has gone on to produce two collections of Phil Ochs songs and tributes.

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The first collection was released in 2015. It was titled “We’re Going To Say It Now!”. The new 2018 CD is “We’re Going To Say It Again!” See Broadside Balladeer Blog article below for the details and links!
 
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Blog, August 30, 2018: Celebrating Phil Ochs Group Releases 2018 Phil Ochs Tribute CD #2 Titled: “We’re Gonna Sing It Again!”.
Produced by Shannon Hammock.

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Note: Vic Sadot blogs at several blogs. Broadside Balladeer Blog deals with political folk music, especially the Phil Ochs legacy. Truth Troubadour Blog deals with 9/11 and deep politics. BERKELEY CALLING BLOG covers free speech issues in Berkeley and the Bay Area or in general. Notices of new blogs are ofter reported at Berkeley Calling and at VicSadot.com.

Bonus! I was 25 years old when I interviewed Phil Ochs in May 1973… 

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1973 Phil Ochs Audio Became a 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. 

Berkeley Livestream Listening Room Deep Truth Visionaries Speak Out Conference by NoLiesRadio: Report on the Mockingbird Media Panel

This is a report on the Friday Mockingbird Media panel of the Berkeley NoLiesRadio Livestream Listening Room for the Deep Truth Visionaries Speak Out conference on the weekend of June 8-19, 2018. The title of the opening panel of the 2018 “Left Out Forum” was titled “Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship”.

You can watch these archived Friday and Saturday panel videos or the upcoming Sunday live panels with a small donation to No Lies Radio! You choose the Amount of your Donation! $20 is suggested. Any size donation appreciated. Donate more if you can! Share the links! For tickets & details on the Deep Truth Livestream, see the Free Archive after 6/22/18 http://noliesradio.org/archives/147338

Panelist Ray McGovern was roughed up by Capitol Police for shouting out questions that the Congressional Panel refused to ask of Trump CIA nominee Gina Haspel, who had operated a secret torture site in Thailand and had a role in destroying the video evidence of the torture sessions. See Ret. CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Brutalized By Police At Haspel Confirmation (2 min 34) Published on May 9, 2018 at ZeroHedge Janitor.

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Alison Weir was speaking in San Jose while we were doing this livestream. So her presentation for this panel was pre-recorded. Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship panel. Alison Weir’s topic was “How Pro-Israel Thought Police Are Silencing Americans”. http://ifamericaknew.org/about_us/

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Alison Weir is a journalist who reports at “If Americans Knew” blog, President of the Council for the National Interest (USA), and author of “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the US was used to create Israel”. http://againstourbetterjudgment.com
The Saturday panel on Palestine was one of the panels censored from participation by the “Left Forum” the week before in NYC. In addition to Alison Weir, the Deep Truth Livestream panel includes Ziyad Shihadah – Being Gazan: Transcending the Psychological Blockade (pre-recorded); Samir Salem – Documenting Gaza: A Visual Catalog of Brutality and Resistance; and Kathy Shihadah – Invisible Blockades: Impediments to Peace in Gaza.

Excerpts from Israel-Palestine News by IfAmericansKnew blog: “The Left Forum, the largest leftist conference in the country, has a history of censoring views they do not support. In 2017, four of our five panels were banned. Our group responded by organizing a highly successful alternative conference we dubbed the “Left Out Forum.” This year, 2018, all of our panels were banned, once again with zero explanation. Refusing to be silent, we created an alternative online conference for the weekend following the Left Forum and called it Deep Truth: Visionaries Speak Out…

Despite last year’s challenges, we were hopeful and confident that the Left Forum would accept our panels this year in light of their 2018 Left Forum theme, “Towards a New Strategy for the Left.” Their theme proclaimed: “Unity allows for differences and embraces other voices—it does not squelch them. We do not have to block dissent and critical self-analysis.” In January, 2018, we wrote the Board to say we were delighted with their theme and hoped to work with them this year, but given the difficulties we had the year before, we requested they guarantee us that if they approved our panels, they would not renege and censor them. We were answered with silence.”

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Screenshot of Suzie Dawson of wikileaks, speaking as part of the Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship panel. Her topic was titled “Julian Assange: Censored to Death?” Much of the discussion was about Assange’s history and current status, about his position as a journalist, and what she has learned as a wikileaks insider. The moderator Tom Kiely posed one tough question about a comment by Julian Assage where he said he found 9/11 conspiracy theorists to be “annoying”. She seemed unaware of the comment by Assange. She claimed that there was a lot of 9/11 related revelations posted at wikileaks website. It seemed to be a fair discussion of legitimate concerns. 9/11 Truth activists will be sure to follow her advice and go to see what’s actually posted at wikileaks about the crimes of 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks, and how they were used as traumatic conditioning of the public and as a “Deep State” policy coup on the US political policies at home and abroad.
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Screenshot of Vic Sadot, organizer of the Berkeley No Lies Radio Livestream Listening Room, asking a question that challenges the Truth Movement to get involved in demanding the release of the 6,700 pages of the 2014 Senate Report on CIA Torture. In December 2016 President Obama classified the Torture Report top secret for another 12 years. Thus Obama made the actual report unavailable to the public that paid for the report, and delaying or burying all prospects for prosecutions and the legal discovery process. The public only got a 500 page summary of the Senate Torture Report, which discredited the US image and integrity globally since there is no attempt to get right with international treaties against torture to which the USA is a signatory.

Here is an excellent review of the 500 page summary of the Senate Report on US Torture released to the Public by the Senate Intelligence Committee in December 2014: Torture Architect Tries to Justify Program … Fails Miserably By Washington’s Blog Global Research, December 16, 2014 http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/torture-911-evil-last-13-years.html

Join the BORDC campaign! The Bill of Rights Defense Committee: Will the Senate Torture Report Disappear? May 2, 2016 by Chip Gibbons. We demand the release of all 6,700 pages of the US Senate Report on the US Use of Torture! 

This “Deep State” illegality of torture was green-lighted for continuation by the Obama regime’s complicity in the cover-up and refusal to prosecute what is clearly illegal in US and international law. So Trump appointed torture advocates to the State Dept and the CIA and got enough “bi-partisan” support from both of the pro-war corporate monopolization parties to get the criminals appointed in 2018.

Panelist Ray McGovern was roughed up by Capitol Police for shouting out questions that the Congressional Panel refused to ask of President Trump’s nominee CIA nominee Gina Haspel, who had operated a secret torture site in Thailand and had a role in destroying the video evidence of the torture sessions. See “Ret. CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Brutalized By Police At Haspel Confirmation” (2 min 34) Published on May 9, 2018 at ZeroHedge Janitor https://youtu.be/uxzdXsgPkJI

Vic cited the 2013 documentary by Adnan Zuberi, “9/11 in the Academic Community”, and the two professors quoted in the trailer for the film to present a question about why the US Truth Movement has not prioritized the issue of “Torture Accountability” while instead spending enormous amounts of time and energy trying to get some “classified” 28 pages from a long discredited 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry Report on 9/11 that served as the first official cover-up of the crimes of 9/11 and the subsequent Anthrax attacks on the US Congress itself.
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Professor Michael Truscello of Mount Royal University states: “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”, says, “They made it (torture) the core of their story and they d
on’t discuss that these guys were tortured.”

Watch the trailer for the “9/11 in the Academic Community” documentary by Adnan Zuberi. It’s about 3 minutes long, and it’s followed by the full movie in a Truth Troubadour playlist. 

9/11 in the Academic Community” (58:05) 911TVorg YouTube Channel. Now in the “9/11 & Other False Flag Investigations” playlist at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel. 

Obama Buries Torture Report For Twelve Years (12:52) The Jimmy Dore Show YouTube Channel Published on Dec 16, 2016: President Barack Obama will keep from public view a report detailing the ways the United States CIA has committed the war crime of torture. https://youtu.be/knsFEpmiSfc

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Alison Weir was speaking in San Jose at this time. She sent in a pre-recorded video for the kickoff panel of the weekend long “Deep Truth Visionairies Speak Out”  Conference for the panel titled “Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship”. She participated live in the Saturday forum. Photo by Vic Sadot.
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Screenshot of Mark Crispin Miller from the NoLiesRadio “Deep Truth” Livestream

Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, speaking in the first panel of the weekend long Deep Truth conference on Friday, June 8, 2018. The opening panel session is titled the “Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship”. Mark did a great job at kicking off the weekend and opening the Deep Truth Visionaries Speak Out Livestream Conference. His topic was “The Silence of the Left” and it was a remarkable historical review replete with examples of media manipulation resulting in alarming losses of liberty and civility in our society of perpetual “war on terror”. 

Mark Crispin Miller Blog http://markcrispinmiller.com

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Gerry Docherty, Professor of History, speaking in the first panel of the weekend long Deep Truth conference panel on Friday, June 8, 2018 titled the “Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship”. The title of his presentation is “How History Gets Memory Holed”.

More on Gerry Docherty’s work:
Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War – Hardcover – September 1, 2014 by Gerry Docherty and Jim MacGregor. Review by Antony C. Black at Global Research July 19, 2017. https://www.globalresearch.ca/hidden-history-the-secret-origins-of-the-first-world-war/5600090

Gerry Docherty – “Feeding the Enemy ” – A Lecture about Herbert Hoover and the Commission for Belgian Relief (CBR) & Profiteering & Political Machinations of WW I (1 h 09 m 08) Published on Nov 28, 2014 at Beyond the Centenary 1914 – 1918 YouTube History Channel https://youtu.be/Udhq5YocJvE

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Lori Fohl, in the Berkeley NoLiesRadio Livestream Listening Room, an activist with the Northern CA 9/11 Truth Alliance, asked a question about Russiagate, the “Steele Dossier”, and Trump’s actual policy direction. This is about 3 hours and 18 minutes into the Friday, June 8, 2018 kickoff panel session titled “Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, and Censorship”. Cynthia Jean Johnson, smiling at right, was on the No Lies Radio livestream listening room event team.

Watch all of these great panels in archived for your listening convenience for a small donation to No Lies Radio! You choose the Amount of your Donation! $20 is suggested. Any size donation appreciated. Donate more if you can! Share the links! For tickets & details on the Deep Truth Livestream, see http://noliesradio.org/deeptruth
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For musical commentary, please visit the Vic Sadot & Truth Troubadour YouTube Channels. Try “Full Spectrum Dominance” as it relates to this topic!

If we don’t want to descend into a stinkin’ fascist state

We better make some better history before it’s all too late!

Now the media manipulators make a false world view!

Make the victims the aggressors! Make the lies seem true!

Making death and destruction from tax dollars spent!

Making ill-begotten profits for the one percent!


Full spectrum dominance is the policy

Making systemic violence and tyranny!

Full spectrum dominance makes us all the enemy!

But a better world is possible! This ain’t the way it has to be!

This ain’t the way it has to be!

By Vic Sadot

Vic Sadot has been active with No Lies Radio as a reporter, False Flag Weekly News guest host, video and music creator, and as an event producer since 2008. Vic is active with IAmTheFaceofTruth 9/11 Truth visibility and education project founded by Claudio Marty and the related Facebook page for California Activists for 9/11 Truth. See also the Facebook info sharing page called Truth Movement Integrity Activists. Explore the many links on this page that have been embedded in this Berkeley Calling Blog. Four of Vic Sadot’s music career CD’s remain available at CD Baby. The Offiical Home Site for Vic Sadot Music is http://www.vicsadot.com

Vic Sadot blogs at Truth Troubadour Blog at Blogspot on 9/11 related issues, on Broadside Balladeer Blog at Blogspot about political music, and at Berkeley Calling Blog at WordPress concerning the living legacy of free speech in Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Vic is active in the music video community at YouTube with Vic Sadot YouTube and Truth Troubadour YouTube channels, and Vic presents a diverse offering of poets and balladeers at Vic Sadot Vimeo.

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Nuclear Heartland USA Video of John LaForge Lecture on the Updated Book Nuclear Heartland by Nukewatch

“Nuclear Heartland”, the book, was first published in 1988. It listed the locations of all land-based nuclear missile silos in the United States. John LaForge of Nukewatch updated and republished a 2015 report on the status of such land-based nuclear silos in the United States.
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John LaForge presented a power-point lecture on the book and the nuclear weapons abolition movement on 10-13-16 in Fellowship Hall. The 58 minute video “Nuclear Heartland USA” was made by Vic Sadot from an audio recording by Sound Engineer David Yandle. It was published to “Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” YouTube on March 29, 2017.

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John LaForge of Nukewatch was accompanied on this speaking tour with German nuclear abolitionist activist Marion Küpker, who represents GAAA, Gewaltfreie Aktion Atomwaffen Abschaffen (Nonviolent Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). It is a German organization dedicated to the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

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Since many of us had not heard that a historic vote in the UN General Assembly was coming up on Oct 27, 2016, we learned about it from John LaForge. The vote was overwhelming to make 2017 the year to push the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty forward through UN sponsored conferences: 123 In Favor; 38 Against; 16 Abstentions. The vote was something of an act of defiance toward the Security Council, and almost all nuclear-armed powers voted no, with some notable abstentions. The mainstream media buried the story as if it was not a significant event in human history!

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The outcome of the upcoming Oct 27, 2017 UN General Assembly Vote for talks to move the NPT Treaty forward was presaged by John LaForge on Oct 13, 2016 in Berkeley. We include information of that vote with the advantage of releasing the video in late March 2017. The US, UK, and other nuclear powers boycotted the March 2017 conference. Did your media even cover the crucial talks to ban nuclear weapons from the Earth?

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The next NPT UN conference is scheduled for July 2017! Make your country attend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty talks about the signatory obligations and the need to press this issue vital to human survival forward. Remember that previous negotiations did lead to significant affirmed nuclear disarmament and a reduction of tensions.  This was moving forward until GW Bush unilaterally withdrew the US from the ABM Treaty with Russia! Making the Middle East a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone is one of the immediate priorities of the countries pressing forward and of many nuclear abolition activists of many nations.America-sends-nuclear-bombers-to-Russian-Borders_The-National-Interest

Cynthia Jean Johson welcomed everyone to Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley. Author-activist Cecile Pineda did the introduction of John LaForge of Nukewatch. BFUU Social Justice Committee activists Ingrid Kepler-May and James Beatty appear in the Q&A session. Ingrid Kepler-May is in the Q&A segment at around 49:10 of the 58 minute video. She is in a discussion with speaker John LaForge about the effects of US use of depleted uranium in weapons and armor, particularly how it contaminates the environment and causes birth defects in Iraqi babies. Ingrid witnessed these results first-hand on a visit to hospitals in Iraq. The 58 minutes video was made by Vic Sadot from an audio recording by David Yandle of a John LaForge NukeWatch Book Update presentation by John in Fellowship Hall, Berkeley, CA on Oct. 13, 2016. The event was sponsored by BFUU Social Justice Committee.

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There are two a 6 minute excepted videos also posted at YouTube, one of Marion Küpker speaking about the German Peace movement, NATO, Russia, and the situation in Syria; one of the Q&A session with Ingrid Kepler-May talking about where the nuclear arms race is today and about the use of depleted uranium by the United States in weapons and war machinery armour, which when blasted to dust causes birth defects in children and cancers in others who come into contact with the radioactive dust.

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It was a stunning and memorable update presentation by John LaForge to celebrate the 2015 re-publication of “Nuclear Heartland”! The book was first published in 1988 to let Americans know where the nuke silos are, and that they make you less secure in contradiction of the stated nuclear “deterrence” goal. This only becomes apparent after you understand the war profiteering and the unacceptable risks involved in nuclear radiation, and the climate of fear needed to promote the arms race.

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Can you help to get this video seen and heard? The format is based on the usual Public Access Cable TV requirements. Anyone can download and use this video under Creative Commons Copyright with accreditation and non-profit educational use. Can you forward this to someone who does that? Or can you be the person to make that happen in your community? If so, thank you! Contact Vic Sadot at vic.bfuu.sjc@gmail.com

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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  

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Alison Weir Speech Now 58 Minute Public Access Video! Book it!

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.orgAlison 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”.

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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

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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. alisonweir-book-cover_alison-speaking

“Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel” (92 page pamphlet) by Alison Weir. 

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.
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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.

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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.orgAlison 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.

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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 Collins Singing Free Palestine (4:19) Tony De Renzo YouTube 

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.