William Pepper on MLK at Truth Shadows Blog

MARTIN LUTHER KING SURVIVED SHOOTING, WAS MURDERED IN HOSPITAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM PEPPER

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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.

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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.

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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:

MARTIN LUTHER KING SURVIVED SHOOTING, WAS MURDERED IN HOSPITAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM PEPPER

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.

Vic Sadot Releases 4th CD on CD Baby

“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.

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The first press announcement was at VicSadot.com calling for reviews!

“Truth Troubadour CD Is Ready For Review!”

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.

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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”!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Click this widget link to see CD Baby store for Truth Troubadour!

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Related Links: 

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 at CD Baby 

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Broadsides & Retrospectives CD at CD Baby

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Comin’ Home CD by Vic Sadot & Planète Folle at CD Baby

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“9/11 Truth & Justice SongsCD 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.
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John Lennon Birthday Speakout Against Facebook Censorship Livestream Video

“Imagine A Day Without Censorship” Speakout At Facebook Zuckerberg’s SF Mansion (41:16) Labor Video YouTube Channel

Labor Video Labor Video John Lennon Birthday SpeakoutPublished Note on Oct 11, 2016: On John Lennon’s birthday October 9, 2016, a rally sponsored by LaborNet.org was held outside the San Francisco mansion of billionaire Mark Zuckerberg the owner of Facebook to protest the censorship and privatization of the internet. Participants discussed Zuckerberg’s agreement with the apartheid Israeli government and Netanyahu to censor the internet with critical content of the Israeli government. Facebook is also censoring live streaming from Standing Rock Native American pipeline protesters and Kurdish activists. * See the list of links documenting the citations of censorship or spying provided in the description box for this video.

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First published video was the ILM Live Stream Facebook Censorship (49:49) brightpathvideo YouTube Channel  of the JOHN LENNON BIRTHDAY SPEAKOUT AGAINST FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP

International Labor Media Published Note on Oct 9, 2016: “In front of Mark Zuckerberg’s San Francisco mansion, protesting Facebook censorship of Palestinian reporters and more. Oct. 9, 2016.”

Amidst the general call for the creation of a Commons Free Speech Public Space on the Internet, there were those who stepped forth to voice more specific charges of censorship at the John Lennon’s Birthday Speak Out Against Facebook Censorship on Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 outside a Zuckerberg mansion in San Francisco, CA. ILM is the “International Labor Media” channel.

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Steve Zeltzer at one of the Zuckerberg Bay Area mansions at the John Lennon’s Birthday Speakout Against Facebook Censorship on Oct 9, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

Steve Zeltzer of Labor Video says (4:28 – 4:58) that Zuckerberg’s “power over over a billion people who are now on Facebook is being used to control political debate and dissent. We believe that this is wrong. In fact, he met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and signed an agreement saying that he would work with the Israeli government to censor critical comments against the Apartheid regime of Israel, of the Zionist regime. If Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg want to be political appendages of the  Israeli government, that  obviously their choice. But they will have to pay politically for that, and everyone needs to know what they are doing.”

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“The other thing is the issue of spying because people who use Facebook put their personal names, their personal information on Facebook and he has access to it, which means the US government has access to it. So people have to be aware of that.” Zeltzer describes the global reach of Zuckerberg using Brazil as an example. He purchased the domain name “internet.com”. Tech barons want the internet to be privately owned explains Steve Zeltzer. “We need municipal WiFi free public internet.

Zeltzer refers to John Lennon’s Birthday in saying, “Imagine a day without censorship! Imagine a world without censorship!” (10:05 – 10:45)  “What the supporters of Zionism and the Apartheid regime in Israel want to do is they want to pass laws in the United States saying that you cannot boycott Israel because that’s ‘anti-Semitism’… Now this is a canard that is used against people to basically accuse people who are critical of the policies of Israel of being anti-Semitic. And this is a very reactionary dangerous kind of position. So, in New York Gov. Cuomo passed such a resolution. In California Gov. Brown signed such a resolution. We’re saying this is outrageous! People have the right to boycott.”

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A woman speaks (12:50 – 13:08), “If we were to look at the history of Boycotting, Sanctions, Divestment movement within the U.S., it was successfully used to bring down the Apartheid South African regime. So at that time was that equated with being anti-White or Anti-Dutch?” She also cites Facebook for not allowing a livestream of the arrests at the Native American resistance at Standing Rock to protect their water rights against the proposed Dakota Access Oil Pipeline across their land. This woman speaker also cites the experience of having Green Party Jill Stein posts banned from being posted on Facebook. (This happened to me while trying to post to Facebook groups in which I am a member! VRS) The Woman’s Free Gaza Flotilla to end the blockade of Gaza was intercepted illegally in international waters, but that has been blocked out of the American corporate-government press, not just on Facebook.

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The next speaker, the man with the “From Vietnam to Palestine Facebook/Zuckerberg Censoring History” sign, (21:18 -32:22) was concerned with how private property ownership of public forums like Facebook is part of the general elimination of the public common space for public expression. He focused on the recent role of Facebook in Turkey during an attempted coup where suppression of freedom of speech was openly done in the name of restoring order with emergency decrees. Journalists were beaten by police and dragged by the hair to jail when TV stations were shut down without any news coverage by the compliant complicit western media. Facebook “respects” the Turkish Anti-Terrorism Law, “which in Turkey it means that if you show the army killing civilians, that’s a terrorist act… Facebook goes along with this and shuts down the pages. As we have seen, in the last 10 days when Palestinian journalists try to show their opinion immediately Facebook has stepped in and shut it down.”

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Steve Zeltzer comes back into the soundtrack around 39:33 to sum up the censorship  situation. Zuckerberg’s support for attacks on public education and on teachers’ unions reveals his ruling class politics. The people want genuine democracy, not the private ownership and public censorship and spying that we are getting on Facebook!

Gimme Some Truth – John Lennon (Remastered 2010)

 

SF Mime Troupe Video by Vic Sadot

The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicked off its Summer 2016 Season to a large crowd in Berkeley’s Cedar-Rose Park on July 2 and 3. Then they packed everything up and did a show in Dolores Park in San Francisco on July 4. “Schooled” (6:34) is the title of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Summer 2016 musical play.

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Vic Sadot created a short  video (6:33) made from photos and short clips at the end of the show on July 3 at Cedar Rose Park. It has been posted at Vic Sadot YouTube and Truth Troubadour YouTube. The lyrics are full of one line gems that pack a lot of impact in the whole context of the storyline. Ira Marlowe runs a little Berkeley club called The Monkey House, and he is one of the most prolific songwriters in the SF Bay Area. Daniel Savio is the Musical Director for the SFMT Summer Tour. Try to remember to get the free flyer “Schooled Lyrics”, which is separate from the program. Get both! You won’t regret it!

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They will be back in Berkeley at Live Oak Park at Shattuck Ave. & Berryman St. on Saturday, July 9th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30) and Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30). To get a good seat on the grass you should get there an hour before the music and you can bring small lawn chairs and picnic stuff. The summer tour goes all the way to the grand finale at Dolores Park on September 4 and 5. There will be only one more curtain call in Berkeley at Willard Park (aka Malcolm X Park) on August 20 and 21.

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It was another great combination of script writing, comedic talent, and clever song crafting. They pass out a program with all the credits and also a Song Lryics flyer for this year’s play called “Schooled” written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan. Directed by Michael Sullivan. Music & Lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Musical Direction by Daniel Savio. In “The Campaign”candidate Babbit is a Trump-like boastful character derides his oppostion saying he is: “Up against some mommy whose kid can’t make the grade… and some aging commie on the corner. Vote for Babbit! Vote for Babbit! Here’s your chance, now grab it!” Candidate Ethel retorts: This country needs citizens, awake and aware! Standing up to power and that class of billionaires! Our schools need teachers, respected and inspired! Our kids need to be taught, and not just wired!”

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Will Durkee plays guitar and bass in the 3 piece SFMT Band. The actors and Troupe members go into the crowd after each play to solicit support. Their political message is able to get to the root of our social problems because they do not accept funding from corporations. The SFMT BAND is Will Durkee on guitar and bass; Dominic Moisant on percussion; and Daniel Savio on keyboards.

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This new Vic Sadot video about the 2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Tour is set as a Creative Commons Copyright for Non Profit Use with Credits. “We are The San Francisco Mime Troupe! And we are in our 57th year of fighting oppression one play at a time!”, states Rotimi Agbabiaka when the play ends and it’s time to make the pitch for grass roots support.

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The events are Stage Managed by Karen Runk. Scenic Design by Jay Lasnik. Costume Design by Blake More. Sound Design by Keith Arcuragi and Taylor Gonzalez. CAST OF CHARACTERS: Rotimi Agbabiaka plays Thomas Jones and Arthur Quisdedo; Velina Brown plays Lavinia Jones and Estelle Partridge; Lisa Hori-Garcia plays Fredersen J. Babbit and Michiko Chimlis; and Keiko Shimosate Carreiro plays Ethel Orocuru, Tatianna, and the Choir Student. See full credit listings at Show Bios for 2016 “Schooled” Personnel. 

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SFMT also has a great online Store for SFMT promotional items!

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The key to the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s independence and artistic integrity is their San Francisco Bay Area fan-based funding. They do strategic grant fundraising that also supports the many projects they engage in. At the SFMT Merchandise Booth at every show many attractive souvenir items are available. I went for the T-Shirt this year. There is also a volunteer sign-up sheet at the merchandise booth, and you can subscribe to this unique SF Bay Area cultural project at their website. After the show, you can have a chat with the cast and crew. But on days when they have to bust everything down and haul it to the next show, they may seem weary and in a hurry. Able bodied volunteers are appreciated in most cases (lol)…

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The San Francisco Mime Troupe is indeed a precious example of community theatrical resistance to war and social injustice as well as being a participatory education vehicle for citizen empowerment. Come laugh and enjoy the sunshine as you contemplate the great difference between being “educated” to be capable of doing the critical thinking needed of citizens in a democracy; and being warehoused and “schooled” to be a pawn in the plans of the super rich psycho-patholigical predatory class out to privatize every commonwealth resource and institution on the planet. SF Mime Trouple may be a rag tag organization, but their mission is to make all the difference in the world. So…

“What are you’s gonna do about it?!!!” (Fredersen J. Babbit – Corporate School Board Candidate in “Schooled” by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan)

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ps I am doing my own Summer of 2016 Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign to maintain similar independence and artistic integrity intact for my own music projects. See Berkeley Calling Blog post 6-23-16: “Vic Sadot Launches IndieGoGo CD Fundraiser”. The “Truth Troubadour” CD Campaign will end on August 9!  Or go directly to Vic Sadot Launches 2016 IndieGoGo Truth Troubadour CD Fundraiser Campaign June 24, 2016 for 47 days to end on Aug 9! Please share this link now to help launch this project! Come hang out here with Vic for a few minutes!  Thanks! Vic Sadot

 

 

SF Solidarity with French Workers

San Francisco supporters of the French workers and their June 14, 2016 General Strike rallied and spoke out at the French consulate in San Francisco on that very day. Speakers supported the demands of the French workers and tied the struggle against union busting and deregulation of labor laws in France with the struggle in the United States for a shorter worker and union rights. Steve Zeltzer was the key organizer of the event and he announced the SF Solidarity gathering on his WorkWeek Radio Show, which runs from 3:30 – 4 pm every Tuesday on 94.1 FM KPFA PACIFICA RADIO. Steve went to the French consulate in San Francisco right after the show to lead a small but vocal international solidarity demonstration from 5 – 7 pm where a Solidarity Statement was distributed to passers by in 13 languages, and was read aloud in English, French, and Spanish.

San Francisco Solidarity with French General Strike (25:34) Published on Jun 18, 2016 at Labor Video YouTube Channel.  Production of Labor Video Project.

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Gearóid Ó Colmáin reported from Paris on the General Strike in France as it was happening on WorkWeek Radio on KPFA PACIFICA in Berkeley, California. He was interviewed by host Steve Zeltzer on June 14, 2016. France is experiencing a wave of protests led by labor unions against the emergency decree by Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Gearóid Ó Colmáin appeared in the first of 3 segments on the June 14 program. http://kpfa.org/episode/workweek-june-14-2016

The gathering  outside of the French Consulate in San Francisco began at 5 pm. Vic Sadot and Dave “Redd Welsh” spoke and sang appropriate songs. Several speakers from SF Labor groups spoke. Their were two labor activists from India who decided to take a turn at the mic as well. A two sided flyer was distributed to people passing by and was published on line that had a short San Francisco Solidarity with French Workers Statement written in 13 languages just because that’s all that would fit on the flyer. Sam Francisco has a proud labor union tradition and history. Brochures for the annual month long (July) Labor Fest 2016 San Francisco Bay Area were distributed at the solidarity action.Solidarity-workers-hand-in-hand

SF Bay Area June 14, 2016 International Solidarity Statement with French Workers!

We stand in solidarity with the French working class! Victory to the Unions and their allies who are making the General Strike of June 14, 2016 against the attack on workers’ rights! We note that this law was not passed by the elected legislature. It became law only by using an emergency powers clause to impose it by authoritarian decree. We say: Defend the hard-won Workers’ Rights against fake “socialist” politicians like François Hollande and Manuel Valls, who betray the French people by trying to cause austerity in life with a specious claim that this is necessary due to high unemployment and due to highly questionable “terror” events. Defend (1) living wages that make life enjoyable; (2) universal health care; (3) the 35 hour work week; (4) no cuts in maternity leave; (5) no cuts in paid vacation time!

It is somewhat ironic and a sad betrayal to have this happening when France is being led by the “Socialist Party” (Social Democrat Capitalist) with by President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls pushing for the law, while at the same time a majority in the French National Assembly would not support the law. So Manuel Valls used an emergency clause in the Constitution to call for the law as an emergency measure. This is happening in the context of the two major terrorist attacks in France in 2015 that are still being investigated for their many odd and questionable circumstances. See the two books edited by Professor Kevin J Barrett and about 20 internationally recognized scholars providing the essays: “We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo” and “Another French False Flag”.  You can listen anytime to the shows produced by Steve Zeltzer in the KPFA WorkWeek Radio Archives or in the Work Week Radio SoundCloud: “Covering issues facing working people and the trade union movement from education, healthcare, housing, the environment and public workers. It also examines the role of international labor and the US trade union movement. 

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Vic Sadot sang Douce France 2015 (Sweet or Dear France) by Vic Sadot at SoundCloud by “Broadside Balladeer”. The French Lyrics & the English Translation are posted below if you scroll down in the description box. “Douce France 2015” is a lyrical parody by Vic Sadot of the song written by Charles Trenet in France in 1943 during the Nazi occupation, Vichy collaboration, and the French Resistance. It was recorded in 1947. Although it is a parody, it most certainly is not a mocking one. It expresses a love and a preference for a liberated France, and a disgust for a France misled by corruption towards fascism. Hit the “show more” button at SoundCloud to follow the lyrics and the translation to English.

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Dave “Redd” Welsh had a new version of the French National Anthem that was less bellicose and bloody, which was dedicated to the workers of France. He also led the gathering in singing “The Internationale” and “Solidarity Forever”. Vic Sadot sang his version of Bobby Darin’s “Simple Song of Freedom” that Vic released on 9/11/11 on a CD titled “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”, which is available at CD Baby. Dave Welsh has two recent CD’s with great original political songs: “Class War” and “Stand With The People”. Vic Sadot YouTube Channel is called “Truth Troubadour” and a new cd is in production with a fundraiser site at 2016 IndieGoGo Truth Troubadour CD Fundraiser Campaign .

 

 

 


 

 

BERKELEY PROTEST FEST SATURDAY AUGUST 15 2015 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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BERKELEY PROTEST FEST Program Schedule – All Fifty Performers & MC’s Listed!

Welcome to the Berkeley Protest Festival Aug 15 2015
A Benefit for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

The event will be Live-Streamed from this link at CONCERT WINDOW!

See the Previous Berkeley Calling Blog for further information on this event!

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL will present over 50 Performers from 10 am to 10 pm! The “BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL” is a Festival to Celebrate Protest in Song, Poetry, and Comedy on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm in Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709.

10:00 MC #1: Nanci Armstrong – Welcoming statement on behalf of Berkeley Fellowship of UU’s

#1 10:10 – 10:20 am Leslie Hassberg has been involved in the Bay Area queer and progressive political music scene for many years, as a member and/or director of Carry It On, The Choral Majority, the SF Lesbian Chorus, Sistah Boom, the Graceland Girls, and most recently Occupella. Over the years she’s produced many events showcasing her broad range: “A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley” (cabaret), “Women Singer-Songwriters of the 60s and 70s”(folk & folk-rock), a classical song recital, “Voices Three” (cabaret), “Sonic Smorgasbord” (a little of everything), and “A Queer Night at the Opera.”

#2 10:21 – 10:31 am Marcie Boyd is a graduate of Berkeley High School, who has lent her voice to countless social movements over nearly five decades. She recently returned from the Dominican Republic where she wrote and produced a soap opera about pregnant and parenting teens. She sings with Occupella & LaPeña Chorus.

#3 10:32 – 10:42 am Ron San Miguel is a Song Catcher. He is an Oakland-based Singer/Songwriter, whose music speaks to your Heart and Mind and touches your Soul. Take him home with you — his latest album, “Paint Me A Rainbow” is available now. Buy at CD today, or order it at http://www.cdbaby.com It is also available on iTunes and Amazon. Facebook: Ron San Miguel/Music

#4 10:43 – 10:53 am Nancy Schimmel from Berkeley, songwriter, storyteller and member of Occupella, Freedom Song Network, Children’s Music Network and the Organic Women’s Chorus. Website: http://www.sisterschoice.com Email: nancy@sisterschoice.com

#5 10:54 – 11:04 am Rudy Hubbard: I’ve been to the Elsonore Castle. I play the banjo. The song I have for you is called “The Play”. 925-639-5430

#6 11:05 – 11:15 am Dennis Fritzinger – Earth First! Poet Laureate for the Environment

#7 11:16 – 11:26 am Larry Montgomery: “I’m a total amateur, just singing in song circles in Davis and Auburn. The closest thing to a public performance was a Nose Flute solo in a benefit concert for the Palms Playhouse in Davis.”
Contact info: 916-332-0454 or montgomerylarry@netscape.net

#8 11:27 – 11:37 am David “Redd” Welsh – singer, keyboard player, composer. Two CDs available: Class War & Stand with the People. CDs $10 at gigs. To order by mail, send $15 for each CD (including postage) to: Redd Welsh, PO Box 1102, Berkeley CA 94701. website: http://www.reddwelsh.com email: ReddWelsh@sonic.net

#9 11:38 – 11:48 am Mike Margulis, Arthur Holden, & Bonnie Lockhart play arrangements of well-known protest songs. We are two trumpet players and guitar player who sing and play historical songs. Contact: 510-649-0234.

#10 11:49 – 11:59 am Robert Katz lives in Oakland. In addition to doing the singer/songwriter thing, Rob Katz writes musicals. katz_r@sbcglobal.net

#11 12:00– 12:10 pm June Barter-Stash (aka Ellen) is an activist for the legalization of hemp and marijuana. She first became active in the peace movement during the Vietnam War. She sings for greater social change fueled by the freedom to expand one’s consciousness. Her book, “Tokin Women: The First 4000 Years” will be published in September. http://www.TokinWoman.blogspot.com

#12 12:11 – 12:21 pm Bonnie Lockhart brings a love of diverse folk traditions to her forty-year practice of participatory, community-building music. She is a performer, composer, educator, recording artist, and activist who believes in the transformative power of music. Learn more at http://www.bonnielockhart.com or contact her: bonnie@bonnielockhart.com

#13 12:22 – 12:32 pm Tommi Avicolli Mecca has been singing since he picked up his first guitar as a teenager in 1969. Since learning chords from friends, he has sung in several duos and written music for stage shows. He now sings at demonstrations in SF and recently debuted a musical, “this boy is just so strange,” about his life as a queer and economic justice activist. Today Tommi is accompanied today by Joel Mark on acoustic bass. Website: http://www.avicollimecca.com and email: tommi@avicollimecca.com

#14 12:33 – 12:43 pm Edward Purkey is a retired United Methodist Clergy. He not only served churches in Seattle, Washington metro area; but for 14 years actively volunteered for OPERATION NIGHTWATCH – a late-night Christian ministry in Seattle’s bars, clubs, and with the homeless street population. He also served as inter-denominational Resident Minister in both Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. He sings: Bob Dylan’s “With God On Our Side,” w/ added original stanzas. Edward Purkey, Sonoma, California basketsofjoy@gmail.com

#15 12:44 – 12:54 pm Jimmy Kelly is the Labor Studies coordinator for San Jose City College as well as the co-founder of the reel Work Labor Film Festival. Jimmy founded the Western Workers Labor Festival 30 years ago this January 2016! He is a member of the Teachers and Letter Carriers unions. Jimmy Kelly is the co-founder of San Leandro for Bernie!

#16 12:55 – 1:05 pm Francis Collins: Ran away from Maryland at age 18 in 1967 to the summer of love in the Haight Ashbury. Learned to play Pete Seeger songs in the sixties. Did homecare for years. Sing for “The Veterans For Peace”. I am a human right’s activist and artist. Francis Collins YouTube Channel: franciscollins49 Email: fc94102@gmail.com

MC #2: Hali Hammer/Vic Sadot Let’s keep it rolling along!

#17 1:06- 1:16 pm Eleanor Walden learned the labor songs of the IWW from the cradle. She joined the Progressive Party as a singer in 1948, sang with the Civil Rights Movement during the 60’s, and was one of the founders of the Freedom Song Network in Berkeley in 1982. Also having a degree in Folklore, Eleanor is fundamentally an activist cultural worker. Email: ewalden3@comcast.net

#18 1:17 – 1:27 pm Eliot Kenin has been an activist, agitator, and singer/songwriter since high school. Labor, peace, equality, and tenants rights are some of the issues he’s worked on. During the ’60’s he toured around the country singing and playing coffee houses, colleges, and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall. His Boston based band, The Great Metropolitan Steam Band, recorded for Decca. His best known song, “You Ain’t Done Nothin’ If you Ain’t Been Called a Red”, has gone into folk process. Most of his songs are ragtime, his favorite style of music. Eliot leads the Spirit of ’29 Dixieland Jazz Band and the Reinhardt Swing Band. Website: http://www.facebook.com/eliotkenin

#19 1:28 – 1:38 pm Emily Yates moved to California and learned to play music after finishing six years as a disgruntled public affairs peon in the Army. She writes fun little songs and plays them on fun little instruments so that she can express her opinions without getting slapped. Website: http://emilyyatesmusic.com
Contact: emily@emilyyatesmusic.com

#20 1:39 – 1:49 pm Phavia Kujichagulia & Val Serrant: Phavia Kujichagulia is a Griot/Djialli Ba (oral historian/spoken word artist/musician) who plays trumpet & percussion to dynamically orchestrate poetry, African music, Jazz, and pop into a hypnotic rhapsody of history and healing. http://www.kujichaguliaphavia.com
Val Serrant – Born in Trinidad & Tobago, “edutainer” and pioneer of Oakland/San-Francisco Carnivals, Val has shared his culture and talents both locally and globally. Val Serrant plays steel pans, talking drum, djembe and djun djun drums. http://www.facebook.com/valserrant

#21 1:50 – 2:00 pm Max Ventura was awarded the 2011 “Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Award” by the BFUU Social Justice Committee for her long-time local peace and justice activist and singer-songwriter work. Most recently she has been organizing to stop the FEMA plan to clear-cut trees in the hills from Richmond to Oakland. The plan will use pesticides and herbicides without reforestation and without labor intensive-job producing methods. Email: beneficialbug@sonic.net

2 pm – 3 pm 1 hour Break for Lunch and Conversation (2:50 MC blink lights; asks people to take their seats)

#22 3:00 – 3:10 pm Clyde Leland is a Berkeley singer-songwriter. Email: clydeleland@gmail.com

#23 3:11- 3:21 pm Ilena Levy: elana is just one more person who hones poetry to crack through the deep deceptions rampant in our already corroded and corrosive system poisoning all of us. her latest book of poems: “Legacies and Heresies with Blessings”.

#24 3:22 – 3:32 pm Peter Krug has been writing songs since the early 60’s. He recorded with Joe Mc Donald pre-Fish. Peter has a song in “Rise Up Singing”. Email: pakrug@hotmail.com

#25 3:33 – 3:43 pm Bryan Uhlenbrock has been involved in the local folk music community for more than a decade. He’s one of the many volunteers who put on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival and the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival. During the standard work week, he sells guitars, mandolins, banjos, and many other stringed instruments to music stores all over the country, as a Sales Rep for Saga Musical Instruments.

#26 3:44 – 3:54 pm Molly Thomas is a seasoned singer-songwriter in the Bay Area music scene. mollyzart@yahoo.com

#27 3:55 – 4:05 pm Dolores Helman: Mother of 3, grandmother of 5, a great-grandmother, and teacher of too many to count for over 40 years. Taught pre-schoolers up to high school in Md, Alameda Unified, Berkeley and Oakland. Choreographer and old time hoofer. Met Gene Herman on the dance floor at Ashkenaz.

4:05 – 4:15 MC #3: Selma Spector (aka Mrs. T. Bill Banks) In an attempt to be fair, Mrs. T. Bill Banks of the 1% has been invited to emcee. She will most likely annoy and alienate a large percentage of our audience. She is a long time activist and she was a veteran performer with the notorious and legendary “Plutonium Players”.

#28 4:16 – 4:26 pm Gene Herman started writing poetry in the early 70’s, evolving from love poems to politics, nature and sailing; he is published on both coasts. Gene is a long time member of the Fellowship, has twice been President of the Board of Trustees, and is especially proud of being co-founder of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center located here at BFUU. See Gene’s new Poetry Video at Vimeo & YouTube!

#29 4:27 – 4:37 pm Pat Wynne is the director of the Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus. She is a voice teacher, a composer, a performer and member of Locals 6 & 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians. Pat Wynne’s musical mission is to create a new canon of labor music that better reflects the diversity of our working population. Pat Wynne’s musical collaborator is Bernard Gilbert. http://www.laborchorus.com

#30 4:38 – 4:48 pm Raybob Bowman is from South Lake Tahoe, where he plays as sideman with a few classic rock & country bands playing bass, steel guitar, or electric guitar. Raybob has served as music leader in a few churches until he challenged the pastor with Bible verses that shot holes in their doctrines. Left churches, continued his study of the bible and other books such like Kebra Nagast, which led him to the truth of Jah Rastafari. He’s protesting the religious church system, which he claims is the “Babylon system”. See Raybob Bowman web site: http://www.reverbnation.com/raybobbowman
Contact: raybob@tube-tone.com or 530-539-4155 at 1175 Melba St, S. Lake Tahoe,CA 96150.

#31 4:49 – 4:59 pm Connie “Pwl” Walck Tyler is a writer, composer and piano teacher here in Berkeley. Now the Dove Flies was written right after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Pwll is looking for singers for a new project. Email: connie@deephum.com Website: http://www.deephum.com Phone: (510) 849-0788.

#32 5:00 – 5:10 pm Country Joe McDonald is known as leader of Country Joe and the Fish and for his performance at Woodstock. Joe has worked for veterans rights and other causes too numerous to mention. It was Joe’s idea to create this festival. He just completed a new CD! Website: http://www.countryjoe.com Email: joe@countryjoe.com

#33 5:11 – 5:21 pm Randy Berge is a gifted guitarist who performs original songs, Dead favorites, blues-rooted & psychedelic tinged Americana. His lead guitar work is prominently featured on Hali Hammer’s new CD, “Eclectic Circus”.

#34 5:22 – 5:32 pm Kaanii with Larry & Billy: A lifelong musician, earth mama and rabble rouser, Kaanii (pronounced as Connie) Powell Cleaver left Berkeley in the mid-1970s and recently moved home after almost 40 years away. Larry Luthi is a San Francisco native and a regular member of the all-original band, The Sound Field. Our friend Billy Alford is an accomplished studio musician who’s visiting from his home base of Austin, Texas.

#35 5:33 – 5:43 pm Ken Hayes plays a mix of original songs and old standards in an Americana vein. He’s a major organizer for the San Francisco Folk Music Club, and the Free Folk Festivals too.

#36 5:44 – 5:54 pm Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community song leader. She was a pioneering voice in the emerging Women’s Cultural Movement of the 70’s and 80’s, singing at national and international festivals, and joining voices with artists such as Holly Near, Bernice Reagan, Malvina Reynolds, Pete Seeger. and others. After Sept 11, 2001, Betsy helped create “Singing For Peace”, groups of non-professional singers gathering at Bay Area transit stations, singing songs of healing and peace. Betsy Rose recordings available here tonight! Websites: http://www.betsyrosemusic.org & http://www.mindfulsongs.org Email: betsy@betsyrosemusic.org 510-684-7507

#37 5:55 – 6:05 pm Marcus Duskin has been singing protest songs since the age of 9. He is the founder of the acoustic protest band Folk This! 415-378-7235 e-mail marcusd@igc.org

#38 6:06 – 6:16 pm Carol Denney is a prize-winning lyricist, guitarist, concertina stylist, and old-time fiddler. Her humor and her civil rights work have been honored by the City of Berkeley and the Augusta Music Heritage Festival of West Virginia. Website: http://www.caroldenney.com Contact: 510-548-1512

#39 6:17 – 6:27 pm Anna deLeon is a longtime jazz and blues singer and the former proprietor of Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley. And she is a justice worker; she sings for what she believes in. Website: http://www.AnnadeLeon.com

#40 6:28 – 6:38 pm Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area rallies, marches, BART stations and Mondays at the Tax the Rich Rally on Solano. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination.

#41 6:39 – 6:49 pm Mari (M-A-R-I) Mack: whose birth name “Tamburo” means literally, “drum” in Italian – is a born communicator whose musical influences range from Malvena Reynolds and Pete Seeger to Aretha Franklin. Pet peeves: unqualified Categorical Exemptions to CEQA (California Environmental Awareness Act) Website: http://www.marimackmusic.com 415-789-MARI

#42 6:50 – 7:00 pm Larry Poole: Larry was known in elementary school for being the one who sat in the back of the class and couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. His favorite class was fourth grade singing hour when he sat in the front of the class. At recess his favorite song was: “Mine eyes have seen the burning of the school, we have tortured all the teachers and broken all the rules.” Larry Poole Contact info: 707-795-7617 Email: larepole@gmail.com

7:00 – 8:00 pm 1 Hour break (7:50 MC blink lights; ask people to take their seats)

8:00 – 8:10 MC #4: Chris Chandler

Chris Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the US and Canada as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice. He has been called, “America’s best kept secret” by someone really important who would prefer to remain anonymous. Website: http://www.chrischandler.org

#43 8:11 – 8:21 pm Rui Gouveia got lucky and just went from the waiting list to performer list!

#44 8:23 – 8:33 pm Funky Nixons: Long time Berkeley Joke Rock comedy dance band – house band for the homeless at People’s Park. 510 849-1255

#45 8:34 – 8:44 pm Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter in the Broadside magazine tradition. Vic broke the “Phil Ochs’ FBI File” FOIA story on the cover in 1982. He interviewed Phil Ochs in May 1973 in DC. Days ago Vic created a video of that audio and posted it at Vic Sadot & Truth Troubadour YouTube Channels. Vic fronted the Crazy Planet Band & Planete Folle Band whose releases are at CD Baby. Blogs: Broadside Balladeer – political folk songs; Berkeley Calling – the living free speech tradition of Berkeley; Truth Troubadour – deep politics. http://www.vicsadot.com BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com

#46 8:45 – 8:55 pm Harbinger (Isaiah McLane, Alex Ristic, Monroe Lawson, Chrisbaby Ferrara)

#47 8:56 – 9:06 pm Yvette O’Tannenbaum is a well-known fiddle player in Bay Area folk circles.

#48 9:07 – 9:17 pm Dan Cunningham sang in rock bands in New York in the seventies. After moving to the Bay Area, he took up the guitar and resurfaced as a singer/guitarist in blues bands in the late nineties. In the last five years, he has taken up an acoustic guitar, playing urban folk, acoustic rock, and blues… writing original songs, like the two he will perform tonight. Dancunningham69@gmail.com

#49 9:18 – 9:28 pm Hali Hammer is well-versed in presenting an assortment of moods and styles, Hali is an award winning singer-songwriter who enjoys writing and playing a wide variety of music. She has performed for peace and political causes for over 3 decades. Hali has a brand new CD, “Eclectic Circus”, available now! Lots of info at http://www.halihammer.com and at http://www.occupella.org

#50 9:29– 9:39 pm Karl Pascal: Vociferating against the advancing VACCINOCRACY at rallies from the steps of the State Capitol, to the Golden Gate Bridge, to the front door of KPFA, Karl Pascal has been on the front lines of the movement against SB 277, the extreme new vaccination law that annihilates medical freedom and will heedlessly kick 225,000 healthy students out of California schools. Please find Karl and sign his petition to Repeal SB 277! Youtube channel: Nosbztt Now. Email: nosbztt@gmail.com

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Make checks payable to BFUU. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all participants and to our key motivator, Country Joe McDonald. Sound by Dominic Jeffries. Salute to our BFUU Office Staff Susan Macke & Deborah Hamouris for solid support & quality work! Thanks to Tim Kerr and The Berkeley Times! Thanks to Trader Joe’s! And especially to everyone who volunteered on the BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL Event Team, THANK YOU ALL!

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Country Joe McDonald in 2007.