SF Bay Area Spring 2018 Action in Oakland CA To End the Wars at Home and Abroad

In the aftermath of President Trump’s rash and reckless launching of missiles on Syria in some illogical and illegal display of brute destructive power, there was a call by a broad coalition of anti-war groups to rally in various cities in the USA and around the world. The theme on the Bay Area notice I heeded said “End the Wars at Home & Abroad”, and that’s the link to reports from various locations gathered in one place.

This blog will have a mix of photos that I took at the colorful and spirited Anti-War march on April 15, 2018 in Oakland, CA, and some screenshots from the 3 minute video I made called Salute to the Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants”.
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Lake Merritt made a beautiful natural back-drop to the stage as you can see in the photos. The speaker above is Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee. International Solidarity Against War was a theme I appreciated among the speakers. The event began at 11 am with a gathering of the crowd at the Amphitheater on Lake Merritt. It was sunny and festive and something of a grand re-union of veteran peace and justice activists from throughout the SF Bay Area mixed with a new wave of youthful anti-war demonstrators. I certainly enjoyed chatting with the kindred spirits I’ve come to know since moving from Delaware and planting my roots here in 2008.  At 11:30 am speakers and music began to be presented. 
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Lucky for me that I got a photo and video clip of myself by Gypsy Taub. I returned the favor by taking photos of her and her kids. I was heeding the 911TAP (9/11 Truth Action Project) call that was posted by IAmTheFaceOfTruth Facebook 9/11 Truth visibility group to demonstrate and communicate 9/11 Truth at these Spring 2018 Anti-War Marches. I was also heeding the call by this local San Francisco Bay Area Anti-War Coalition that was posted on Facebook. There are lots of links from other partiicpants posted there since the event.

One thing that motivated me and hundreds of thousands of other people of conscience to get out to the Spring 2018 Anti-War Action was that Trump had just bombed Syria without consulting the US Congress or waiting for evidence from an investigation. He put himself on shaky Constitutional grounds there. But the Democrats seem to want war too. And they would rather talk about Russia-gate and Stormy Daniels and Trump Tweets… They will talk about anything but how Obama continued Bush policies and how Hillary Clinton could lose to a chump like Trump by seeming to be the greater of two evils as the pro-war candidate.

The last time Trump bombed Syria after the last false flag chemical attack one year earlier, he did so under pressure from Israel and the NeoCons and NeoLiberals occupying the swamp of corruption that is the US Congress in the District of Columbia. This demo took place a couple days after IDF snipers had murdered unarmed protesters in the Gaza strip of occupied Palestine for calling for an end to the Apartheid occupation and for recognition of their right to return to their lands in Palestine. The war on Yemen by Saudi Arabia with US-Israel support was also addressed. Likewise Trump’s bellicose threats toward Iran and North Korea, and the seemingly endless war on Afghanistan where the black market of poppy fields and vast mineral resources are the plunder.
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Clicking on the above photos will link you to the Vimeo or YouTube posts of my 3 minute “Salute” video. Salute to Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants” (3 min/ 9 seconds) SF Bay Area Anti-War Rally Report on April 15 Tax Day Peace March from the Lake Merritt Amphitheater to downtown Oakland by Vic Sadot at Vimeo. (1920 x 1280) Vic uses a mix of photos and video clips and the “Truth Troubadour” CD licensed recording of “Masters of War” at CD Baby.

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The march went from Lake Merritt for several city blocks to arrive at Oakland City Hall for another round of speakers and music in Oscar Grant Plaza (aka Frank Ogawa Plaza).
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BROADSIDE BALLADEER BLOG: “Salute to Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants”
TRUTH TROUBADOUR BLOG: April 16, 2018 “Salute to Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants” (Note: The best quality, typo & timing edited, final cut version is the video at Vimeo and at Vic Sadot YouTube. This Truth Troubadour blog uses the first post at the Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel that had some typos and tighter timing snyc with lyrics corrected in the later versions.)
Official Site for Vic Sadot Music is VicSadot.com 

9/11 Truth & Justice Songs  9/11/11 by Vic Sadot at CD Baby

Free Political Songs by Broadside Balladeer Vic Sadot at SoundCloud! Here’s one for the occassion! Post 9/11 Love Me I’m A Liberal
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Post 9/11 Love Me I’m A Liberal by Vic Sadot on 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD (2011) audio on CD Baby YouTube Artist Collections CD Playlist

 

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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Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Post-event photo post by Vic Sadot 8-16-15

Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb.

Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb. Photo by Vic Sadot

Original Post: Many veterans of Berkeley Barb activist journalism in the past 50 years will be gathering from far and wide for a reunion with their movement friends. If you don’t know the Berkeley Barb history, you can visit the About Berkeley Barb section of the website. Meanwhile here is an excerpt, and below you can check out the schedule over several days Aug 8 – 14. The opening statement at the opening page to the Berkeley Barb website at www.berkeleybarb.net says: The Berkeley Barb was launched by Max Scherr on August 13, 1965, and was one of the earliest underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and counter-cultural movements in the Sixties. For 15 years, from 1965 to 1980, the Barb was a voice for a generation looking to change the world. The Barb mixed radical politics with psychedelic art, guerrilla comics, local happenings, opinions, reviews, advice, personal ads, and frequent calls to protest. It offered its readers an unabashed alternative to the conformist mainstream press. At a nexus between Free Speech and the Sexual Revolution, the Barb trumpeted the irrepressible passions of the American counterculture.”

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Max Scheer Founder, Publisher The Berkeley Barb 2/69

Mission Statement | The Berkeley Barb celebrates the spirit, politics, and art of the Sixties.
History | On August 13, 1965 Max Scherr launched the Berkeley Barb, one of the earliest and most influential underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and countercultural movements. Scherr, a hands-on publisher, relied on a mostly young, Leftist staff, which helped produce and sell the Barb. For 15 years the Barb, as its name suggests, critiqued and needled the “establishment” becoming a voice for a generation looking to change the world.

Berkeley Barb 50th Anniversary Events Calendar

July 8 – August: The Berkeley Main Library will be hosting displays on the history of the Berkeley Barb, including the rock poster artists and cartoonists featured in the Barb, the speakers and panelists we are hosting to commemorate the 50th anniversary on August 13th, and the Berkeley Barb staff. See the Barb’s vital contribution to American history through a series of front-page issues, photos, quotes, and never before released documents and personal items from Max Scherr’s own files.

August 9: Join us for an Art and Photos Opening and Pot-Luck at the Art House Gallery featuring the work of Barb artist Patricia Oberhaus as well as John Jekabson and Harold Adler. Check out some of Patricia’s art in the Gallery Please join us at 2905 Shattuck, from 12-3 p.m. There will be additional opportunities to view the collection; it runs continues on Wednesday 8/12, and Friday 8/14 from 12:00 – 3:00 through August 14.

August 12: A 50 Year Barb celebration party with live music featuring Country Joe McDonald, Emily Yates, Vic Sadot, Sal Valentino & friends, plus radio pioneer Scoop Nisker and comedy celebrating free speech and the alternative press, is scheduled at The Freight & Salvage Coffee House at 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Read more at the Barb or Freight sites! (Private Event)

August 13: Barb Day – Starting at 11:00 am, the Berkeley Main Library will be hosting a day of speakers and panels in their community room. 1960s underground cartoonist Trina Robbins and Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld (Dr. Hip) will be featured, along with panels consisting of Barb editors, staffers, contributors, and a wrap up academic analysis.

August 14: Berkeley Barb Film Festival at the East Bay Media Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. at the Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA. 1:00 – 5:00 pm: Films to be screened include: Shorts: Hot Damn! People, Moe’s Birthday, Lenny Lipton’s Let a Thousand Parks Bloom; Featuring a rare showing of the documentary Hookers, produced by Max Scherr and directed by George Csicsery. Q & A with filmmakers Lenny Lipton and George Csicsery. 7: 00: evening screening of Feature Documentary: Mark Kitchell’s Berkeley in the Sixties followed by a Q & A with author/screenwriter Susan Griffin and Mark Kitchell. (Capacity 75)

Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways

Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways

Broadside Balladeer Blog – “Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection” – A “No More Songs” email alert about a new article by Ronald D. Cohen called “Peace Songs of the 1960s” inspired this nostalgic and historical Broadside Balladeer blog about the Smithsonian Museum Folkways Collection, meeting and interviewing Phil Ochs in May of 1973, working with Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen of Broadside magazine, the 1977 “Broadside Balladeer” tribute song, and the 1982 article on “Phil Ochs FBI File” in Broadside Magazine.

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