BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL AUGUST 15 2015

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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.. Country Joe McDonald suggested the idea to the Social Justice Committee of his local congregation, the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists as a fun way to do some needed fundraising. Fifty performers signed up in short order and the sign-up had to be cut off there. To Purchase Tickets in Advance, see Brown Paper Tickets! If you cannot be in Berkeley on Aug 15th, you can join us via the “CONCERT WINDOW” Live-Stream.

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This photo of Country Joe McDonald was in the San Francisco Gate in an article about Joe’s upcoming speech at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on August 20 on the topic of “Music as a Vehicle for Social Change”. Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5:15 p.m. $7-$20. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. Click on the photo for more on that!

The sign-up for Berkeley Protest Fest (BPF) has been closed for a while now. The list of 50 performers will be posted here at the bottom, and also at Country Joe’s Web Site.  Have a look around there to see Joe’s current projects too! The BPF program will run all day from 10 am to 10 pm. Each performer has 10 minutes to do one or two songs, poems, or skits. For the “protest fest” each performer will be asked to donate $5, and audience members are asked to donate a minimum of $10. This will benefit the Fellowship. Performers can do any songs they want whether original or cover. We are celebrating protest song, poetry, and comedy. We are offering an open forum to Bay Area musicians and performers to sing out, and for poets and comedians to speak out! Suggested donation for non-performers is $10. Since it is a fundraiser for one of the most dynamic and community interactive congregations in Berkeley, we most certainly do welcome larger donations.

The BFUU Social Justice Committee with their marching banner in front of Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709.

The BFUU Social Justice Committee with their marching banner in front of Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709.

To contact the Social Justice Committee call The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center during the open hours of 1:30 – 5 pm Monday to Friday, or leave a message on the answering machine at 510-275-4272 at any time. This event is a fundraiser for the BFUU. Suggested Minimum Donation for Non-Performers is a minimum donation of $10. Even Performers & Volunteers are pitching in with donations of $5 and labor donated! Let’s keep the BFUU’s heritage of “Spirituality & Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” alive and strong! Check out the YouTube project of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and explore the many issue playlists being developed there at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

Another key organizer for this event is the formidable Berkeley singer-songwriter activist Hali Hammer. She is back from Bali and raring to go! Her skills as an organizer shined in the movement to preserve the Berkeley Post Office from the trend to privatize all public assets into private corporate hands. Amazingly the people of Berkeley won! Hali Hammer was also recently at the Highlander Research and Education Center where activism is supported by the arts, especially folk music. Hali and Joe have been on several KPFA radio shows to promote the Berkeley Protest Festival, and Joe has garnered excellent press, most notably on the cover of The Berkeley Times run  by Tim Kerr.

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Hali Hammer sings her powerful and inspiring song “Redwood” at the 2015 Earth Day Celebration at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on 4-18-15. She and I were invited to do a couple songs each by Country Joe McDonald. Photo by Vic Sadot

Berkeley Protest Fest Performer List Time Allocations

Watch on CONCERT WINDOW!

10:00 MC #1: Nanci Armstrong (Welcoming statement)

#1 10:10 – 10:20 am Leslie Hassberg

#2 10:21 – 10:31 am Marcie Boyd

#3 10:32 – 10:42 am Ron San Miguel

#4 10:43 – 10:53 am Nancy Schimmel

#5 10:54 – 11:04 am Rudy Hubbard  

#6 11:05 – 11:15 am Dennis Fritzinger

#7 11:16 – 11:26 am Larry Montgomery

#8 11:27 – 11:37 am David “Redd” Welsh

#9 11:38 – 11:48 am Mike Margulis

#10 11:49 – 11:59 am Robert Katz

#11 12:00– 12:10 pm June Barter-Stash

#12 12:11 – 12:21 pm Bonnie Lockhart

#13 12:22 – 12:32 pm Tommi Avicolli Mecca

#14 12:33 – 12:43 pm Edward Purkey

#15 12:44 – 12:54 pm Jimmy Kelly

#16 12:55 – 1:05 pm Francis Collins

MC #2: Hali Hammer/Vic Sadot – Updates

#17 1:06- 1:16 pm Eleanor Walden

#18 1:17 – 1:27 pm Eliot Kenin

#19 1:28 – 1:38 pm Emily Yates

#20 1:39 – 1:49 pm Phavia Kujichagulia & Val Serrant

#21 1:50 – 2:00 pm Max Ventura

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

#22 3:00 – 3:10 pm Clyde Leland

#23 3:11- 3:21 pm Ilena Levy

#24 3:22 – 3:32 pm Peter Krug (moved from 5)

#25 3:33 – 3:43 pm Bryan Uhlenbrock

#26 3:44 – 3:54 pm Molly Thomas

#27 3:55 – 4:05 pm Dolores Helman

4:05 – 4:15 MC #3: Selma Spector (aka Mrs. T. Bill Banks)

#28 4:16 – 4:26 pm Gene Herman

#29 4:27 – 4:37 pm Pat Wynne

#30 4:38 – 4:48 pm Raybob Bowman

#31 4:49 – 4:59 pm Connie “Pwil” Tayler

#32 5:00 – 5:10 pm Country Joe McDonald

#33 5:11 – 5:21 pm Randy Berge

#34 5:22 – 5:32 pm Kaanii Powell Cleaver

#34 5:33 – 5:43 pm Ken Hayes

#36 5:44 – 5:54 pm Betsy Rose

#37 5:55 – 6:05 pm Marcus Duskin

#38 6:06 – 6:16 pm Carol Denney

#39 6:17 – 6:27 pm Anna deLeon

#40 6:28 – 6:38 pm Occupella

#41 6:39 – 6:49 pm Mari Mack

#42 6:50 – 7:00 pm Larry Poole

7:00 – 8:00 pm 1 Hour break
(7:50 blink lights and MC asks people to take their seats and get ready for the next act)

8:00 – 8:10 MC #4: Chris Chandler

#43 8:11 – 8:21 pm Rui Gouveia

#44 8:23 – 8:33 pm Mark (Mac) McDonald

#45 8:34 – 8:44 pm Vic Sadot

#46 8:45 – 8:55 pm Harbinger (Isaiah McLane and Alex Ristic)

#47 8:56 – 9:06 pm Yvette O’Tannenbaum

#48 9:07 – 9:17 pm Dan Cunningham

#49 9:18 – 9:28 pm Hali Hammer

#50 9:29– 9:39 pm Karl Pascal

“9/11 in the Academic Community” Movie Live-Stream from Berkeley!

March 30, 2014 Post Event Update Notice: “NOW ARCHIVED”!

The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance (NCA911Truth) Live-Stream event from Berkeley’s Historic Fellowship Hall on MARCH 27, 2014 is now archived on No Lies Radio! 

The idea of the live-stream event was to promote the screening of the film, “9/11 in the Academic Community”, at campuses and communities world-wide in 2014. See the link to the film if you wish to organize an event in your area. The featured film is not in the archive since it was a one-time publicity agreement with the film maker, Adnan Zuberi. The short film titled “The San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11” was shown, and the 10th Anniversary of that event organized by NCA911Truth was celebrated. Truth Troubadour Vic Sadot sang “Cheney’s in the Bunker” and “Trouble in the Rubble”, and the first of those two songs is in this archived segment. The sponsors were Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Project Censored, the BFUU Social Justice Committee, and No Lies Radio. Trailers to the featured film and links to purchase it are also listed at this link at NoLiesRadio. Watch it for free and make a donation if you want to support our work! noliesradio.org/archives/76644

Original Post Follows:

The Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance presents “9/11 IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY” by Live-Stream on No Lies Radio.  “San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11” will also be shown to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of that event. THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 at 7 PM Pacific Time from Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 on No Lies Radio.

Five Northern California-based groups have teamed up to publicize the new film titled “9/11 in the Academic Community”. The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Project Censored, the BFUU Social Justice Committee, and No Lies Radio have teamed up to create a Live-stream Internet Event that anyone can watch from anywhere! If you cannot be with us in person at Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, then you can be there in spirit by watching both movies and the discussion by live-stream. Wherever in the world you may be, you can join us in real time at this No Lies Radio link: www.noliesradio.org/archives/76644

Berkeley Calling! "9/11 In The Academic Community" Movie Live Stream on March 27 2014 at 7 pm from Historic Fellowship Hall by No Lies Radio!

Berkeley Calling! “9/11 In The Academic Community” Movie Live Stream on March 27 2014 at 7 pm from Historic Fellowship Hall by No Lies Radio!

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth posted a review that said: “9/11 In The ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, a winner at the University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique film that documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11. It explores the taboo that has been effective in shielding the American government’s narrative of the events of 9/11 from scholarly examination. Through a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the purpose of academia, the film aims at changing intellectual discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror… As well as probing the repercussions several scholars have endured due to their individual investigations into 9/11, this documentary provides an analysis of impairments in professional inquiry, ranging from the failure to critically reflect on terms that function as “thought-stoppers” (such as “conspiracy theory”) to the structural approach that restricts inquiry to the broad implications of 9/11 while shutting out enquiry into the events of the day itself.” http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/57-news-releases-by-others/795-new-film-takes-on-911-in-the-academic-community.html

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To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of one of the most important events organized by Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance March 26-28, 2004, a short film titled “San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11”. Two of the founders of the organization that created that event 10 years ago will be at Fellowship Hall to speak, Carol Brouillet, and Ken Jenkins, who will be our evening MC.

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Vic Sadot will sing a song from his CD “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”.  www.vicsadot.com

Vic Sadot is Truth Troubadour at YouTube, Blogspot, and Twitter. He is the current chair of the Social Justice Committee and a long time movement singer-songwriter. www.youtube.com/truthtroubadour

Vic Sadot is Truth Troubadour at YouTube, Blogspot, and Twitter. He is the current chair of the Social Justice Committee and a long time movement singer-songwriter. www.youtube.com/truthtroubadour

Official site of the movie “9/11 in the Academic Community” directed by A. Zuberi. http://911inacademia.com The main thesis of the film concerns the silence of the academic community on this vital issue. I think it is extremely important and very well produced.” Morton Brussel, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign To help promote this event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/553167108114974   Co-Sponsors and Links to their websites: Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance www.sf911truth.org Project Censored www.projectcensored.org No Lies Radio www.noliesradio.org Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth www.ae911truth.org Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists www.bfuu.org/events/social-justice

Québec – California Solidarity Shines in Richmond

Group photo outside the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond after the gathering organized by the Sunflower Alliance. "Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster! - Starting Fossil Free Solutions!" From Lac-Mégantic, Québec to Richmond, California! SATURDAY, March 1, 2o14 at Bobby Bowens  Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA

Group photo outside the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond after the gathering organized by the Sunflower Alliance. “Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster! – Starting Fossil Free Solutions!” From Lac-Mégantic, Québec to Richmond, California! SATURDAY, March 1, 2o14 at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA. Photo by Brooke Anderson. Hit the photo to see her Facebook page: “Stills of Our Stories & Struggles”

A devastating and tragic oil train derailment, explosions, and intense raging fires came crashing into the little town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, Canada on the night of July 6, 2013. In the aftermath, citizens from the town began to find their collective voice and to organize themselves. One of them spoke in Richmond to a large crowd at the Barry Bowers Center in Richmond, CA on March 1, 2014.

A train rolling throught lovely downtown Lac-Megantic sometime before the oil train derailment, explosions and fires of July 6, 2013. Photo Montreal CTV News

A train rolling throught lovely downtown Lac-Megantic sometime before the oil train derailment, explosions and fires of July 6, 2013. Photo Montreal CTV News

Marilaine Savard told the story and showed photos from her home town tragedy. An unattended 74-car freight train transporting the most volatile of crude oil was parked at night on a steep incline a few miles from town. Somehow the train’s brakes failed and it ran away and picked up speed until it derailed as it took a curve in the center of the quaint little town located in the Eastern Townships of the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s very close to the border of Maine and next to a beautiful lake also named Lac-Mégantic. The train derailed, resulting in such intense fires and explosions of multiple tank cars that it killed 47 people who were “vaporized”. More than 30 buildings in the town’s center were destroyed turning the quaint Québec town into an inferno and into a wasteland. See the photo from before above and the photo after below.

The Sainte-Agnès Catholic Church stands unscathed next to the derailment and blast site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Pope Francis on Tuesday extended an apostolic blessing to victims, families and everyone affected by the tragedy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

The Sainte-Agnès Catholic Church stands unscathed next to the derailment and blast site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Pope Francis on Tuesday extended an apostolic blessing to victims, families and everyone affected by the tragedy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

Such was the story told by a young mother named Marilaine Savard from Lac-Mégantic, who fate cast as the spokesperson for the people of the town’s effort to respond to Big Oil and it’s conduct of criminal neglect and irresponsibility. Marilaine Savard was emotionally distraught at times. Yet she was stalwart and inspired by the outpouring of good will and “Solidarity” that she received from her new-found friends in the Chevron Oil Refinery town of Richmond, California. If any California town can feel for Lac-Mégantic it would be Richmond, which has suffered the effects of the huge oil refinery in its midst. 

Marilaine Savard, Baraka, and Pennie Opal Plant relax after the inspiring gathering in Richmond. Photo by Vic Sadot

Marilaine Savard, Baraka, and Pennie Opal Plant relax after the inspiring gathering in Richmond. Photo by Vic Sadot

Marilaine Savard, spokesperson for the Citizens Committee of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, was in the San Francisco Bay area for about a week of local speaking and organizing for alternatives to the fossil-fuel industry as well as to tell the story of her community. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin gave a fiery speech and read a formal Solidarity Proclamation from the City of Oakland to the city of Lac-Mégantic. 

Richmond, CA Mayor Gail  McLaughlin and City Council member Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles read and present the Proclamation of Solidarity to Marilaine Savard on behalf of their respective communities. Photo by Vic Sadot

Richmond, CA Mayor Gail McLaughlin and City Council member Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles read and present the Proclamation of Solidarity to Marilaine Savard on behalf of their respective communities. Photo by Vic Sadot

Mayor McLaughlin is part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance which has transformed Richmond from an oil “company town” to a leading city standing up to Wall St bank foreclosures and Chevron corruption and pollution. Her second term as mayor is currently dealing with the aftermath of the damages for the August 6, 2013 Chevron refinery explosion and fire that resulted in 15,000 going to the hospital.

Photo by David Charron in Maclean's Canadian National Weekly

Photo by David Charron in Maclean’s Canadian National Weekly

Also speaking: Antonia Juhasz, leading oil industry expert, policy-analyst, award winning journalist, and author of three books: including ‘The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must do to Stop It.’  George Monterrey, a grassroots community leader of the Pittsburg Ethics Council, which is fighting the Wespac crude mega-transfer-storage facility in Pittsburg, CA to supply expanding Bay Area refineries with fracked and tar sands crude oil by rail, pipeline and tanker. Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay Solidarity, from Richmond, CA “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honor Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water”. The MC was Andres Soto, KPFA’s Morning Mix host, writer at Richmond Confidetial, and Communities for a Better Environment Richmond organizer. David Solnit of Arts for Change talked about how some discussions months ago led to these connections with newly activated people in Québec.

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The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson & Montreal CTV News Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Fires & Explosions Disaster 07-06-13

Publicity for the event stated that “Fossil Fuels are a disaster, from fracking and tar sands extraction to transport in rail cars, pipelines and tankers; to refining; to burning; to climate change-caused drought, heatwaves, fires, floods, and super-storms that are wrecking our communities and planet”. The panel addressed questions related to this theme: “How can we move from “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) to “Not On Planet Earth” (NOPE)? How can we STOP fossil fuel disasters and START fossil-fuel free solutions?”

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Lac-Mégantic wide angle photo Montreal CTV News Oil Train Fires & Explosions Disaster 07-06-13

Sponsored by Sunflower Alliance. Cosponsored by Richmond Progressive Alliance, Bay Area 350.org, and Communities for a Better Environment.

The Facebook event page was titled “Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster–Starting Fossil Free Solutions” From Lac-Mégantic to Pittsburg to Richmond, CA. How do we create connectedness and solidartity and an end to the attitude of “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) to a wiser and more engaging attitude of “Not On Planet Earth” (NOPE). A lively teach-in it was! 

A gathering earlier in the week when the Solidarity Banner was unfurled. People signed their names and short statements on the banner to be taken back to Québec. I wrote "Bon Courage!"

A gathering earlier in the week when the Solidarity Banner was unfurled. People signed their names and short statements on the banner to be taken back to Québec. I wrote “Bon Courage!

 

A Shining Moment with Dan Ellsberg at Fellowship Hall

Berkeley Calling! See the BFUU Facebook Page Photo Album for the “Annual Hal Carlstad Justice Awards Dinner” held on 7-20-13 in Historic Fellowship Hall featuring Daniel Ellsberg.

Daniel Ellsberg BFUU Justice Awards Dinner 7-20-13

It was a bright shining moment when a faithful Bay Area activist community gathered to hear the legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower speak at Historic Fellowship Hall at the Annual BFUU Hal Calstad Justice Awards & Benefit Dinner on 7-20-13. BFUU member and Social Justice Committee activist Phoebe Sorgen described how “uplifting” Daniel Ellsberg’s speech was and she described Patricia Ellsberg’s presentation as “empowering the audience, lifting us all up as heroes.” Photos by Vic Sadot and Leland Johnson.

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Cynthia Jean Johnson was the MC for the evening and chief organizer of the annual event named for her long time partner, Hal Carlstad. Next door to Fellowship Hall in the Fireside Room on the second floor the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center was founded on June 3, 2012. It is open from 1-5 pm Monday to Friday and it hosts the new Cynthia Jean Johnson Justice Library.  Cynthia was on day 34 of her Hunger Strike in Solidarity with the Hunger Strike Prisoners at the US base in Guananamo, Cuba. See Cynthia Jean Johnson profile at Close Gitmo.Net 

Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus at Annual BFUU Hal Calstad Justice Awards  7-20-13. Photo  by Leland Johnson

Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus at Annual BFUU Hal Calstad Justice Awards  7-20-13. Photo by Leland Johnson

Cynthia Papermaster was on day 36 of her Hunger Strike Solidarity fast. But she was there to receive an award for Code Pink and feeling hearty enough to sing along with the Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus. See Cynthia Papermaster profile at Close Gitmo.Net

Cynthia Papermaster has also created a wordpress blog titled My Gitmo Fast

http://mygitmofast.wordpress.com

If anyone has more photos to add to this BFUU Facebook album, please send them to vic.bfuu.sjc@gmail.com