BERKELEY CALLING BLOG: Buffalo Roadshow Report! Inspiring, deep, awesome!

The Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow brought co-founder Mike Meese to Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA along with event organizers Karen Pickett of Earth First! and Vic Sadot of the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Musically, the 2016 BFC Roadshow featured two acts: Mignon Geli and Karaj Lost-Coast. Karaj Lost-Coast opened with a charming original composition to guitar called “Headlands”. It is a reflective patchwork of memoirs beginning with how odd it seemed to have wild bison in Golden Gate Park in the heart of San Francisco.

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The headliner was Mignon Geli on the Native American flute. Mignon gave an articulate and heartfelt explanation of the roots of each song, be it original or traditional or experimental, such as “Native Blues”, “Stampede”, or songs from the Nisenan tribe of the Nevada and California hills.

As a long-time lover of ballads and broadsides, I love the way some people like Phil Ochs, Buffie Sainte-Marie, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Patrick Sky, Peter La Farge Patrick Sky -The Ballad of Ira Hayes (Peter La Farge) and countless others, so effectively set up their song for delivery. It’s a talent that Mignon Geli has, in addition to her soulful instrumental talents. Matter of factly, she’s been heard to say: “The Black Hills are NOT for sale!” See her BlackHillsAreNotForSale.org biographical link below if you like these performances and if this multi-dimensional cause strikes a chord with you!

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Click here to watch the video made by Vic Sadot from the Board Audio recorded by David Yandle of the BFUU Social Justice Committee Tech Team. There are two other videos in this evening’s collection, but they were made by Vic Sadot using a cell phone cam and a video editor. There is an Event Photo Album at the BFUU Facebook page as well.

2016 Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow (56:56) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.
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Veteran Earth First! Activist and BFC stalwart, Karen Pickett, was the key organizer for the event in Historic Fellowship Hall.

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After Vic Sadot, an activist with the Social Justice Committee does a welcoming and promotion of upcoming SJC October 2016 events, Karen Pickett takes the stage to explain the vision and modus operandi of the Buffalo Field Campaign.

The Buffalo Field Campaign “Roadshow” came rolling through the SF Bay Area with founder Mike Mease presenting his stories and videos from years of engaging this project to protect and preserve the wild buffalo and the environment we all need to survive and thrive. Part of Mike’s talk was captured to a cell phone video, which is posted to this “Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” YouTube channel.

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This video is made from the board audio by Sound Engineer David Yandle. Vic Sadot did post-production audio, photo, and video work over quite a few hours of focus. It is listed as a Creative Commons Copyright, set for free download non-profit use with credits/no edits please. The Thumbnail Cover Photo for this video is by Kevin Connelly of the Earth Island Institute at The Brower Center in Berkeley.

mignon-geli_kevin-connelly-photo_screenshot-vic-sadot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caMignon Geli on the Native American Flute in Historic Fellowship Hall on Sept. 30 2016. Photo by Kevin Connelly of Earth Island Institute at the Brower Center in Berkeley, CA

In this video, the featured artist is Mignon Geli performing a solo concert of Native American Flute presentations for the “Berkeley Night For the Buffalo” event on 9-30-16. She employs sound tracks and beats from the Goodshield Aguilar 7th Generation Rise Band.

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This is Mignon’s 4th tour with the Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow. She met Goodshield Aguilar because he was touring with the roadshow, and they went on to do some great collaboration! Although Goodshield Aguilar was not on this 2016 tour, his music and spirit are most definitely are a big part of this sound. See the several links below to know the work of this soulful musician, Mignon Geli!

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Karaj Lost-Coast opened the evening for his first-ever performance for the Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow with a marvelous song called “Headlands”. Karaj Lost-Coast Home Site: http://www.karajjlostcoast.com

The event was sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists with the Buffalo Field Campaign to bring their awesome “Roadshow” to Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. on September 30, 2016.

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 Mignon Geli Bio at The Black Hills Are Not For Sale

Mignon Geli was born in San Francisco, California, of Filipino and Spanish ancestry, and currently living in the California Sierra Foothills by Coloma, in Nisenan-Maidu country, for the past 16 years.  Twelve years ago, her son gifted her with a native wood flute.  She is self-taught, plays by ear, and a couple years later added native drums to her repertoire.  She can flute along in many genres of music from traditional native to contemporary native, to folk, rock, jazz, funk, soul, etc.  She is a member of the Neena McNair Family Singers, a multi-cultural women’s native traditional Drum group.  When not playing solo flute or women’s Drum, she often joins Goodshield Aguilar or his 7th Generation Rise band, http://www.GoodshieldMusic.com at many festivals and events and is a member of Walan Amana, a Nisenan rock band.

mignon-geli_flute_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caMignon is a volunteer broadcaster since 2007, on KFOK Community Radio, 95.1 FM, Georgetown, CA hosting “Indigenous Soul” airing pre-recorded indigenous music and sounds of Turtle Island (America) Wednesdays, 4-6pm.  http://www.kfok.org/about-us/broadcaster-profiles/302-mignon-geli

nisenan-tribe_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caShe is also a member of the El Dorado County Indian Council http://www.edcic.org Friends of the Nature Area http://www.georgetownnaturearea.org and an active supporter of the Buffalo Field Campaign protecting the last of the wild, genetically pure buffalo in Yellowstone Park:  www.buffalofieldcampaign.org   Anna Kastner and she are co-coordinators of the Global Indigenous Peoples Village at California World Fest’s annual music event, which just took place July 14-17, 2016, in Grass Valley, California. Many of the musicians from the Unity Concert participated.

where-the-wildlife-grows_karaj-song_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caPlease visit http://worldfest.net/global-indigenous-peoples-village/.  She has three music albums available for purchase:  Naturally Flute & Drum, Soul-A-Mente, and The Fifth World, all in collaboration with Goodshield Aguilar and/or 7th Generation Rise.

montana-state-coralling-wild-buffalo-policy_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caThe Fifth World album is available on CD Baby and includes Buffalo Wild by John Trudellhttp://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/7thGenerationRise

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Alfred Jacob Miller (January 2, 1810 – June 26, 1874) was an American painter and sketcher best known for his paintings concerning the northwestern United States.
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San Francisco Harbor 1850 California Gold Rush Era

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California Gold Rush 49’ers working the American River in 1849

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buffalo-calving-season-defenders_screenshot-2016-buffalo-field-campaign-roadshow_berkeley-caFor further information, contact The Buffalo Field Campaign www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

Mignon Geli – Native American Flute at “Berkeley Night For the Buffalo” (5:02) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

Mignon Geli – Native American Flute Presentations for the “Berkeley Night For the Buffalo” at BFUU Facebook SJC Videos. The event was sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists with the Buffalo Field Campaign to bring their awesome “Roadshow” to Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA (5:03). Vic Sadot captured a short video with his cell camera of Mignon Geli playing Native American flute music with tracks from Goodshield Aguilar and The 7th Generation Rise Band in Historic Fellowship Hall of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at Cedar & Bonita in the heart of Berkeley, CA.

“Let the Buffalo Roam!” with Mike Mease is one of two video clips captured by Vic Sadot and pasted to the BFUU Facebook from the Berkeley Night for the Buffalo in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA on Sept 30, 2016 (18:52) BFUU Facebook SJC Event Videos. 

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The Debate in the Woods

“The Debate in the Woods” was between Jack Gescheidt of The Tree Spirit Project vs Bob Strayer of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy. The monitor was Bill Lazarus.

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East Bay Area Woods and Nature Preservation Activists gathered in Claremont Canyon Preserve on July 24, 2016 to hear Jack Gescheidt of The Tree Spirit Project (center) versus Bob Strayer of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy (right).

The debate was friendly and respectful. It covered numerous issues related to the plan created by UC Berkeley, City of Oakland, and the East Bay Regional Parks, and the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) to cut several hundred thousand trees, to spray herbicide to prevent re-growth, and to create grasslands instead of re-planting other trees. The Hills Conservation Network, a coalition of a number of civic groups, has filed a law suit to stop the plan. This debate was a reflection of two persons with different philosophies and understandings about the impact of the plan on the living creatures and plants, as well as the soil and the watershed of the San Francisco Bay Area.

 Click on the photo below to watch the video of “The Debate in the Woods”.The-Debate-in-the-Woods_Title-Page-Vic-Sadot-screenshot

The TreeSpirit Project is an environmental art project devoted to raising awareness of the crucial role trees and forests in our lives, both globally and also personally. The global and the personal are inextricably linked. TreeSpirit’s centerpiece is the world’s largest collection of photographs of naked, vulnerable humans communing with trees, created by Founder and photographer Jack Gescheidt with hundreds of volunteer participants.  All are tree and nature lovers who want to attract public and media attention to how much we need forests to mitigate climate change — and to touch our souls. Click on the photo below to watch a short video titled “The Forest and the Sea of Stumps”, an excellent review of the alarming plans to cut over 400,000 trees in the Bay Area Hills (7:44) Published on June 3, 2016 at Magmalavas YouTube Channel. A Film by Doug Prose; Music by Machinimasound & Joe Hartnett. Now in “The Politics of Trees & The Preservation of Natural Areas” playlist at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

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Bob Strayer, Board Member of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy. The Claremont Canyon Conservancy provides stewardship and educational programs to its members and the public regarding the 500-acre, mostly wild land, Claremont Canyon at the Oakland/Berkeley border in Northern California. Address: Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705; Phone: (888) 327-2757.

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Photo by Vic Sadot taken on May 17, 2016 while hiking up a Claremont Canyon trail.

Hills Conservation Network

Stop the Deforestation of the Berkeley/Oakland Hills! UC and the City of Oakland plan to use federal disaster mitigation funds to clear-cut ALL of its tall trees in the hills. They are targeting eucalyptus, pines, and acacia for complete eradication, not because of a fire risk, but instead to clear the land for facilities expansion and to continue to allow UC to avoid spending its own money to maintain its wild land properties. They have dismissed proposed “species neutral” fire mitigation strategies that would be cheaper, would use far fewer herbicides, and would be far more effective in lessening fire risk because such strategies wouldn’t accomplish this hidden agenda. inquiries@hillsconservationnetwork.org

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Click on the photo to read Dan Grassetti’s article on the cutting of these trees by UC Berkeley before the release of the environmental impact study in August 2014. The Hills Conservation Network has filed a lawsuit to stop the clear-cutting of trees under the notion that they are an “invasive species” and need to be eliminated by a chemical war on them. Dan Grassetti is the founder of the Hills Conservation Network.

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The Hills Conservation Network (HCN) filed suit to prevent the funding and implementation of these projects on March 6, 2015.  Below is the press release announcing HCN’s suit.  Please contact the Hills Conservation Network if you wish to contribute to the cost of this suit:    http://www.hillsconservationnetwork.org/HillsConservation3/Blog/Blog.html

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Ordinary, extraordinary people, all volunteers, from all walks of life,  bare themselves to boldly, playfully, feel connected again: to trees, to others, to themselves. In this case, the people gathered to defend a stand of Eucalyptus trees on the UC Berkeley campus. Click on the photo above to watch a video in which Jack Gescheidt explains the philosophy and strategy of the artistic activism of The Tree Spirit Project, a celebration of our interdependence with nature.