Video of Berkeley Peace Symbol Event Posted to YouTube as Public Access HD

The Berkeley “Ban the Bomb!” Video is out! The 2nd Edition of the Berkeley Peace Symbol commemoration has lots of cool special effects! Slightly re-titled, you can find it listed as “Berkeley Celebrates the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol” at the YouTube channel called “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY”.
The Sound and Recording Audio work in Fellowship Hall was by David Yandle. Post Production Audio & Video work was contributed by Vic Sadot. Now it’s posted to the internet! We need YOU to help us get this information and these links distributed! Note: Every photo on this page is linked to another related site full of information or music.

This video is 58 minutes in length and it will be set for Creative Commons free download so that it can be used in a non-profit manner by activists to schedule it on their local Public Access Cable TV stations. It is indeed educational in that it deals with a subject avoided by the corporate media, the hugely profitable and extremely dangerous nuclear arms race. Refer questions to Vic Sadot at
Born out of fear of nuclear mass destruction, the Peace Symbol has become an essential part of our Peace Movement. How was it created? Who did it? What was the moment of historical context in which this now well-known symbol was created?
It was Gerald Herbert Holten who created the Peace Symbol using navy semaphore flag signals as the basis for the design. The Peace Symbol was first used on February 21, 1958 in support of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in a march of 10,000 people from London to Aldermaston. Gerald Holten had been a conscientious objector during World War II. He was a graduate of the Royal College of Art.
Poet Arnie Passman and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists invited poets, singer-songwriters, and comedians to celebrate the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol! The history of the birth of the “Band the Bomb” movement in the UK and the need for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be pressed forward are discussed.
hiroshima-ground-zero_us-army_berkeley-celebrates-peace_vic-sadotThe Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol was on “Presidents’ Day”, Monday, Feb 20, 2017. Veteran BFUU Social Justice Committee activist Cynthia Jean Johnson welcomed the small audience who came to Fellowship Hall on that rainy day. 
The obligations of signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the need for all nuclear countries to sign and participate, are explained in this video.
mordechai-vanunu_berkeley-celebrates-peace-symbol_vic-sadotThe gathering was fortunate to have a formidable poet like Frances L. Hillyard. Frances contributed several thought and emotion provoking poems, including poems about The Statue of Liberty; the view of a woman suffering the violence and turmoil in the city of Jenin in Palestine; a revolutionary salute to Mumia Abu Jamal; and the charming and hopeful “Dove of Light”. A separate 10 minute video of her performance has been posted!
Frances Hillyard Poetry at the Berkeley 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol screenshot.jpg
A wonderful, inspirational, community sing-along was led by Berkeley’s beloved “Save the Post Office” organizer, Hali Hammer. The event closed with Christine Driftwood‘s implanting of a vision of possible uses of the Peace Symbol in Berkeley!
hali-hammer_berkeley-celebrates-peace-symbol-59th-birthday_vic-sadot-screenshotHali Hammer kicked off her presentation by promoting a new website for the Progressive Majority Creative Network at WordPress. It’s a networking site for artists who are ready and willing to sing and speak truth to power! Click on Hali’s photo to link to her home site! Her songs are listed below in the list of “Performers & Participants”.
chizu-hamada_no-nuclear-weapons_hiroshimas_berkeley-celebrates-peace_vic-sadotChizu Hamada is a long-time San Francisco Bay Area activist against nuclear weapons and power. She works with Steve Zeltzer of KPFA’s WorkWeek Radio and the Labor Video Project, and thousands of other concerned citizens of many countries in various organizations, but principally she works with No Nukes Action Committee. The group has protest rallies outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco at 3 pm on the 11th of every month since the nuclear catastrophe first happened on March 11, 2011. Since March 11, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history there should be a larger than usual turn-out. What’s more is that the emergency is an ongoing radioactive disaster that continues to contaminate land, air, and sea, and continues to threaten all living creatures that depend on these elements of nature for sustenance.
Participants in the Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol:

(1) Welcoming by Cynthia Jean Johnson; (2) Vic Sadot – Two Bob Dylan Songs: The Times They Are A Changin’ & Masters of War; Ban the Bomb Oratory: “Do You Realize?”; (3) Karen Dewald – Reflections on the history of the nuclear disarmament movement, the origins of the Peace Symbol, and some discussion of concerns and expectations in the Trump era; (4) Frances Hillyard Poems. Note: Some beautiful screenshot photos in the Jenin poem by Frances L. Hillyard were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary, who lives in Jenin, Palestine, and posts on YouTube and Facebook; (5) Brian Brackney recommends prolific writer Lawrence Wittner’s books on the nuclear disarmament movement; (6) Hali Hammer Announces the “Progressive Majority Creative Network”. Sings original compositions “I Refuse To Believe” & “We Will Rise Together”. Leads Communal Sing Out! “Down By The Riverside”, “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” (Phil Ochs), “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” (Pete Seeger), “Draft Dodger Rag” (Phil Ochs), “If I Had A Hammer” (Lee Hays); (7)  Christine Driftwood shares her Vision of an Illuminated Peace Sign in the Berkeley Hills, at People’s Park, or along the Interstate Highway.

Various links below should be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about these subjects, individuals, and organizations. There’s a bounty to be harvested here!

There’s a great poem about Palestine in this new video! It’s part of a 4 poem presentation by Frances Hillyard that is 10 minutes long: Frances Hillyard Poetry at Berkeley 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol (10:00) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY.
Note: Several photos in the video of the poem by Frances L. Hillyard about the town of Jenin in Palestine were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary who lives in Jenin, Palestine. During research Vic Sadot discovered Ahmed’s YouTube video, which lists a link to the Facebook Photography Page of Ahmed Alomaryjenin-palestine_farmes-bale-hay-in-fields_ahmed-alomary-screenshotAhmed responded affirmatively to a request for permission to take some screenshots from his video, saying that he would be pleased that people would be made more aware of what is really happening in Palestine. Here is the link to his vignette of images of the beautiful aspects of the city under pressure from the Apartheid supremacist regime following a plan for long-term expansion that involves the dispossession and subjugation of the Palestinians. jenin-palestine-city-lights_ahmed-alomary-screenshotJenin Palestine (2:39) Ahmed ALomary YouTube & Photos All Rights Reserved. photos from jenin palestine with background music naseer shamma palestinian heritage.

Ahmed Alomary manages to capture the beauty in the city and countryside around Jenin. But the Zionist expansion is constantly pressing into their territories with colonizers who are euphemistically called “settlers”. And the IDF is always nearby to enforce “The Law In These Parts” (An Israeli film that was screened at the annual Jewish Film Festival in Berkeley, California).
Here are some links to the books by Lawrence Wittner who was recommended by Brian Brackney

The Struggle Against the Bomb: Resisting the Bomb – A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970 (Stanford Nuclear Age) Hardcover – December 1, 1997 by Lawrence Wittner (Author)   

Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) 1st Edition by Lawrence S. Wittner   

The Struggle Against the Bomb: One World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953 (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) Paperback – March 1, 1995 by Lawrence Wittner 

Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) by Lawrence Wittner   

Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement, 1933-1983 Paperback – May 24, 1984 by Lawrence Wittner


Clicking on the above photo links you to an article by Chris Hedges: Fighting the Militarized State” Posted on Mar 30, 2014 By Chris Hedges at TruthDig

Hali Hammer Music Sites:

Hali Hammer Home Site

Hali Hammer – Eclectic Circus

Hali Hammer – I Refuse To Believe


The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes (3:16) StormCloudsGathering 

Vic Sadot Home Site

Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel

Vic Sadot YouTube Channel

Free Vic Sadot Songs at SoundCloud Broadside Balladeer



Truth Troubadour Blog – 9/11 Truth & Deep Politics

Berkeley Calling – Free Speech Bay Area

Broadside Balladeer – Political Songs & Folk Music Matters


4 Vic Sadot CD Sales links at CD Baby:

Truth Troubadour (Dec 2, 2016) – 18 songs sung by Vic Sadot. Featuring Eric Golub.


Broadsides & Retrospectives CD (2005) by Vic Sadot at CD Baby

Comin’ Home CD (1997) Cajun/Zydeco & Louisiana R&B by Vic Sadot & Planète Folle at CD Baby


Full Spectrum Dominance (6:04) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” This song was written by Vic Sadot for the 4-10-11 visit of Bruce Gagnon to speak at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. Bruce is the founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, Eric Golub is on violin. Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”! If you click on the photo above, the link goes to the video that Vic Sadot made for this song.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists  


Code Pink Activist Cynthia Papermaster Works To Close Diablo Nuke on California Coast


Cynthia Papermaster kicked off the public commentary at the Oct. 2, 2014 Public Service Commission hearing chaired by Commission President Michael Peevey. She walked right up to Peevey with her faithful service dog Jimminywinks and she pinkslipped him. That is, she told him he was fired. And then she told the public that “we should get him fired”. Ironically, Mr. Peevey resigned a week later!


Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter’s Cynthia Papermaster was the key organizer for an event in Berkeley’s Historic Fellowship Hall on Oct 26, 2014 titled “Beat the Devil! Close Diablo Right Now!”. It was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee. Holly Harwood was wearing two hats as current Chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter Coordinator. She proudly announced the publication of “Words Fly Away: Poems for Fukushima”Fukushima Response Bay Area

Fukushima Poetry at Word Press


The event was made quite special and unique by the presence of Harvey Wasserman and Joanna Macy. Cynthia Papermaster was the MC and she kept things moving along at a good pace. There was some wonderful art donated for the “Beat the Devil! Close Diablo Right Now!” campaign by artist Mark Bryan titled “Devil’s Due, Meltdown at Diablo Canyon”. Californians have become increasingly alarmed by the longterm radioactive fallout from the disaster in Fukushima, Japan. And the comparisons with the Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant built along the coast is all too similar to the design in Japan. Bay Area Fukushima Response activists were there, including Phoebe Sorgen who sang a sweet song to piano accompaniment to get the evening started.

Pinkslipping Peevey (1:08) EON3 YouTube Channel. Code Pink activist Cynthia Papermaster ‘pinkslipped’ CPUC President Michael Peevey at the Oct. 2, 2014 Commission meeting. A week later, Mr. Peevey announced his resignation. 

Codepink is organizing a PG&E Ratepayer Boycott to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Right Now! See how the plan to pay into an escrow account works! You pay your bill, but PG&E does not get the money until it shuts down Diablo Canyon, a plant similar in location and style to the ones involved in the disaster in Fukushima, Japan; a plant for which its own NRC inspector recommended to be shut down! We the people must intervene in the matter. Read how to do it!

Ratepayer Boycott Campaign to Close Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant

Home site for EON (Ecological Options Network) 

EON3 YouTube Site

Art work donated by Mark Bryan titled "Devil's Due, Meltdown at Diablo Canyon".

Art work donated by Mark Bryan titled “Devil’s Due, Meltdown at Diablo Canyon”.

Now on display at the Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St in San Luis Obispo.

“SHUTDOWN – Why Diablo Canyon Must Be Next” (3:47) EON3 YouTube Channel (Ecological Options Network) 5-03-14. Video #1 in the “Anti-Nuke, Coal, Petroleum Energy – Pro Solar, Safe, & Sustainable Energy” Playlist in the SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

Vic Sadot Singing “No Nuke Blues” at an earlier EON Event at Fellowship Hall (3:48)


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.

Cynthia Jean Johnson and Dan EllsbergonBFUU-HalCalstadJusticeAwards_7-20-13

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

If anyone has more photos to add to this BFUU Facebook album, please send them to 




Every Second Friday of Every Month! Multi-issue activist and prolific SF Bay Area singer-songwriter Tommi Avocolli Mecca will be the featured artist on Friday, Feb 8 at Historic Fellowship Hall at the BF MOM (Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic). Hear Tommi’s song about the banker foreclosure crisis making millions of American families homeless in the wake of the US taxpayer funded “bankster bailout”! What would MLK say today? Vic Sadot, the Berkeley “Broadside Balladeer” will host and sing out! Note to Musicians/Performers: Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm for 20 ten minute spots! Show starts at 7 pm! Featured artist goes on sometime around 8:30 pm. Fellowship Hall is at 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709. Wheelchair accessible from our ramp on Bonita Ave. $5 – 10 suggested donations to support the Social Justice Committee. No one ever turned away for lack of funds. Volunteer help much appreciated!