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 email@example.com.
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.
The 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.
The 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!
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 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 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 Alomary. Ahmed 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 (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
Hali Hammer Music Sites:
BLOGS BY VIC SADOT:
4 Vic Sadot CD Sales links at CD Baby:
Truth Troubadour (Dec 2, 2016) – 18 songs sung by Vic Sadot. Featuring Eric Golub.
9/11 TRUTH & JUSTICE SONGS (9/11/11) by “TRUTH TROUBADOUR” VIC SADOT
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.
TRUTH TROUBADOUR BLOG by Vic Sadot: News Analyst Barrie Zwicker on 8-12-16 False Flag Weekly News on No Lies Radio produced by Allan Rees
Hosts Kevin Barrett and “Tony” Antonius J Hall were joined by author and news media analyst Barrie Zwicker for a rapid review of the past week’s news events. The new Vice Presidential candidate of the Green Party USA, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka, was the subject of a mass media attack on him as a “holocaust denier” by virtue of his having been on this very show, “False Flag Weekly News” on No Lies Radio.
Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein invited Ajamu Baraka to join her on the 2016 Green Party ticket as the VP candidate. The central claim or smear against Ajamu Baraka was to name him as a “holocaust denier” in a classic and unfounded “guilt-by-association” technique for having appeared on the show with a said-to-be “known holocaust denier”, host Kevin J Barrett, PhD. Every week on No Lies Radio news events are analyzed with pithy commentary and with screenshots and links given so that the viewer can look into the issues themselves. Barrie Zwicker is famous as the director of the documentary “The Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw”, as the author of “Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11”, and as a well-known Canadian television personality for decades. Barrie Zwicker recently reviewed Kevin Barrett’s book on the alleged Orlando massacre event in a column at Craig McKee‘s excellent “Truth and Shadows” Blog.
The song for this blog features the video from Vic Sadot’s “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel called “Full Spectrum Dominance”. After a successful crowd-sourced fundraising effort at Indiegogo, Vic is now ready to release a new CD to be titled “Truth Troubadour” featuring a cover photo by Rob Sadot of Vic Sadot during a hiking trip in the East Bay hills. Here is a link to a free mp3 for “Full Spectrum Dominance” at SoundCloud by Broadside Balladeer that is a first rough mix, not the one that will be on the album.
ELECTION 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GREEN PARTY’S JILL STEIN: Jill Stein Selects Human Rights Activist Ajamu Baraka as Vice-Presidential Running Mate
Green Party presumptive Presidential nominee Jill Stein has offered her vice-presidential bid to international human rights scholar and activist Ajamu Baraka. Jill Stein Press Release:
“I am honored and excited to announce that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka, activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building true political revolution,” Stein announced.
“Ajamu Baraka is a powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come – an agenda of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, indigenous and immigrant justice. Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Stein continued. “In this hour of unprecedented crisis, we are honored to lift up a unified movement for justice in the only national political party that is not held hostage by corporate money, lobbyists and super-PACs. We look forward to bringing this agenda for justice to the American people in the exciting race ahead.”
Ajamu Baraka is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs, Baraka has served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.
Jill Stein speaking at the Berkeley, CA Post Office on June 13, 2016. Photo by Vic Sadot
Additional information and useful links gathered:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party will livestream the 2016 Green presidential nomination (Aug. 6) and other events at the Green Presidential Nominating Convention, set for August 4 to 7 in Houston, Texas. A final schedule of events open to media is posted here. Viewers can watch the livestream broadcasts on the Green Party’s YouTube page. Portions of the convention, including the nomination, will also be aired on the Green Party’s Facebook page. Here is link for the Green Party USA YouTube Channel for Livestreaming
Posted Notes Published on Aug 2, 2016: Last night, August 1, word broke that our next guest, long time activist, Ajamu Baraka had been selected by the Jill Stein campaign to be her vice-presidential running mate for the Green Party’s nomination for president of the united states. So we of course wanted to hear from the man himself once again. Ajamu Baraka is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. He is the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs and he has also been a member of the Green Shadow Cabinet. and there is so very much more which can be learned about him and his work and his analyses via his website at ajamubaraka.com and we will of course provide a link to his many appearances on imixwhatilike!
Ajamu Baraka is a veteran activist and organizer. He is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Baraka was founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 201.1 He has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. His home website is ajamubaraka dot com.
Ajamu Baraka Blog – A Voice from the Margins: About the work of Ajamu Baraka
Recent Posts: Paris, Orlando and Turkey: Displacing the Narrative of Western Innocence Posted on July 6, 2016 by Ajamu Baraka; Muhammad Ali and Dylann Roof: Contested Meanings and Contested Lies Posted on June 26, 2016 by Ajamu Baraka; Beyonce and the politics of Cultural Dominance Posted on February 12, 2016 by Ajamu Baraka; The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement Posted on November 19, 2015 by Ajamu Baraka.
BERKELEY CALLING BLOG is re-blogging the 7-25-16 Professor James Tracy of MemoryHoleBlog post by Vivian Lee, which happens as the Democratic Party National Convention prepares to give full stage credibility to a story full of holes. Evaluate for yourself the Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax. Massive money laundering, cynical media manipulation, and Anti-Constitutional citizen control and disarmament in general are the motives for this “capstone event” crime against the public. This review stands up well to any attempt to cover-up the lies. Read the post and also check out the linked audio by James Tracy at his radio program Checkin’ It Out!
Dr. Tracy, a tenured professor of media studies, was subjected to a massive nationwide smear campaign for raising the questions that every journalist, crime detective, and concerned citizen must and should be asking about every event that happens, not just this one! James Tracy was fired and there is an ongoing law suit about the matter for which donations are being gratefully accepted. Defending the First Amendment Freedom of Speech rights of others is the way to insure them for yourself. It came out in Freedom of Information Act hearings conducted by Wolfgang Halbig of the Sandy Hook Justice Project via the testimony of a City of Newtown First Selectman Llodra that the sign “Everyone Must Check In” was put there by the Department of Homeland Security! The home site for Wolfgang Halbig’s work on uncovering the Sandy Hook crimes is the Sandy Hook Justice Report. James Tracy refers to the book by James Fetzer and Mike Palacek titled “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook”, which can be bought or it can be read on line for free. It was banned by Amazon Books! Click on the photo to check out the Top Ten Reasons that Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax.
BERKELEY CALLING BLOG July 4 Weekend with SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE – The Tony Award winning SF Mime Troupe opens in Berkeley July 2 & 3 at Cedar Rose Park, then moves on over to San Francisco’s Dolores Park for the annual July 4 gathering with its 57th season premiering “Schooled”. Opening Weekend for 2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Tour.
“Schooled” Excerpt from SF Mime Troupe: Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Livina Jones feels about her son Tom’s new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. With it’s old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and racist treatment of kids just like hers Livina believes Roosevelt is exactly the sort of school that can benefit from a little free-market common sense. The nanny-state government has failed to see students as individuals, and failed to give them the real-world skills they’ll need to get ahead. So who says it isn’t time for some big money, for-profit schooling?
Photo by Vic Sadot 2015 Malcolm X Park in Berkeley
Hit link above to go to the entire schedule! First Shows:
- Bay Area Opening Weekend
Cedar Rose Park
Sat, Jul 2nd @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
Sun, Jul 3rd @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
1300 Rose St. & Chestnut St., Berkeley
Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
- Bay Area Opening Weekend
Mon, Jul 4th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
19th St. & Dolores St., San Francisco
Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
- Live Oak Park
Sat, Jul 9th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
Sun, Jul 10th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
Shattuck Ave. & Berryman St., Berkeley
Ticket Info: FREE (donation)