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”.
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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 vic.bfuu.sjc@gmail.com.
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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?
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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.
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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. 
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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

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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

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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

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BLOGS BY VIC SADOT:

Truth Troubadour Blog – 9/11 Truth & Deep Politics

Berkeley Calling – Free Speech Bay Area

Broadside Balladeer – Political Songs & Folk Music Matters

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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

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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.

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Green Party Techies Insert Jill Stein into US Presidential Debate in Real Time!

BERKELEY CALLING BLOG DECLARES JILL STEIN THE WINNER OF TODAY’S 2016 US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE! GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JILL STEIN WAS VIRTUALLY INSERTED INTO TODAY’S US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FROM WHICH SHE WAS BEING BARRED! Four years ago she was handcuffed to a metal chair for 8 hours at Hofstra University! In 2016 Jill Stein participated “In The Debate” electronically on Facebook! Now posted to YouTube: “Jill Stein’s Response to Being Shut Out of the First Presidential Debate” (1:34:42) Jill Stein for President Booster Club YouTube Channel
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Four years ago Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein was handcuffed to a metal chair for 8 grueling hours when she tried to march into the US Presidential debates and take her rightful position representing our Green Party USA. Today, Green Party techies inserted our candidate into the debate in real time, the very debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that she was being excluded from!

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Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala removed from Hofstra 2012 US Presidential Debate (0:25) Long Island Report YouTube Channel

The brilliant audacity of it should be duly noted by activists everywhere who are excluded from the public discourse. It is archived. So the debate from today is not quite over. People need to hear what Jill Stein said today in real time to her Two Corporate Monopoly War Party opponents.

THE GREEN PARTY USA WAS IN TODAY’S US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE! YOU CAN WATCH IT NOW! PLEASE SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE! STOP VOTING THE TWO PARTY TRAP BECAUSE YOU LEGITIMIZE WHAT THEY DO IN YOUR NAME WHEN YOU VOTE THE TWO PARTY TRAP!

Watch Green Party USA Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein responding live to the US Presidential Debate from which she and the Green Party USA were excluded! In 2012 at Hofstra University Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala were arrested and handcuffed to metal chairs for 8 hours for showing up for their right to participate in the American Presidential debate. Only one Presidential candidate called for a truly independent investigation into 9/11, Dr Jill Stein. Only one candidate called for an arms embargo of the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia! Only one candidate clearly stands against the Trans Pacific Partnership sell out! Tune in now!

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CNN GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL [FULL 1:08:00] (8/17/2016) – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016 with Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and VP candidate Ajamu Baraka at GreenPartyVideos YouTube Channel Published on Aug 18, 2016.  

“Jill Stein calls for new investigation into 9/11” (1:00) Newsy YouTube Channel. Published on Sep 10, 2016: Green Party candidate Jill Stein says there should be a new independent investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been shown to possibly be complicit in the cover-up of 9/11 because on 9/11 he, like news anchors Dan Rather and Peter Jennings, Trump stated that only controlled demolitions could have caused the steel-framed World Trade Center Towers to disintegrate in 10 seconds. In the case of building 7, it fell later in the afternoon at free fall speed in 7 seconds. WTC owner, Larry Silverstein, Likud Party leader Netanyahu confidant, said on a PBS show that he and the NYC Fire Chief agreed to “pull it”. Last year Silverstein revealed in a Tel Aviv speech that he had plans to rebuild Building 7 in the year 2000!

Trump saw on 9/11/2001: “bombs were used” on WTC in the planes that hit, according to Trump (3:52) TruthMakesPeace Published on Sept. 16, 2016: “Donald Trump saw the same day that bombs must have been used on the WTC towers on 9/11/2001. He quickly knew that the official Bush Story of 9/11 (BS911) was a lie. From his experience building steel sky scrapers, he knew they were built to be strong, even against a jet. He stated to the reporter that bombs must also have been involved. Donald showed what a nice guy he is, as he called his competitor Larry Silverstein to see if he was ok. He did not suspect Larry let 3000 of his tenants die for over $4 billion from insurance”.

Donald Trump picks 9/11 inside criminal suspect Mayor Rudy Giulani as possible Homeland Security Director (4:01) TRUTHstreammedia YouTube Channel. Published on May 13, 2016.

Attention 9/11 Truth Activists! Don’t let Truth be Trumped! Donald Trump 2013 Endorsement of PM Netanyahu on Israeli TV (00:35) Posted 1-15-13. Only 110,042 views by 7-25-16? Maybe you better share this!

Jill Stein Proved Me Wrong by Kevin Ryan at DigWithin Blog, author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”

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My last blog post was wrong. As of a week ago, it does matter who is elected president. That’s because one of the candidates has openly called for a new investigation into the crimes of 9/11.

In a recent statement on the subject, Jill Stein made the following important comments and promises:

“The families and friends of those who were murdered on 9/11 deserve justice. They also deserve to know the truth.”

“Under our administration a new inquiry would have access to the considerable body of responsible independent research that has emerged over the last 15 years.”

“We would create an independent 9/11 Commission, not one dominated by members with an interest in protecting the reputation and careers of foreign affairs and intelligence communities.”

“It’s time for a full accounting of what happened, and an end to the misguided post-9/11 wars that are actually making us less safe, not more safe.”

In May, a national poll showed that, “An unprecedented 91 percent of voters 28 or younger favor having an independent on the ballot, and 65 percent of respondents are willing to support a candidate who isn’t Clinton or Trump.”

Facebook truth activists are invited to visit: Truth Movement Integrity Activists Facebook Page: Posts to promote respect and integrity in the truth seeking community; against censorship; for fairness, honesty, respect, logic, and verifiability. http://www.facebook.com/TruthMovementIntegrityActivists

And here is the latest video produced by BERKELEY CALLING editor Vic Sadot

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Ballad of William Rodriguez (9:22) “Vic Sadot In Concert 9/11/16” at Vic Sadot YouTube Channel. Vic Sadot’s 15th Anniversary “Truth & Justice Love Songs” Concert segment introducing the song about William Rodriguez and how it came to be written out of attending the 2005 D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence at American University and Lafayette Square. Vic was there to sing newly written 9/11 Truth songs, “Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave?” and “Mad Cowboy Disease”. On 9/11/11 Vic Sadot released a 16 song CD titled “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”, which remains available at CD Baby. Now there are videos on line at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel.

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Meeting Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and talking with her about the Bill of Rights Defense Committee’s campaign to get all 6,700 pages of the US Senate Report on US Torture released. We were at a rally to Save the Berkeley Post Office on June 3, 2016. Everyone wanted a chance to talk with Jill in person, and Jill was very patient with us. She was as good a listener to the people who approached her as she was an articulate speaker at the rally making post 9/11 era “Common Sense”. Related earlier BERKELEY CALLING BLOG 8-02-16 Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka Look Set To Lead Green Party 2016 Election Drive!

Background on why “Torture Accountability” is so important to American democracy and our world public relations: Torture Architect Tries to Justify Program … Fails Miserably By Washington’s Blog Global Research, December 16, 2014.

Watch the trailer “Preview: 9/11 in the Academic Community” by Adnan Zuberi. (3:15) Now video #5 in the “9/11 & Other False Flag Investigations” playlist at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel. At 59 seconds into this trailer we hear Professor Michael Truscello of Mount Royal University state: “25% of the footnotes in the 9/11 Commission Report are based on torture testimony.” Professor Graeme MacQueen of McMaster University, author of “The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for Domestic Conspiracy”, keynote speaker at the 2016 9/11 Truth Film Festival at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA on 9/09/16, says, “They made it the core of their story and they don’t discuss that these guys were tortured.” Is that the report we want to base US laws and policy on? Read Barrie Zwicker’s Truth & Shadows Blog about this book!

Link to the Full Movie: “9/11 in the Academic Community” (1:13:41) by Adnan Zuberi.  Now video #60 in the “9/11 & Other False Flag Investigations” playlist at “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka Look Set To Lead Green Party 2016 Election Drive!

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ELECTION 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GREEN PARTY’S JILL STEIN: Jill Stein Selects Human Rights Activist Ajamu Baraka as Vice-Presidential Running Mate

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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.”

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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.

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Jill Stein speaking at the Berkeley, CA Post Office on June 13, 2016. Photo by Vic Sadot

Additional information and useful links gathered:

General Media Info GREEN PARTY NATIONAL CONVENTION TO BE LIVE-STREAMED ON YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, & LIVESTREAM PLATFORMS 

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

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Ajamu Baraka Joins Jill Stein Campaign: Exclusive Interview (13:40) imixwhatilike YouTube Channel.

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 Blog at Black Agenda Report

Ajamu Baraka Blog at Common Dreams

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.

Ajamu Baraka Facebook Page

Green Party Jill Stein Ballot Access Report

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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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)

Getting Real About Richard Clarke by Kevin Ryan

“Getting Real About Richard Clarke” by Kevin Ryan at Dig Within Blog 2-02-14.

Kevin Ryan is the author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”, which I, Vic Sadot, reviewed in my “Truth Troubadour” Blog. The kind of information documented this many years after 9/11 has many people thinking that we should not be calling for a “new investigation” anymore. Rather that charges and prosecutions move forward and tie together the revelations of the Senate Report on Torture, the known facts of the anthrax case used to push the Patriot Repression Act through Congress at locomotive speed, and the kind of court-worthy evidence gathered in hundreds of books and documentaries, such as Kevin Ryan’s writings reveal. The fact is that the torture testimony was needed to actually have a story for 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow to tell. There are many areas of focus being established as the basis for genuine judicial process in the interest of 9/11 Truth and Justice. Rock and Roll Revolutionary John Lennon said, “You can live a lie until you die! But one thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside!”

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Ryan Excerpts from his “Dig Within” Blog  that bring 9/11 into the Context of Today:

“President Obama’s 2013 advisory panel on NSA spying included some interesting people considering that the justification for such crimes against democracy always go back to 9/11. One member was Cass Sunstein, who had previously advised the president to “cognitively infiltrate” citizen groups that sought the truth about 9/11. Another panel member was Richard Clarke, the former “counterterrorism czar,” whose opinions on the subject continue to be widely publicized despite suspicions that Clarke might have been in league with the 9/11 terrorists…. Clarke suggested that Osama bin Laden was never worried about being caught before he was killed because he “thought he’d get tipped.” Clarke meant that Bin Laden was helped by retired intelligence officials and would be tipped off to any operation. In the same interview, Clarke told Maher that Afghanis were pathetic and that Pakistanis were “pathological liars.” However, there are good reasons to believe that it is Clarke who is a pathological liar. Those reasons include that it was Clarke who tipped off Bin Laden’s friends in the years before 9/11, effectively preventing the capture or killing of that alleged terrorist mastermind. Clarke later promoted lies about a man called Abu Zubaydah, whose torture testimony is behind much of the 9/11 Commission Report. People need to know more about Richard Clarke before taking any more of his comments at face value. The following excerpts from my book Another Nineteen might make that point a little more obvious. http://digwithin.net/2014/02/02/real-clarke

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Dig Within

President Obama’s 2013 advisory panel on NSA spying included some interesting people considering that the justification for such crimes against democracy always go back to 9/11. One member was Cass Sunstein, who had previously advised the president to “cognitively infiltrate” citizen groups that sought the truth about 9/11. Another panel member was Richard Clarke, the former “counterterrorism czar,” whose opinions on the subject continue to be widely publicized despite suspicions that Clarke might have been in league with the 9/11 terrorists.

Clarke MaherIn one of several “Real Time” interviews with TV host Bill Maher, a supporter of NSA spying, Clarke suggested that Osama bin Laden was never worried about being caught before he was killed because he “thought he’d get tipped.” Clarke meant that Bin Laden was helped by retired intelligence officials and would be tipped off to any operation. In the same interview, Clarke told Maher that Afghanis…

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Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights

BERKELEY CALLING! The living Free Speech tradition of Berkeley, CA, the home of one of the University of California’s most famous universities and communities, was shining like a beacon to the world once again. An eloquent and heart-felt call to Defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States was issued by a group of distinguished and experienced speakers.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 over 400 Bay Area residents were treated to a panel of civil liberties leading activists at John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley California titled “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State.” It was a packed house with a very lively panel discussion. It was also live-streamed.

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Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, was one of the main speakers at the forum. Shahid Battar was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, the iconic whistleblower of The Pentagon Papers fame, a national hero described by President Nixon as “the most dangerous man in America”; Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org and producer of the film “War Made Easy”; Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”. Left to right seated are Daniel Ellsberg, Shahid Buttar,  Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon. Photo by Vic Sadot

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, seated behind at right of Reitman, is a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”. Left to right seated at the long table: Daniel Ellsberg, Shahid Buttar, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon. Photo by Vic Sadot

Shahid Buttar sounded the call to Defend the Bill of Rights! He denounced Senator Feinstein D-CA for her role not protecting the American people against the crimes against the Constitution and the attempt to keep the crimes secret until 2038. He asked people to sign and promote the “Shame on Feinstein” statement, which demands that and to tell Senator Feinstein D-CA to withdraw her bogus bill to codify continuing unwarranted, untargeted, and unsubstantiated surveillance of citizens and to resign from the Senate oversight committee on Intelligence for trying to cover up instead of stopping the vast illegal spying on Americans by the NSA. Solomon earlier exposed in an open letter that Feinstein had made a secret deal to keep that level of Total Information Awareness surveillance a secret until 2038. There is a Shame on Feinstein Facebook Page. And the petition is here: https://shameonfeinstein.org

For the more comprehensive report on the forum read Matthew Kellegrew inThe Peoples’s Blog For the Constitution” by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC). http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/#.UuYabNLTlkg

 Kellegrew reports, “The panel often focused on the positive, presenting examples of creative ways local communities can engage with the issue of over broad surveillance. Members of the Shame On Feinstein coalition passed out flyers and BORDC’s Shahid Buttar commended the effort from the stage. Buttar put the struggle for a truly accountable government in the context of broader historical struggles for liberty and freedom.”

Executive Director of BORDC, Shahid Buttar, issued the call for a vigorous grass roots citizen campaign to Defend the Bill of Rights. Seated left to right at the table: Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon.

Executive Director of BORDC, Shahid Buttar, issued the call for a vigorous grass roots citizen campaign to Defend the Bill of Rights. Seated left to right at the table: Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon.

Cindy Cohn provided an update on the legal challenges to NSA spying. Norman Solomon shared his analysis of mass media coverage of the NSA controversy. Daniel Ellsberg addressed the role and history of whistleblowers and the institutions they confront. Shahid Bhuttar focused on grassroots action opportunities at the state level, including the “Shame on Feinstein” initiative calling for Senator Feinstein’s resignation as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the bi-partisan “Off Now Coalition” policy proposed in Sacramento, CA, and in other states, such as Utah, cut off the NSA from state resources. See US News & World Report article by Steve Nelson: “Some NSA Opponents Want to ‘Nullify’ Surveillance With State Law – Activists say legislation can cut water, kill snooping at Utah Data Center”.

Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee announces “tool kits” available to citizens in the ongoing campaign against criminal violations of the Constitution by the NSA. Short video at BORDC YouTube Channel (2:33).

Watch the entire forum in the video below! “Our Almost Orwellian State & NSA Surveillance Forum” Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights in the Sanctuary of St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Posted by Bright Path Video YouTube Channel.

Abby Martin, RT TV Host of “Breadking the Set”, explains “Why Obama Speech Spells No Change to Global Surveillance” in her latest “Brainwash Update”. Abby Martin is “Breadking the Set” of the corporate media’s constrained parameters of allowed thinking! 

Full Spectrum Dominance: Lyrics and link to the free SoundCloud song posted at Global Network Against Nuclear Weapons and Power in Space! 

Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave? (5:11) Vic Sadot video at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel – “Are You A Citizen” is an anthem salute to struggle that is done in strident Cajun waltz style. The song was written by Vic Sadot and Cindy Hubschmidt. It challenges citizen apathy and cynicism. In reciting the successful parts of the historical record, the song confronts the notion that we cannot change anything. Yet the the historical record of struggle says otherwise. Colonialism, slavery, and debtor prisons were defeated. A Bill of Rights, the right to organize unions, civil rights, and womens voting rights were all won through struggle. As Thomas Paine once said, “Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another.” Rights are inalienable and not granted by the political powers that be. As the song says, “You’ll use your Bill of Rights ’til your struggles are won!”

Twit Wit Radio 1-26-14 Archive – Berkeley Political Comedy Radio Show Every Sunday Evening on KPFA Pacifica. Activists need to laugh sometimes! And that takes smart humor like Twit Wit delivers!