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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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

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BERKELEY PROTEST FEST SATURDAY AUGUST 15 2015 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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BERKELEY PROTEST FEST Program Schedule – All Fifty Performers & MC’s Listed!

Welcome to the Berkeley Protest Festival Aug 15 2015
A Benefit for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

The event will be Live-Streamed from this link at CONCERT WINDOW!

See the Previous Berkeley Calling Blog for further information on this event!

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL will present over 50 Performers from 10 am to 10 pm! 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.

10:00 MC #1: Nanci Armstrong – Welcoming statement on behalf of Berkeley Fellowship of UU’s

#1 10:10 – 10:20 am Leslie Hassberg has been involved in the Bay Area queer and progressive political music scene for many years, as a member and/or director of Carry It On, The Choral Majority, the SF Lesbian Chorus, Sistah Boom, the Graceland Girls, and most recently Occupella. Over the years she’s produced many events showcasing her broad range: “A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley” (cabaret), “Women Singer-Songwriters of the 60s and 70s”(folk & folk-rock), a classical song recital, “Voices Three” (cabaret), “Sonic Smorgasbord” (a little of everything), and “A Queer Night at the Opera.”

#2 10:21 – 10:31 am Marcie Boyd is a graduate of Berkeley High School, who has lent her voice to countless social movements over nearly five decades. She recently returned from the Dominican Republic where she wrote and produced a soap opera about pregnant and parenting teens. She sings with Occupella & LaPeña Chorus.

#3 10:32 – 10:42 am Ron San Miguel is a Song Catcher. He is an Oakland-based Singer/Songwriter, whose music speaks to your Heart and Mind and touches your Soul. Take him home with you — his latest album, “Paint Me A Rainbow” is available now. Buy at CD today, or order it at http://www.cdbaby.com It is also available on iTunes and Amazon. Facebook: Ron San Miguel/Music

#4 10:43 – 10:53 am Nancy Schimmel from Berkeley, songwriter, storyteller and member of Occupella, Freedom Song Network, Children’s Music Network and the Organic Women’s Chorus. Website: http://www.sisterschoice.com Email: nancy@sisterschoice.com

#5 10:54 – 11:04 am Rudy Hubbard: I’ve been to the Elsonore Castle. I play the banjo. The song I have for you is called “The Play”. 925-639-5430

#6 11:05 – 11:15 am Dennis Fritzinger – Earth First! Poet Laureate for the Environment

#7 11:16 – 11:26 am Larry Montgomery: “I’m a total amateur, just singing in song circles in Davis and Auburn. The closest thing to a public performance was a Nose Flute solo in a benefit concert for the Palms Playhouse in Davis.”
Contact info: 916-332-0454 or montgomerylarry@netscape.net

#8 11:27 – 11:37 am David “Redd” Welsh – singer, keyboard player, composer. Two CDs available: Class War & Stand with the People. CDs $10 at gigs. To order by mail, send $15 for each CD (including postage) to: Redd Welsh, PO Box 1102, Berkeley CA 94701. website: http://www.reddwelsh.com email: ReddWelsh@sonic.net

#9 11:38 – 11:48 am Mike Margulis, Arthur Holden, & Bonnie Lockhart play arrangements of well-known protest songs. We are two trumpet players and guitar player who sing and play historical songs. Contact: 510-649-0234.

#10 11:49 – 11:59 am Robert Katz lives in Oakland. In addition to doing the singer/songwriter thing, Rob Katz writes musicals. katz_r@sbcglobal.net

#11 12:00– 12:10 pm June Barter-Stash (aka Ellen) is an activist for the legalization of hemp and marijuana. She first became active in the peace movement during the Vietnam War. She sings for greater social change fueled by the freedom to expand one’s consciousness. Her book, “Tokin Women: The First 4000 Years” will be published in September. http://www.TokinWoman.blogspot.com

#12 12:11 – 12:21 pm Bonnie Lockhart brings a love of diverse folk traditions to her forty-year practice of participatory, community-building music. She is a performer, composer, educator, recording artist, and activist who believes in the transformative power of music. Learn more at http://www.bonnielockhart.com or contact her: bonnie@bonnielockhart.com

#13 12:22 – 12:32 pm Tommi Avicolli Mecca has been singing since he picked up his first guitar as a teenager in 1969. Since learning chords from friends, he has sung in several duos and written music for stage shows. He now sings at demonstrations in SF and recently debuted a musical, “this boy is just so strange,” about his life as a queer and economic justice activist. Today Tommi is accompanied today by Joel Mark on acoustic bass. Website: http://www.avicollimecca.com and email: tommi@avicollimecca.com

#14 12:33 – 12:43 pm Edward Purkey is a retired United Methodist Clergy. He not only served churches in Seattle, Washington metro area; but for 14 years actively volunteered for OPERATION NIGHTWATCH – a late-night Christian ministry in Seattle’s bars, clubs, and with the homeless street population. He also served as inter-denominational Resident Minister in both Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. He sings: Bob Dylan’s “With God On Our Side,” w/ added original stanzas. Edward Purkey, Sonoma, California basketsofjoy@gmail.com

#15 12:44 – 12:54 pm Jimmy Kelly is the Labor Studies coordinator for San Jose City College as well as the co-founder of the reel Work Labor Film Festival. Jimmy founded the Western Workers Labor Festival 30 years ago this January 2016! He is a member of the Teachers and Letter Carriers unions. Jimmy Kelly is the co-founder of San Leandro for Bernie!

#16 12:55 – 1:05 pm Francis Collins: Ran away from Maryland at age 18 in 1967 to the summer of love in the Haight Ashbury. Learned to play Pete Seeger songs in the sixties. Did homecare for years. Sing for “The Veterans For Peace”. I am a human right’s activist and artist. Francis Collins YouTube Channel: franciscollins49 Email: fc94102@gmail.com

MC #2: Hali Hammer/Vic Sadot Let’s keep it rolling along!

#17 1:06- 1:16 pm Eleanor Walden learned the labor songs of the IWW from the cradle. She joined the Progressive Party as a singer in 1948, sang with the Civil Rights Movement during the 60’s, and was one of the founders of the Freedom Song Network in Berkeley in 1982. Also having a degree in Folklore, Eleanor is fundamentally an activist cultural worker. Email: ewalden3@comcast.net

#18 1:17 – 1:27 pm Eliot Kenin has been an activist, agitator, and singer/songwriter since high school. Labor, peace, equality, and tenants rights are some of the issues he’s worked on. During the ’60’s he toured around the country singing and playing coffee houses, colleges, and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall. His Boston based band, The Great Metropolitan Steam Band, recorded for Decca. His best known song, “You Ain’t Done Nothin’ If you Ain’t Been Called a Red”, has gone into folk process. Most of his songs are ragtime, his favorite style of music. Eliot leads the Spirit of ’29 Dixieland Jazz Band and the Reinhardt Swing Band. Website: http://www.facebook.com/eliotkenin

#19 1:28 – 1:38 pm Emily Yates moved to California and learned to play music after finishing six years as a disgruntled public affairs peon in the Army. She writes fun little songs and plays them on fun little instruments so that she can express her opinions without getting slapped. Website: http://emilyyatesmusic.com
Contact: emily@emilyyatesmusic.com

#20 1:39 – 1:49 pm Phavia Kujichagulia & Val Serrant: Phavia Kujichagulia is a Griot/Djialli Ba (oral historian/spoken word artist/musician) who plays trumpet & percussion to dynamically orchestrate poetry, African music, Jazz, and pop into a hypnotic rhapsody of history and healing. http://www.kujichaguliaphavia.com
Val Serrant – Born in Trinidad & Tobago, “edutainer” and pioneer of Oakland/San-Francisco Carnivals, Val has shared his culture and talents both locally and globally. Val Serrant plays steel pans, talking drum, djembe and djun djun drums. http://www.facebook.com/valserrant

#21 1:50 – 2:00 pm Max Ventura was awarded the 2011 “Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Award” by the BFUU Social Justice Committee for her long-time local peace and justice activist and singer-songwriter work. Most recently she has been organizing to stop the FEMA plan to clear-cut trees in the hills from Richmond to Oakland. The plan will use pesticides and herbicides without reforestation and without labor intensive-job producing methods. Email: beneficialbug@sonic.net

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

#22 3:00 – 3:10 pm Clyde Leland is a Berkeley singer-songwriter. Email: clydeleland@gmail.com

#23 3:11- 3:21 pm Ilena Levy: elana is just one more person who hones poetry to crack through the deep deceptions rampant in our already corroded and corrosive system poisoning all of us. her latest book of poems: “Legacies and Heresies with Blessings”.

#24 3:22 – 3:32 pm Peter Krug has been writing songs since the early 60’s. He recorded with Joe Mc Donald pre-Fish. Peter has a song in “Rise Up Singing”. Email: pakrug@hotmail.com

#25 3:33 – 3:43 pm Bryan Uhlenbrock has been involved in the local folk music community for more than a decade. He’s one of the many volunteers who put on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival and the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival. During the standard work week, he sells guitars, mandolins, banjos, and many other stringed instruments to music stores all over the country, as a Sales Rep for Saga Musical Instruments.

#26 3:44 – 3:54 pm Molly Thomas is a seasoned singer-songwriter in the Bay Area music scene. mollyzart@yahoo.com

#27 3:55 – 4:05 pm Dolores Helman: Mother of 3, grandmother of 5, a great-grandmother, and teacher of too many to count for over 40 years. Taught pre-schoolers up to high school in Md, Alameda Unified, Berkeley and Oakland. Choreographer and old time hoofer. Met Gene Herman on the dance floor at Ashkenaz.

4:05 – 4:15 MC #3: Selma Spector (aka Mrs. T. Bill Banks) In an attempt to be fair, Mrs. T. Bill Banks of the 1% has been invited to emcee. She will most likely annoy and alienate a large percentage of our audience. She is a long time activist and she was a veteran performer with the notorious and legendary “Plutonium Players”.

#28 4:16 – 4:26 pm Gene Herman started writing poetry in the early 70’s, evolving from love poems to politics, nature and sailing; he is published on both coasts. Gene is a long time member of the Fellowship, has twice been President of the Board of Trustees, and is especially proud of being co-founder of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center located here at BFUU. See Gene’s new Poetry Video at Vimeo & YouTube!

#29 4:27 – 4:37 pm Pat Wynne is the director of the Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus. She is a voice teacher, a composer, a performer and member of Locals 6 & 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians. Pat Wynne’s musical mission is to create a new canon of labor music that better reflects the diversity of our working population. Pat Wynne’s musical collaborator is Bernard Gilbert. http://www.laborchorus.com

#30 4:38 – 4:48 pm Raybob Bowman is from South Lake Tahoe, where he plays as sideman with a few classic rock & country bands playing bass, steel guitar, or electric guitar. Raybob has served as music leader in a few churches until he challenged the pastor with Bible verses that shot holes in their doctrines. Left churches, continued his study of the bible and other books such like Kebra Nagast, which led him to the truth of Jah Rastafari. He’s protesting the religious church system, which he claims is the “Babylon system”. See Raybob Bowman web site: http://www.reverbnation.com/raybobbowman
Contact: raybob@tube-tone.com or 530-539-4155 at 1175 Melba St, S. Lake Tahoe,CA 96150.

#31 4:49 – 4:59 pm Connie “Pwl” Walck Tyler is a writer, composer and piano teacher here in Berkeley. Now the Dove Flies was written right after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Pwll is looking for singers for a new project. Email: connie@deephum.com Website: http://www.deephum.com Phone: (510) 849-0788.

#32 5:00 – 5:10 pm Country Joe McDonald is known as leader of Country Joe and the Fish and for his performance at Woodstock. Joe has worked for veterans rights and other causes too numerous to mention. It was Joe’s idea to create this festival. He just completed a new CD! Website: http://www.countryjoe.com Email: joe@countryjoe.com

#33 5:11 – 5:21 pm Randy Berge is a gifted guitarist who performs original songs, Dead favorites, blues-rooted & psychedelic tinged Americana. His lead guitar work is prominently featured on Hali Hammer’s new CD, “Eclectic Circus”.

#34 5:22 – 5:32 pm Kaanii with Larry & Billy: A lifelong musician, earth mama and rabble rouser, Kaanii (pronounced as Connie) Powell Cleaver left Berkeley in the mid-1970s and recently moved home after almost 40 years away. Larry Luthi is a San Francisco native and a regular member of the all-original band, The Sound Field. Our friend Billy Alford is an accomplished studio musician who’s visiting from his home base of Austin, Texas.

#35 5:33 – 5:43 pm Ken Hayes plays a mix of original songs and old standards in an Americana vein. He’s a major organizer for the San Francisco Folk Music Club, and the Free Folk Festivals too.

#36 5:44 – 5:54 pm Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community song leader. She was a pioneering voice in the emerging Women’s Cultural Movement of the 70’s and 80’s, singing at national and international festivals, and joining voices with artists such as Holly Near, Bernice Reagan, Malvina Reynolds, Pete Seeger. and others. After Sept 11, 2001, Betsy helped create “Singing For Peace”, groups of non-professional singers gathering at Bay Area transit stations, singing songs of healing and peace. Betsy Rose recordings available here tonight! Websites: http://www.betsyrosemusic.org & http://www.mindfulsongs.org Email: betsy@betsyrosemusic.org 510-684-7507

#37 5:55 – 6:05 pm Marcus Duskin has been singing protest songs since the age of 9. He is the founder of the acoustic protest band Folk This! 415-378-7235 e-mail marcusd@igc.org

#38 6:06 – 6:16 pm Carol Denney is a prize-winning lyricist, guitarist, concertina stylist, and old-time fiddler. Her humor and her civil rights work have been honored by the City of Berkeley and the Augusta Music Heritage Festival of West Virginia. Website: http://www.caroldenney.com Contact: 510-548-1512

#39 6:17 – 6:27 pm Anna deLeon is a longtime jazz and blues singer and the former proprietor of Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley. And she is a justice worker; she sings for what she believes in. Website: http://www.AnnadeLeon.com

#40 6:28 – 6:38 pm Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area rallies, marches, BART stations and Mondays at the Tax the Rich Rally on Solano. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination.

#41 6:39 – 6:49 pm Mari (M-A-R-I) Mack: whose birth name “Tamburo” means literally, “drum” in Italian – is a born communicator whose musical influences range from Malvena Reynolds and Pete Seeger to Aretha Franklin. Pet peeves: unqualified Categorical Exemptions to CEQA (California Environmental Awareness Act) Website: http://www.marimackmusic.com 415-789-MARI

#42 6:50 – 7:00 pm Larry Poole: Larry was known in elementary school for being the one who sat in the back of the class and couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. His favorite class was fourth grade singing hour when he sat in the front of the class. At recess his favorite song was: “Mine eyes have seen the burning of the school, we have tortured all the teachers and broken all the rules.” Larry Poole Contact info: 707-795-7617 Email: larepole@gmail.com

7:00 – 8:00 pm 1 Hour break (7:50 MC blink lights; ask people to take their seats)

8:00 – 8:10 MC #4: Chris Chandler

Chris Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the US and Canada as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice. He has been called, “America’s best kept secret” by someone really important who would prefer to remain anonymous. Website: http://www.chrischandler.org

#43 8:11 – 8:21 pm Rui Gouveia got lucky and just went from the waiting list to performer list!

#44 8:23 – 8:33 pm Funky Nixons: Long time Berkeley Joke Rock comedy dance band – house band for the homeless at People’s Park. 510 849-1255

#45 8:34 – 8:44 pm Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter in the Broadside magazine tradition. Vic broke the “Phil Ochs’ FBI File” FOIA story on the cover in 1982. He interviewed Phil Ochs in May 1973 in DC. Days ago Vic created a video of that audio and posted it at Vic Sadot & Truth Troubadour YouTube Channels. Vic fronted the Crazy Planet Band & Planete Folle Band whose releases are at CD Baby. Blogs: Broadside Balladeer – political folk songs; Berkeley Calling – the living free speech tradition of Berkeley; Truth Troubadour – deep politics. http://www.vicsadot.com BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com

#46 8:45 – 8:55 pm Harbinger (Isaiah McLane, Alex Ristic, Monroe Lawson, Chrisbaby Ferrara)

#47 8:56 – 9:06 pm Yvette O’Tannenbaum is a well-known fiddle player in Bay Area folk circles.

#48 9:07 – 9:17 pm Dan Cunningham sang in rock bands in New York in the seventies. After moving to the Bay Area, he took up the guitar and resurfaced as a singer/guitarist in blues bands in the late nineties. In the last five years, he has taken up an acoustic guitar, playing urban folk, acoustic rock, and blues… writing original songs, like the two he will perform tonight. Dancunningham69@gmail.com

#49 9:18 – 9:28 pm Hali Hammer is well-versed in presenting an assortment of moods and styles, Hali is an award winning singer-songwriter who enjoys writing and playing a wide variety of music. She has performed for peace and political causes for over 3 decades. Hali has a brand new CD, “Eclectic Circus”, available now! Lots of info at http://www.halihammer.com and at http://www.occupella.org

#50 9:29– 9:39 pm Karl Pascal: Vociferating against the advancing VACCINOCRACY at rallies from the steps of the State Capitol, to the Golden Gate Bridge, to the front door of KPFA, Karl Pascal has been on the front lines of the movement against SB 277, the extreme new vaccination law that annihilates medical freedom and will heedlessly kick 225,000 healthy students out of California schools. Please find Karl and sign his petition to Repeal SB 277! Youtube channel: Nosbztt Now. Email: nosbztt@gmail.com

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Make checks payable to BFUU. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all participants and to our key motivator, Country Joe McDonald. Sound by Dominic Jeffries. Salute to our BFUU Office Staff Susan Macke & Deborah Hamouris for solid support & quality work! Thanks to Tim Kerr and The Berkeley Times! Thanks to Trader Joe’s! And especially to everyone who volunteered on the BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL Event Team, THANK YOU ALL!

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Country Joe McDonald in 2007.

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

Phil Ochs 1973 Interview Audio to Video Project Gets Promoted at Celebrating Phil Ochs

New Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel post gets promoted by webmaster Shannon Hammock at the new web site to celebrate Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th birthday on Dec 19, 2015.

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. 

SUMMARY OF CONTENT: This interview took place in Washington, DC on WGTB Radio with Rich Lang, Host of Interface, a WGTB Public Affairs Program; Vic Sadot, Interviewer; Sound Engineer: Skip Pizzi. (Total time interview: 28 min, 54 sec)
Rich Lang announces “Interface” show and introduces Phil Ochs and Vic Sadot. Vic explains that Phil is in DC for a week long engagement at The Cellar Door. He then asks Phil about Watergate and what the Senate and the press are doing. Phil talks about “the Watergate conspiracy”, the possibility of impeachment of President Richard Nixon; Rich asks Phil what about Vice President Spiro Agnew; Nixon in the polls, the significance of Attorney General John Mitchell admitting to breaking the law. Phil expresses surprise that Judge Sirica pursued the Watergate case thus far, talks of the lack of character of Eliot Richardson, quotes John Lennon’s song, Working Class Hero, refers to “crooks” and “creeps” (Committee to Re-Elect the President), mentions FBI Director L. Patrick Gray admitting to having destroyed evidence, refers to the break-in to the office of Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg. Phil talks about his appearance on a TV show called “Panorama” the day before and what members of the international press, who were also on that show, were saying about the “Nixon scandal”. Phil comments on the superior nobility and utility of a parliamentary vote of no confidence compared to the impeachment process offered in the US Constitution.

Phil Ochs sings Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon, an update of a song he had previously written and released as Here’s to the State of Mississippi. Only Lyrics in white text on black background during the song segment.

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Vic Sadot asks Phil Ochs about his travels in recent years. Phil covers the globe with his commentary on Vietnam and Cambodia, and his report on his most recent travels to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Thailand, the Phillipines, “and Philadelphia”. Phil describes the struggle going on in Chile. Salvador Allende, a socialist who nationalized the copper mines, a great national asset of Chile, that had come to be owned by ITT Anaconda. This interview is in May 1973, 4 months before the coup by General Pinochet, when ITT and CIA activities against the Chilean government are being discussed. The coup came on September 11, 1973. Phil cites the assassination of the head of the Chilean Armed Forces (General René Schneider) as a “false flag” operation to make it seem like the newly elected socialist government was attacking the Chilean military. Phil talks about the movie “State of Siege” and the nature of the movement in South America. He describes the tactics of the Tupamaros in Uruguay, and tells the story of being at a university in Uruguay when it was surrounded by the army and shots were exchanged. Phil tells about being tracked and interfered with by Interpol and being taken to a prison. We discuss the role of universities in South America. He says that folk singers make the juke box but it is still mostly romantic subjects rather than political. Phil talks about the CIA financing of a spiritual movement in Chile to drain youth from the revolutionary political movement in Chile. (There may have been more in this interview, but it appears that WGTB’s reel to reel tape ran out here.)

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Berkeley Art House: Rovics-Drooker Concert for Tristan Anderson

Berkeley Art House Hosted a David Rovics – Eric Drooker Concert for Tristan Anderson

Click here to see Justice for Tristan on Facebook for Updates. There is a rally scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland from 4-7 pm: 4 pm Free Feast!; 5 pm Speakers; 6 pm 5th Anniversary March in Solidarity with Tristan Anderson & Palestine! Oscar Grant Plaza is a a 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) public space formerly known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and it was the home of Occupy Oakland. It is located where San Pablo Avenue converges with Broadway and 14th Street. Justice4Tristan@gmail.com 

Berkeley’s Art House, formally known as “Art House Gallery & Cultural Center” is an institutional gem of an asset for Berkeley. It was founded by Harold Adler, who is well-known for his photography. Although the Art House Gallery seems to be situated in a very commercial area at 2905 Shattuck Ave, the city has lately required that the sound system be cut off at 8 pm. So the concerts of yesteryear with full bands amplified are no longer held in the evening. Singers just have to project as loud as they can in the room that seems capable of seating 30-50 people by my guess. Audiences there tend to be quiet and attentive during the performances anyway. Upcoming shows listed at the Art House Gallery website show Poetry Unbounded #10 set for Sunday March 2 from 5-8 pm with Joan Gelfand,  David Shadduck, and Todd TemkinRon Thompson is scheduled for a concert on Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm. You can follow or subscribe at http://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com

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The event held yesterday, Sunday, Feb 23, was a benefit for activist Tristan Anderson that featured David Rovics and Eric Drooker, who also happen to be old friends from New York. Tristan delivered a short slide show about his Central American travels that predated his injury in Palestine by an Israeli soldier firing a tear gas grenade into his skull. It is easy to overlook that Tristan was a long-time rights activist before he became more widely known as a result of his injuries in Palestine. He is partially paralyzed now. He sat in a wheel-chair in his hoodie. Nonetheless, his recovery was described as “miraculous considering the extent of his injuries”, according to his stalwart friend Ayre. A law suit is proceeding, and it was mentioned that, so far, they have been unsuccessful in discovering which Israeli troop fired the shot at Tristan’s head. It happened after a demonstration was well finished and was therefore considered quite intentional, stated Ayre. There is an ongoing civil case against the State of Israel and they need funds to push that forward.

David Rovics with his daughter Leila and pet rabbit having a chat with Tristan Anderson after the concert at Art House 2-23-14

David Rovics with his daughter Leila and pet rabbit having a chat with Tristan Anderson after the concert at Art House 2-23-14

David Rovics gave a stellar performance of original topical songs. He is the closest artist to a Broadside Balladeer like Phil Ochs that I can think of today in that he is incredibly prolific on a broad swath of controversial subjects and not afraid to take them on. The songs he performed at Art House included a couple of songs shouted out to him by his little daughter Leila who is traveling with him on this California road trip. She wanted to hear the song about the famous Greek protest dog, “Riot Dog”. There’s an article in David’s “Songwriter’s Blog” titled “Travels With Leila” that shows the fatherly role that David enjoys.  In “Prism”, the name of a surveillance program of the NSA, he says, “I looked into a prism and what did I see? I saw a police state looking back at me.”    

Eric Drooker and Harold Adler enjoy talking after the concert

Eric Drooker and Harold Adler enjoy talking after the concert

Eric Drooker combined singing, banjo playing and occasionally harmonica, to accompaniment of a highly captivating slide show of scenes from his own art, which reminded me of the old wood prints. He is known for getting his art on the New Yorker magazine while also contributing art to various causes, such as Occupy Oakland and the cover of David Rovic’s latest CD. Find out more about the amazingly multi-talented Eric Drooker and see the prints that has to sell right here: http://www.drooker.com

 Drooker played one set between two by David Rovics and after Tristan’s slide show. Food was provided by Food Not Bombs. See http://www.foodnotbombs.net

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement with Palestine speaking at Art House on 2-23-14 in Berkeley

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement with Palestine speaking at Art House on 2-23-14 in Berkeley

Paul Larudee, a veteran of the Gaza Flotilla attempts to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip, and many other actions with the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, spoke briefly about the continuing human rights violations and terrible conditions in Palestine under occupation. You can read his blog here: http://www.palestinefreedom.org/speakers/paul-larudee

“Spies Are Reading My Blog” comes from his real life experience in trying to play a gig in New Zealand and being prevented from entering. Someone obviously does not like what he is singing about. “Everything Can Change” was a fitting last song. David may sing about some depressing troubles, but he is not singing for any reason other than to inspire people to participate in meaningful social change aimed at peace through justice. You can follow David Rovics by subscribing to his mailing list at his web site. http://davidrovics.com

Photo display by Harold Adler of his 2005 travels in Nicaragua

Photo display by Harold Adler of his 2005 travels in Nicaragua

Harold Adler told me about his travels in Nicaragua in 2005 when I asked him about the photo display on the inside side wall of Art House. He found it very depressing, but inspiring to see how people struggle in the most adverse conditions.

Support Berkeley Art House Gallery & Cultural Center by checking out the schedule and by subscribing to the mailing list: http://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com

There was also a conversation that I had with some Oakland activists that will motivate me to post a short blog next about something they called the Oakland wiki on  “Domain Awareness Center”. Very disturbing indeed! The post about the new Homeland Security funded corporate outsourced surveillance program coming to Oakland is now posted here in BERKELEY CALLING.