Vic Sadot joins new Progressive Majority Creative Network

Vic Sadot Artist Profile at Progressive Majority Creative Network

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https://progressivemajoritycreativenetwork.wordpress.com/vic-sadot

Vic Sadot 9/11/16 concert and reflections posted at TruthTroubadour Blog

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Cynthia Jean Johnson
and Vic Sadot of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley CA on 9/11/16 at the Opening Candle Lighting Ceremony for the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11/01 Terrorist Attacks on the United States of America.

TRUTH TROUBADOUR BLOG 9-21-16 Berkeley, CA: Veteran 9/11 Truth Singer-Songwriter Vic Sadot Organizes 9/11/16 Concert in Berkeley – This blog reports on the first segment from the 18 song concert. The focus is on how Vic came to write The BALLAD OF WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ at the suggestion of David Slesinger who he met at the July 22-24, 2005 DC Emergency Truth Convergence at three locations in Washington, DC: the National Press Club, Lafayette Square for a rally, and numerous sessions at American University. This segment is from the 9/11/16 Vic Sadot Concert Released audio recorded by David Yandle Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee as a “Truth & Justice Love Songs” solo concert by Vic Sadot. It opened with a Candle Lighting Ceremony by Cynthia Jean Johnson and Vic Sadot. Please share this blog and the new video! We thank you!  http://truthtroubadour.blogspot.com/2016/09/veteran-911-truth-singer-songwriter-vic.html

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William Rodgriguez was head janitor at the North Tower of the WTC for about 20 years. He even survived the bombing in 1993 for which the FBI was alleged to have played a major role in setting up. He came in late on 9/11/01 and threw himself into the rescue effort. He was acclaimed a hero and dined at the Bush White House until he told his story to the corporate-government press and the 9/11 Commission. Then he was shunned by that media. William Rodriguez became a leading activist and advocate for victim families and is still at that effort.

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Rob and Vic Sadot performing at the July 22-24, 2005 D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence at American University. Vic also played two new 9/11 Truth songs at the rally in Lafayette Square across from the White House: “Mad Cowboy Disease” and “Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave?” (the latter co-written with Cindy Abromowitz)

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Ray McGovern, former CIA daily briefer for several US Presidents, founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). Here he is speaking to the crowd at the D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence rally in Lafayette Square across from the White House where Vic Sadot sang his first 9/11 Truth songs. Vic went on to release a 16 song CD on 9/11/11 for the 10th Anniversary of the event titled “9/11 Truth and Justice Songs”, which remains available at CD Baby, and for which there are now videos to go with most of the songs. Some are also given away at SoundCloud by BroadsideBalladeer.

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This is Donna Marsh O’Connor on 9/11/05 at the UN demanding an independent investigation and evidence of how her pregnant daughter Vanessa Lang Langdon died in the World Trade Center. Vic Sadot sang his new song, “The Ballad of William Rodriguez” at the Dag Hammorskold Plaza right after she and William Rodriguez spoke to the crowd.

The two of them teamed up on 9/11/16 to speak out. If you click on their photos here, it will take you to their 2016 9/11 presentations for “9/11 Fifteen Years Later – What Have We Learned?” (1:42:34) Other Voices, Other Choices. Donna Marsh O’Connor Introduces Ray McGovern on 9/09/16 at Binghampton University in central New York State.

For a more detailed review of Vic Sadot’s 9/11/16 concert, we refer you to the Truth Troubadour Blog on the event.

San Francisco Mime Troupe “Schooled” July 4 Weekend

BERKELEY CALLING BLOG July 4 Weekend with SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE – The Tony Award winning SF Mime Troupe opens in Berkeley July 2 & 3 at Cedar Rose Park, then moves on over to San Francisco’s Dolores Park for the annual July 4 gathering with its 57th season premiering “Schooled”. Opening Weekend for 2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Tour.

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“Schooled” Excerpt from SF Mime Troupe: Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Livina Jones feels about her son Tom’s new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. With it’s old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and racist treatment of kids just like hers Livina believes Roosevelt is exactly the sort of school that can benefit from a little free-market common sense. The nanny-state government has failed to see students as individuals, and failed to give them the real-world skills they’ll need to get ahead. So who says it isn’t time for some big money, for-profit schooling?

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2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Schedule

Hit link above to go to the entire schedule! First Shows:

 

NO NUKE BLUES FUKUSHIMA UPDATE Video Released by Vic Sadot

Vic Sadot released a new music video on April 8, 2015 titled NO NUKE BLUES FUKUSHIMA UPDATE. Since posting at “Truth Troubadour” and “Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer” YouTube Channels, it has been posted to Vimeo, and to two French language video sharing sites with lyric and info in French. The song itself is in English. The two sites where Vic posts in French are Daily Motion and Tag Tele. The video is set to free download full non-profit use with credits and no edits under a Creative Commons Copyright. It was posted to two Russian sites already! They must remember Chernobyl.

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The original “No Nuke Blues” was written in 1979 about the Three Mile Island accident on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The song was updated with a verse about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 in the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, a new verse needed to be written in 2011 about the ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Japan. This version has Vic Sadot on vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano accordion. Eric Golub plays a very lively violin. This recording was done in Robot Envy Studio in Berkeley, CA by Sammy Fielding as sound engineer.

Chizu Hamada of the No Nukes Action Committee speaking at PG&E Headquarters in San Francisco after marching from an earlier speak-out at the entrance to the Japanese Consulate.

Chizu Hamada of the No Nukes Action Committee speaking at PG&E Headquarters in San Francisco after marching from an earlier speak-out at the entrance to the Japanese Consulate.

NO NUKE BLUES FUKUSHIMA UPDATE (4:43) Vic Sadot at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel.

 

Nuclear terror comes to the pristine Susquehanna River valley. But how many people realized the danger at the time?

Nuclear terror comes to the pristine Susquehanna River valley in Pennsylvania,

a major tributary of the wonderful Chesapeake Bay Watershed Area.

But how many people realized the danger at the time?

Here are the lyrics! Please feel welcome to share this message! 

私たちは英語を話すし、歌詞と曲の無料のスタジオ録音であるGのキーで簡単なチューニングするために歌われることができシンコペーションで日本人に歌なしハァハァブルースを変換するためにギターを果たしている日本のミュージシャンを探していますこのサウンドクラウドリンクで

No Nuke Blues – Fukushima Update

They’re talkin’ ’bout a meltdown up the river from my home (Three Mile Island,1979)

The Susquehanna’s beautiful! But it might be time to roam!

Evacuate the area for miles around, or stay?

I wonder what this crazy world is comin’ to today!

Chorus: Sing along! It’s call and response!

No Nuke Blues! (Repeat it: “No Nuke Blues!”)

No Nuke News! (Repeat it: “No Nuke News!”) 2X

It’s time to choose! Refuse to lose!

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The situation’s “stable” now… That’s what the “experts” say…

They say a meltdown’s “possible”, but it’s “safe enough to stay”…

Well, this kind of “stability” ain’t safe enough for me!

I’m gonna pack up all I can, and move my family

chorus – instrumental verse – chorus

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They’re talkin’ ’bout a meltdown in the USSR! (Chernobyl,1986)

The way that radiation spreads… That really ain’t so far!

Chernobly’s an example of berserk technology!

Let’s go for solar power now and safer energy!  (chorus)

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Chieko Shiina was a traditional farmer in the Fukushima area who became a well-known activist and speaker against nuclear power in Japan. Here she is speaking in San Luis Obispo, California in solidarity with groups calling for the shut down of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant. Diablo is built in a similar situation to Fukushima in that it is over an earthquake fault on the Pacific shoreline.

Chieko Shiina was a traditional farmer in the Fukushima area who became a well-known activist and speaker against nuclear power in Japan. Here she is speaking in San Luis Obispo, California in solidarity with groups calling for the shut down of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant. Diablo is built in a similar situation to Fukushima in that it is over an earthquake fault on the Pacific shoreline. Video screenshot by Vic Sadot.

They say earthquakes and tidal waves messed up the best of plans! (Fukushima, 2011)

There are deadly radiation leaks from Fukushima in Japan!

Contamination’s spreading through the land, the air, and sea!

It’s time to put an end to this insane nuke industry! (chorus)

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They say contamination levels “might not” be so bad…

The way they play with people’s lives just makes me boilin’ mad!

There shall be a “reaction” and the chain of links will grow

People must have power, but those nukes have got to go!  (chorus 2X)

Song Copyright 1979 (1986 & 2011 Updates) Vic Sadot, BMI, Orbian Love Music

The Video is set as a Creative Commons Copyright with free download and full use with credits and no edits.

Screenshot from the video features two signs during a demonstration. One for "No Nukes Action Committee" and one for Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance that says "9/11 Truth Ends War".

Screenshot from the video features two signs during a demonstration. One for “No Nukes Action Committee” and one for Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance that says “9/11 Truth Ends War”.

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“SHUTDOWN – Why Diablo Canyon Must Be Next” (3:47) EON3 YouTube Channel (Ecological Options Network) 5-03-14. Video #1 in the “Anti-Nuke, Coal, Petroleum Energy – Pro Solar, Safe, & Sustainable Energy” Playlist in the SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel. “EON prepares fundraising for new documentary on Diablo Canyon since San Ofre was closed and the Fukushima disaster is ongoing. In this preview clip from the forthcoming EON documentary SHUTDOWN – The California-Fukushima Connection (ShutdownDoc.tv), Linda Seeley, Spokesperson for Mothers for Peace, and David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Co-Author of FUKUSHIMA – The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, explain why Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo is California’s Fukushima-waiting-to-happen.”

FREE MP3! Get it at SoundCloud! Use it! NO NUKE BLUES – Fukushima Update Version by Berkeley Broadside Balladeer Vic Sadot.  http://soundcloud.com/broadsideballadeer/no-nuke-blues-2012-fukushima

This is an earlier blog report at vicsadot dot com on the 4th Anniversary of Fukushima event that inspired the video!

Vic Sadot Leads Fukushima 4th Anniversary “No Nuke Blues” Sing Out At Japanese SF Consulate. We’re hoping to get a Japanese translation of this song that is singable! We need a Japanese musician to take that on! See the lyrics posted at “Broadside Balladeer” at SoundCloud. Blog at VicSadot.com here. In the featured photo you have left to right Cynthia Papermaster, Vic Sadot Singer-Songwriter and Chizu Hamada of the No Nukes Action Committee For current topical songs by other songwriters showcased by Vic see Truth Troubadour Showcase http://vicsadot.com/2015/03/17/vic-sadot-leads-fukushima-4th-anniversary-no-nuke-blues-sing-out-at-japanese-sf-consulate

No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update at YouTube. Info Update at Last FM by BroadsideBallad

http://www.last.fm/user/broadsideballad/journal/2015/04/09/6i7ztm_no_nuke_blues_fukushima_update_(4:43)_truth_troubadour_youtube

Recommended Groups and Links for Education and Activism

Against Nuclear Power and For Safe and Renewable Energy

No Nukes Action Committee – We are concerned individuals and groups against the world wide nuclear renaissance. We started organizing after May 7th 2011, and formed No Nukes Action Committee  to keep our voices out in solidarity with the struggles around nuclear issues.

私たちは世界的な原子力ルネッサンスに反対の意思を表明する様々な個人と団体の集まりです。2011年5月7日にサンフランシスコで組織された反原発・反核抗議行動から引き継いで、No Nukes Action Action Committeeという名前のもとに、原子力に反対する声をあげていくことにしました。

www.nonukesaction.wordpress.com

Friends of the Earth – Shutting Down Diablo Canyon: Concerns over the proposed construction of nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon were an impetus for David Brower to found Friends of Earth in 1969. Since then, more information about the seismic activity near the two aging reactors has made it increasingly clear that Diablo Canyon should never have been built on its current site. The tremendous and unnecessary risk these reactors pose to public health and the environment necessitates that they be shut down.

http://www.foe.org/projects/climate-and-energy/nuclear-reactors

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (805) 773-3881: San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a non-profit organization concerned with the local dangers involving the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and with the dangers of nuclear power, weapons and waste on national and global levels. Additionally, Mothers for Peace works to promote peace and a nuclear-free, carbon-free world, utilizing conservation and sustainable resources.

http://mothersforpeace.org

Nuclear Free California Network – Committed to shutting down Diablo Canyon reactors – Sunset for nuclear power in California.

http://nonukesca.net

Fukushima Bay Area Response – Fukushima Response Bay Area is part of a global effort to bring public awareness to the planet-threatening crisis still unfolding at Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and to press for a real solution.

www.fukushimaresponsebayarea.org

EON Ecological Options Network: “Nuclear Free Planet Campaign” – The threat to democracy and bio-survival posed by nuclear weapons and power technologies, two sides of one deadly coin, has been a prime focus of our work since 1982. EON has a powerful and effective media education on the internet, including Facebook and YouTube, as well as their home site. Their videos are quality productions!

http://www.eon3.net/nukefree_planet/nuclear_free_planet.html

Nuke Free News for the Green Revolution – We work to stop the construction of new atomic reactors, and to close those now in operation. We seek a truly green-powered Earth, run entirely on renewables and efficiency. Editor Harvey Wasserman.

http://www.nukefree.org

MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) – For three decades, MUSE has influenced individuals, businesses and governments to avoid a nuclear nightmare with development of clean, safe power.

www.musiciansunited4safeenergy.org

Fukushima Poetry – Words Fly Away Compiled by Holly Harwood

www.fukushimapoetry.wordpress.com

Veteran activist Harvey Wasserman on transitioning to Solartopia

www.Solartopia.org

Sayanara Nukes – Goodbye Nukes in Japan

さようなら原発1000万人アクション | 脱原発で持続可能・平和な

http://sayonara-nukes.org

Japanese National Re-running Blocking Network 再稼働阻止全国ネットワーク

http://saikadososhinet.sakura.ne.jp

Fukushima Action Network in Japan

http://fukushimaaction.com

SOLAR TIMES by Sandy Leon Vest – SolarTimes is an independent energy publication that looks at energy from a progressive, humanitarian perspective. SolarTimes’ editorial mission is – but is not limited to – the raising of public awareness and the education and empowerment of citizens regarding energy, as a human rights issue.

http://www.solartimes.org

Stop PG&E’s Seismic Testing at Diablo Canyon by The Great Whale Conservancy – PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) of California has applied for a permit to conduct seismic testing of the sea floor just offshore of the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power facilities. They propose to drag an array of 20 air canons that would emit 250-decibel blasts every 20 seconds for 42 consecutive days. Although no one can predict with any certainty the damage that will be done, PG&E’s proposal anticipates the likely deaths of hundreds of marine mammals, including many Great Whales. Blues, humpbacks, fin whales, and grey whales are all expected to be in the area, as well as numerous species of dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. The violent concussions from the air canons will blow out the ear drums of any marine mammals close by, and the painful injuries and death that will follow will be horrific. There will also be significant impacts on fish stocks, and the local fishing fleet and tourism industries that depend on the presence of the fish and marine mammals are up in arms. http://www.greatwhaleconservancy.org/stop-pges-seismic-testing-diablo-canyon

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

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

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

Fukushima Poetry at Word Press

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

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

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

Ratepayer Boycott Campaign to Close Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant

Home site for EON (Ecological Options Network) 

EON3 YouTube Site

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

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

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

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

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

 

Québec – California Solidarity Shines in Richmond

Group photo outside the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond after the gathering organized by the Sunflower Alliance. "Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster! - Starting Fossil Free Solutions!" From Lac-Mégantic, Québec to Richmond, California! SATURDAY, March 1, 2o14 at Bobby Bowens  Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA

Group photo outside the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond after the gathering organized by the Sunflower Alliance. “Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster! – Starting Fossil Free Solutions!” From Lac-Mégantic, Québec to Richmond, California! SATURDAY, March 1, 2o14 at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA. Photo by Brooke Anderson. Hit the photo to see her Facebook page: “Stills of Our Stories & Struggles”

A devastating and tragic oil train derailment, explosions, and intense raging fires came crashing into the little town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, Canada on the night of July 6, 2013. In the aftermath, citizens from the town began to find their collective voice and to organize themselves. One of them spoke in Richmond to a large crowd at the Barry Bowers Center in Richmond, CA on March 1, 2014.

A train rolling throught lovely downtown Lac-Megantic sometime before the oil train derailment, explosions and fires of July 6, 2013. Photo Montreal CTV News

A train rolling throught lovely downtown Lac-Megantic sometime before the oil train derailment, explosions and fires of July 6, 2013. Photo Montreal CTV News

Marilaine Savard told the story and showed photos from her home town tragedy. An unattended 74-car freight train transporting the most volatile of crude oil was parked at night on a steep incline a few miles from town. Somehow the train’s brakes failed and it ran away and picked up speed until it derailed as it took a curve in the center of the quaint little town located in the Eastern Townships of the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s very close to the border of Maine and next to a beautiful lake also named Lac-Mégantic. The train derailed, resulting in such intense fires and explosions of multiple tank cars that it killed 47 people who were “vaporized”. More than 30 buildings in the town’s center were destroyed turning the quaint Québec town into an inferno and into a wasteland. See the photo from before above and the photo after below.

The Sainte-Agnès Catholic Church stands unscathed next to the derailment and blast site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Pope Francis on Tuesday extended an apostolic blessing to victims, families and everyone affected by the tragedy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

The Sainte-Agnès Catholic Church stands unscathed next to the derailment and blast site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Pope Francis on Tuesday extended an apostolic blessing to victims, families and everyone affected by the tragedy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

Such was the story told by a young mother named Marilaine Savard from Lac-Mégantic, who fate cast as the spokesperson for the people of the town’s effort to respond to Big Oil and it’s conduct of criminal neglect and irresponsibility. Marilaine Savard was emotionally distraught at times. Yet she was stalwart and inspired by the outpouring of good will and “Solidarity” that she received from her new-found friends in the Chevron Oil Refinery town of Richmond, California. If any California town can feel for Lac-Mégantic it would be Richmond, which has suffered the effects of the huge oil refinery in its midst. 

Marilaine Savard, Baraka, and Pennie Opal Plant relax after the inspiring gathering in Richmond. Photo by Vic Sadot

Marilaine Savard, Baraka, and Pennie Opal Plant relax after the inspiring gathering in Richmond. Photo by Vic Sadot

Marilaine Savard, spokesperson for the Citizens Committee of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, was in the San Francisco Bay area for about a week of local speaking and organizing for alternatives to the fossil-fuel industry as well as to tell the story of her community. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin gave a fiery speech and read a formal Solidarity Proclamation from the City of Oakland to the city of Lac-Mégantic. 

Richmond, CA Mayor Gail  McLaughlin and City Council member Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles read and present the Proclamation of Solidarity to Marilaine Savard on behalf of their respective communities. Photo by Vic Sadot

Richmond, CA Mayor Gail McLaughlin and City Council member Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles read and present the Proclamation of Solidarity to Marilaine Savard on behalf of their respective communities. Photo by Vic Sadot

Mayor McLaughlin is part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance which has transformed Richmond from an oil “company town” to a leading city standing up to Wall St bank foreclosures and Chevron corruption and pollution. Her second term as mayor is currently dealing with the aftermath of the damages for the August 6, 2013 Chevron refinery explosion and fire that resulted in 15,000 going to the hospital.

Photo by David Charron in Maclean's Canadian National Weekly

Photo by David Charron in Maclean’s Canadian National Weekly

Also speaking: Antonia Juhasz, leading oil industry expert, policy-analyst, award winning journalist, and author of three books: including ‘The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must do to Stop It.’  George Monterrey, a grassroots community leader of the Pittsburg Ethics Council, which is fighting the Wespac crude mega-transfer-storage facility in Pittsburg, CA to supply expanding Bay Area refineries with fracked and tar sands crude oil by rail, pipeline and tanker. Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay Solidarity, from Richmond, CA “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honor Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water”. The MC was Andres Soto, KPFA’s Morning Mix host, writer at Richmond Confidetial, and Communities for a Better Environment Richmond organizer. David Solnit of Arts for Change talked about how some discussions months ago led to these connections with newly activated people in Québec.

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The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson & Montreal CTV News Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Fires & Explosions Disaster 07-06-13

Publicity for the event stated that “Fossil Fuels are a disaster, from fracking and tar sands extraction to transport in rail cars, pipelines and tankers; to refining; to burning; to climate change-caused drought, heatwaves, fires, floods, and super-storms that are wrecking our communities and planet”. The panel addressed questions related to this theme: “How can we move from “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) to “Not On Planet Earth” (NOPE)? How can we STOP fossil fuel disasters and START fossil-fuel free solutions?”

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Lac-Mégantic wide angle photo Montreal CTV News Oil Train Fires & Explosions Disaster 07-06-13

Sponsored by Sunflower Alliance. Cosponsored by Richmond Progressive Alliance, Bay Area 350.org, and Communities for a Better Environment.

The Facebook event page was titled “Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster–Starting Fossil Free Solutions” From Lac-Mégantic to Pittsburg to Richmond, CA. How do we create connectedness and solidartity and an end to the attitude of “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) to a wiser and more engaging attitude of “Not On Planet Earth” (NOPE). A lively teach-in it was! 

A gathering earlier in the week when the Solidarity Banner was unfurled. People signed their names and short statements on the banner to be taken back to Québec. I wrote "Bon Courage!"

A gathering earlier in the week when the Solidarity Banner was unfurled. People signed their names and short statements on the banner to be taken back to Québec. I wrote “Bon Courage!