The Berkeley “Ban the Bomb!” Video is out! The 2nd Edition of the Berkeley Peace Symbol commemoration has lots of cool special effects! Slightly re-titled, you can find it listed as “Berkeley Celebrates the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol” at the YouTube channel called “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY”.
The Sound and Recording Audio work in Fellowship Hall was by David Yandle. Post Production Audio & Video work was contributed by Vic Sadot. Now it’s posted to the internet! We need YOU to help us get this information and these links distributed! Note: Every photo on this page is linked to another related site full of information or music.
This video is 58 minutes in length and it will be set for Creative Commons free download so that it can be used in a non-profit manner by activists to schedule it on their local Public Access Cable TV stations. It is indeed educational in that it deals with a subject avoided by the corporate media, the hugely profitable and extremely dangerous nuclear arms race. Refer questions to Vic Sadot at email@example.com.
Born out of fear of nuclear mass destruction, the Peace Symbol has become an essential part of our Peace Movement. How was it created? Who did it? What was the moment of historical context in which this now well-known symbol was created?
It was Gerald Herbert Holten who created the Peace Symbol using navy semaphore flag signals as the basis for the design. The Peace Symbol was first used on February 21, 1958 in support of the “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament“ in a march of 10,000 people from London to Aldermaston. Gerald Holten had been a conscientious objector during World War II. He was a graduate of the Royal College of Art.
Poet Arnie Passman and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists invited poets, singer-songwriters, and comedians to celebrate the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol! The history of the birth of the “Band the Bomb” movement in the UK and the need for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be pressed forward are discussed.
The Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol was on “Presidents’ Day”, Monday, Feb 20, 2017. Veteran BFUU Social Justice Committee activist Cynthia Jean Johnson welcomed the small audience who came to Fellowship Hall on that rainy day.
The obligations of signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the need for all nuclear countries to sign and participate, are explained in this video.
The gathering was fortunate to have a formidable poet like Frances L. Hillyard. Frances contributed several thought and emotion provoking poems, including poems about The Statue of Liberty; the view of a woman suffering the violence and turmoil in the city of Jenin in Palestine; a revolutionary salute to Mumia Abu Jamal; and the charming and hopeful “Dove of Light”. A separate 10 minute video of her performance has been posted!
A wonderful, inspirational, community sing-along was led by Berkeley’s beloved “Save the Post Office” organizer, Hali Hammer. The event closed with Christine Driftwood‘s implanting of a vision of possible uses of the Peace Symbol in Berkeley!
Hali Hammer kicked off her presentation by promoting a new website for the Progressive Majority Creative Network at WordPress. It’s a networking site for artists who are ready and willing to sing and speak truth to power! Click on Hali’s photo to link to her home site! Her songs are listed below in the list of “Performers & Participants”.
Chizu Hamada is a long-time San Francisco Bay Area activist against nuclear weapons and power. She works with Steve Zeltzer of KPFA’s WorkWeek Radio and the Labor Video Project, and thousands of other concerned citizens of many countries in various organizations, but principally she works with No Nukes Action Committee. The group has protest rallies outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco at 3 pm on the 11th of every month since the nuclear catastrophe first happened on March 11, 2011. Since March 11, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history there should be a larger than usual turn-out. What’s more is that the emergency is an ongoing radioactive disaster that continues to contaminate land, air, and sea, and continues to threaten all living creatures that depend on these elements of nature for sustenance.
Participants in the Berkeley Celebration of the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol:
(1) Welcoming by Cynthia Jean Johnson; (2) Vic Sadot – Two Bob Dylan Songs: The Times They Are A Changin’ & Masters of War; Ban the Bomb Oratory: “Do You Realize?”; (3) Karen Dewald – Reflections on the history of the nuclear disarmament movement, the origins of the Peace Symbol, and some discussion of concerns and expectations in the Trump era; (4) Frances Hillyard Poems. Note: Some beautiful screenshot photos in the Jenin poem by Frances L. Hillyard were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary, who lives in Jenin, Palestine, and posts on YouTube and Facebook; (5) Brian Brackney recommends prolific writer Lawrence Wittner’s books on the nuclear disarmament movement; (6) Hali Hammer Announces the “Progressive Majority Creative Network”. Sings original compositions “I Refuse To Believe” & “We Will Rise Together”. Leads Communal Sing Out! “Down By The Riverside”, “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” (Phil Ochs), “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” (Pete Seeger), “Draft Dodger Rag” (Phil Ochs), “If I Had A Hammer” (Lee Hays); (7) Christine Driftwood shares her Vision of an Illuminated Peace Sign in the Berkeley Hills, at People’s Park, or along the Interstate Highway.
Various links below should be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about these subjects, individuals, and organizations. There’s a bounty to be harvested here!
There’s a great poem about Palestine in this new video! It’s part of a 4 poem presentation by Frances Hillyard that is 10 minutes long: Frances Hillyard Poetry at Berkeley 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol (10:00) SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY.
Note: Several photos in the video of the poem by Frances L. Hillyard about the town of Jenin in Palestine were used by permission of Ahmed Alomary who lives in Jenin, Palestine. During research Vic Sadot discovered Ahmed’s YouTube video, which lists a link to the Facebook Photography Page of Ahmed Alomary. Ahmed responded affirmatively to a request for permission to take some screenshots from his video, saying that he would be pleased that people would be made more aware of what is really happening in Palestine. Here is the link to his vignette of images of the beautiful aspects of the city under pressure from the Apartheid supremacist regime following a plan for long-term expansion that involves the dispossession and subjugation of the Palestinians. Jenin Palestine (2:39) Ahmed ALomary YouTube & Photos All Rights Reserved. photos from jenin palestine with background music naseer shamma palestinian heritage.
Ahmed Alomary manages to capture the beauty in the city and countryside around Jenin. But the Zionist expansion is constantly pressing into their territories with colonizers who are euphemistically called “settlers”. And the IDF is always nearby to enforce “The Law In These Parts” (An Israeli film that was screened at the annual Jewish Film Festival in Berkeley, California).
Here are some links to the books by Lawrence Wittner who was recommended by Brian Brackney:
The Struggle Against the Bomb: Resisting the Bomb – A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970 (Stanford Nuclear Age) Hardcover – December 1, 1997 by Lawrence Wittner (Author)
Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) 1st Edition by Lawrence S. Wittner
The Struggle Against the Bomb: One World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953 (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) Paperback – March 1, 1995 by Lawrence Wittner
Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) by Lawrence Wittner
Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement, 1933-1983 Paperback – May 24, 1984 by Lawrence Wittner
Hali Hammer Music Sites:
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Truth Troubadour (Dec 2, 2016) – 18 songs sung by Vic Sadot. Featuring Eric Golub.
9/11 TRUTH & JUSTICE SONGS (9/11/11) by “TRUTH TROUBADOUR” VIC SADOT
Broadsides & Retrospectives CD (2005) by Vic Sadot at CD Baby
Comin’ Home CD (1997) Cajun/Zydeco & Louisiana R&B by Vic Sadot & Planète Folle at CD Baby
Full Spectrum Dominance (6:04) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” This song was written by Vic Sadot for the 4-10-11 visit of Bruce Gagnon to speak at Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA. Bruce is the founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, Eric Golub is on violin. Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”! If you click on the photo above, the link goes to the video that Vic Sadot made for this song.
“Truth Troubadour” is the title of Vic Sadot’s latest CD with 18 songs. Truth Troubadour is the most acoustic and reflective CD of the 4 CD’s that he has posted since first teaming with DiscMakers and CD Baby in 1997. Seventeen of the 18 songs on Truth Troubadour are duos with Vic on guitar and vocals, and some piano accordion on several songs. Eric Golub contributes his formidable talents on various stringed instruments: viola, violin, and 2 ukuleles. It’s a mix of broadside ballads and sweet love songs. Truth Troubadour was published to CD Baby on Dec 2, 2016.
The first press announcement was at VicSadot.com calling for reviews!
Left My Mind is the lead-off song and the only rocker on the CD. Like Lori, a gentle poetic love song, Left My Mind was written by Joe Sadot, who passed in 1978 at age 26. Left My Mind was recorded in Delaware with Rob Sadot, Dean Banks, and Rob Hunter at Rob’s Tune Room Studios. Everything else was recorded at Ancient Owl Audio (formerly Robot Envy Studio) with Sammy Fielding doing all of the sound recording and mixing work in Berkeley, CA. Here we have Rob Sadot recording “Full Spectrum Dominance” in Berkeley.
The 18 songs cover many topics and emotions. The reflective love songs are titled In the Harbor of Love, Lori, and Dearest Lady. The original broadside ballad topical songs are well-researched on timely topics, such as Full Spectrum Dominance, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, Selling Futures, Courage To Resist – Free Chelsea Manning, The Kidnapping Coup (Haiti 2004), and No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update.
Full Spectrum Dominance is of those songs that may take on greater significance and meaning as time goes by. The term is used by the US military and political sectors in reference to their goal of global hegemony on land, air, sea, outerspace, and cyberspace.
The line that says, “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!” is a reference to President Obama’s joke at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, May 1, 2010. It was as callous and crude as President Bush’s joke skit at the same dinner during his administration when he was joking about looking for “weapons of mass destruction” in the country he massively destroyed for being under suspicion of having them, Iraq.
Psychopaths in powerful positions seem to not have the empathic abilities that normal people have in society. Michael Moore reported on it here: Obama Jokes About Killing Jonas Brothers With Predator Drones (00:29) mmflint channel: “The Jonas Brothers are here. (Applause.) They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. (Laughter.) I have two words for you, predator drones. (Laughter) You will never see it coming. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)”
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. The line-up for this October 2012 session was Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, Rob Sadot on electric guitar, and Eric Golub is on violin. “Full Spectrum Dominance makes us all the “enemy”!
Selling Futures (4:32) Vic Sadot & Eric Golub on Truth Troubadour CD at CD Baby YouTube Channel. Published on Dec 11, 2016 – Provided to YouTube by CDBaby.
“We’ve got socialism for the rich; competition for the rest…
What kind of social system leaves so many dispossessed? …
If we should ever take it in our hearts to share this great Land of the Free,
It would be like Woody Guthrie said: This land was made for you and me!”
See Woody Guthrie Center to learn more about his legacy in American folk music.
The Kidnapping Coup is a broadside ballad that tells the story of the US military intervention in Haiti in 2004 to overthrow the elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Party. He and his wife were actually blindfolded and taken to Africa on a US military jet!
Eric Golub in the Berkeley studio from a “Full Spectrum Dominance” video screenshot.
Vic chose some great songs to cover too: Changes and United Fruit (Company) by Phil Ochs, Working Class Hero by John Lennon, Masters of War by Bob Dylan, and Fayette County Snow by Greg DeCowsky. Click on the titles or on the photos below to hear these cover songs on the CD.
The Fog Watch takes you back into time before we had paved roads and it took farmers an over-night trek to deliver their harvest to the nearest local marketplace. That song was adapted from a poem by Vic’s Uncle George Reuter.
Truth Troubadour CD Credits: Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar on all 18 songs; and on piano accordion on 9, 12, 14, 17. Eric Golub on viola 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18; violin 2, 12, 13, 15, 16; ukulele on tracks 4, 5, 9, 11, 18; baritone ukulele 14 and 17. Rob Sadot on electric guitar on 1, 13, 15. Dean A. Banks on piano/bass on 1. Rob Hunter on drums/recording engineer at The Tune Room in Wilmington, DE on 1. All other recording/mastering by Sammy Fielding at Ancient Owl Audio in Berkeley, CA. Back cover photo by Cecile Earle 7-22-16 at Redwood Gardens Community Room in Berkeley, CA. CD Design by Vic Sadot.
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Facebook Page Dedicated to “Truth Troubadour” CD Released in December 2016. Love songs and broadsides for the post 9/11 Trump era!
“9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” CD was released on 9/11/11 for the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 & Anthrax Crimes. The 16 songs were published on Oct 13, 2015 as a playlist at CD Baby’s YouTube Channel.
1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview: Nixon, Watergate, South America” by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicked off its Summer 2016 Season to a large crowd in Berkeley’s Cedar-Rose Park on July 2 and 3. Then they packed everything up and did a show in Dolores Park in San Francisco on July 4. “Schooled” (6:34) is the title of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Summer 2016 musical play.
Vic Sadot created a short video (6:33) made from photos and short clips at the end of the show on July 3 at Cedar Rose Park. It has been posted at Vic Sadot YouTube and Truth Troubadour YouTube. The lyrics are full of one line gems that pack a lot of impact in the whole context of the storyline. Ira Marlowe runs a little Berkeley club called The Monkey House, and he is one of the most prolific songwriters in the SF Bay Area. Daniel Savio is the Musical Director for the SFMT Summer Tour. Try to remember to get the free flyer “Schooled Lyrics”, which is separate from the program. Get both! You won’t regret it!
They will be back in Berkeley at Live Oak Park at Shattuck Ave. & Berryman St. on Saturday, July 9th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30) and Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30). To get a good seat on the grass you should get there an hour before the music and you can bring small lawn chairs and picnic stuff. The summer tour goes all the way to the grand finale at Dolores Park on September 4 and 5. There will be only one more curtain call in Berkeley at Willard Park (aka Malcolm X Park) on August 20 and 21.
It was another great combination of script writing, comedic talent, and clever song crafting. They pass out a program with all the credits and also a Song Lryics flyer for this year’s play called “Schooled” written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan. Directed by Michael Sullivan. Music & Lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Musical Direction by Daniel Savio. In “The Campaign”candidate Babbit is a Trump-like boastful character derides his oppostion saying he is: “Up against some mommy whose kid can’t make the grade… and some aging commie on the corner. Vote for Babbit! Vote for Babbit! Here’s your chance, now grab it!” Candidate Ethel retorts: This country needs citizens, awake and aware! Standing up to power and that class of billionaires! Our schools need teachers, respected and inspired! Our kids need to be taught, and not just wired!”
Will Durkee plays guitar and bass in the 3 piece SFMT Band. The actors and Troupe members go into the crowd after each play to solicit support. Their political message is able to get to the root of our social problems because they do not accept funding from corporations. The SFMT BAND is Will Durkee on guitar and bass; Dominic Moisant on percussion; and Daniel Savio on keyboards.
This new Vic Sadot video about the 2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Tour is set as a Creative Commons Copyright for Non Profit Use with Credits. “We are The San Francisco Mime Troupe! And we are in our 57th year of fighting oppression one play at a time!”, states Rotimi Agbabiaka when the play ends and it’s time to make the pitch for grass roots support.
The events are Stage Managed by Karen Runk. Scenic Design by Jay Lasnik. Costume Design by Blake More. Sound Design by Keith Arcuragi and Taylor Gonzalez. CAST OF CHARACTERS: Rotimi Agbabiaka plays Thomas Jones and Arthur Quisdedo; Velina Brown plays Lavinia Jones and Estelle Partridge; Lisa Hori-Garcia plays Fredersen J. Babbit and Michiko Chimlis; and Keiko Shimosate Carreiro plays Ethel Orocuru, Tatianna, and the Choir Student. See full credit listings at Show Bios for 2016 “Schooled” Personnel.
The key to the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s independence and artistic integrity is their San Francisco Bay Area fan-based funding. They do strategic grant fundraising that also supports the many projects they engage in. At the SFMT Merchandise Booth at every show many attractive souvenir items are available. I went for the T-Shirt this year. There is also a volunteer sign-up sheet at the merchandise booth, and you can subscribe to this unique SF Bay Area cultural project at their website. After the show, you can have a chat with the cast and crew. But on days when they have to bust everything down and haul it to the next show, they may seem weary and in a hurry. Able bodied volunteers are appreciated in most cases (lol)…
The San Francisco Mime Troupe is indeed a precious example of community theatrical resistance to war and social injustice as well as being a participatory education vehicle for citizen empowerment. Come laugh and enjoy the sunshine as you contemplate the great difference between being “educated” to be capable of doing the critical thinking needed of citizens in a democracy; and being warehoused and “schooled” to be a pawn in the plans of the super rich psycho-patholigical predatory class out to privatize every commonwealth resource and institution on the planet. SF Mime Trouple may be a rag tag organization, but their mission is to make all the difference in the world. So…
“What are you’s gonna do about it?!!!” (Fredersen J. Babbit – Corporate School Board Candidate in “Schooled” by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan)
ps I am doing my own Summer of 2016 Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign to maintain similar independence and artistic integrity intact for my own music projects. See Berkeley Calling Blog post 6-23-16: “Vic Sadot Launches IndieGoGo CD Fundraiser”. The “Truth Troubadour” CD Campaign will end on August 9! Or go directly to Vic Sadot Launches 2016 IndieGoGo Truth Troubadour CD Fundraiser Campaign June 24, 2016 for 47 days to end on Aug 9! Please share this link now to help launch this project! Come hang out here with Vic for a few minutes! Thanks! Vic Sadot