October 4, 7-10pm – Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito, CA.
Music, Latin dancing and dinner. Fundraiser for The Carter Center (remember, Carter spoke Spanish and insisted on always speaking Spanish, out of respect, to leaders of Latin America, even if he spoke with a southern y’all twang.) RSVP HERE
On October 1, 2017 a small but mighty group collected on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. A plane was creating a heart in the sky in tribute to the final day of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebrations. That day also marked President Jimmy Carter’s 93rd birthday and we were there to celebrate and launch the first “Jimmy Carter Jamboree” week with a line up of grassroots events of music, talks and public access television broadcasting, including the screening of the Swiss made film, A Road Not Taken at the Showcase Theater with the Swiss filmmakers who flew in for the events.
Carter has been called by historians the last president of the 60s era, one who lived by the ethos of what the people stood for and were willing to create in what some called the Age of Aquarius – unity, kindness and generosity, along with iconic music that continues to play today. Imagine was one . . . a song that allows to dream big and be inspired. “Imagine all the people living in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
This year, 2019, President Jimmy Carter turns 95 years old, the oldest living president who has worked his entire life demonstrating to all of us how to live a humble but meaningful life. He was visionary and was thrown under the proverbial bus during his administration. Hindsight is 20/20 vision and we have the opportunity NOW to thank him and demonstrate not just to Carter but to all politicians who represent American interests to conduct business with honesty, integrity and vision, how we will celebrate them. Let’s show the light of what we want and light a candle, and in this case, 95 of them.
For three years now Marin County has established a platform, a grassroots level, for everyone to create their own celebration. We have a Facebook page, a website and ideas for you to join in the fun. Let’s give Carter a great public celebration now and let him know his speeches of “Crisis of Confidence” is screaming today across our country.
Perhaps the 60s era was just practice. It’s time now for the Age Aquarius, an age of peace and harmony. Imagine. Just imagine. Get inspired!
EVENTS IN MARIN COUNTY (check back soon – events are building!). Write to us and let us know what your public or private events are and we’ll post and share with The Carter Center!
October 1, 7-8pm – Marin TV, San Rafael, CA; Special live, audience attended, broadcast in tribute to President Jimmy Carter’s 95th birthday. Birthday cake to share with public.
October 4; 7-10pm – Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito. Music, Latin dancing and dinner. Fundraiser for The Carter Center (remember, Carter spoke Spanish and insisted on always speaking Spanish, out of respect, to leaders of Latin America, even if it had a southern twang.
October 5; 6am to 3pm – SamaraiWolf plays a tribute at Fairfax Roastery, Fairfax, CA (SamaraiWolf has played every year for the last three in tribute to Carter). Come for coffee and sign the birthday book for Carter.
And I’m a dreamer AND believer. Are you? Join the fun with a smile on your face!
– Barbara McVeigh
Let’s get inspired for an international celebration for President Jimmy Carter’s 95th Birthday
October 1, 2019.
Let’s show our political leaders how we honor our honest, generous and peaceful leaders.
Perhaps it was in an interview I heard with the Brazilian Queen of Jazz, Flora Purim, who said it first – “we are all musicians. In the beginning of life we start with a beat, our own heart beat. Then we gain our voices. We are all musicians.”
We got a start these past two years celebrating Carter in Marin County where those who still have beating hearts came together, defying all logic, to highlight the former American president who is considered the Rock’n Roll President, one who had vision and has demonstrated compassion and worked toward peace all his life. The Town of Fairfax even issued an official proclamation.
I got to know Musicians Steve Wolf and Mason Holcomb at a little cafe in Fairfax, one of our last great hippy towns in Marin County. I listened to their words and it was like I heard the last threads of what some could call a passionate calling for humanity which we could use to stitch ourselves back together. Their band SamaraiWolf could put that howl back into our own voices and really get our hearts thumping again.
Randall Sequeria and The Dream Farmers came a long distance to play for a humble crowd. “I’ve lived a good life and need to give.” I heard Randall Sequeira say. They played their hearts out as they do for many human rights and social justice events, reminding us what’s important and what we all should be dancing to.
So, there’s this idea in this point in time when our country and planet are about to fall apart – invest in our musicians, our artists, those who remind us of our humanity, those who help get us dancing and connected in “real time,” in close connection, where we can remind ourselves what life is and should be about. And be mindful that we are all artists who can craft our future, listening to our beating hearts and our voices, if we allow ourselves to do the job.
Now is the time to move to the age of “Human Investment” instead of Stock Market/gadget gambling – to put our trust and conviction into helping other humans. Let’s help each other rise to each other’s dreams, their music, their art . . . and enter the Age of Art and Humanism at a time we need it most.
And there’s this – we ALL benefit from this type of investment when we get to be reminded of our own heartbeats and the power of our voices.
SAVE THE DATE – OCTOBER 1, 2019 – LET’S SCREAM IT AND CELEBRATE PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER – THE VISIONARY, THE FATHER OF THE SOLAR AGE AND THE ROCK’N ROLL PRESIDENT.
– Written by Barbara McVeigh.
A tribute to the Carter event will be aired on Marin TV in February in honor of Presidents’ Day 2019.
We wrapped up our final Carter Jamboree event on Sunday at the Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito with a table discussion of human rights and social justice issues on Marin County.
With music, food and great conversations, thank you to everyone who participated this year in the 2018 Jimmy Carter Jamboree events, with special appreciation to the Town Council of Fairfax, CA for issuing the proclamation of support! We’ll have more inspiration next year!
Be a rebel of peace and kindness!
Producer, Barbara McVeigh
The Town of Fairfax, California issues a proclamation honoring President Jimmy Carter. Thank you for the inspiration of great leadership for his 94th birthday – and celebrate the events lining up on Marin TV, celebrations and peace/human rights gatherings scheduled for the week in Marin County, California!
Marin County’s longest running television program (since 1976!) presents The Jimmy Carter Tribute on the eve of his 94th birthday on Marin TV.
Tues, Oct 2, 7pm – People’s Environmental News
Carter is the Father of the Solar Age. TUNE IN! We will also share Robert Redford’s 1980 film The Solar Film. Special guest Tom Strumolo is one of the original 1979 Carter roof top solar installers and today continues the solar business. Marin TV.
Wed, Oct 3, 5:30pm-11pm RSVP. FREE! Kick off Party!
Celebrate Jimmy Carter, the Rock ‘n Roll President. Dream Farmers headline at 19th Broadway in Fairfax (where fairness and facts are celebrated). (Over 21 only). We’ll be collecting donations for The Carter Center.
A teaser – The Circle by the Dream Farmers!
Peri’s Bar in Fairfax, CA
Otis Scarecroe makes a special tribute to President Jimmy Carter with his best acoustic tunes. Otis is a local favorite has stories about Carter. Time to to tune in! (Over 21 only)
Proceeds will be donated to The Carter Center which promotes democracy and human rights globally.
Special Guests include Gina Fromer, Commissioner of Human Rights Commission of Marin County and the following:
Mischa Geracoulis is a writer/researcher/editor and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mischa writes about social justice, human rights, child welfare, peace and capacity building, and the multifaceted human condition. Mischa attended the Carter Center’s recent, annual Human Rights Defenders Forum in Atlanta, Georgia and will report on the event
Curtis Reliford is executive director and Jefferson Award recipient with Follow Your Heart Action Network. Since 2005, he has been travelling the United States helping the most vulnerable, including Katrina victims, Indigenous people and others. His dream is to arouse compassion in two percent of Americans to come to the aid of the people in need across the US.
Alex Coe, age 13, has been a member of Marin County’s Human Rights Youth Commission for three years on sub-committees Racial Equity (Social Justice), Housing committee and food justice. She’s played the violin since she was 4 and has been acting and playing music for a number of different theatre companies in Marin. . Alex has taken on the topic of affordable housing in Marin County. She loves to read, dance (ballet, hip hop). She recently presented before the County Board of Supervisors – inequity of housing.
Larry Bragman has served on the Fairfax Town Council since 2003 and has served two terms as Mayor. He is a tireless public servant. He is the chair of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority, a director of the Marin Telecommunications Authority, a board member of the Community Media Center of Marin, the Fairfax representative to the Transportation Authority of Marin and a member of the Fairfax Tree Committee and Affordable Housing Committee. Larry has been practicing civil and criminal law since 1982. He served as president of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association. He created and fostered sister city relationship with the Nobel Prize nominee Peace Community in Colombia and co-sponsor of Fairfax’s Food Pantry.
Barbara McVeigh is the producer of the event and has been a very strong advocate for environmental and human rights issues. She recently returned from the 2020 Vision Conference in Sacramento and will give updates on the growing peace and human rights moment in California, as our state prepares to take a visionary lead politically, socially and spiritually in the year 2020.
Jimmy will be available for dancing in his best cardboard form. And we have a birthday book for all to sign!
The beautiful and exciting part of being a Carter fan is that once you begin to look, you discover secrets or little known facts about this living legacy that our schools have failed to teach us and the media fails to report on.
But, lucky you! You’ve got ME to report all the findings! And that is my mission until our country recognizes our national treasure of President Jimmy Carter on a level we need to recognize this great leader.
Yesterday I was roaming the beautiful public library of Mill Valley when I flipped through a large Ansel Adams wilderness photography book. As a photographer and nature, I can always enjoy his gorgeous work. And guess what I discovered?
In the forward section of the book there was a photograph of Ansel Adams and President Jimmy Carter with First Lady Roselyn. . . surprised, I had to read and discover that not only were they friends and Adams took many photos of President Jimmy Carter, aside from his wilderness work, but that Carter has been an enormous friend to the wilderness mission.
I looked this up when I got home. And sure enough, ready on. Time to recognize the power of an amazing visionary and conservationist whose time has come. Carter has provided us a baseline of honesty and good values that we can look for again in our next political leader:
“In January of 1978, President Jimmy Carter designated 15 new national monuments in Alaska, acting where Congress would not. This action was credited with helping wilderness opponents realize the need for compromise on public lands legislation, and proves a pointed lesson for a modern climate of political discord.
Carter wasn’t done yet; the next month, the president signed into law the Endangered American Wilderness Act, which then represented the largest single addition to our National Wilderness Preservation System since 1964. In 1980, just before leaving office, Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act into law, protecting over 100 million acres of Alaskan land in one fell swoop. Even since his stint as president, Carter has continued to be an outspoken advocate for wilderness, especially the “last frontier” of Alaska.” – Wilderness Society.