Old pirates, yes, they rob I; Sold I to the merchant ships, Minutes after they took I From the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong By the ‘and of the Almighty. We forward in this generation Triumphantly. Won’t you help to sing This songs of freedom ‘Cause all I ever have: Redemption songs; Redemption songs.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds. Have no fear for atomic energy, ‘Cause none of them can stop the time. How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look? Ooh! Some say it’s just a part of it: We’ve got to fullfil the book.
Won’t you help to sing This songs of freedom- ‘Cause all I ever have: Redemption songs; Redemption songs; Redemption songs. — /Guitar break/ — Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our mind. Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy, ‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time. How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look? Yes, some say it’s just a part of it: We’ve got to fullfil the book. Won’t you have to sing This songs of freedom? – ‘Cause all I ever had: Redemption songs – All I ever had: Redemption songs: These songs of freedom, Songs of freedom.
A huge thank you to all those who made it happen, a celebration to honor President Jimmy Carter on his 96th birthday yesterday, October 1.
A special recognition to ABC Host Spencer Christian who joined us on community television for the full 2 1/2 hour program. Also special thanks to our power production team duo Director Omid Shamsapour and Assistant Jill Lessard who made it happen from the studio of Marin Television via zoom links, telephone calls and texts, computers and pure grit and creativity!
With a line up of amazing guests, we revisited Carter’s presidential policies related to the environment, energy, social justice, human rights and more and talked about thirty years of work of The Carter Center, recognizing the true giant that Carter is in today’s America and world.
Here are preinterviews with guests. The full show with our live guests will be available soon.
2019 California Resolution by State Senator Mike McGuire and State Assembly member Marc Levine, accepted at the Seahorse Restaurant by ABC Spencer Christian, Heirs to Our Oceans Founder April Peebler. Attorney, Environmentalist Larry Bragman speaks.
Denis Hayes, Founder/Org of Earth Day; Author of 1977 seminal book Rays of Hope, Transition to a Post Petroleum World. During the Carter administration, Hayes became head of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now known as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), but left this position when the Reagan administration cut funding for the program. Since 1992, Hayes has been president of the Bullitt Foundation in Washington and continues to be a leader in environmental and energy policy.
Richard Stenger, Ranger of the Redwoods, Chief Marketing Ranger of Redwood Coast Parks in Northern California
Even former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev joined our festivities with a letter to President Jimmy Carter, which we shared LIVE.
We push beyond politics in this program to reach that special place of heart, friendship, peace and respect to help drive a new narrative for humanity into a new age that works for us all.
Dear President Jimmy Carter,
I have in my archive a few photos of our meetings with President Carter. As I look at them now, I recall our conversations and lively exchanges on the most important issues of today’s world: peace, security, combatting poverty and backwardness, and saving our planet from environmental catastrophe.
We first met in 1992 when during my visit to America I spoke at Emory University. Raisa was with me, and following my speech the two of us and Jimmy and Rosalynn spent two hours having lunch and engaging in a friendly conversation. It was a substantive discussion and I think it was important for us.
Later we met on several occasions, worked together within the Forum of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and discussed the developments in our two countries and the world during his visits to Moscow. A few years ago, I welcomed Jimmy Carter at the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow. Together with other veterans of international politics – the Elders – we talked about the need for dialogue in world affairs and what each of us can do for dialogue to resume. This a task that is more urgent today than ever before. I am sure that President Carter will continue to do his utmost for this cause.
My greetings to you, dear friend, and wishes of more good years and success in all your initiatives.
We’re on! The Jimmy Carter Jamboree, a grassroots party, by the people and for the people – The Month of October!
Youtube Channel Just Launched! with regular updates about President Jimmy Carter’s legacy related to human rights, peace, health, energy policies and history. . . we have not forgotten! YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Let’s remember the kind of values we honor and put a smile on our faces, just like Carter here, and plan some national parties to honor a living president.
This will be our fourth year in Marin County with city and county wide Proclamations, California Resolutions, musicians, restaurants, bars and speakers, including ABC Host Spencer Christian, environmental activist April Peebler, Lawyer Larry Bragman, with special thanks to Seahorse Restaurant, 19 Broadway, Musicians: The Dream Farmers, Steve Wolf & Mason Holcomb, Lavay Smith, Wobbly World, as well as ocean activist Michael Stocker, and so many others.
A message from the Producer, Barbara McVeigh – Hi Friends and my beautiful fellow Americans! Why am I peanuts to push this effort? I’ll tell you – when I was 13 years old my father stood up to an American President, the “Hero” of the Republican Party, Ronald Reagan. It was the historic 1981 national union strike when 21,000 families (air traffic controllers) nearly took down the American economy in order to make a stand for political honesty. Many of those strikers were Vietnam Vets – a little detail the media chose to ignore. I know the trauma it brings waiting for the FBI to come take your daddy and I lived my life with anger and resentment until I learned there is a better way to do business! Harry Belafonte says it best “put a smile on your face and start dancing in the face of fear, control or domination.” Never give away your spirit! And I dare say, given Jimmy Carter is the “President of Rock ‘n Roll,” it’s time we start a new party in this country, let our hair down and unify with love and raise a toast to Carter who shows us how to live with integrity and lead with vision!
We have eight months until October 1, President Jimmy Carter’s 96th birthday. Our vision which started three years ago was to incubate the idea to celebrate a visionary and honest leader to ensure all our leaders know how “we, the people” celebrate the good ones!
Carter has been highly maligned by the mainstream for forty years, yet he was the visionary who pushed the first green deal of major solar and wind energy initiatives when we KNEW about green houses gases. California, under Governor Brown at the time, pushed for 17,000 wind turbines under Carter’s administration. Carter put solar panels on the White House and The Solar Age was set.
We want to share this important history with everyone – what better way to be prepared for the elections this November than by thinking about the efforts of our good leaders, those who led with peace, kindness and vision. It’s inspiration for us all. For three years now, Marin County has set the stage with examples to inspire – cities can issue proclamations, elected officials can create videos and write letters AND even write resolutions. Musicians can sing songs! Theaters can screen the Swiss made film about Carter’s energy initiatives A Road Not Taken!
This year we are asking the Governor of California to participate!
So, get on board and join us for what we would love to see – a global celebration of the kind of values we all could appreciate: peace, kindness and visionary leadership!
Tues Dec 3, 5pm-6pm – KPFA/Pacifica Radio, Producer of the Jimmy Carter Jamboree (sanctioned by the California Legislature!) joins Flashpoints radio with host Dennis Bernstein. We’ll discuss the vision behind the three year effort of The Jimmy Carter Jamboree. . . and the 40 year propaganda drive about Reagan. Carter has been nearly erased from history – AND they almost got away with it! We share the vision for October 2020 event of the President Jimmy Carter Jamboree – a month long celebration of good values of honesty, kindness and generosity just before the next presidential election, a strong message to ALL our political representatives how we celebrate and honor the good ones! Here is the recording of the interview! Thank you Dennis Bernstein!
Wed Dec 4, 6:30pm – Film Screening – A Road Not Taken a film about President Jimmy Carter’s visionary wind and solar energy initiatives (when we KNEW about carbon consequences). The museum will not advert this event until Monday (three days before the event). But you can RSVP here – it’s FREE!. The Swiss made film reveals the greatest propaganda act of a generation, refusing to recognize we had a president who tried to mitigate climate change and then was thrown under the bus for 40 years. Three years ago The Marin IJ had a mysterious “administrative error” when they did not publish a full written article about Carter following our College of Marin/Marin TV showcase at the Civic Center Center. It’s been a journey into the darkness of even local media control and reluctance to give credit where credit is due. Carter is not just a farmer, he stands today as the world’s greatest visionary and The Father of the Solar Age.
It’s a tribute to President Jimmy Carter and recognizing the Carter Jamboree – a month long tribute to honor a living president whose energy policies were visionary when we knew about climate change . . .he pushed major solar and wind energy initiatives and conservation efforts.
But, what happened? It’s a story of the greatest propaganda act ever delivered by mainstream corporate media, corrupt politicians, big business, educators and even modern day environmentalists . . . not just downplaying Carter’s efforts, but maligning him as a failed president.
Carter was a visionary and was more for the people than any other president, arguable, in the history of the world. Time to honor and time respect. That’s what we are doing with the Jimmy Carter Jamboree -a month long tribute in honor of Carter who has “walked the talk” along with other activists whose birthdays are also in October in order to give us all reason to be inspired, amp up the music and celebrate good values to ignite a new age of honesty, kindness and humility as we turn this world around.
From the California Legislature – by State Senator Mike McGuire and State Assembly Member Marc Levine.
Thank you Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter for the inspiration!!!
The Jimmy Carter Jamboree Team, by the people and for the people.
As we head into our next election cycle, we have the opportunity to pause and celebrate values, those we wish to live by. We all have been moving so fast these last years, isn’t it worth the time to stop and ponder – what is it all about? What IS life all about? And who have been the examples providing us all inspiration?
The month of October offers powerhouse birthdays in our age, beginning with October 1 which is the day of President Jimmy Carter’s 95th birthday, our oldest president ever, one who has shown us the value of living with humility, kindness and vision – a peace keeper.
There are also more birthdays to celebrate!
October 1 – President Jimmy Carter – a birthday to kick off the month long celebratory tributes of good values and those who inspire the rest of us to remember what why life is worth living!
October 9 – April Peebler – Founder of Heirs to our Oceans! A powerhouse woman who has been an activist all her life, she’s more recently founded the ocean youth movement Heirs to our Oceans.
“Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do . . .
October 10 – Peter Coyote – life long activists who today encourages activists not to fight, but to create a new world and invite others into that better world.
October 20 – Angela Alioto – Angela comes from a powerhouse San Francisco Family and has stood for civil rights, health and so much more. She is the face of San Francisco for so many people who remember San Francisco as the City with the Heart. Alioto has also written a book about her experiences in San Francisco politics, entitled Straight to the Heart.
October 27 – Kathleen Russell – Executive Director of Center for Judicial Excellence. CJE has worked tirelessly to educate lawmakers at the local, state and national levels about the impacts of the family court crisis on their constituents.
October 30 – Jose Neto – A Brazilian guitarist, composer and musical director, who has worked and supported the tops, including Harry Belafonte (life long activist and colleague of MLK) and Steve Winwood, along with his own bands Fourth World and The Netoband – with a powerful spirit of collaboration, peace and humility . . . AND he used to jam with George Harrison. His electric music can wake souls into the living and get us all dancing!
Are there more? Let us know so we can induct them into the official “Jimmy Carter Jamboree” events for the month of October!
The Jimmy Carter Jamboree, grassroots celebrations, was inspired by Bob Dylan’s Musicares Award Ceremony. Dylan invited President Jimmy Carter to deliver the award and Carter’s speech started to make history – “Musicians have far greater power than any President of the United States.”
LET’S MAKE OCTOBER A CELEBRATORY MONTH OF VALUES SO OUR LEADERSHIP WILL KNOW WHAT WE VALUE AND HOW WE CELEBRATE THOSE WHO UPLIFT US ALL TO INSPIRE US ALL!
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