New CD Marks Historic 60th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombings

July 20th, 2005 - by admin

Tri-Valley CAREs – 2005-07-20 00:41:24

New CD Marks Historic 60th Anniversary
of US Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

and Features Spearhead, Utah Phillips and 16 Other Local and National Artists

The Seeds of Change project documents some of the voices, music and poetry of six decades of resistance to nuclear weapons. From folk to hip hop, rock to spoken word, these artists weave a fabric of alternative
possibilities. Each artist offers a unique perspective on empire, the bomb and the imperative to create social and political change.

Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) is a Livermore-based nonprofit group that promotes peace, justice and a healthy environment. Tri-Valley CAREs is a cosponsor of the August 6, 2005 rally and march to the Livermore nuclear weapons lab.

Join us at Premier CD Release Parties in San Francisco and Livermore

SAN FRANCISCO — The party will feature music and performance by: Entre Musicos, Fariba, Sherry Glasser, Cesar Cruz and more.
The event is cosponsored by KPFA’s La Onda Bajita and Tri-Valley CAREs.

WHEN: Friday, July 22 at 7 PM
WHERE: New College of San Francisco, 777 Valencia St. (Near 24^th and
Mission BART) Cost: $5-$8 sliding scale.

LIVERMORE — The party is a benefit for Tri-Valley CAREs and will feature music by: Last Clear Chance—an Indie Punk band. More bands TBA.
The event is cosponsored by Tri-Valley CAREs and Unity Skate Shop.

WHEN: Wednesday July 27 at 6 PM
WHERE: Unity Skate Shop, 2172 Railroad Ave., Livermore (near the corner
of Railroad Ave. and Livermore Ave). Cost: $5


The just released “Seeds of Change: No Nukes! No Wars!” CD chronicles some of the music, poetry and oral history of six decades of resistance to nuclear weapons.

The CD marks the historic 60^th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From folk to hip hop, rock to
spoken word, these artists offer unique perspectives on empire, the bomb and the imperative to create social and political change.

This unique CD was produced by Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment), to reach out to new and diverse communities about the
threat of nuclear weapons and raise awareness about the upcoming August
6 “Seeds of Change” rally and march to the Livermore nuclear weapons lab.

“It’s been 60 years since the US nuclear bombing of Japanese people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in that more than half a century, it’s interesting to note that no other nation has used nuclear weapons,”
explains *Mumia Abu-Jamal, CD contributor, award-winning journalist and political prisoner, on death row since 1982. “And plans are afoot, under the so-called Bush Doctrine, to remake nukes, this time into ‘limited’ and even ‘conventional’ weapons! In Livermore, California, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) is hard at work designing new nuclear weapons for the new millennium.”

Livermore Lab, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is one of two locations that designs every nuclear weapon in the US arsenal (the other is Los Alamos in New Mexico). For 60 years, the US government has led the
world in developing nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

“May the remembrance of 60 years since the bombing of Hiroshima remind us not of the potential of humankind to destroy, but the value of each breath, each blade of grass and each individual’s dream. No life is
worth more than any other, no sister worth less than any brother. In this time, let us commit ourselves to loving the planet as much as we love our nations and families,” explains CD contributor *Michael Franti
of Spearhead.

Franti goes on to say, “My recent visit to Iraq, Israel and Palestine made me realize one thing, _all bombing is terrorism,_ from the twin towers, to a house in Baghdad, from a bus in Tel Aviv, to a community center in occupied Palestine.” Franti’s music and vision remind us that the true power of humanity rests in the peaceful people that are uniting around the globe.

The “Seeds of Change” CD offers music from many cultures and for all ages, providing songs of hope, inspiration and truth. Long time anti-nuclear activist *Utah Phillips*, a politically-conscious folk
singer and master storyteller, contributed his song, “Enola Gay.” The song explains that the pilot Paul Tibbets named his aircraft, the Enola Gay, after his mother. It was the Enola Gay that dropped the bomb on
Hiroshima. His song offers a unique perspective of what a child in America experienced, thought and learned over time about the bombing of Hiroshima.

In addition to donating songs, some bands, including the

*Company of Prophets*, a hip hop group from Oakland’s underground, created new songs for the compilation. Their song “Party at Ground Zero” speaks to the younger generation, integrating social justice issues with the nuclear abolition movement.

The songs and poems in the CD are woven together by the oral history of *Mr. Matsushima*, a hibakusha (an atomic bomb
survivor) from the city of Hiroshima, who toured the Livermore nuclear weapons lab in April.

“People respond to music on a visceral level, it inspires us in a way that a lecture or the written word alone usually does not,” explains Kelly Franger, Tri-Valley CAREs intern. “Mr. Matsushima’s story of survival embedded within the CD’s passionate sounds of resistance to nuclear weapons will move not only the youth, but the youth in us all.”

Musicians and poets featured on the CD include:

• Spearhead —a socially and politically conscious band that combines reggae, hip hop, and soul to unite people with compassion and understanding;

• Universal Language — a musical melting pot, fusing traditional Latin music with grooves from all parts of the globe;

• Tatsumaki— a five member Japanese
rock band from Nagasaki;

• Cesar A. Cruz— an internationally renowned poet, educator and human rights activist;

• Clan Dyken— an activist band that has played in clear cut forests, proposed nuke dumps, nuke test sites, Indian reservations and the Livermore nuclear weapons lab;

• Emma’s Revolution—*an award-winning, activist songwriting duo of musical uprising of truth and hopes; and more! CDs can be ordered at:

• The Seeds of Change Rally and March to the Livermore nuclear weapons
lab will take place on Saturday, August 6.

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, rally at 5 PM, march at 7 PM

WHERE: William Payne Park, 5800 Patterson Pass Rd., Livermore, CA.

• To Volunteer or More Info: Tara (925) 443-7148 or
Tara Dorabji Outreach Director Tri-Valley CAREs (925) 443-7148