President Jimmy Carter’s Redemption

Let us remember –

Roughly 20,000 working class union members took a stand for political honesty in the forgotten 1981 national union strike of PATCO, Professional Air Traffic Control Organization.

They were willing to lose everything in order to stand for political honesty. And many did lose it all, including homes, livelihood and family.  Yet these working class union members took the burden courageously and honorably without incurring any violence as our country turned their backs on what should be the highest responsibility of every citizen in this country – always stand for honesty.

Let’s remember the guts and dignity of a class of workers who could show us, the American people, our power today.

Campaign promises had been made just the year before by the incoming conservative rising star Ronald Reagan, who labeled himself pro union, given his work with Hollywood’s Actors’ Guild. After years of negotiations, these strikers wanted better equipment and working conditions. My dad, one of the strikers, had the equipment fail on him once putting many people in the air at risk. He was made for the job and had an unyielding calm of dealing with any crisis, gifted with a memory for details. The strike was illegal as federal employees are banned from striking, but, like my father, many believed they were standing for a greater good – political honesty for the American people.

Reagan, The Hero of the Republican Party, took a hard stance and gave the union forty eight hours to get back to work which shocked everyone. Some believed there were back room deals being made. But there weren’t. I was 13 years old, and I remember the gripping stand off well and the hours of those days were tense, filled with anxiety and guilt. Everyone believed there would be a terrible airline crash because of the lack of skilled air traffic controllers, a job that takes years of training. I laid awake all night in a state of fear waiting for the FBI to arrest my father. They didn’t get him, but they got other union members.

 

The media was not kind toward the union as they wrote anti union stories emphasizing the union’s greed for more money. Allies and other unions turned their backs on the strikers, though they were watching, as some had ideas to strike too. PATCO leaders were being fined $1000 a day and others were put in prison.

My parents hid nothing from me. I attended the rallies, joined the meetings when the media bursted in hunting and pecking for stories, as it felt. We watched our backs wondering if the FBI were following us or watching us or tapping our phones.

“If the black coats come to the door, go to your room and shut the door,” my father had said to me. Would the FBI arrest the entire family? The fear was tremendous.

In the final hours my father had to make a personal final decision – to lose his job with an uncertain future and put his own family in financial uncertainty or return to work with his tail between his legs. My grandfather said my dad’s strike was ego driven and told him listen to Reagan, as Reagan said he’d put our country back together. Everyone respected my grandfather, a self made man and WW2 veteran.

We sat together at the kitchen table as Ted Koppel blared the ongoing news from the nearby living room.

My mother said to him, “It’s your job. You have to make the decision.”

My dad never wavered. Not once. “Campaign promises were made. I voted for him. I’m not going back,” he said.

In the end. 13,000 members were fired and the union went bankrupt. My family went broke and spun into emotional and financial turmoil for years. My grandfather laid the blame on my dad driving him to drink and we still to this day feel the jolt of that union bust, ripping my family into political factions and sides.

But, more importantly, our entire country suffered, as that strike broke many unions across the country, cultivating the catalyst for the rise of the 1% today and the exploitative labor industry we endure every day in this country. The reason millenials work multiple jobs at slave-like wages, why teachers can’t afford to live in the very neighborhoods they serve and why we have succumbed to accepting the fact a full time job can keep you in poverty in our country today. This is why they had striked and why unions are needed, to protect against big business bullies and safeguard the workers.

President Jimmy Carter had warned us about Ronald Reagan. “He’s a right wing radical,” he had said. Carter also warned the American people about other values we were losing as a nation. And he practically screamed the warning to the American people in his Crisis of Confidence Speech of 1979 when he said the people were beginning to value money over purpose and that being dependent on foreign oil is the “moral equivalent of war.” The people blamed Carter for not leading the people. And the GOP slammed Carter for that speech calling it “MEOW”.

President Jimmy Carter today is nearly a forgotten president, though he is well and alive at 94 years, continuing his writing and summits at The Carter Center. Mainstream media continues to portray him as weak, indecisive and a peanut farmer, despite acknowledging his profound work in The Navy, including technological advances in nuclear energy, his profound work in civil rights/human rights and his anti establishment position not catering to big money.

Yet, it wasn’t Carter who failed – it was an entire generation that did not listen to the greatest advice of a visionary leader, of a president who was actually encouraging the people of America to rise up against big money and oil companies! Carter was essentially pushing the American people to be activists against big money and oil companies. Instead, the Boomer generation opted for a life of comfort and values of exploitation, as they remain stuck heralding stories of the 1960s.

As we look back on Carter’s legacy, including his initiatives of the solar panels on the White House and 17,000 wind turbines in the State of California, as he pushed for sustainable energy, we can recalibrate our history and recognize the people of the United States of America has been dealing with forty years of fake news about our country’s greatest living leader, The Father of the Solar Age and as Bob Dylan calls him “The Rock’n Roll President”.

We knew about climate change in the 1970s. It’s well documented in Robert Redford’s 1980 short film “The Solar Film“, as well as the 1976 book Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-petroleum World, by Denis Hayes (A Worldwatch Institute Book). What lessons can we gain from our failure in 1980 and that strike in 1981 in order to empower us now?

This historical review matters more today than ever before because it helps us understand that pivotal 1980 election and a cultural shift in our country that brings focus on today’s leaders, both Republican and Democrats, and how we failed as a nation to listen to the most profound leadership, censoring truth and supporting the most corrupt political leaders who have caused wars, death, destruction across the world for forty years to maintain a generation’s comfort level and big money interests.

I find it appalling that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama can still honor Reagan. Pelosi helped raise Reagan’s statue in Washington, D.C. and Obama spoke glowingly of Reagan at Senator McCain’s funeral. I also find it absurd that the Democrats could allow Reagan to be inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame just this past March 2018, but, then again, perhaps it was the Democrats who helped elect Reagan in 1980 and no one wants to talk about that failure.

As an environmentalist, I am shocked over and over how many of our leaders, including Al Gore, could possibly talk about environmental issues without talking about Carter. I’ve asked and they have dismissed me. I’ve come to the conclusion that our environmental mission has become nothing but a competitive save the world “superman ego-drive” all stepping on one another to be the leader, while we undermine all the work done by previous leaders. It’s a game driven by pure narcisism than genuine collaboration to save ourselves and our children’s future as our planet faces ecological collapse.

And this news retrospective will likely never go viral. Why? Because it’s the establishment who has the reigns of the media, education, politics and money, all which are power. And nobody with money wants to talk about the power of unions.

It’s time to honor President Jimmy Carter and recognize him as the unsung hero who has walked his talk and demonstrated with his life the power of humility, kindness, generosity and vision.

We Americans have blood on our hands. It’s time to come clean. We can take a stand just like those air traffic controllers of 1981 and go for broke to put our country . . . our entire planet . . .  back together, for our children and future generations. And we can do it.

Barbara McVeigh is the author of Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life. She has produced President Carter birthday celebrations in Marin County for last two years with support of Marin County Democrats, musicians and more.

Her documentary film The Man Behind The White Guitar about Brazilian Guatarist Jose Pires de Almeida Neto releases in 2019, as a message of honesty, peace, kindness and integrity – and to never lose our power to IMAGINE and live big dreams. 

 

 

Tomorrow Night! Carter’s Birthday Tribute

The People’s Environmental News Hour!

with Barbara McVeigh & Charlie Siler

Tuesday nights at 7pm

Time to get real AND time to turn this world around!

and DEMAND our leadership recognize the people doing the
GOOD WORK FOR ALL OF US.

If they don’t, WE WILL.

Tune into Channel 26 in Marin County or cmcm.tv. Charlie Siler and I have lined up inspirational game changers, those who are helping us, the people, steer the course of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

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October 2 – The Father of the Solar Age, President Jimmy Carter Tribute
It’s the big question – Carter had solar panels on the White House and pushed for sustainable energy.It’s the Jimmy Carter Jamboree week and we will honor Carter with a film made in 1980 by Robert Redford called The Solar Film and talk to one the White House solar installer Tom Strumolo, of Energy General LLC, who has never abandoned Carter’s vision for the power of the sun.

Two Dreams. Two Borders.

Dream big and always stay positive.

I’m pretty sure I met a saint in the cornfields of the Guatemalan mountains. She is the mother of Gaby and I was lucky enough to live the life of Gaby, an immigrant to the United States who has not seen her mother for 17 years.

The original intention was to meet the family of Claudia, the young 20 year old Maya Indigenous woman who was shot point blank in the head at our borders on May 23.  When I did meet the beautiful parents who live in a small Mayan mountainous community, they warmly welcomed me and allowed me to share letters from across our country, words of hope and love believing that there is a better way to solve our border issues than that of violence.

Thank you to the San Francisco Immigration Legal and Education Network, The Unitarian Church in San Antonio, Texas, the Methodist Church of San Rafael, United Airlines,  International Artists of Marin, Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito and many individuals for their support and sponsorship of this journey.

I am currently working with Gaby Mazariegos and Rina Santizo for a presentation about Guatemala and their dreams of El Norte. I’ll share my journey of meeting some of the most beautiful people in the world – mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, farmers and more – those who carry big dreams and can teach Americans values of simplicity, kindness, generosity and community.  More to come!

Guatemala Bound, with an apology

I was devastated by the news of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez who was murdered by the US Border Control on May 23. This young 20 year Maya indigenous woman had a dream – to have an education. Why were we not there to support her with a dream?

I spent time in Guatemala 20 years ago. I also had a dream to travel the world and have an education, which had been difficult to do. My family didn’t have money and I had to scrape and fight for both of those dreams. I remember my first trip to Guatemala when I sat on the great temple of Tikal in the Peten region and marveled at the beauty of nature, culture and history and pondered how it was possible that in my schooling I had never learned about this magnificent country and indigenous history given the fact it’s just south of our border.

I returned to Guatemala a few years later and traveled by canoe down the Usamacinto River, the old Maya route, when a young military man who had first frightened me (we were in the middle of nowhere) handed me a baby bird, a gift. And as the canoe continued down the river and a deluge of rain and lightening began, I released the baby bird with a wish for freedom and peace in the world. Perhaps that is why I am being called to Quetzaltenango, the hometown of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. The iridiscent Quetzal symbolized the movement of Creation and the will of the Creator come to earth. We all need to believe in goodness, and that is my full intention for this mission.

On June 19 I fly to Guatemala to take all proceeds that we can collect to benefit the family of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. My message to the family is that there are good people in the United States who believe in better ways than killing. We want to be friends and we are horribly sorry that we have not been able to stop the violence.

I have the support of the local Guatemalan community in my county of Marin. I have been involved with many families and have done my best to support immigrant women either through work efforts, language instruction and accommodations. I personally have learned so much from this amazing community, such as the strength and beauty of generosity, kindness and loyalty. We can learn greatly through collaboration and friendship.

Please email me if you can support this mission. Given that most families in the mountains live on $1/day, all support will be great.

The donations I collect will go directly to Claudia’s mother and I will post photos on my Facebook page.

Action Building! Speaker and Film Events

 

Sept 20-22 California 2020 Vision Art Installation
It’s a weekend of visionary leaders and positive energy and we’ll be there! Artist Gina Musser takes lead in our first art installation to bring attention to The Man Behind the White Guitar film project and the musicians in the film, such as Harry Belafonte, Narada Michael Walden, Steve Winwood and others, who have powerful words of inspiration of unity and peace. We hope to release the film early next year and if you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out!

 

 

 

June 6Sausalito Yacht Club – film screening of Racing With Copepods, with Int’l Sailor and Writer Kimball Livingston. This will be a very special presentation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 9, 2pm
– Launch of Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life at Barnes and Noble in Corte Madera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June 9 and 10
People’s Environmental News hits the Fairfax Eco Festival with Community Media Center of Marin!

 

 

 

 

 


July 7, 2pm
Nashville, TN

Screening of a Road Not Taken about President Jimmy Carter’s conservation and energy policies.

Nashville Public Library East Branch
206 Gallatin Ave.| Nashville, TN | 37206

 

Date to be determined – St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco. Racing with Copepods film screening and talk.

 

 

Film Screenings:

If you’re interested in a film screening about the ocean documentary Racing with Copepods or about Jimmy Carter’s energy and conservation initiatives, A Road Not Taken, please contact me!

 

April 18– San Francisco Yacht Club, Tiburon – film screening of Racing With Copepods, with me and Michael Stocker of Ocean Conservation Research.

April 21 Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley – film screening of Racing With Copepods. Peter Hayes of Pegasus will bring the boat to the docks after a day of training new crew to get kids out and sailing!

 

 

April 25 Spaulding Boat Works, Sausalito The magic of a wooden boat – that’s the back story of Racing with Copepods. Film Producer Barbara McVeigh screens her short ocean documentary, filmed right here on San Francisco Bay, featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle and narrated by Kimball Livingston.

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, will join the post film conservation to share information about The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and why it’s imperative to address ocean issues today.

Magic Bear will be at the docks to inspire all!

Barbara’s great uncle Robert Keleher owned Bear Boat #65, named Magic. He inspired her to sail and to fall in love with the ocean, resulting in this film and other environmental projects. Bear boats were originally built right here in Sausalito by the Nunes Brothers, and Bear Boat #1, Merry Bear, lives at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco.

Charlie Siler, cohost of People’s Environmental News, will provide a few tunes on his guitar!

 

 

April 26 – Fairfax Library, film screening of A ROAD NOT TAKEN with me and Charlie Siler of People’s Environmental News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Under My Watch! Offshore Drilling Proposal

I love the oceans. The oceans gave me complete freedom and the value of freedom. I will never turn my back on the oceans. Never.

Our oceans are under threat more now than ever before. As we face the hard truths of ocean acidification and the horrific plastic pollution that now saturates our vast waters, beaches and waterways, we MUST come clean with our horrific landlubber habits. From our addiction to automobiles to consumptive behaviors, now is time to tack to a new course before it’s too late and this generation views us as the most criminal pirate gang the world has ever seen. We MUST take responsibility. It’s not a question about “education,” it’s about activism and responsibility.

You’re either on board, or your not. It’s as simple as that.

Here is my article on Sailing Anarchy, describing my own passion and why I have it. And maybe it’s your passion too, a quality you didn’t even know you possessed. And if you’re not feeling it, NOW is the time to get into the groove. We can do it! Just listen to Simon and Garfunkel’s song. They’ll get you inspired! And you’ll start feeling the groovy.

It’s that easy! We can do it!

 

 

 

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Comments can also be made by mail, in an envelope labeled “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program” and mailed (or hand delivered) to Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch, Leasing Division, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (VAM-LD), 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216, telephone (703) 787-1613. Written comments may also be hand delivered at a public meeting to the BOEM official in charge.  

 

Mon, Jan 8, 6pm – Book Passage, San Francisco

Left Coast Writers®: Barbara McVeigh – Redemption (San Francisco)

Monday, January 8, 2018 – 6:00pm

“My father is a federal criminal. My father is a hero,” Barbara McVeigh writes in her memoir Redemption: How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life.

Reagan fired her father for a union strike in 1981, leading him and 11,500 other families into years of strife. Just eleven years old, she lost her dream to become an oceanographer, and her beloved guitar lessons, as her family struggled emotionally and financially for years. She blamed her father for “following his ego,” as her grandfather had termed it, and not placing family first. Reagan’s heroic public image soared as America was told how he combated the alleged threats of communism, nuclear war and the Soviet Empire. Thirty years later, Barbara marries and then takes up sailing at her late great uncle’s urging, himself a passionate and accomplished sailor, who had been her best friend, where she finds an unexpected connection to the ocean and freedom of the complexities of the modern world.

When hard, bitter truths emerge about the ocean’s health and her fourteen-year marriage, Barbara packs her bags and leaves the illusory “good life.” She takes the helm of not one, but two film projects, one with the world’s paramount oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, and the other with renowned Brazilian guitarist Jose Neto. She does this with no experience and virtually no money, to reclaim her childhood dreams and, in a desperate effort, to remind the world of the awe, beauty, and truth we must always stand for. During her projects she confronts the dark shadows of Reagan’s energy, labor, health, media, and environmental policies, revealing horrific truths about America’s so-called “Hero of the Republican Party.” She discovers that her father was NOT the federal criminal Reagan accused him of being. Instead, her father is a hero today.

Barbara shares her very personal and painful family story of three generations and her search for truth that led her to China, Cuba, the Balkans, across Europe, and ultimately back to her own home, the San Francisco Bay. There she discovers herself, and what it means to be free in America today as our world faces political, social and environmental threats unlike any before. Barbara has a new dream and sees now that the spirits are guiding her, just as they had been, all along.

Barbara McVeigh is a writer, educator, filmmaker, radio host and environmentalist. She’s the mother of two children and lives in Northern California. Her one mission: to advocate respect for the natural world as we face political, social and environmental threats unlike ever before.

LOCATION: 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Meet Jenny

Meet Jenny. Jenny has no legs Jenny is very old and lives most of her days on the streets of San Francisco. She is not a ghost but ghosts pass her everyday on the streets of San Francisco. They are the walking dead.

I stopped to talk to Jenny today and she looked up at me. What is your name she asked, until the muscle in her neck gave out and she had to put her head down.

“Barbara,” I said.

Oh, I had a daughter named Barbara she said before dozing off again. I touched her bony back, which was easy to do, as her bones stuck out in places where I didn’t know bones could stick out.

I walked the streets of San Francisco today after my radio interview on FCC Radio about Ronald Reagan who put Jenny and 9 other million people out on the streets and 40 million in poverty with his trickle down economics. Trump is doing the same again today. Reagan is the Hero of the Republican Party . . . hero of a criminal corporate gang. There is no other way to put it.

Tents were in places all over the city. This was once a city I loved. I don’t recognize this city any more and I could feel what seemed like a disease in the air – the worst kind. Apathy. It’s a mental illness. Maybe it spread after Reagan released the mentally ill from hospitals onto the streets infecting us all?

FCC FREE Radio – December 17. Please join us!


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Lilycat of FCC Free Radio in San Francisco is interviewing me December 17. I promise the discussion will be educational, lively and inspiring. I look forward to talking about Reagan’s policies which mirror Trump’s today and how these policies have nearly taken down an entire planet in these last 30 years.

Reagan is the Hero of the Republican Party . . . be reminded. I aim to prove how Trump is right in one regard. . . fake media has been dominating the airwaves for over 30 years. Thank you, Trump, for bringing this to our attention!

My father stood up to Reagan in the 1981 union strike when we lost almost everything . . . so, I like to say my dad stood up to the worst president of the United States. I’ve got some heritage to uphold : ) Please support me while I voice some strong opinions about neoliberal policies, politics, energy, media, military, consumerism, masculinity and more . . . I’m sure I’ll be pushing buttons and I’ve never done this before! GULP! But I’m ready. This isn’t political for me. . . this is personal and I call it family business . . and it goes deep for me, over 35 years deep.

This book also encompasses how I dropped my entire life about four years ago, leaving my comfortable home with my husband and my two kids, to pursue two take back dreams that I lost as a child under Reagan . . . which is resulting in two first time films projects, one that is completed and available online with the world’s greatest oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, in Racing With Copepods (www.racingwithcopepods.com) and my new film, to be released next spring about the great Brazilian Guitarist Jose Neto, The Man Behind the White Guitar (www.themanbehindthewhiteguitar.com). The film includes Harry Belafonte, Steve Winwood and other international musicians, and it’s supported by Marin County foundations. This film aims to showcase the power of freedom, integrity and honesty through a musical story of an immigrant in the United States.

My new dream? Convert the Reagan Museum into a Global Climate Center and Political/Media/Big Business Propaganda Educational Center. It’s time Reagan, the Hero of the Republican Party, comes clean and I am more than happy to serve as the proverbial housecleaner. In fact, I view it as my patriotic duty.

December 17, 12-2pm – http://www.leftcoastwriters.com/left-coast-writers-live-barbara-mcveigh/

January 8 – Book Signing/Reading, Book Passage at the Ferry Building in San Francisco

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“There are no excuses,” the great Mark O’Brien said to me from his breathing capsule. He had been a victim of polio for more than fifty years. Yet, despite a major physical handicap, he did not stop pursuing a life of richness, including poetry, journalism and compassion.

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I interviewed Mark right after his film Breathing Lessons received an Academy Award and that interview really changed the way I look at life. His words were correct – you can pretend to create any excuse in life not to do something, but the excuses  don’t exist. There is no excuse not to do what you want in life.

I’ve got some big ideas and I’m looking to share them on a positive level. And I’ve got a track record of creating something out of nothing. . .

I’ve discovered my strength is creating projects and teams . . . allowing other to step into something they never thought they could do and then support them doing it. I love watching people surprise themselves with resilience that even they themselves didn’t know they had.

But, I need support. My work, as I view it, is that which our government and schools have failed. I’m a people’s advocate and want to cultivate positive change at a time we need it.

My Patreon site is my first effort to cultivate a community of caring people who support the work I’m pushing for many. And until big funders come through, I need support of individuals who believe in what I believe.

Please support me.

Thank you.

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