Martin Nicolaus

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Berkeley’s Own Molly Ivins: Carol Denney

The weird American reality has spawned a line of great satirists: Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, Paul Krassner, Molly Ivins, to name just a very few who have shredded the veneer of sanctimony from many a pillar of culture and politics. In that same vein thrives Carol Denney, with roots in West Virginia, but …

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Introductions to Pepper Spray books

(These texts appear at the front of Pepper Spray Paradise Volume 1 and Pepper Spray Picnic) Introduction (1) Once upon a time, in a little town in the rolling hills of West Virginia, or perhaps it was the jagged mountains of Virginia, or perhaps it was Tennessee, or it could have been L.A., a snarky …

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About Carol Denney

Musician, singer, Pepper Spray Times writer/editor, Fiddlers for Peace founder, poet, activist. Veteran of civil liberties and social justice movements, voted Best of the Bay 2001 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Best Solo Performer by the 2002 East Bay Express readers’ poll. Honoree of the 2003 City of Berkeley Commission on the Status of …

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Author La Force Honored With Award

Author Norman La Force (Creating the Eastshore State Park: An Activist History) was honored with the Sylvia McLaughlin Environmental Stewardship Award at the 30th anniversary celebration of CESP (Citizens for the Eastshore State Park) today, Nov. 7 2015.  State Senator Loni Hancock presented the award; see video below. Also honored were Mayor Tom Bates of Berkeley, …

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New and Now: Suddenly Jews, by Hartmut Ludwig

Beginning in 1933, when the Nazis took power, tens of thousands of German Christians — baptized, confirmed, and church-going — received official letters informing them that they were now classified as Jews.  For the Nazis, “Jew” was a race, not a faith.  Nazi functionaries digging in church baptismal records had turned up a parent or …

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Now on Sale: Creating the Eastshore State Park, by Norman La Force

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, it took several villages and more to create this park — the Eastshore State Park.  Now the park stretches along the east side of San Francisco Bay from Richmond to Emeryville.  Thirty years ago it was only an idea.  The land was part garbage …

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From Trash to Treasure now on Kindle

From Trash to Treasure, my photo book celebrating the beauties of Cesar Chavez Park, is now available as an e-book for Kindle. Hats off to amazon.com customer support, who walked me through the process of getting this photo book into the proper format.  You can feed Kindle a PDF file for a book that consists …

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Coming Soon: Creating the Eastshore State Park by Norman La Force

 Coming in October ’15:  Creating the Eastshore State Park, an Activist History by Norman La Force.   The Eastshore State Park was the result of the work of many people over the course of close to 40 years. As a citizen effort it demonstrated what individual citizens could accomplish with perseverance and by organizing and …

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Coming Soon: Suddenly Jews, by Hartmut Ludwig

Suddenly Jews is the story of baptized, church-going Christians who one day in early 1933 found themselves classified as Jews by the Nazi authorities, because their ancestors had belonged to a synagogue. The sudden Jews were between a rock and a hard place. The synagogues did not know them, and the official church did not …

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New at LifeRing Press: How Was Your Week? Second Edition.

The growing demand for an abstinent recovery pathway free of the twelve-step model drives the growth of LifeRing support groups. How Was Your Week is a comprehensive handbook for people who are considering starting LifeRing in their community. It’s also a useful reference for people already leading LifeRing meetings. How Was Your Week is based …

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