Past History and Events
Recent Events - 2003
Recent Events (2011)
Millions Celebrate "Peace Day" 30th Anniversary during
5 Day Global Broadcast
Millions of people around the world, thousands
of organizations, and numerous celebrities and musicians joined
together in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the United
Nations International Day of Peace. The vehicle for this unprecedented
event is the "Peace Day" Global Broadcast which was
viewed at www.peaceday.tv. The celebration streamed live from
the website of the United Nations and the websites of thousands
of organizations around the world. Official United Nations Messengers
of Peace will present their personal Peace Day messages during
Founded in 2009 by Unity Foundation (www.unityfoundation.org),
the first "Peace Day" Global Broadcast was produced
by Unity Foundation, PeacePortal, GlobaLink TotalVision Network
and Pathways To Peace. Since that time, the "Peace Day"
Broadcast has grown exponentially as the world's only 24/7 Global
Broadcast promoting Peace, Sustainability, Human Rights, Social
and Economic Justice.
Last year's event spanned 5 days - from
September 17th to September 21st (the 30th Anniversary of the
United Nations International Day of Peace). There will be broadcast
hosts in the United States, Canada and Spain and live streaming
of peace events from around the world. "Peace is the Goal"
is the theme of this year's broadcast, with sports figures appearing
as spokespersons for the program.
The 8th annual Day of Peace festival
will celebrate young people and adults working together to develop
a greater understanding of different cultures and a more balanced
coexistence among people, animals and the environment. Join members
of Dr. Jane Goodalls Roots & Shoots youth program from
all across the state of California as they come together on Sunday,
September 19th, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Santa Monica
Pier to promote PEACE. For more infomation, visit: www.dayofpeaceca.org
"PEACE DAY" A CELEBRATION
OF THE UNITED NATIONS
INTERNATIONAL DAY of PEACE - www.cultureofpeace.org -
A 24 Hour World Celebration - Monday, September 21, 2009 more info...
On January 18th, Unity Foundation was responsible for the production
management of the Instituto Laboral de la Raza's 2008 Labor Awards
Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco. The event, which
was attended by over 1,200 guests, is the largest Labor Awards
Dinner in the Western United States. Joseph T. Hansen, the International
President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International
Union received the "Labor Leader of the Year Award";
and Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton received the Congressional
Leadership Award. Five additional awards were presented to prominent
leaders in the Labor Movement during the dinner.The Instituto
Laboral de la Raza is a non-profit worker resource center based
in San Francisco and Oakland, California. The organization's
mission is to provide labor rights education and legal advocacy
for all low income workers.
On October 27th, Unity Foundation produced the official United
Nations Day Celebration in San Francisco.This special event featured
addresses by Kim Weichel, President of the United Nations Association
of San Franciscand Astrid Stromberg, President of the United
Nations Association/Northern California Division. The Keynote
Address was presented by Dr. Mervyn Silverman, past President
and current member of the Board of Trusties of amFar (The American
Foundation for AIDS Research.) The celebration included a performance
by the SGI-USA Chorus performing "One World" an official
song of the UN50th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco.
The United Nations Day Celebration was followed by the San Francisco
Parade for World Peace which included 20 contingents and many
beautiful banners designed by San Francisco Artist, John Exworthy.
The parade began in UN Plaza and traveled to Civic Center Plaza
in front of City Hall for a celebration featuring musical performances
and poetry. The finale of the celebration was the creation of
a Human Peace Sign in Civic Center Plaza.
On November 10th, Unity Foundation's President, Bill McCarthy
organized the First American Indian Grand-Entry Parade in the
City of Los Angeles. The theme of the parade was "Honoring
American Indians as the First Environmentalists." The parade
was produced by Red Nation Celebration as a special event of
the Second Annual American Indian Heritage Month in Los Angeles.
The Parade featured an American Indian Color Guard, American
Indian Veterans, American Indian Princes and Princesses in classic
cars, Pow Wow Dancers, Tribal Elders and prominent members of
the Native American community. The parade began at Main Street
Plaza and continued to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on
North Spring Street.
Instituto Laboral De La
Raza's 2007 Labor Community Awards Dinner
On February 9th, 2007, Unity Foundation
provided the Event Management for the Instituto Laboral De La
Raza's 2007 Labor Community Awards Dinner at the Hotel Marriott
in San Francisco. Anna Burger, SEIU (Service Employees International
Union) Secretary-Treasurer and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the
United States House of Representatives were the two major award
recipients of this special event. There were a number of other
prominent national and local labor leaders who also received
awards during the evening. The Awards Dinner was attended by
more than 1,000 guests.
Blue Star Memorial Plaque
(est. in 1945) Dedication Ceremony
On May 30th, 2007, (the date Memorial Day
was established in 1866), Norma Foster, of the Yucca Corridor
Coalition, was the Producer of a special Blue Star Memorial Plaque
(est. in 1945) Dedication Ceremony at the "Gateway to Hollywood"
Median Triangle Park in Hollywood. Bill McCarthy, President of
Unity Foundation worked with Ms. Foster as Co-Producer of this
special event. The Ceremony featured an unveiling of the Blue
Star Memorial Plaque by Johnny Grant (the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood),
Robin Pokorski (President-Elect of the California Garden Club)
and Councilman Tom LaBonge of District 4 (where the "Gateway
to Hollywood" is located. The Blue Star Memorial Plaque
was unveiled as a gift to the City of Los Angeles, from the Los
Angeles Garden Club through the Yucca Corridor Coalition and
their "Gateway to Hollywood" Median Triangle Beautification
Park.Other dignitaries at the ceremony included: Leron Gubler,
President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Tom Urich,
Commander of American Legion Post 43. The Marine Corps Color
Guard presented the Colors. The Blue Star Memorial Plaque was
unveiled to honor our country's fallen war heros in all past
and present wars.
Unity Foundation's San Francisco
Bay Area Events for 2006
In September 2006, Unity Foundation held
a 30th Anniversary Birthday Celebration at the Red Victorian
Hotel and International Networking Center in the Haight Ashbury
District of San Francisco. The event was a special gathering
of Unity Foundation's production staff and friends, with musical
performances by Matt Venuti and Rich Mikos of the Venusians (the
group that created the music for the "Positive Spin"
television show) and the folk rock band United Soul. There was
also a premiere screening of the upcoming 8th Anniversary "Positive
Spin" television program.
On October 7th, 2006 Unity Foundation coordinated
and managed the production for the United Nations Association
of the USA /Northern California Division's Regional Conference.
at Stanford University. The conference, entitled "Can the
United Nations Heal the World", focused on the two themes
of The UN Millennium Development Goals; and Conflict and Consequences
of Global Warfare." The keynote speaker was Mandeep Bains,
Policy Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Douglas
Mattern, President of the Association of World Citizens, Herb
Behrstock, MA, Former Director of International Programs for
the UN Development Program, Kevin Danaher, PhD, Co-Founder of
Global Exchange, and Daniel Sheehan, Esq, Chief Legal Counsel
in the Iran-Contra case, were some of the other prominent speakers
participating in the program.
UN Special Event - September
On September 8th, 2006, Unity Foundation
provided the Event Management for a special event at United Nations
Headquarters in New York City. The event was entitled "How
A United Nations People's Assembly Would Contribute To UN Partnerships
With Civil Society". Bill McCarthy, President of Unity Foundation
and Consultant for Citizens for a United Nations People's Assembly
initiated the proposal for this special event, and worked in
collaboration with Dr. Harry Lerner, President of the Communications
Coordination Committee for the United Nations on the final document.
Dr. Lerner then submitted the proposal under his organization's
NGO Status with the UN. Douglas Mattern, President of the Association
of World Citizens was the Moderator for the program. The featured
speakers included: Dr. Harry Lerner, Susan J. Zipp, Chair, Global
People's Assembly, Benjamin Quinto, Executive Director, Youth
Action Network and Ramu Damodaran, Chief, Outreach Division,
United Nations Department of Public Information. There were more
than 125 participants in this special event of the UN Department
of Public Information's 2006 NGO Conference. The program was
sponsored by the Communications Coordination Committee for the
United Nations, Citizens for a United Nations People's Assembly,
Association of World Citizens, Pathways To Peace, Young General
Assembly and Unity Foundation.
Television Show 2006 "Positive Spin" Launches PSA Campaign
Promoting the UN and its Humanitarian Agencies and Produces the
Official Documentary of the UN60th Anniversary Celebrations in
In 2006, Unity Foundation launched a PSA
(Public Service Announcement) Campaign promoting the vitally
important work of the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies.
The first PSA, entitled "The UN - Its More Than You Think",
focused on the work of 7 United Nations humanitarian agencies.
The second PSA, featuring a voice over by actor Danny Glover,
focused on the importance of the United Nations in today's world.
The PSAs continue to air nationally on the "Positive Spin"
television show. Unity Foundation dramatically increased the
distribution of the Danny Glover PSA by posting it on www.dotSUB.com,
a new subtitling website connecting translators around the world.
Within a month of the posting the PSA had been translated into
more than 20 languages and was being downloaded and distributed
to many countries around the world. Unity Foundation was commissioned
by the UN60 Committee to produce the official documentary of
the UN60th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco. The documentary
aired nationally, in three parts, on the "Positive Spin"
television show in January, February and March of 2006.
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A Program of the Official
"1906 Expo" Honoring the People of San Francisco, the
Cities of the Bay Area and Nations of the World That Came Together
to Rebuild San Francisco Following the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
The "1906 Expo"
is Presented by the San Francisco Fire Department Historical
Society and Produced by SRES Productions
MONDAY, APRIL 17th, 2006
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
On PIER 48
(across the 3rd St. Bridge
near SBC Park)
Jim Fourniades as Emperor
from "Emperor Norton the Musical"
The Dime Store Dandy
Kitten on the Keys
The Scenic Sisters
Archer & Jenkins
"The Famous Melody Rascals"
Edgar Allan Pope
Jim Dalessandro, author "1906" -
Professor Rodger Birt,
SF State University -
A 1906 Video Retrospect
by Dirksen Molloy Productions
An International Flag Ceremony
Led by Bagpipe Player, Lynn Miller and a Premier Performance
by the Presidio Dance Theatre Honoring the 14 Nations That Came
to the Aid of San Francisco - the Phoenix Will Then Rise and
The Phoenix is the Creation
of John Exworthy from X Studios.
This special event will feature
actors in period costumes, from "The Corinthian League"
and Jenkins and Archer's "Threads of Time", greeting
and interacting with the public. Ed Archer's 1906 horseless carriage
will also be on display.
See's Candies and Wells Fargo Bank
Unity Foundation was Production
"BRINGING WAR AND ORGANIZED
VIOLENCE TO AN END"
The Failure of Global Empire
and Birth of Global Community
University of San Francisco
August 2-5, 2005
The World Is ...In OUR Hands
The Quad & Ackman Union
Saturday & Sunday
October 9 & 10, 2004
Empowering the United Nations
by Creating a Global People's Assembly
The Church Center: 777 UN Plaza
44th St. at 1st Ave, Second Floor,
right across from the United Nations
Thursday, September 9, 2004
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Toward a Democratic United
For the 21st Century
A conference on the reform
and revitalization of the United Nations
June 24 - 27, 2004
San Francisco State University
Unity Foundation presents
The first UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Los Angeles
War and Peace: From Vietnam
to Iraq to Israel and Palestine
Los Angeles Film School
SUNDAY - March 21, 2004
A unique festival showing three outstanding
films dealing with issues in Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Vietnam
and USA, which celebrates the efforts of documentary filmmakers
to fight for justice and dignity for all people around the world.
(Stanford, CA) The United Nations Association
Film Festival, the world's only public film forum for exploring
UN related issues, presented its traveling film festival event
which examined international conflicts. The first UNAFF Traveling
Film Festival Los Angeles took place on March 21 at the Los Angeles
I session - 1:00 PM and II session - 7:00 PM - "Hidden Wars
of Desert Storm" (Iraq/USA) Directors/Producers:
Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy
I session - 2:15 PM and II session - 8:15 PM - "What I Saw
in Hebron" (Israel/Palestine) Directors:
Dan and Noit Geva Producer: Michal Arram
I session - 3:30 PM and II session - 9:30 PM - "Regret to Inform"
Director/Producer: Barbara Sonneborn
Established seven years ago at
Stanford University by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic
in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNAFF screens documentaries
by international filmmakers dealing with topics such as human
rights, environmental survival, women's issues, children, refugee
protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal
education, war and peace.
San Francisco's 3rd Annual Earth
San Francisco's 3rd Annual Earth Charter
Summit took place on Saturday, October 11th, 2003 at New College
of California, 777 Valencia Street in San Francisco, from
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The theme of the 2003 Earth Charter Summit
was "The Power of the Individual". The event featured
inspiring speakers, performers, and community building activities.
For the third consecutive year, Unity Foundation
provided the production management for San Francisco's Earth
Unity Foundation's president, Bill McCarthy,
was a featured speaker at the Summit, addressing the topic of
"Empowering Communities through Media Access". The
foundation programmed and coordinated the Video Screening Room,
where programs dealing with world peace, the environment, human
diversity, socially responsible business practices, humanitarian
efforts around the world, and positive, innovative and solution
oriented news was screened.
21st, 2003, Unity Foundation produced
a special event to celebrate the International Day of Peace
for the Artists' Guild of San Francisco. The celebration
took place at Union Square in San Francisco. The event began
with a moment of silence for world peace. The Opening Address
was presented by Kim Weichel, Executive Director of Pathways
to Peace. The celebration featured the Presidio Children's Dance
Theatre, a troupe of more than 50 children dressed in elaborate
ethnic costumes, performing a series of ethnic folk dances from
around the world. Russian Choreographer, Vassilii Mountian, is
the Artistic Director for the troupe. The celebration also featured
a performance by the folk rock group, United Soul. There was
also performances by some of the Bay Area's most prominent world
music groups including Ancient Future, The Snake Trio (featuring
members of Wild Mango), and The Nigerian Brothers. The event
benefited the Music in Schools organization.
16th, 2003, Unity Foundation produced
the Second Annual Acoustic Music Festival for the Artists'
Guild of San Francisco. The event took place at Washington
Square Park in San Francisco. The Festival featured performances
by Judea Eden, Blackberri, Minori Yata and Shigeki Asakawa. The
event benefited the Music in Schools organization.
2003, Unity Foundation produced the Second Annual Poetry
Festival for the Artists' Guild of San Francisco. The festival
featured many of the San Francisco Bay Area's most prominent
poets including Michael McClure, Thom Gunn, QR Hand, SS Kush,
Gail Mitchell, Will Dodger, Craig Easley, Alphonso Texidor, Julia
Vinograd, Ron Jones, Thekla Clemons, and Gary Becker. The event
benefited the Poets in Need organization.
In June 2003, the United Nations
Association - Northern California Division and Unity Foundation
produced a special UN Charter Day presentation for the United
Nations Association of the USA's National Forum on the United
Nations. Unity Foundation was commissioned to produce a special
UN Charter Day Historical Presentation which premiered at the
Forum's Opening Banquet. The video presentation featured an introduction
by William Luers, President and CEO of the United Nations Association
of the USA. The Charter Day program included a group reading
of the Preamble of the UN Charter and a rededication to the principles
upon which the United Nations was founded. There was also a Toast
to the UN's Year of Pure Water. Unity Foundation President, Bill
McCarthy served as production manager for the National Forum
on the United Nations.
On May 25th 2003, Unity Foundation
was involved in the production of the California Music Awards
- formerly known as the Bammies (Bay Area Music Awards).
Unity Foundation's President was an Associate
Producer for the California Music Awards; and 17 of the foundation's
staff members were involved as talent liasons, hospitality staff,
and security monitors for the event. Unity Foundation was involved
with the California Music Awards because of the event's strong
multicultural and community focus. The California Music Awards
honored such diverse talents as
Larry Graham, Green Day, Jimmy McCracklin, Lady Bo, Luce, Goapele,
Orixa, Ledisi, Jackie Greene, Audiovent and Jon B.
and April 2003, Unity Foundation participated in San Francisco's
historic Peace Marches and Rallys. The Foundation brought in
16 of its staff members to volunteer as security monitors and
logistical set-up crews for the Peace Marches and Rallys.
In February of 2003, Unity Foundation
acted in the capacity of Event Producer for a special address
by Dr. Robert Muller at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
The topic of the address was "The Vital Role of the U.N.
in Preserving Planet Earth".
Dr. Muller is the former Assistant Secretary
General of the United Nations, serving under three U.N. Secretary
Generals. He is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University For
Peace in Costa Rica. This special event was presented by the
United Nations Association of San Francisco.
February, 2003, Unity Foundation initiated the 50/50 Media
Campaign, designed to petition San Francisco Bay Area television
stations to air more balanced, diverse, and solution oriented
news stories. From February to April, the 50/50 Media Campaign
brought together a coalition of more than 25 organizations. In
May, the coalition voted to make the 50/50 Media Campaign an
on-going project of the Action Coalition for Media Education
(ACME), a national organization dedicated to media reform, media
education and support for independent film and video producers.
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