Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Common Thread Collective gets a great write-up on Rock the Pigeon

Check out this great article by Rock the Pigeon really captures the feel of what our show, The Common Thread Collective, on Mutiny Radio, Fridays 3-6pm on

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October 22, 2014 · by rockthepigeon· in Acoustic Music, Anti-Folk, Blues, DIY, Folk, Folk Punk, Indie Rock, Jams, Open Mic, Radio Station, Rock, Singer-Songwriter. ·

Mutiny Radio is a DIY-style radio station based in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district. Mutiny Radio opens its doors to many different types of events; concerts, poetry readings, comedy shows, and even pumpkin carving contests.

Today, we want to bring your attention to one very special show, The Common Thread Collective hosted by San Francisco’s beloved poet and activist Diamond Dave and Women’s Magazine’s Global Val! This wonderful and spontaneous show takes place every single Friday afternoon from 3PM-6PM. It is run open-mic style but there is no sign-up sheet! Show up with your guitar, your readings, your poems, and be ready to go! Diamond Dave directs the show as he goes. He crafts the line-up throughout the show as he sees fit and it always ends up to be perfect. “Another amazing show!”

Songwriters may play one song and then Dave may ask you to play a second, a third, or maybe even a fourth if you are truly talented and if time permits. Poets recite their poetry, sometimes improvising pianists. Global Val and Diamond Dave often read poetry on the show. People read from their published or unpublished novels. There are call-in guests. There are activists talking about how to make social change. There are many people calling for revolution through their work and words. Guests are often interviewed, sometimes spontaneously. If you perform, you may be asked to do an interview only seconds later.

The last 30 minutes of the show usually erupt the radio airwaves with an open jam session. Everyone that was part of the show bangs their drums, noodles on their guitars, and sings lyrics written on the spot. It is often very folky or bluesy. It’s a very exciting event that revolves around community and togetherness. The happy vibe that the Common Thread Collective emits will linger for the rest of your Friday. Come on down and be found.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Radio Reflections with Global Val : Two Years with KPFA 94.1

I was reflecting the other day about the way my creative dedication to showing up at Mutiny Radio every Friday since the end of 2010 (to engineer & co-host for The Common Thread Collective with Diamond Dave, Fridays 3-6pm), has blossomed into a vast body of work that continues to evolve...change shades, shapes, and colors. It's been a shifting of awareness, as subtle yet as striking as the changing light of a day. Those long drawn out days, have turned into seasons, and so I've found myself at another coordinate of the turning:

I'm celebrating an anniversary - It was two years ago that I was recruited to become a contributing Producer to Women's Magazine on KPFA 94.1 Pacifica Network. Since then, I've independently produced, hosted & edited a dozen shows for KPFA 94.1 (11 have aired so far, but #12 will air at a date TBA), by interviewing guests on my weekly Women's Magazine show at Mutiny Radio (Fridays 2-3pm) and teaching myself how to edit audio.

My goal from the outset has been to interview women who are changing the world and highlighting issues that affect us all. Although many of the topics are deeply serious, I always try to unveil some light in the darkness..."Because remember, just when your aspirations seem outrageous, that inspiration is contagious."

With every project, I learn and I get better at editing and crafting the story. Looking back on what I've produced makes me proud and makes me realize how far I've come, but also inspires & motivates me to do and learn more.

All of these shows can be found on Search the Archives by date and Women's Magazine:

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Magnificent Matriarchy - March for Elephants
Guests: Rosemary Alles & Tamara Birdsall

JULY 14, 2014
Voice of Witness
Guests: Mimi Lok, Executive Director of Voice of Witness, Winner of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for Social Progress 2013, and Audrey Petty, editor/compiler of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Women's Poetry Showcase #2 - Poetry as an Agent of Change
Guests/Poets: Alicia Zakon & Alexandria Rain Smith
Featuring music by The Nectarian Collective from the Big Island of Hawaii

AUGUST 5, 2013
Human Egg Harvesting & California AB 926*
Guests: Jennifer Lahl (Executive Producer/Director of the Award Winning documentary Eggsploitation: The Fertility Industry has a Dirty Little Secret), Dr. Diane Tober, PhD, (Assoc. Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society), Mona Lisa Wallace, Esq.
*Note: AB 926 was later vetoed by Gov. Brown

JUNE 3, 2013
Women's Poetry Showcase #1
Guests/Poets: Jennifer Barrone (The Word Party), EK Keith (Poems Under the Dome & Mission High School), Mama Coatl, Ava Bird, Kimberly Escamilla (International Poetry Library)
Featuring music from: Clara Bellino & Nova Jazz

MARCH 18, 2013
Aging Women, Housing Rights & Domestic Violence
Guests: Rose Aguilar (Host of Your Call on KAWL 91.7fm) & Lindsay Sweetnam (La Casa de Las Madres)
Based on an article by Rose Aguilar "Old, Female and Homeless", which appeared in The Nation on February 13, 2013

FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Break the Chain - 40 Years After Roe v. Wade
Guests: Rose Aguilar (Host of Your Call on KALW 91.7) & Mona Lisa Wallace, Esq. (Green Feminist)
Featuring the song/international One Billion Rising flash mob: "Break the Chain" by Tena Clark, choreographed by Debbie Allen

JANUARY 7, 2013
Code Pink Delegates Report back from Pakistan: CIA's Drone War
Guests: Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink & Global Exchange; Toby Blome and Dr. Diane Budd, Delegates

DECEMBER 3, 2012
Shedding Light on an Invisible War - Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Guests: Katie Weber (Protect Our Defenders) and Latonia Dixon(Veterans for Peace)

Election (of) Eve
Guests: Patty Bellasalma and Stacy Malkin, (CA NOW); Christina Lopez (Vice Presidential Candidate for the Freedom-Socialist Party), Janet Wiel (Code Pink)
Co-Producer: Molly Hankowicz

OCTOBER 29, 2012
Creating a U.S. Department of Peace
Guests: Nancy Merritt and Nancy Kivette (The Peace Alliance) and Monique Graves, Founder of Lauren's House for Positive Change in East Palo Alto

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Peace and Thank you,
Global Val

Monday, September 15, 2014

March for Elephants & Rhinos - before it's too late! - KPFA 94.1 Women's Magazine - September 22, 2014, 1-2pm

Join me on Monday, September 22, 2014, 1-2pm on Women's Magazine, KPFA 94.1 &

The African elephant is scheduled to be extinct within the next ten years.

...a matriarchal society, carrying ancient knowledge
...a keystone species, supporting entire ecosystems, and help mitigate climate change!
...being ILLEGALLY poached for ivory trinkets, that are still LEGALLY manufactured in China and SOLD IN CALIFORNIA
...funding terrorist groups throughout Africa

Join me on Monday, September 22, 2014, 1-2pm on Women's Magazine, KPFA 94.1 &

March for Elephants & Rhinos - before it's too late!

October 4th is World Animal Day, and in 85 cities around the world - including San Francisco - groups will be participating in the March for Elephants and Rhinos. Why? Because poaching illegal ivory and legal ivory manufacturing have put African elephants in danger of extinction within a decade! Join Global Val Ibarra of as she talks to some of the prime organizers of the March for Elephants, Rosemary Alles and Tamara Birdsall, who tell us the story of the Elephant, and why we need to & how we can save this keystone species and magnificent matriarchy. and

Sign the petition to Governor Brown and other representatives.
Join the March on October 4th: 10:30am St. Mary's Square/ China Town > ending in UN Plaza / Civic Center

Monday, September 22, 2014, 1-2pm on Women's Magazine, KPFA 94.1 &

There are several ways to listen LIVE:
KPFA 94.1 &
KPFB 89.3 FM
Comcast Digital Cable 967
iPhone: Public Radio App
Android: TuneIn Radio App
WebOS: Public Radio App

Archive/Podcast will be available on (search by the date and show) and at

Peace and Thank you!
Global Val

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mutiny Radio STATS are off the charts!

It's been a ripe year at Mutiny Radio!

Things are always evolving at Mutiny Radio, but what remains is a tight collective of DJs and supporters who continuously put out eclectic content & promote free speech in the form of 48 weekly shows, streaming around the planet on the internet at

As the nature of radio expands, live listenership is not the mode of the day. It's all about the downloads. So, whether you and your family sit around the fireside and listen to your favorite podcasts, I know not. What I do know, is that PEOPLE ARE LISTENING, thanks to our fantastic volunteer statistician.

The monthly numbers are in for both the shows I run on Fridays at
1. The Common Thread Collective, with Diamond Dave. Our weekly open mic, community building extravaganza. Friday 3-6pm
2. Women's Magazine with Global Val, in conjunction with KPFA 94.1, this is my weekly radio workshop highlighting women who are changing the world & issues that affect everyone. Fridays 2-3pm.

MARCH 2014
Common Thread Collective was #20 with 4,120 downloads
Women's Magazine was #32 with 3,261 downloads
TOTAL = 7,381

APRIL 2014
CTC #3 - 9,614 dwnls
WM #18 - 4,004 dwnls
TOTAL = 13,618

MAY 2014
CTC #14 - 4,865 dwnls
WM #20 - 4,233 dwnls
TOTAL = 9,098

JUNE 2014
CTC #8 - 5,925 dwnls
WM #17 - 5,370 dwnls
TOTAL = 11,295

JULY 2014:
CTC 6370 downloads
WM 6144 downloads
TOTAL= 12,514

AUGUST 2014 = 11,728
CTC is #6 show with 7003 downloads
WM is #16 with 4725
TOTAL = 11,728

SEPTEMBER 2014 = 11,071
CTC is #9 with 5861
WM is # 15 with 5210
TOTAL = 11,071

*Our shows not only grew in terms of downloads, but also, live listenership!
Common Thread Collective is the #2 show!
Women's Magazine is #15
TOTAL = 14,149

CTC #3 with 6,227
WM #23 with 3,229
TOTAL = 9,456

December 2014
CTC #3 = 7,482
WM #13 = 6,006
TOTAL = 13,488

JANUARY 2015 - Our biggest month of downloads yet!!!
CTC #3 = 12,261
WM #8 = 6,013
TOTAL = 18,274

FEBRUARY 2015 - A short month with some technical interruptions to our archives, but still great numbers :)
CTC #4 = 6,188
WM #11 = 5,319
TOTAL = 11,507

So, in a year's time, we've been able to reach a lot of people!
The Common Thread Collective was downloaded 84,340 times!
Women's Magazine was downloaded 59,239 times!

That's a grand total of 143,579 downloads of shows run by Global Val in the past 12 months...Woohoo!

So, THANK YOU to the folks who have downloaded our shows!

Also, thanks to everyone who has contributed to Mutiny Radio.


Like us on Facebook:
- Common Thread Collective
- Women's Magazine with Global Val
- Mutiny Radio

In the words of Diamond Dave, "We be doin' it!"

Peace & Thank you,
Global Val

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Voice of Witness on Women's Magazine KPFA 94.1 - July 14th, 2014, 1-2pm

Pleased to be back on KPFA 94.1 "Women's Magazine" on Monday, July 14th 2014, 1-2pm.

Voice of Witness, a non-profit book series and education program that shares the oral histories of those involved in ongoing human rights and social justice issues. Join me as Diamond Dave and I talk to the Executive Director, Mimi Lok, who, along with VoW co-founder Dave Eggers, won the 2013 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for Social Progress, for their work with Voice of Witness. We'll also speak with Audrey Petty, the Editor and Compiler of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing, which shares the stories of people who used to live in the high rise projects that were torn down in the early 2000s as part of Chicago's Plan for Transformation. Sharing inspiration and the power of the personal story to tell otherwise untold perspectives that are so often hidden in conventional history and media.

There are several ways to listen LIVE:
KPFA 94.1 &
KPFB 89.3 FM
Comcast Digital Cable 967
iPhone: Public Radio App
Android: TuneIn Radio App
WebOS: Public Radio App

Peace & Thank You!
Global Val

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Global Val MCs for EarthDaySF

I'm pleased to announce that I've been asked to MC for Earth Day SF on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. 10am-6pm. FREE/all ages!

I'll be in the Speakers Tent 12-2:30pm
-Starting at NOON with a panel discussion about "Positive & Healthy Consumer Solutions" with me, environmental attorney Mona Lisa Wallace, Stacy Malkan of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and Pamm Larry of the Label GMO campaign.
*Tune in to Women's Magazine on on Friday 4/18, 2-3pm for a preview of the panel.
- Other speakers on 4/19 include:
Katie Cantrell of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
Kevin Connelly of the Earth Island Institute
Rosemary Alles of March for Elephants
David Braun of Americans Against Fracking
Representatives from Friends of the Urban Forest
Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange
Leila Salazar Lopez, Program Director of Amazon Watch
Osprey Orielle Lake of We Can International & President/Founder of the Women's Earth & Climate Caucus
Dr. Meg Lowman, the "real life Lorax" or "Einstein of the treetops", pioneer of canopy ecology, joining us from the California Academy of Sciences
Bob Linden of the nationally syndicated, non-profit, weekly show Go Vegan with Bob Linden

And then I'll be on the Earth Mother main stage 3-6pm with MUSIC & even more speakers, including:
Pamm Larry of the Label GMO campaign
Bill McKibbin of, who will also be part of the march from the Embarcadero (starting at 11am) to Civic Center, against the Keystone XL Pipeline

There'll be music & dancing, education, workshops & lots of inspiration for all ages. Join us at this FREE event, 10am - 6pm on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

9th Annual Poems Under the Dome at San Francisco City Hall

- Poster by Chad Xavier -

Poems Under the Dome - 9th Annual Celebration of National Poetry Month at San Francisco City Hall


An open mic celebration of National Poetry Month. The 9th Annual Poems Under the Dome welcomes you to read a poem inside beautiful San Francisco City Hall in the North Light Court. Enter the free lottery at the event to read ONE poem in THREE minutes or less. FREE & open to all ages! Thursday, April 24th, 5:30-8pm.

Notes & Thanks:

"April is the cruelest month. " -T.S Eliot

Nine years ago, Diamond Dave Whitaker was sitting at Alamo Square, looking down at the freshly gilded dome of City Hall glistening in the sun, and declared, "What a great place for poetry!" After his epiphany, he called in the help of a few local poets, namely EK Keith & Charlie Getter, to help him realize this dream. They got on the task, and with the support of various Supervisors and the Mayor, were able to put together the 1st Poems Under the Dome in 2006.

Since then, with the dedication of EK, the primary organizer, and a group of volunteers, this special event hasn't skipped a beat (so to speak) and we're thrilled to invited ALL AGES to attend this FREE event on Thursday, April 24th, 5:30-8pm in the North Light Court inside San Francisco City Hall. It's the only event of its kind at City Hall - in that it is a free event for the public, welcoming participation.

Readers are selected by lottery at the event and at a handful of poetry open mics around town during the month of April. So come and put your name in the hat for one of the coveted 3-minute spots to read ONE poem of your choosing (an original or a favorite). The shorter your poem is, the more opportunity there is for others to get to read. Either way, it's a great chance to experience live poetry and the thriving poetic community of San Francisco!

This year, our current Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Alejandro Murguia, will read the first poem. We also have a small group of local youth who will help start off the evening. Names for the open mic will be drawn at various points throughout the evening, so we encourage you stick around, be patient and enjoy the show!

For more information go to

We want to thank John Avalos & the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor and the Sheriff's Office, and the SF Public Library for their continued support of this one-of-a-kind event, the mother of all open mics, inside City Hall, in celebration of National Poetry Month.