SF Bay Area Spring 2018 Action in Oakland CA To End the Wars at Home and Abroad

In the aftermath of President Trump’s rash and reckless launching of missiles on Syria in some illogical and illegal display of brute destructive power, there was a call by a broad coalition of anti-war groups to rally in various cities in the USA and around the world. The theme on the Bay Area notice I heeded said “End the Wars at Home & Abroad”, and that’s the link to reports from various locations gathered in one place.

This blog will have a mix of photos that I took at the colorful and spirited Anti-War march on April 15, 2018 in Oakland, CA, and some screenshots from the 3 minute video I made called Salute to the Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants”.
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Lake Merritt made a beautiful natural back-drop to the stage as you can see in the photos. The speaker above is Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee. International Solidarity Against War was a theme I appreciated among the speakers. The event began at 11 am with a gathering of the crowd at the Amphitheater on Lake Merritt. It was sunny and festive and something of a grand re-union of veteran peace and justice activists from throughout the SF Bay Area mixed with a new wave of youthful anti-war demonstrators. I certainly enjoyed chatting with the kindred spirits I’ve come to know since moving from Delaware and planting my roots here in 2008.  At 11:30 am speakers and music began to be presented. 
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Lucky for me that I got a photo and video clip of myself by Gypsy Taub. I returned the favor by taking photos of her and her kids. I was heeding the 911TAP (9/11 Truth Action Project) call that was posted by IAmTheFaceOfTruth Facebook 9/11 Truth visibility group to demonstrate and communicate 9/11 Truth at these Spring 2018 Anti-War Marches. I was also heeding the call by this local San Francisco Bay Area Anti-War Coalition that was posted on Facebook. There are lots of links from other partiicpants posted there since the event.

One thing that motivated me and hundreds of thousands of other people of conscience to get out to the Spring 2018 Anti-War Action was that Trump had just bombed Syria without consulting the US Congress or waiting for evidence from an investigation. He put himself on shaky Constitutional grounds there. But the Democrats seem to want war too. And they would rather talk about Russia-gate and Stormy Daniels and Trump Tweets… They will talk about anything but how Obama continued Bush policies and how Hillary Clinton could lose to a chump like Trump by seeming to be the greater of two evils as the pro-war candidate.

The last time Trump bombed Syria after the last false flag chemical attack one year earlier, he did so under pressure from Israel and the NeoCons and NeoLiberals occupying the swamp of corruption that is the US Congress in the District of Columbia. This demo took place a couple days after IDF snipers had murdered unarmed protesters in the Gaza strip of occupied Palestine for calling for an end to the Apartheid occupation and for recognition of their right to return to their lands in Palestine. The war on Yemen by Saudi Arabia with US-Israel support was also addressed. Likewise Trump’s bellicose threats toward Iran and North Korea, and the seemingly endless war on Afghanistan where the black market of poppy fields and vast mineral resources are the plunder.
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Clicking on the above photos will link you to the Vimeo or YouTube posts of my 3 minute “Salute” video. Salute to Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants” (3 min/ 9 seconds) SF Bay Area Anti-War Rally Report on April 15 Tax Day Peace March from the Lake Merritt Amphitheater to downtown Oakland by Vic Sadot at Vimeo. (1920 x 1280) Vic uses a mix of photos and video clips and the “Truth Troubadour” CD licensed recording of “Masters of War” at CD Baby.

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The march went from Lake Merritt for several city blocks to arrive at Oakland City Hall for another round of speakers and music in Oscar Grant Plaza (aka Frank Ogawa Plaza).
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BROADSIDE BALLADEER BLOG: “Salute to Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants”
TRUTH TROUBADOUR BLOG: April 16, 2018 “Salute to Spring 2018 Oakland Anti-War Rally Participants” (Note: The best quality, typo & timing edited, final cut version is the video at Vimeo and at Vic Sadot YouTube. This Truth Troubadour blog uses the first post at the Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel that had some typos and tighter timing snyc with lyrics corrected in the later versions.)
Official Site for Vic Sadot Music is VicSadot.com 

9/11 Truth & Justice Songs  9/11/11 by Vic Sadot at CD Baby

Free Political Songs by Broadside Balladeer Vic Sadot at SoundCloud! Here’s one for the occassion! Post 9/11 Love Me I’m A Liberal
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Post 9/11 Love Me I’m A Liberal by Vic Sadot on 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD (2011) audio on CD Baby YouTube Artist Collections CD Playlist

 

Project Censored interviews William Pepper, King Family Attorney, on the evidence at the 50th Anniversary of the Murder of Martin Luther King

The Plot to Kill King” – Project Censored Radio Show on KPFA PACIFICA in Berkeley, CA 4-06-18. Mickey Huff and Ken Burroughs of San Francisco University interview William Pepper, author of three books about the Murder of Martin Luther King. https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=282877

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Book Cover: The Plot to Kill King published 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing
William Pepper explains that he met Dr King because King wanted to speak with him about his reporting from Vietnam, particularly due to his photos published in Ramparts Magazine in 1967 showing the effect of the war on the children of Vietnam. Pepper got to know the family as a result of his first book in 1995, Orders To Kill. The King family and William Pepper visited James Earl Ray in prison. They were convinced that he was not the killer. They came to believe that he had not acted out of racist hatred toward MLK, but rather as a patsy in a large conspiracy involving criminals in and out of government. Efforts to get a new trial and medical help for James Earl Ray failed, and he died in prison.

The King family decided to file a civil trial in Memphis in 1999. William Pepper was the lawyer for the King family in their civil trial victory at which a unanimous jury of 6 whites and 6 blacks convicted former Memphis cop Loyd Jowers and “unnamed government co-conspirators” for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper’s second book was released in 2003 on Verso Books. It tells about what came out in the trial and was put into the public historical record. The transcripts from the trial can be read at the King Center website.

The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia USA King Family Statement & Transcripts from the Assassination Conspiracy Trial Victory in Memphis in 1999
http://www.thekingcenter.org/assassination-conspiracy-trial

My song highlights some of the most disturbing items that came out in the trial, and my video used the photos from that book with permission of William Pepper. The song bears the same title as the book, “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King”. The recording with Eric Golub on violin from the 2016 “Truth Troubadour” CD was aired on this program from 17:34 to 22:20 on Project Censored – The Plot To Kill King 4-06-18.

An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (2013) (5:31) Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/fcoZ3jMXrww

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William Pepper is the author of three books about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. The interview moves on to discuss what he discovered in his third and last book, which was published in 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing. The third book is titled The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

William Pepper claims that an enormous amount of additional information has been gathered since the second book published 15 years earlier. Project Censored Guest Host, Ken Burroughs asks Dr. Pepper about the new revelations about how Dr King died that are in his last book. Dr. Pepper names the shooter as Memphis cop Frank Strausser. He names the doctor in the hospital who smothered Dr. King under a pillow as Dr. Breen Bland. He tells the sources for this information. He names other “co-conspirators” who were already named in his last MLK book.

William Pepper was the keynote speaker at the annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival on 9-11-17 in Oakland, CA, which is sponsored by the Northern CA 9/11 Truth Alliance. All the films and speakers were live-streamed and archived by No Lies Radio at their Vimeo channel. Click on the photo to go to the part 6 section archive where William Pepper is the keynote speaker afterbeing introduced by Bonnie Faulkner, host of the Guns & Butter Radio show, which is also broadcast from KPFA PACIFICA in Berkeley, CA. 
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William Pepper and Vic Sadot chat in the lobby of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA on 9-17-17. He’s receiving the “Truth Troubadour” CD that has the song “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King” as song #6 of 18 on the Dec 2016 CD Baby release.

Dr. William F. Pepper – Keynote Speaker “9/11 Truth Film Festival” 9-11-2017 Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California (52 min/27 sec) No Lies Radio Vimeo Archive  https://vimeo.com/233568273 

Note from William Pepper to Vic Sadot for writing this song about his second of three books about the murder of Dr Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. The re-make video with Eric Golub in the studio soundtrack was done in 2013. The master-mix of the song was finally released on Dec 19, 2017 on the “Truth Troubadour” CD at CD Baby:
Thanks so much for the effort you and others are making in the common struggle to air the truth about how this Republic, and each one of us, lost Martin. Thank you for taking the time to put some important history into a ballad. This, of course, is the role of the Balladeer without whom much of history would be lost, especially in our time with the consolidation of control of the mainstream media. I am grateful.” Bill Pepper

WHO KILLED MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND WHY? By William Pepper, Published at Popular Resistance 4-02-18 by Kevin Zeese