Phil Ochs 1973 Interview Audio to Video Project Gets Promoted at Celebrating Phil Ochs

New Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel post gets promoted by webmaster Shannon Hammock at the new web site to celebrate Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th birthday on Dec 19, 2015.

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. 

SUMMARY OF CONTENT: This interview took place in Washington, DC on WGTB Radio with Rich Lang, Host of Interface, a WGTB Public Affairs Program; Vic Sadot, Interviewer; Sound Engineer: Skip Pizzi. (Total time interview: 28 min, 54 sec)
Rich Lang announces “Interface” show and introduces Phil Ochs and Vic Sadot. Vic explains that Phil is in DC for a week long engagement at The Cellar Door. He then asks Phil about Watergate and what the Senate and the press are doing. Phil talks about “the Watergate conspiracy”, the possibility of impeachment of President Richard Nixon; Rich asks Phil what about Vice President Spiro Agnew; Nixon in the polls, the significance of Attorney General John Mitchell admitting to breaking the law. Phil expresses surprise that Judge Sirica pursued the Watergate case thus far, talks of the lack of character of Eliot Richardson, quotes John Lennon’s song, Working Class Hero, refers to “crooks” and “creeps” (Committee to Re-Elect the President), mentions FBI Director L. Patrick Gray admitting to having destroyed evidence, refers to the break-in to the office of Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg. Phil talks about his appearance on a TV show called “Panorama” the day before and what members of the international press, who were also on that show, were saying about the “Nixon scandal”. Phil comments on the superior nobility and utility of a parliamentary vote of no confidence compared to the impeachment process offered in the US Constitution.

Phil Ochs sings Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon, an update of a song he had previously written and released as Here’s to the State of Mississippi. Only Lyrics in white text on black background during the song segment.

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Vic Sadot asks Phil Ochs about his travels in recent years. Phil covers the globe with his commentary on Vietnam and Cambodia, and his report on his most recent travels to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Thailand, the Phillipines, “and Philadelphia”. Phil describes the struggle going on in Chile. Salvador Allende, a socialist who nationalized the copper mines, a great national asset of Chile, that had come to be owned by ITT Anaconda. This interview is in May 1973, 4 months before the coup by General Pinochet, when ITT and CIA activities against the Chilean government are being discussed. The coup came on September 11, 1973. Phil cites the assassination of the head of the Chilean Armed Forces (General René Schneider) as a “false flag” operation to make it seem like the newly elected socialist government was attacking the Chilean military. Phil talks about the movie “State of Siege” and the nature of the movement in South America. He describes the tactics of the Tupamaros in Uruguay, and tells the story of being at a university in Uruguay when it was surrounded by the army and shots were exchanged. Phil tells about being tracked and interfered with by Interpol and being taken to a prison. We discuss the role of universities in South America. He says that folk singers make the juke box but it is still mostly romantic subjects rather than political. Phil talks about the CIA financing of a spiritual movement in Chile to drain youth from the revolutionary political movement in Chile. (There may have been more in this interview, but it appears that WGTB’s reel to reel tape ran out here.)

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Homeland Security Surveillance Comes Corporate Outsourced to Oakland

Update regarding who has the contract to enact the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Surveillance project and how to get more up-to-date information from citizens who are watching these proceedings and oppose violations of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution. Full additions for this update are placed at the bottom of the content of the first published article, except for this notice: According to a reliable friend, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), had to be removed from the Domain Awareness Center surveillance project because it turned out that they did not meet the requirements of Measure T. On December 6, 1988, the city council enacted Ordinance No. 11062 C.M.S., the Nuclear Free Zone Act. This act prohibits the city from doing business with any contractors, companies and consulting firms who knowingly engage in nuclear weapons work. My source cites this link: http://oaklandwiki.org/Schneider_Electric

One of the many disturbing things about the Edward Snowden revelations of the all-sweeping depth and breadth of post 9/11 spying on Americans that caused him to blow the whistle and flee the country was the fact that the massive NSA spying was outsourced to a corporation called Booz Allen Associates. Booz Allen has long been suspected of being a CIA front or having ties that bind it to that and other secretive agencies. 

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Another disturbing thing about the Snowden revelations was that US Senator Diane Feinstein D-CA had made a secret deal to keep that level of violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution a secret from the public until 2038! Click the Feinstein photo to read about that!

See also the recent BERKELEY CALLING blog on the recent Berkeley gathering to defend the Bill of Rights here: BERKELEY CALLING BLOG 1-27-14 Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of the Bill of Rights – Now has link to watch the entire forum! Links to Fight Back! 

Residents of Oakland oppose mammoth new spy center and Homeland Security money for outsourced corporation SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)

Residents of Oakland oppose mammoth new spy center and Homeland Security money for outsourced corporation SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)

Now we hear of something called the “Domain Awareness Center” coming to Oakland. Another corporation calling itself SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) has come to Oakland awash in Homeland Security money to set up a huge Surveillance Center. This may be a corporation that you have never heard about, and it seems like they would prefer to keep everything about themselves secret while trying to probe everything about every citizen and non-citizen on the planet. For more on SAIC, read chapter 15 “Duane Andrews & SAIC” in Kevin Ryan’s new book, “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. They benefited enormously after 9/11 and yet they were in a unique position to stop those very terrorist attacks, according to author Kevin Ryan who says that they should be investigated as “suspects”. I will post a review of his book very soon, as I am now on the last chapter. It is a fascinating, well-documented, and disturbing book! http://www.another19.com/index.html

Light Brigades are springing up around the country to do night time protests. In Oakland they gathered at City Hall to oppose the new Domain Awareness Center proposed by the post 9/11 created US federal agency called Homeland Security

Light Brigades are springing up around the country to do night time protests. In Oakland they gathered at City Hall to oppose the new Domain Awareness Center proposed by the post 9/11 created US federal agency called Homeland Security

An Oakland Wiki Site was created to discuss issues and interesting things about Oakland. One major topic under discussion is the proposed “Domain Awareness Center” being created by Mayor Quan, who says she “cannot say no” to Homeland Security. What does that mean? Local research into the Surveillance Programs that the Feds are pushing on cities like Oakland reveals a vast sum of money being spent on this control system for spying on citizens at a time when social programs are being cut and demonstrations are picking up in regularity. This is all part and parcel of moving the police state forward under cover of a Black, supposedly “liberal” “progressive” puppet face President. “The Domain Awareness Center (DAC) is a surveillance hub, currently being built, which aims to integrate public and private cameras and sensors all over the City of Oakland into one $10.9M mass surveillance system. Needless to say, this issue is highly controversial, and not only here in Oakland: many US cities, and other cities worldwide, are watching closely to see how Oakland’s example will play out. On July 30th, 2013 Oakland’s City Council unanimously approved a $2M grant for Phase 2 of the DAC, which will be funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and implemented by the military contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Oakland citizen activist Mindy Stone shows her opposition to Homeland Security private outsourcing of creating a spying hub in Oakland by SAIC, a company that has made billions in contracts since the crimes of 9/11

Oakland citizen activist Mindy Stone shows her opposition to Homeland Security private outsourcing of creating a spying hub in Oakland by SAIC, a company that has made billions in contracts since the crimes of 9/11

For more on SAIC, read chapter 15 “Duane Andrews & SAIC” in Kevin Ryan‘s new book, “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. Numerous videos of the DAC Homeland Security program being discussed at Oakland City Council meetings are posted at this site. After that you will need a little radical humor and maybe a song to inspire you to fight back! Fortunately, Berkeley has just what the doctor ordered. We have Twit Wit Radio and I have a song called “Full Spectrum Dominance”.

Twit Wit Radio 2-23-14 KPFA Berkeley, CA – Weekly comedy laughing at the dark side… Seriously clever playfulness, and Berkeley Kid always shines… Part quiz show, part Berkeley free speech protest, part exposé of “deep politics” from the “military coup of 1963” to Democratic party Mayor Quan of Oakland’s cooperation with Federal agencies to create police state, particularly the surveillance of the city in the “domain awareness program”…Excellent musicians rendering popular tunes into thought provoking parodies… “After Disaster” and “Oakland’s on the Rise” are two of my favorites! Always a show that you can listen to more than once to catch what may have gone by too fast the first time. Enjoy!

Full Spectrum Dominance” is a free song at SoundCloud! Please use it now in defense of the 4th Amendment! You are not likely to hear this on your local radio station, even if it calls itself “progressive” or “alternative”. It’s up to you to get this song heard! The term “full spectrum dominance” by the United States was used in papers written by the Project for the New American Century, the neo-con think tank that so many G. W. Bush war profiteer appointees came from. By this terminology they clearly mean to control everything on land, air, sea, media, space, and cyberspace! Hence, surveillance and information analysis and application is a big part of that plan, a plan that the Democratic Party Obama regime has been exposed by Edward Snowden on the implementation of the TIP (“Total Information Project”) style privacy intrusions and 4th Amendment violations.

Defend the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Truth Troubadour Blog “Guns & Butter Radio Show Presents A Series of Kevin Ryan Interviews with Bonnie Faulkner on KPFA Pacifica about his new book “ANOTHER NINETEEN: INVESTIGATING LEGITIMATE 9/11 SUSPECTS” (TT Blog #36 on 8-29-13). Listen for free in the KPFA or NoLiesRadioOrg archives! 

Full Update 2-25-14 Learning more about the proposed Oakland Domain Awareness Center Surveillance Center: According to a reliable friend, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), had to be removed from the Domain Awareness Center surveillance project because it turned out that they did not meet the requirements of Measure T passed in 1988 to ban city contracts with all who engage in nuclear war industry.

http://oaklandwiki.org/Schneider_Electric

History of Measure T: http://oaklandwiki.org/Measure_T

In 1988, voters adopted Measure T which declared Oakland a Nuclear Free Zone. The measure passed with 57% of the vote.2 On December 6, 1988, the city council enacted Ordinance No. 11062 C.M.S., the Nuclear Free Zone Act. This act prohibits the city from doing business with any contractors, companies and consulting firms who knowingly engage in nuclear weapons work.

Firms must fill out a Nuclear Free Disclosure form (Form-S). If they don’t fill it out, they’re considered a nuclear weapon maker and restricted from having a contract with Oakland. (see the Disclosure Form for more details.)

Measure T also “requires 45 days notice of any transport of nuclear weapons or hazardous nuclear materials on city streets or waterways as well as a public hearing to determine the safest routes.” Further, the city has to divest from any companies which manufacture nuclear weapons. No nuclear materials can be used within the city limits.1

The federal government sued Oakland over Measure T. (See: United States v. City of Oakland, 958 F.2d 300 (9th Cir. 1992)). The suit invalidated Measure T on the grounds that the Federal Government has constitutional authority over national defense and atomic energy, and Oakland is a major port and has freeways and train lines running through it. In 1992, the Oakland City Council reaffirmed Measure T “to the extend legally possible” in Ordinance 11478. ordinance 11478.pdf

In 2013, the contractor chosen to implement Phase II of the controversial Domain Awareness Center was found to be in violation of Measure T.

The Oakland Privacy Working Group is a grassroots community organization that works on privacy and anti-surveillance efforts here in Oakland. The group grew out of an Occupy Oakland privacy working group, but is now basically its own thing. It ramped up activities after the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) first came to public attention in summer 2013 and is now working primarily on stopping the center from being implemented.

https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com

All the Potential Contractors for Oakland’s Controversial Surveillance Center Have Ties to Nuclear Weapons – East Bay Express by Darwin Bond Graham 11-19-13 

“After hearing concerns from privacy advocates, the City Council late last year cut ties with the firm it picked to build the center, Science Applications International Corp. (since renamed Leidos Holdings). Opponents had noted that contracting with the firm violated a city prohibition on doing business with companies that are connected to nuclear weapons makers. They also noted that the firm had paid a $500 million penalty in connection with a scandal-plagued project in New York City. In the city report recommending Schneider Electric Inc., a multinational industrial equipment firm, staffers detailed the firm’s recent litigation history and confirmed that it was not involved in nuclear weapons. Schneider got the recommendation over Motorola Solutions, Inc and G4S Technology LLC.” 

Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights

BERKELEY CALLING! The living Free Speech tradition of Berkeley, CA, the home of one of the University of California’s most famous universities and communities, was shining like a beacon to the world once again. An eloquent and heart-felt call to Defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States was issued by a group of distinguished and experienced speakers.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 over 400 Bay Area residents were treated to a panel of civil liberties leading activists at John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley California titled “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State.” It was a packed house with a very lively panel discussion. It was also live-streamed.

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Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, was one of the main speakers at the forum. Shahid Battar was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, the iconic whistleblower of The Pentagon Papers fame, a national hero described by President Nixon as “the most dangerous man in America”; Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org and producer of the film “War Made Easy”; Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”. Left to right seated are Daniel Ellsberg, Shahid Buttar,  Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon. Photo by Vic Sadot

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, seated behind at right of Reitman, is a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”. Left to right seated at the long table: Daniel Ellsberg, Shahid Buttar, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon. Photo by Vic Sadot

Shahid Buttar sounded the call to Defend the Bill of Rights! He denounced Senator Feinstein D-CA for her role not protecting the American people against the crimes against the Constitution and the attempt to keep the crimes secret until 2038. He asked people to sign and promote the “Shame on Feinstein” statement, which demands that and to tell Senator Feinstein D-CA to withdraw her bogus bill to codify continuing unwarranted, untargeted, and unsubstantiated surveillance of citizens and to resign from the Senate oversight committee on Intelligence for trying to cover up instead of stopping the vast illegal spying on Americans by the NSA. Solomon earlier exposed in an open letter that Feinstein had made a secret deal to keep that level of Total Information Awareness surveillance a secret until 2038. There is a Shame on Feinstein Facebook Page. And the petition is here: https://shameonfeinstein.org

For the more comprehensive report on the forum read Matthew Kellegrew inThe Peoples’s Blog For the Constitution” by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC). http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/#.UuYabNLTlkg

 Kellegrew reports, “The panel often focused on the positive, presenting examples of creative ways local communities can engage with the issue of over broad surveillance. Members of the Shame On Feinstein coalition passed out flyers and BORDC’s Shahid Buttar commended the effort from the stage. Buttar put the struggle for a truly accountable government in the context of broader historical struggles for liberty and freedom.”

Executive Director of BORDC, Shahid Buttar, issued the call for a vigorous grass roots citizen campaign to Defend the Bill of Rights. Seated left to right at the table: Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon.

Executive Director of BORDC, Shahid Buttar, issued the call for a vigorous grass roots citizen campaign to Defend the Bill of Rights. Seated left to right at the table: Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon.

Cindy Cohn provided an update on the legal challenges to NSA spying. Norman Solomon shared his analysis of mass media coverage of the NSA controversy. Daniel Ellsberg addressed the role and history of whistleblowers and the institutions they confront. Shahid Bhuttar focused on grassroots action opportunities at the state level, including the “Shame on Feinstein” initiative calling for Senator Feinstein’s resignation as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the bi-partisan “Off Now Coalition” policy proposed in Sacramento, CA, and in other states, such as Utah, cut off the NSA from state resources. See US News & World Report article by Steve Nelson: “Some NSA Opponents Want to ‘Nullify’ Surveillance With State Law – Activists say legislation can cut water, kill snooping at Utah Data Center”.

Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee announces “tool kits” available to citizens in the ongoing campaign against criminal violations of the Constitution by the NSA. Short video at BORDC YouTube Channel (2:33).

Watch the entire forum in the video below! “Our Almost Orwellian State & NSA Surveillance Forum” Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights in the Sanctuary of St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Posted by Bright Path Video YouTube Channel.

Abby Martin, RT TV Host of “Breadking the Set”, explains “Why Obama Speech Spells No Change to Global Surveillance” in her latest “Brainwash Update”. Abby Martin is “Breadking the Set” of the corporate media’s constrained parameters of allowed thinking! 

Full Spectrum Dominance: Lyrics and link to the free SoundCloud song posted at Global Network Against Nuclear Weapons and Power in Space! 

Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave? (5:11) Vic Sadot video at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel – “Are You A Citizen” is an anthem salute to struggle that is done in strident Cajun waltz style. The song was written by Vic Sadot and Cindy Hubschmidt. It challenges citizen apathy and cynicism. In reciting the successful parts of the historical record, the song confronts the notion that we cannot change anything. Yet the the historical record of struggle says otherwise. Colonialism, slavery, and debtor prisons were defeated. A Bill of Rights, the right to organize unions, civil rights, and womens voting rights were all won through struggle. As Thomas Paine once said, “Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another.” Rights are inalienable and not granted by the political powers that be. As the song says, “You’ll use your Bill of Rights ’til your struggles are won!”

Twit Wit Radio 1-26-14 Archive – Berkeley Political Comedy Radio Show Every Sunday Evening on KPFA Pacifica. Activists need to laugh sometimes! And that takes smart humor like Twit Wit delivers! 

Standing On the Side of Love – Free Chelsea!

BERKELEY CALLING! Stand on the Side of Love, Truth, and Justice! Free Chelsea Manning! Prosecute the War Criminals! Not the Whistle-Blowers!

  • COURAGE TO RESIST.ORG Plans Speaking Tour for CHELSEA MANNING Attorney David Coombs with Oakland event at Humanist Hall on Dec 9 at 6:30 pm!
  • BFUU SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE ISSUES A STATEMENT ON MANNING: THE “STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE” RESOLUTION.
  • VIC SADOT UPDATED HIS MANNING SUPPORT SONG TO THE FEMININE AS REQUESTED. “COURAGE TO RESIST – FREE CHELSEA!” IS A FREE DOWNLOAD AT SoundCloud! USE IT TO FREE WAR CRIMES WHISTLE-BLOWER CHELSEA MANNING!
  • Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple”, released a Statement denouncing the 35 year sentence and praising Chelsea Manning’s humanism and bravery. ALICE WALKER STATEMENT ON MANNING

  • New 2015 Video Update: Courage To Resist – Free Chelsea Manning (4:52) at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel.  This video is an update from the original 2009 “Courage To Resist” video about war crimes whistle-blower Bradley Manning. This 2015 version is gender updated to show respect and support for Chelsea Manning. She received a 35 year prison sentence for exposing U.S. war crimes, including the “collateral murder” video of U.S. helicopter pilots attacking a group of Iraqi children, civilians, and professional journalists.“We stood with you as ‘Bradley’! We’re gonna stand with you as ‘Chelsea’ too!” – A line in the last verse of the new version of the song called “Courage To Resist” now posted at SoundCloud.com/BroadsideBalladeer

Justice Denied: Chelsea Manning Gets 35 Year Sentence

COURAGE TO RESIST – FREE CHELSEA MANNING VERSION (4:47) – Free mp3 at SoundCloud by Broadside Balladeer! Use it to support war-crimes whistle-blower Chelsea Manning! Exposing war crimes is a duty, not a crime! Support the organization that stands with GI’s who grow in awareness and conscience and who stand for peace through justice while under military servitude! Berkeley-based singer-songwriter Vic Sadot is on vocals and acoustic guitar, and Eric Golub is on the evocative and moving viola. Sammy Fielding was the sound-engineer for all sessions at Robot Envy Studio.

Cynthia Papermaster joins VicSadot in singing his song, Courage To Resist, in support of Private Bradley Manning in San Francisco at Justin Herman Plaza as the crowd reacts to the announcement that war crimes whistle-blower Manning was given a 35 year sentence by the US military court. This rally was on 8-21-13. Photo by Peter Menchini

Cynthia Papermaster, with faithful “fellow traveler” and stalwart activist dog Jimminywinks, joins Vic Sadot in singing his song, Courage To Resist, in support of Private Bradley Manning in San Francisco at Justin Herman Plaza as the crowd reacts to the announcement that war crimes whistle-blower Manning was given a 35 year sentence by the US military court. This rally was on 8-21-13. Photo by Peter Menchini

Manning Legal Defense Led by David Coombs. Jeff Paterson of Courage To Resist organization is to the right of Coombs.

Manning Legal Defense Led by David Coombs. Jeff Paterson of Courage To Resist organization is to the right of Coombs.

As current Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the BFUU, I am pleased to make this public announcement that on September 1, 2013 The Social Justice Committee of The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists unanimously passed a resolution to remain resolute in support of Bradley Manning after he was unjustly sentenced to 35 years in prison for documenting war crimes as the law requires a soldier to do, and after publicly declaring that “she” is a woman and that she requests that we refer to “her” as Chelsea Manning.

It is clearly in the spirit and the meaning and the calling as described in “Our Unitarian Universalist Principles” that we declare this “Standing on the Side of Love” Resolution. It reads as such:

 “We stand by Chelsea Manning as a war-crimes whistle-blower who should be freed. Instead of prosecuting Manning, war criminals should be put on trial under the Nuremberg Principles. We also stand with Manning in her right to choose her gender.”

CNN reports on Manning statement made after his sentencing

The injustice of the saga of Chelsea Manning continues to confront all people of conscience and good will within the context of the larger system of oligarchy and militarism parading as “democracy” and being given constant cover by a criminally complicit corporate media. It is treasonous to engage in the cover up of crimes, in violations of the Constitution, and in the deliberate distortion of reality to suit the most cruel and cynical of motives to destroy and dominate people everywhere. It’s thuggery!

The movement in support of Bradley Manning understands this larger context and it is probably sophisticated enough to process the new challenges that Manning’s gender choice present. It is precisely because the movement for Social Justice in this country is a principled movement that it will remain stalwart and steadfast in support of Private Chelsea Manning.

On Oct 23, 2013 the Private Bradley Manning Support Network published the letter of support from famous author and social justice activist Alice Walker. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan has the power to reduce Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence to time served, as commander of the Military District of Washington. We need an outpouring of public support for Manning’s freedom to compel Maj. Gen. Buchanan to do the right thing.Hundreds have already written letters to Maj. Gen. Buchanan, explaining why Manning deserves clemency. Alice Walker is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. Read the Alice Walker Statement in which she praises Manning’s humanism here!

SF-BMcontingent-2013-banner-Pride-our-whistle-blowerThe Bradley Manning Contingent 7-01-13 at San Francisco Pride Parade

This presented a challenge to me as a songwriter as well since my original “Courage To Resist” song was about Bradley and two other GI’s supported by the organization known as CourageToResist.org. I am pleased to announce that a new Chelsea version of the song has been recorded and posted as a free mp3 download at SoundCloud.com/BroadsideBalladeer

The San Diego Coalition To Free Manning issued a call for people to hit the streets and demonstrate their reaction to the draconian sentence of 35 years in prison given to army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Along with the Obama regime's unprecedented war on whistleblowers and journalists, the revelations of illegal Unconstitutional spying on Americans in violation of the 4th Amendment right of the people to be secure in their houses and effects, people had much to say. Supporters of truth, justice & transparency rallied to speak out and raise awareness in San Diego.

The San Diego Coalition To Free Manning issued a call for people to hit the streets and demonstrate their reaction to the draconian sentence of 35 years in prison given to army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Along with the Obama regime’s unprecedented war on whistle-blowers and journalists, the revelations of illegal Unconstitutional spying on Americans in violation of the 4th Amendment right of the people to be secure in their houses and effects, people were motivated to protest. Supporters of truth, justice & transparency rallied in many cities.