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

 

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USS Liberty Vet Speaks in Berkeley!

Video Archived Here: USS Liberty Vet and Survivor Don Pageler spoke in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA on June 25, 2016 about the attack on the USS Liberty by Israel on June 8, 1967.

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The story was suppressed for many years, and the sailors who survived were forbidden to talk about it. Don received a Purple Heart. But he went through a long period of PTSD, “survivor’s guilt”, and therapy. He is literally a man with a mission to honor his fallen comrades and to remember this tragic history. It was a gripping personal story placed into historical context of the 6 Days war in which Israel did not want its communication intercepted. The Golan Heights were seized from Syria at this time, and the Israeli surprise attack knocked the Egyptians out of the war in short order.

Don Pageler’s powerpoint presentation was video recorded by Vic Sadot and will be edited by Hummux. The Video Link will be placed here within a week or two.

There has been much speculation that the attack may have been a “false flag” attack meant to bring the USA into the war on the side of Israel. Don Pagerler acknowledged that possibility, but stated clearly that his mission was only focused on telling what he had learned and could substantiate. It was his contention that there was no mistake on the part of Israel about the identity of the ship, which flew a huge American flag and was clearly marked and distinguishable from ships of other nations. It was not heavily armed as it was a signals intelligence ship.

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What is now known is that President Lyndon Johnson, Sec of State Robert MacNamara, and Admiral John “Jack” McCain ordered the incident to be covered up. In fact, it would not have played well to the American heartland to learn that President Johnson had recalled the fighter jets that responded to the distress call that the USS Liberty crew was able to get out while under attack.  Johnson said he did not care if they all died; he did not want to embarrass an ally.

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The Kansas native also had speaking engagements on Tuesday, June 28 at Peacock Hall in Rossmoor Walnut Creek,  1001 Golden Rain Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 at 4 pm, and on Wednesday, June 29 at 4:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960. All events are free, but donations may be requested for the venue and for the USS Liberty Vets. For more information see http://HonorLibertyVets.org

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San Francisco Examiner covered the attack in June 1967. Details were soon suppressed.

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There was a long Q&A session after USS Liberty Vet Don Pageler finished with his gripping tale and power-point presentation.

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USS Liberty Purple Heart Veteran Don Pageler in Historic Fellowship Hall 6-25-16. The event was sponsored by No Lies Radio and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. Photos by Vic Sadot, member of the SJC

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Members of NorCal Friends of Sabeel at left. Third from right: Allan Rees of No Lies Radio. Fourth from Right: Alison Weir, founder of If Americans Knew and author of a new book titled “Against Our Better Judgment”. Other audience and Pageler family members.

Post Update 7-23-16 We have heard that there is fundraising going on for a feature length documentary on the USS Liberty. Here is the link to the trailer for that item:

Trailer for funding a full-length feature film of the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack of the USS Liberty (2:44) USS Liberty YouTube Channel http://youtu.be/rW4m6yuKsFk

Published on May 10, 2016: This is the official donation reel for a full-length feature film on the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack of the USS Liberty, the only major maritime attack not investigated by the U.S. Congress. With your help, after 50 years of near-obscurity, the true story of the attack on the USS Liberty and its aftermath can be told, where 34 U.S. servicemen were viscously murdered and 174 wounded, an over 70% fatality and casualty rate. The main question you should be asking yourself about the Liberty is this: why has this story remained buried for almost half a century and who is behind the plot to keep it under wraps. Visit the official website of the film and please donate today!  http://usslibertymovie.com

Calling Berkeley! Ken O’Keefe To Speak!

Ken O’Keefe will speak in Berkeley! Uncensored & Unscripted! Sunday, March 20 from 5:30 – 8 pm in Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709. http://www.facebook.com/events/203924113305493

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Ken O’Keefe’s original marine conservation work has been somewhat overshadowed by his non-violent, but fully confrontational work for human rights. He is an ex-US marine and Gulf War Veteran, who formally renounced his US citizenship in 2001. O’ Keefe’s activities to date include founding Human Shield Action to Iraq (2003), serving as a captain on the first Free Gaza Mission (2008), surviving an Israeli attack on the ship Mavi Marmara (2010) and becoming Social Enterprise Managing Director of Aloha Palestine CIC and the Samouni Project.O’ Keefe is a published author and lecturer who now holds Irish, Hawaiian and Palestinian citizenship, but his ultimate allegiance is to his ‘entire human family’ and ‘Planet Earth’. His style of activism is characterised by his involvement in disarming two Israeli commandos as nine of his fellow Mavi Marmara passengers were executed. The Israeli military later claimed O’Keefe was a “terrorist operative of Hamas”. O’Keefe has repeatedly stated that Israeli Mossad and its assets, along with traitorous elements within the US, are directly responsible for the ‘false flag’ 9/11 attacks.