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”.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Jeff Mackler of UNAC (United National Anti-War Coalition) is speaking on 4/15/18 to the crowd of protesters gathered at Oakland City Hall.
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.)
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9/11 Truth & Justice Songs 9/11/11 by Vic Sadot at CD Baby
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