All Speakers censored at “We The People” fest.
By Jack Blood.
Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney and Jack Blood were prohibited from speaking at WTP Fest in Los Angeles today. The event had been heavily promoted in LA by KROQ FM, and the LA Weekly etc….
I was on the main stage, ready to go on just after Fishbone and just before Suicidal Tendencies…about 7 PM 9.27.08.
Dylan Avery was with me and I had planned to give him some time during my speech.
I was pulled from the stage, and told that if I spoke the local, state, and (agenda 21) police would shut down the gig. (We had about 8,000 people by then)
At this time I believe that the Mayor of Los Angeles made the call to stop us from speaking. (Earlier in the day he had asked to speak at the event, but only under the condition that the Three of us not speak on the main stage. I heard that the organizers told him no.) I interviewed several people who told us that “Political Pressure” had intervened to stop us from speaking.
We have much more on this, and will report the story on the Tuesday Edition of Deadline live.
None of the speakers were allowed to speak by nights end.
This all might have come down due to the massive Obama presence at the event.
* Dylan Avery and Cindy Sheehan will appear on DEADLINE LIVE 10.1.08 to break this all down.
More Info coming out on the WTP Fest in LA – Part 2 today on radio
If you haven’t heard, all of the speakers INVITED to the “We The People” Fest in Los Angeles this past Saturday, 9.27.08 WERE CENSORED BY AUTHORITIES IN LA
(This included Myself – Jack Blood, Anti War Icon and Congressional Candidate Cindy Sheehan, and Green Party Presidential Candidate and former Congresswoman (GA) Cynthia McKinney.)
The event was besieged with problems beginning just a few weeks before the scheduled event at the Los Angeles State Historic Park located just south of Downtown LA.
The event organizers were put under an enormous amount of pressure after certain political entities became abusive over the event artwork, and the choice of speakers to attend. The police were “concerned” that a riot could ensue if we spoke to the 5,000 plus crowd. (Many more would’ve been at the event which could hold 20,000 if the police did not block the entrance after they decided too many people were gathered together with “anti – government” opinions.) What happened to the First Amendment????
I was about to speak before Suicidal Tendencies – just after Fishbone when I was pulled off stage and told that the cops would shut down the event if I was allowed to go on stage. (I had planned to bring Dylan Avery from “Loose Change” on stage with me) ST had really fired up the crowd, and then were besieged by “technical problems”
Later,Cindy Sheehan was told that she could introduce Tom Morello (Rage against the Machine) but would NOT be allowed to address the crowd, nor mention Rep McKinney. She refused the “offer”.
Cynthia McKinney was backstage with Cindy Sheehan. Not only did they have a hard time getting into the show, but were treated like gate crashers at the event.
Shavarsh “Shavo” Odadjian (System of a Down) also did not attend the event as scheduled, and I assumed this was because of the nature of what was (not) happening.
The event organizers, in my opinion, could have done a better job standing up to the authorities, but should not be blamed at this time. (I will reserve judgment) If the concert was shut down it certainly would’ve resulted in a full scale riot, which might have been the goal all along. In attendance were hundreds of small children who would have been caught in an extremely violent situation.
The censorship came from several source points.
1) The Mayor of LA: Antonio Villaraigosa who is a major Obama supporter, and who had wanted to speak from the main stage earlier in the day, on the contingency that the 3 scheduled speakers not be allowed to take the main stage. It appears that all orders carried out by local police were directed from the Mayor’s office. (Who was giving orders to the State Police?)
2) Rock the Vote: We heard that they had booked most of the bands, and were displeased by the “anti establishment” “anti Obama” rhetoric previously displayed by the 3 speakers. (OK I am Guilty)
3) The Obama campaign: Who had somehow co-opted the event. There were several Obama and anti McCain booths at the event, and after the speakers were censored, the entire event turned into an Obama rally.
The question is, did the Obama campaign recruit the Mayor (and the Staters) to stop the 3 speakers who would oppose their candidate, and reveal that neither the Demopublicans, nor Republicrats were coming to save us.
4) Every speaker scheduled to speak were also 911 Truth supporters, and we can assume that certain people in positions of power did not want us to detail the high crimes and treason perpetrated by the guilty.
TODAY – 10.1.08 – I will be joined by Cindy Sheehan (www.cindyforcongress.org) AND Dylan Avery www.loosechange911.com
I want to thank the organizers of this event for inviting me, and attempting to make a world class event in one of the biggest cities in the world.
What we have learned is just how far the establishment will go to shut down the TRUTH! In the future we might leave our children at home so that we can respond in such a way that the authorities will understand that WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND WERE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!
Long Live the Revolution!
(Thought Criminal & Enemy of the State)
- More Info coming out on the WTP Fest in LA – Part 2 today on radio.
- Audio of Jack Blood’s interview with Cindy Sheehan about this debacle:
- All Speakers censored at “We The People” fest.
- Speakers CENSORED from “We The People” Fest in L.A.
And on the corruption of Big Music Events by the Military Industrial Complex …
Arthur: The Little Magazine That Could
By Kevin McCarthy
July 11, 2007
As the magazine was launching, the war in Iraq was being sold, and Arthur defined itself as a virulently antiwar publication; the magazine dedicated its fifth issue to a critique of the war. (The cover of that issue depicted comedian David Cross as a soccer mom cheerleading the war surrounded by the words “Hooray for Empire” and “USA #1 with a Bullet.”) The editors never stopped questioning the war and military recruitment. In 2004 Arthur teamed with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to run a PSA for antirecruitment campaigns in its pages. Then in May 2006, in an issue of Arthur, Babcock challenged Sully Erna of the rock band Godsmack for licensing his music to the military for use in recruitment ads and for using military images at concerts. The magazine’s pages were a regular space for artists and writers like Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Kyp Malone, of the indie band TV on the Radio, to speak out against the war and President Bush.
In a later issue, you talked to Kyp Malone, from the band TV on the Radio, about his experiences playing shows where the promoter had allowed military recruiters in to sign up kids against the band’s contract. Is this something you’ve seen a lot of with the artists you cover?
Kyp was the main one who would talk about that, but there have been other things that had happened. [The country-soul band] Brightblack Morning Light had some trouble in Tucson, because they have it in their rider that they don’t want recruiting to go on at their concerts. It’s kind of ridiculous that you’d have to say that…. But if word gets out that that’s in your rider…that was a problem for them.