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News :: War and Militarism
WZBC 's Audio of March 19 Commons Vigil
02 Apr 2008
492 Cafe has posted a 30 minute audio condensation of the event available for free at This also aired on WZBC’s Truth and Justice radio, which runs Sundays from 6-10 am at 90.3 MHz FM. Audio is recorded directly from the sound board, with some audience participation included.
WZBC 's Audio of March 19 Commons Vigil Now Posted
Freeman Z, who engineered the event's sound, (that would be me) also (perhaps even secretly, according to insipid Mass wiretap law,) recordified it and produced a comprehensive piece for your enjoyment.


Hi Jeff,
I just listened to your edited recording of the Boston Common vigil on the anniversary of the Iraq War. You did a terrific job. Thank you so much for all your work, on this and your other projects too.


* The Entire Vigil in stereo (30:00, 40MB)
* The Entire Vigil in mono (30:00, 20MB)


1. Introduction by Freeman Z
2. Music -Chuck Williams: On The Line
3. Speech -Paul Shannon from AFSC of Cambridge
4. George Capaccio, ? and others: Names of the Dead
5. Amazing Grace
6. Jane Collins, Author, For Love of a Soldier (website)
7. Music -Raging Grannies
8. Maureen Hearn
9. Susan Lees of Cambridge UJP
10. Mélida Arredondo
11. Carlos Arredondo
12. Student Activists on Harvard, B.U. and Washington DC actions
13. "Bagel Dan" Kontoff reports on Boston civil disobedience and arrests
14. A Parting Song


* Reading of Names (stereo, 5:20 7MB)
* Chuck Williams On The Line -Live Version (Freeman Z's mix 5:00, 7MB)


* Chuck Williams On The Line -Studio Version (Zone Studios 5:00, 7MB)



As the corporate press whores glorified the anniversary of the beginning of the greatest war crime of the millennium, a couple of hundred people assembled in the rain on Boston Common to remember the war dead.

Mélida and Carlos Arredondo are some of the thousands of Americans who have lost a family member in Iraq. Their son Alexander's name is among those recited at the vigil. Another, Andrew Bacevich, was the son of a Career Army Officer, BU Professor and policy expert with the same name. 492 Cafe prepared his talk "Ten Points on US Foreign Policy" for radio broadcast. It aired on WZBC-FM's Truth and Justice Radio in 2006.

Vigil distorted on Boston Fox's War-Whore "News"

View the Faux Snooze Fake Report here

In the TV clip, you can hear a bit of sound from my system, "...lies..." (this sound bite aired on Faux!) and you can see a loudspeaker covered in plastic behind the man who's interviewed (He's a veteran, but Faux Snooze labels him simply "protester.") Faux showed up very late and the local's work is clearly inferior in style and content, even compared to the other locals.
What did Faux Snooze "miss?"

* This was not a protest, It was a somber vigil. Names of war dead (civilians included,) were read aloud. There was no chanting.
* Veterans and their families had a strong presence. (Faux ALWAYS "misses" the presence of Veterans, and even has misreported a veteran-led action, taking pains to find a civilian to interview among the veterans, then snidely commenting "They'll never serve.")
* Organizations were not named Banners and organizations were purged. (As compared to "181 Charlie," a clear identity.)
* Note that these are National Guard ("Guardsmen") who were never intended for foreign deployment. In fact, some say, their role is to protect us from the Federal Government. The Constitution does not call for a standing army, presumably because the "framers" knew this would enable the Federal Government to do bad things. They were correct. D. W. Eisenhower warned us that our country was being taken over by war industrialists. That was quite a while ago.

How did Citizen Rupert's Faux spin the story?

* Focus on happy reunions with absolutely no mention, in text or video, of a million Iraqis murdered by the US Soldier's dismissive comment about "protestors" states that our "freedom" to have a "protest" comes from his willingness to "fight." Our freedom comes somehow from his complicity in war crimes, rather than from our own determination. Protestors are portrayed as being selfish, worried, primarily about money, maybe welfare "handouts." (Obviously, these misguided souls have no understanding of the importance of the mission. They just want free school lunches for their kids.)
* "Bombs reigned down on Baghdad" coincides with a child waving a US flag. ...Boys will be boys!
* Soldier refers to the Bush Halliburton war crimes as "their war" (the soldiers' war) Wars, last time I checked, are waged not by lowly soldiers, but by the ruling class
* "It's all you think about..." Really? You don't think about morality? About policy? About Iraqis? How noble. "...Were on a protective mission..." So were the Gestapo, if you ask them. Protecting the "Homeland," a phrase that's infiltrated our national vocabulary of late.
* The claim that the soldiers passed the "protest" may be false. Neither location was mentioned. (Whatever happened to Who What Why Where When?)
* Iraq Veterans Against The War had just completed "Winter Soldier" a national project bearing witness to US war crimes, including, in some cases, their own. Modeled after the Vietnam era action of the same name, (I believe that was the source of the famous John Kerry "Monster" speech,) it was skillfully ignored by the corporate press whores. They had an unexplained slew of antique shows and heroic cat rescue stories to report about instead, I'm sure.

Would the National Guardsman have made the same comment had he actually seen the vigil? Fox makes sure that their passive, unthinking viewers never know. All you thinking, active folks have to do is call the gentleman, and post his response here.

Freeman Z
WZBC 's Audio of March 19 Commons Vigil Now Posted
WZBC 's Audio of March 19 Commons Vigil Now Posted
WZBC 's Audio of March 19 Commons Vigil Now Posted
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