Report on the 7th Annual 9/11 Truth Rally/March September 6, 2008 March for 9/11 Truth, Impeachment, Peace
Thursday, September 11th, 2008
by Carol Brouillet
Details from the point of view of organizer, Carol Brouillet, with photos from
Terry Koch, Christine, and others
Richard Gage, AIA spoke
at the rally and marched with us. (In August NIST
came out with its official explanation of the destruction of Building 7 and
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth are at the forefront of challenging it.
Support them also by signing their petition for a truly independent investigation.)
Wolman, Green Party Candidate in California District 1, founder of the New
Broom Coalition and Impeach Cheney-Bush, also a member of the National Impeachment
Network also spoke and marched with us.
Sadot, who came up with the musical classics “Cheney’s
in the Bunker,” and “The Ballad of William Rodriguez” was
supposed to be with us, but his truck broke down en route- 800 miles away in
Wyoming. This year we did have our best prop–the replica of the Commission
Report with the giant holes in it, which was made for the San Francisco Tea
Party for 9/11 Truth.
We also passed out thousands of cards to promote our upcoming event.
Almost everyone was late to the rally, although I was up at 5:30 am, I had
to set up the booth for Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance at Speedway
Meadow before heading to the Panhandle. Richard Gage had just had 2000 new DVDs
made which inconveniently needed to be transported to San Francisco that morning,
along with the awning for the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth booth,
so the 12′ replica- our visually impossible to overlook landmark, was
also was late to the rallying point between Oak and Fell, facing Ashbury. Our
musician, Vic Sadot, also experienced technological difficulties, his truck
broke down in Wyoming, 800 miles away from us, so he didn’t make it. On
the other hand, we had some unexpected cameo guest appearances, including Craig
Bartmer, a former NYPD officer, first responder, rescue worker, survivor, who
is now working for the Cindy Sheehan campaign, and Cosmos, founder of truthaction.org.
When Richard set up the sound system, Craig was the first speaker, and shared
his story about his personal experiences, and the incredibly bad treatment of
first responders, and those suffering from their exposure to the toxic dust
in New York. Being so far from New York, his direct narrative was a moving revelation,
and a first, to many of us. In addition to the forty or fifty people who came
for the rally and march, local people passing through the park were drawn to
us, and stayed to hear what we had to say. We had lots of signs, banners, leaflets,
Deception Dollars to pass out. Shirley Golub, who ran against Pelosi, brought
the Pelosi on a Peach Impeachment banner; Craig brought numerous supporters
of Cindy Sheehan and Impeachment.
I had hoped that the press would come, drawn by the recent absurd allegations
of the NIST Report which claimed “mystery solved” that WTC 7, a
47-story steel structure, fell due to normal office fires–the first time in
history that a modern steel-framed high rise building collapsed for this reason.
The New York Times had mentioned Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects and
Engineers for 9/11 Truth who challenged this assertion, and should have been
featured prominently in the television news reports NIST’s conclusions.
Sadly, none of the media were at the rally (or maybe they came before we got
there and didn’t stick around). A very good cover
story entitled “Down the 9/11 Rabbit Hole” did come out, however,
in the August 27th 2008 issue of the North Bay Bohemian, which featured
Ken Jenkins and Richard Gage.
We simply had to “be the media” that day to get out our message
to the people that we encountered in the park, on our route, and at the Festival,
and later via the internet. John Parulis filmed the speakers and the march and
will probably post them somewhere. Richard spoke and explained in detail the
overwhelming evidence that the three towers could not have been brought down
by two planes and fire, but did exhibit all the characteristics of “controlled
demolition.” He also brought beautiful new banners and T shirts.
Our next speaker was Carol Wolman, Green Party candidate in District 1, a psychiatrist
with a long activist history, and an eloquent writer. Carol actually described
the event in her recent article, “Breaking
the Spell- with 9-11 Truth.”
Mike Marino echoed Carol with some rousing observations and suggestions. I
spoke very briefly, mainly about the logistics, and noting that the day was
also the wedding day of Deception Dollar 9/11 Truth activist (and my friend)
Blaine Machon. I also noted that there were other marches/events taking place
in Brussels, Canada, Australia, England, and across the country.
photos accompany Carol’s original report, at CommunityCurrency.org
Somehow, I managed to forget my microphone, but we had more than one sound
system, some good music, and a bullhorn or two. With the replica and a police
escort (and a permit for a change) we began our march up Ashbury to Haight,
down Haight, and on through Golden Gate Park. Most people were supportive and
took flyers, and Deception Dollars. The sun shone; it was a beautiful warm,
sunny day, and we paused the parade several times for the slower members of
the time we reached the Festival, however, the field was becoming quite crowded
and it was a struggle to get the banners and replica up near the stage, but
we did it, and were at least noticed and mentioned by the speakers. I tried
to persuade the main organizer to give Richard a couple of minutes, but they
were already running 12 minutes late, cutting people’s speaking time and
she said, “Try again next year in June.” She did say that they were
very glad we were there, and appreciated our work, which was good to hear.
The crowds were receptive to us; we did pass out all the cards we had brought
to promote the upcoming 9/11 Film Festival at the Grand Lake Theater on September
11th, plus lots of Deception Dollars and other flyers. We parked the replica
near the booths and lots of people found us, talked to us and got books, magazines,
DVDs, and our vast assortment of free literature. When the Festival’s music
formally concluded at 5 pm, we started playing our 9/11 Truth/Impeachment music
and carried on until it got dark.