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Home Run for Julian, Philadelphia: Bases Loaded

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From left to right: Gabriel Shipton (Assange's brother, holding mic), John Shipton (Assange's Father), Yanai Indigo (Black Alliance for Peace), Pam Africa (MOVE)


Think you're radical enough to support the First Amendment? The Home Run for Julian tour is traveling across the US to garner support for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks [01]. John and Gabriel Shipton, Julian's father and brother, respectively, would like to create a grass roots movement calling on the United States to drop all charges against Julian. The Justice Department under the Obama administration, which ironically invoked the Espionage Act against James Risen for refusing to disclose the source for his book, State of War, concluded that charging Assange would set a dangerous precedent that could lead to issues with so-called "traditional" media outlets [02]. Last Friday (6-11-21), the tour stopped in front of the Free Speech Monument, at 5th and Market, near the Liberty Bell. The Shipton's joined Yanai Indigo (Black Alliance for Peace) and Pam Africa (MOVE) to discuss the atrocity of political prisoners, along with the importance of free speech, whistleblowers, and journalists.


Why did I attend this event? First and foremost, I support government transparency, and I value the free press. Secondly, the cultural climate of the United States has changed dramatically since the Obama administration concluded not to charge Julian. People think differently than they used to, particularly after the events of 2016. Admittedly, it is a very confusing time to say the least. That is to say, it is very difficult to decipher the truth by cross referencing information. Some would point to DJT's gaslighting and attacks against the media, but this would minimize the impact of the media's actual deception that helped to legitimize Trump's claims to some extent (misleading soundbites like "good people on both sides" escalated our polarization). I believe Trump's personality itself was actually part of an elaborate ruse to make anti-war and pro-labor economic policies less favorable or less pertinent to a large swath of populists, namely the moderate-progressives (USMCA=NAFTA2.0).


Progressives may be a minority by themselves, but combined with the populist right, we are a majority, a noteworthy distinction. When the people are adamantly opposed to trusting an institution such as the United States legislature, the only way that institution can gain their trust [in order to manipulate them] is by attacking itself. This is the role Trump played and continues to play, along with the charade of an investigation. Many of Trump's supporters don't actually support him or his policies other than his apparent opposition to the establishment. Conversely, the opposition to Trump makes some people more malleable to authoritarianism, and Assange was/is viewed in a negative light as a result of this malleability.


It is my belief that Trump was, is and always will be chummy with the Clintons et al (behind closed doors), and that he played a strategic role that was effective for social engineering (pied piper candidate). In addition to the military spending and elitist economic strategy, I believe much of the confusion has been a smokescreen of misdirection created by the upper echelon of a hierarchy frantically trying to maintain control, both domestically and abroad. And I believe that the facts revealed by Wikileaks over the years are paramount to the desire for such a smokescreen in the first place. The duopoly is dependent on partisanship, an effective tool of manipulation that makes people settle for their team because of a perception of a worse team. Therefore, the DemExit movement, which was the direct result of Wikileaks' publications, is perceived as a threat to the hierarchy [03].


My apologies to "you-all" (a joke you will get after watching the video). I am not a professional documentarian or camera operator. I missed the introduction, thinking my phone was recording when it was not, and I accidentally gonzo'ed myself into the footage when I dropped my phone at one point. As the crowd gathered, I had to sit on the wet sidewalk to get a spot up front, and you can barely see Gabriel's face, even when I extended my arm (causing the phone drop). Also, the video is broken up into five parts because my phone rang at one point, and I thought, prematurely, that they were wrapping things up (Seth who? ,,,well would you look at the time.).


To the best of my ability, I transcribed what I believe to be the highlights of their conversation below. Scroll down to footnotes (06-10) for video links.


Video HR4J_1 [06]

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