Thursday, October 7, 2010

Headline: “They Were Ordered To Be Prepared To Fire On The Kent State Students!”

Headline:  “They Were Ordered To Be Prepared To Fire On The Kent State Students!”

For those who have chosen to differ with my militant stand and calls for actions and not a war of words to reclaim this land I ask you to read this and contemplate the lasting scar and memories of We from Kent State University.

Frederick Douglass' dictum that "if there is no struggle, there is no progress" is an article of faith among progressives. Less well known, but no less vital is Douglass' following observation that, "Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning."  ----

Audio Tape Pointing to Government Responsibility to be Broadcast Live on

Ohio National Guardsmen gathered near the Pagoda on the campus of Kent State University on May 4, 1970. It was from this point near the Pagoda that the Guardsmen opened fire on the crowd, killing four students and wounding nine others.

October 5, New York City, NY – On October 9th &10th, 2010 filmmaker Michael Moore will again livecast the hearings of the Kent State Truth Tribunal (KSTT), streaming real time accounts of participants, witnesses and family members of the 1970 Kent State shootings that left four students dead and nine others injured. The livecast will include stunning, new evidence about the 1970 shootings at Kent State and will be broadcast at from 10am-5pm EST daily. This final truth tribunal is the third in a series and follows a tribunal in Kent, Ohio in early May which marked the 40thanniversary of the campus shootings and an August KSTT in San Francisco.

Close to 100 personal narratives have already been recorded and preserved from people of all backgrounds whose lives were impacted by the killings at Kent State in 1970, representing a comprehensive oral archive of this historic event. It is the first American truth-seeking initiative of its kind to be broadcast live on the Internet.

Three days after the original Kent State Truth Tribunal the Cleveland Plain Dealer broke a major story about a recorded order to fire given to the Ohio National Guard. A key focus at KSTT-NYC will be the examination of this 40-year-old audio tape, which was recorded from the window ledge of a Kent State student’s dormitory at the time of the shootings. The Kent State tape started recording minutes before the shooting and ran until after all of the shots were fired, verifying an audible order to “Prepare to Fire.”

Laurel Krause, founder of the KSTT, said, “We have invited the Department of Justice to audit the presentation of the new evidence but they have not confirmed their participation. Though we will make the a copy of this revealing interview available to them at any time, we strongly encourage the DOJ to witness the presentation as a gesture of commitment to resolving a judicial matter that still haunts America. The Ohio National Guard and their commanders have repeatedly claimed since the time of the shootings and over years of litigation that there was no order to fire. This critical evidence clearly disputes their sworn statements, suggesting that there has not been full accountability for those responsible for the Kent State shootings.”

Tribunal organizers are asking the United States government to acknowledge the ‘wrongs’ of May 4, 1970, in the hope of reclaiming what was lost that day – freedom to protest and to peacefully assemble and the democratic right to question the government and hold it accountable for wrongdoings.

Other participants of note include Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg and Lawrence Dowler, chief archivist at Yale University Library, where he created the most comprehensive archive of the 1970 Kent State shootings. The only recording of the Kent State tape was discovered in this collection in 2007.

The KSTT was convened by family members of students killed at Kent State in order to record and preserve the stories of those directly affected by the shootings. The Ohio National Guard has never publicized the findings of its investigation of command responsibility for the shootings. And there has never been a public inquiry to record the stories of those directly impacted by what happened on May 4th, 1970 at Kent State University.

Interviews are recorded by award-winning filmmaker Emily Kunstler and will be simultaneously livecast on the home page of Archived interviews can be found here:

The footage and mementos from the tribunal will also be physically archived and available for viewing by the public as part of the permanent collection at the renowned Tamiment Library at New York University.

The East Coast tribunal will take place over the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 2010 at the offices of Mile End Films Inc., 19 W. 21st Street, Suite 901, New York City. Organizers are asking for all original participants and witnesses of the 1970 Kent State shootings to pre-register at For more information,

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