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Phil Ochs - Here’s an Article for Those Who are Gone

On many Anti-War marches you will hear “Draft Dodger Rag” a sarcastic song about people who supported the Vietnam War but didn’t want to fight it.  “Someone must go over there and that someone is not me”.   The man who wrote that song was Phil Ochs and he was certainly not just a one song wonder.  "Ochs was one of the finest singer/songwriters and political commentators of his time. "  Tom Paxton.

 

 

Ochs was born 17th December 1940 into a country which was at war and where racial segregation was still an accepted fact of life in most of the US.  The Ochs family was not political and only when he went to college did Phil become political. 

By the late 1950’s the US was undergoing social change all across college campuses students were starting to question the ideas that governed their lives.  In Ohio State University Jim Glover was the son of a political activist and he was Phil’s room-mate.  Ochs was studying journalism at the time.   His politics and music was formed by his interactions with Jim and Jim's father.  Ochs own father suffered from bi-polar disorder and they were not close.  After the he was turned down for the job of editor of the college newspaper  because of his political views.  He dropped out of college and fallowed his other passion music.

There was a folk music revival at the time Bob Dylan was undoubtedly the most successful of these.  The most famous protest of the song is probably “Blowing in the Wind”.  However if Dylan was the voice of the 1960’s generation (Dylan has always denied this), Ochs was the heart of it. 

#M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM

 

IAWM BULLETIN  18 MARCH 2016

 

1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM

PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.

 

2. IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT CULTURAL NIGHT, SATURDAY, MARCH 19: "ANTI-WAR ZONE"

 

3. USE OF SHANNON AIRPORT BY US MILITARY

 

4. ANTI-WAR LETTERS TO MEDIA

 

5. DONATING TO THE IAWM

 

1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM:

PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.

 

At a time when racism is on the rise throughout the world, so recently targeted at refugees fleeing wars that have been instigated or prolonged by western powers, it is important that anti-war activists highlight the real reasons behind such racism and argue that a different world of peaceful co-existence is possible. The treatment of refugees trying to get to safety in Europe having fled repression and wars and faced horrific perilous journeys across land and sea, is truly appalling and against the stated ethos of the UN Human Rights Convention and even the supposed ethos of the EU. The newly agreed protocol between the EU and Turkey to send refugees back to Turkey and the recent action of the French police and Government in Calais are just two more shameful and racist inciting acts against vulnerable refugees.

 

UNPUBLISHED LETTERS TO IRISH TIMES RE SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTIONS AND ISRAEL AND GOLAN HEIGHTS

Dear Sir,

your editorial (05 January) on the escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the latter’s execution of dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and 46 others, concludes by noting that “the non-Muslim world can do little but watch on and despair”.

Not true at all. The non-Muslim western powers could immediately stop arming such a despotic regime. The combined sales of arms from the UK, France and Germany to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in 2014 alone totalled $3.3 billion, weapons that are likely being used for indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Yemen and possibly even making their way into the hands of Da’esh operatives. Such military support from western Governments, combined with their reluctance to criticise human rights abuses, de-facto grants Saudi Arabia the imprimatur to carry out atrocities - including executing a Shia cleric - that inevitably exacerbate regional tensions.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

Dear Editor

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT PUBLIC RALLY: NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA

10/12/2015 - 17:00
10/12/2015 - 18:15

Oppose the bombing of Syria | US out of Shannon | End the vicious cycle of war and terror

DATE: 10 DECEMBER 2015 | TIME: 17:00 | LOCATION: The DAIL

ALL WELCOME!

https://www.facebook.com/events/431546310364458/433034716882284

Bombing will not destroy Da’esh (ISIS). The UK decision to extend its bombing of Da’esh to Syria will make the situation worse. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the bombing of Libya, have resulted in jihadi terrorism spreading. The 8,500 drone strikes on Syria already carried out by the United States, France and Russia have created more Islamist militants than they have killed. As we know from Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, it is never possible to direct attacks solely at military targets: hospitals and whole cities are turned into rubble and many thousands of men women and children left dead and wounded. Disturbingly, all the signs are that the Da’esh base in Sirte, in Northern Libya, is now set to become a further target for more bombing.

The Irish government should refuse to participate in the perpetual cycle of war and terror. It has said it will provide assistance to France. It has invoked clauses in the Lisbon Treaty to justify it coming to the aid of any member state which is a victim of armed aggression, ‘by all the means in its power’. This pulls Ireland into military alliances. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the government will send additional Irish troops to Mali or Lebanon in order to free up French soldiers for their war on Da’esh.

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT PUBLIC RALLY: NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA

10/12/2015 - 17:00
10/12/2015 - 18:15

Oppose the bombing of Syria | US out of Shannon | End the vicious cycle of war and terror

DATE: 10 DECEMBER 2015 | TIME: 17:00 | LOCATION: The DAIL

ALL WELCOME!

https://www.facebook.com/events/431546310364458/433034716882284

Bombing will not destroy Da’esh (ISIS). The UK decision to extend its bombing of Da’esh to Syria will make the situation worse. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the bombing of Libya, have resulted in jihadi terrorism spreading. The 8,500 drone strikes on Syria already carried out by the United States, France and Russia have created more Islamist militants than they have killed. As we know from Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, it is never possible to direct attacks solely at military targets: hospitals and whole cities are turned into rubble and many thousands of men women and children left dead and wounded. Disturbingly, all the signs are that the Da’esh base in Sirte, in Northern Libya, is now set to become a further target for more bombing.

The Irish government should refuse to participate in the perpetual cycle of war and terror. It has said it will provide assistance to France. It has invoked clauses in the Lisbon Treaty to justify it coming to the aid of any member state which is a victim of armed aggression, ‘by all the means in its power’. This pulls Ireland into military alliances. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the government will send additional Irish troops to Mali or Lebanon in order to free up French soldiers for their war on Da’esh.

Irish Anti-War Movement Activist Meeting

03/12/2015 - 18:30
03/12/2015 - 20:00

The Irish Anti-War movement, in solidarity with other anti-war events in the UK, France and elsewhere, is assembling outside the Dail on Thursday December 10th to demand of this government that it upholds Irish neutrality, refuses to facilitate, or participate in, the bombing of Syria, calls for an immediate ceasefire and withdraws permission to use Shannon by the US military.

To prepare for this and future anti-war activities, there will be a meeting on Thursday December 3rd, at 6.30 in the Teachers Club, at 37 Parnell Square, Dublin . All welcome.

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NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA - CEASEFIRE NOW!

END ARMS SALES NOW - STOP PROFITEERING FROM WARS

RESTORE IRISH NEUTRALITY - US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON

NO MORE WESTERN WARS IN MIDDLE EAST

Ireland should play no part in the current war frenzy. The claim that bombing will destroy Daesh (Islamic State) is patently false. Bombs are one of the main reasons why we are facing terrorism in the first place. Bombs predominantly kill innocent people and thus help to draw people towards Daesh both in the region and in the suburbs of European cities, where discrimination, racism and disaffection further fuels hatred of Western governments. The political vacuum left from the bombing of Iraq, which killed up to a million people, has been filled by the horror of Daesh. To repeat the same mistake now simply makes no sense.

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