A Note From John Judge - Director of COPA - Coalition on Political Assassinations
50 YEARS OF SILENCE
Imagine the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy,
November 22, 2013, at the Grassy
Knoll passing without a word in the press about his assassination and who was
behind it, only a celebration of his life. That is what
authorities are planning now. Dallas
Every year, as you know, we hold a Moment of Silence on the Grassy Knoll at on November 22 to commemorate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and to keep alive the knowledge and outrage about the injustice of his intentionally unsolved political murder. After our event, which continues a tradition started in 1964 by researcher and journalist Penn Jones, Jr., we speak truth to power.
We invite the best researchers to our annual meetings to present the best new evidence in the major political assassinations of the last five decades, and we encourage them to speak briefly on the Grassy Knoll. Our event is not a circus or carnival atmosphere, it is not even “conspiracy theory,” as the press commentators try to dismiss it. It is an event lest we forget.
We will be there again this year, this time on Thanksgiving Day. We invite you to join us for the conference and for the event in
from November 22-25th. We will be staying and meeting at the Hotel Lawrence
this year, as in the past. Dallas
Imagine, on the 50th anniversary, when the attention of the national and international press, the crowds who come to Dallas and Dealey Plaza and the world that will be watching, that there would be no Moment of Silence. We have been applying for the permit for the last three years in anticipation of a major conference and huge crowds, and have been told repeatedly that none could be issued more than a year in advance. To our surprise a permit was then issued for the whole area of
for next year for a full week
in November to the Dealey
Plaza , without an event yet
planned. This permit is also exclusive of other events at the site, which ours
never was. Sixth Floor
The director of the Sixth Floor Museum said she got the permit to be “proactive” on behalf of the Mayor’s office in Dallas, which then appointed a committee to plan “dignified” events to “celebrate the life of John F. Kennedy” that week. We have attempted to coordinate with the
only to be told that we should “move the national and international press
attention to [JFK’s] death to another moment.” That would be a trick, but we
all know that it will be gone at any other moment. We are also trying to
coordinate with the Mayor’s commission to exercise our right of free speech in
a public park that belongs to history and the American people. We want to be
there to be seen and heard, to be silent and loud. We don’t want to be in a
“free speech zone” a mile away where no one will hear our message. Sixth
The Director of the
which gives a very imbalanced view of the evidence and the history of the
assassination of JFK to millions of tourists each year, told the Dallas Morning
News that they had no event planned but they might do a “moment of silence”. I
would suggest that if they do such an event to the exclusion of ours, it would
stretch into an eternity of silence regarding this assassination. Sixth
Penn Jones wrote four volumes on the evidence and strange witness deaths in the Kennedy assassination called Forgive My Grief. Forgive ours, but some things are not forgivable and should not be forgettable. We will be there on
November 22, 2013
in any case. Hope you will be with us.
THE PAST IS PROLOGUE
We also fight to release all classified records on these murders, now decades past. Our support for the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act and the Review Board it created has led to the release of over 6.5 million pages of classified records buried since 1964, but not all of them. We have joined the call by the Committee for an Open Archives and the Assassination Archives and
to expedite the release of all related files on JFK’s assassination by the 50th
anniversary next year, and not in 2017 or even later. All efforts to use FOIA,
Mandatory Declassification Review or even Obama’s Executive Order calling for
release of files classified for over 25 years to be implemented without review
have failed so far. The new agencies, created by his administration to
facilitate transparency and release, have decided that the JFK records are
outside their mandate. Research Center
An online petition to demand release can be found at
We continue to push for introduction of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Records Act to release hundreds of thousands of pages of the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation into his death, locked up since 1978 until 2028. All their files on JFK are already released. The Clerk of the House was approached to use her authority to release these records, but their office has declined saying it needs Congressional legislation. We have a new sponsor who seems ready to drop the bill and details will follow to get support.
Our website features speakers from past conferences as well as regular news updates about political assassinations, new evidence and witnesses, legal developments, threats on the President and Secret Service response, and in-depth articles from leading researchers and academics.
Every year we gather in
and some years in Dallas , Memphis and Los
to present and discuss the best new evidence in the murders of Malcolm X, the
Kennedy Brothers, Dr. King and others. We invite renowned legal, medical,
forensic and ballistics experts, academics and noted authors, and citizen researchers
whose work over the years has shed light on these crimes and rewritten our
history. We make many of the presentations available by livestream on our
website, but being at the event, networking, getting the latest books and
resources and meeting those seeking the truth is an experience not to be
missed. New York
This is a critical time because these assassinations are fading into history for later generations. The approaching 5th decade mark may consign active concern about the assassinations of the 60s to past history and indifference, despite widespread acceptance in the public that a conspiracy of some sort was involved, not the actions of a lone, crazed gunman. We are the ones who are left to make sure that this history is not lost and its impact on the present is made clear.
22, 1963 marked a turning point in
and the rise of the Military Intelligence Industrial Complex that President
Eisenhower warned of and Kennedy opposed has defined our history since. The
political assassinations that day and others that followed were instrumental in
destroying hope for a different future and movements for social change. All
those killed had challenged militarism, war, racism and poverty, the
"pillars of oppression" defined by Dr. King that still plague us
50 YEARS IS ENOUGH!
Imagine instead a major conference in
that we have titled "50 Years is Enough!" – Dallas
with all the key researchers, authors, legal and medical/forensic experts who have broken the cases open in the past decades there to speak the truth about them, to those present and on the internet to the rest of the world. Imagine a crowd of thousands in
, along with the world press,
seeing our banners calling for release of records and hearing our speakers
calling for justice and an independent investigation of these unsolved
homicides that would hold those responsible to account and take the sordid
history since to task. Imagine a future where the assassination of fairly
elected leaders and purveyors of hope for social change would never again be
tolerated and would demand full investigations and exposure of the forces
behind them. We cannot celebrate the life of John F. Kennedy while we forget
his death. Dealey
meeting this year will be held from November 22-25 at the Hotel Lawrence, just
off Dallas .
We will announce hotel reservation information and rates soon. Information on
speakers and other details are being posted at our website as well. Next year
we plan to hold a national conference in Dealey Plaza ,
and we may be doing meetings in Dallas
and Memphis as well if there is
interest. Los Angeles
We can't do all this without you. Since 1994, we have worked to present serious research, new evidence, force release of records, support legal challenges and forensic testing, and to keep these cases alive to the public and a new generation. We do all this with the help of a very few donors and on a tiny budget. No foundations sponsor us, and certainly no corporation or government funds. We are volunteers, no paid staff.
HOW TO HELP
This year, anticipating the need to have a major conference on the 50th anniversary, two donors have put up a challenge grant, which will match all donations made before that up to $2,000. This means a donation of any size will double for us right now and make it possible for us to be visible next year and to bring the best speakers.
Donations of $50 or more will get you a copy of a
set of our jam-packed 2011 conference in .
$100 or more will also automatically register you for this year's conference
events, a real bargain. Donations are not tax deductible. Checks can be made to
COPA at Dallas P.O. Box 772, Washington,
or credit card donations can be made to our Paypal account from the website (www.politicalassassinations.com).
We need you. Will you join us now with your support? Will you come to
this year and
next? Will you stand with us on the Grassy Knoll to speak out and be visible
and help get out our call for an Occupy the Grassy Knoll in 2013 (see www.occupythegrassyknoll.com)? Dallas
COPA has been a leader in this work for nearly two decades and our work is not finished yet. I hope you will contribute now to both the hope of the future and the continued visibility of the past.
Thanks for your support!
John Judge, Director
Coalition on Political Assassinations
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National organization of medical and ballistic experts, academics and authors, researchers and interested individuals investigating major political assassinations in
and abroad. Responsible for creation and implementation of the JFK
Assassination Records Act. Promoting a Martin Luther King Records Act and a
grand jury process to reopen all the major assassinations. America
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