Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SPN Announcing Spring Rising in DC (March 18-21)


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Cindy Sheehan, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and the Soapbox People's Network announce a joint effort in Washington DC opposing the wars and spreading police state. Such diverse organizations as World Can't Wait and Military Families Speak Out have endorsed the action.

The four day action will involve components of community building, protest, education, and planning for a future of protesting wars that will be more diverse, powerful, strategic, and, most of all effective.

Speaking from her home in Vacaville, CA; peace activist and human rights advocate Cindy Sheehan had this to say: "Organizing against the wars has been challenging during the Obama administration because so many people who would identify as 'antiwar' misplaced a lot of hope in Obama ending the wars. As a matter of fact, Obama has expanded the wars abroad, drone bombing, assassinations of US citizens without trial, and the police state here in the states. It's time to reclaim our principles as members of a global community and join together in Washington DC and stop giving Obama a 'chance."

Ms. Sheehan continued: "wars kill innocent people and our troops for the profit of a very few and wars get bi-partisan support in DC. Do you support war? Do you support allowing torturers and murderers of the Bush regime to go unpunished? Do you support drone bombings of innocent people and out of control cops here in the US? No? Then come to DC in March to support our actions."

There is more information and the up to date schedule at the website:

http://cindysheehanssoapbox.com/spring-rising-an-intervention-in-dc.html








Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Casey vs. Kyle by Cindy Sheehan


Casey vs. Kyle
Cindy Sheehan

"I only wish I had killed more."
Navy Seal and American Shame (Sniper), Chris Kyle

“I can’t kill anyone.”
US working-class soldier before his short deployment to Iraq, Casey Sheehan

Casey and his Mom
This is something that I don’t want to revisit—I never want to relive the worst experience of my life. However, with the 11th anniversary of my son’s death in Iraq on 04/04/04 approaching and the new “blockbuster” infecting movie screens around the world, I really must get this off of my chest.
Most citizens of this nation are without a doubt addicted to wars and war “heroes” without stopping for more than a few cursory seconds to count the costs or evaluate the propaganda. I despair that a movie like American Sniper grossed over 105 million at the box office over the weekend where we are supposed to be commemorating the birth of a man of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everything in American Sniper is taken for fact when the author and focus Chris Kyle already had been proven to have been a blowhard and a liar, when the facts and political motivations of Selma are being questioned.
As is the US addicted to its wars, it is also addicted to lying about them and I know this because I have my own case about Casey for proof.
We got the news about Casey about 14 hours or so after his detail had been ambushed in Iraq. After I lie on the floor screaming for I don’t know how long, the three emissaries of death couldn’t really tell us much except that he was Killed In Action (KIA)—I still can’t see a KIA brand car without my heart sinking.
Since Casey’s murder, I have found out so much about the US military I had no idea about, but when a group of troops (Battalion? Unit? Army? Murder?) get deployed to combat, some stay back as “Funeral Duty.” Two such persons came to Casey’s funeral and regaled us with stories about what a wonderful mechanic he was and how he had “volunteered” to go on the mission that killed him. Even though neither story rang true to me, I absorbed them like a dry sponge (as I was from all the tears I shed) wanting to hang on to some news of my son because he had only been there in Iraq a few days before he was killed. We didn’t even know he was stationed at Camp War Eagle right in the heart of Sadr City, Baghdad.
Casey had joined the Army in the year 2000 for college benefits and with the promise from his lying recruiter that he could be a Chaplain’s Assistant. I knew from our many conversations that Casey hated being a Humvee mechanic, but that was the only MOS (military job) available when he got to boot camp.
Also, the very final time he was home (oh, how I wish I knew for sure it was the final time, I would have carried out my half-joking threat to run him with my car just enough to disable him) at Christmas of 2003, he told everyone he was just going to “do his job” and come home safely because, as a Christian and gentle man, he could “never kill anyone.” All of this didn’t jibe at all with Casey “volunteering.”
By drips and drabs, the truth came out. Much has been written with the Imperial spin about 04/04/04 in Sadr City—about how the First Cavalry (Casey’s unit, or whatever) was attacked by the residents of Sadr City, but from unembedded journalists we have found out that the 1st Cav went out to provoke a response to show the residents who was “in charge now." April 4th was also right after the mercenaries of Blackwater had provoked the residents of Fallujah into an uprising that resulted in the highly publicized deaths of several mercenaries.
Four years after Casey died, I received an email from one of his buddies who was right next to him on that fateful evening.
The vet started his email with, “Sheehan was a great guy, but he was a lousy mechanic.” Which made me smile, because it rang true, but then he delivered the coup de gras:
“I don’t know why you keep telling everyone it was Bush’s fault, it was Sgt. (Name withheld by me)’s fault. He made your son go on that mission and in fact told him to ‘get your goddamn ass on that truck’ after Sheehan had said, ‘no, I am not going, I am only a mechanic.’”
Even though I sobbed when I read that, I knew it was true. Casey knew he could never kill anyone and to me he is far more of a hero for not wanting to kill than is Chris Kyle for his self-proclaimed "more than 250" murders of what he called “savages.”
How much courage does it really take for a sniper to be given co-ordinates from a spotter and then firing from hundreds of yards away? To me that is the definition of cowardice even forgetting about the lies that got both Casey and Kyle to Iraq and the ones who made billions in profits while Casey died thousands of miles away from his loving home and a vet with PTSD would ironically end up murdering Kyle back here in the states.
I will always be proud of my son who is a grand hero to me for refusing orders in the heat of battle and ashamed by a cold-blooded killer like Kyle and a nation that lifts him up as the standard of heroism. I find it supremely ironic and sad that NOT being a killer is frowned upon here while being a happy killer makes one a best-selling author and garners all kinds of award nominations and ticket sales for those who wish to exploit this nation’s bloodlust.
This truly makes me wonder if there is any hope to end the evil of US empire, or are we doomed to “wash, rinse, and repeat” these stories of infamy and tragedy over and over again until the USA collapses from the weight of all the carnage.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rethinking Charlie with Anthony Freda (Soapbox Podcast 1/18/15)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
January 18, 2015


Rethinking Charlie

Guest: Anthony Freda
Topic: Charlie Hebdo Hype 

www.AnthonyFreda.com

 

by
Anthony Freda


Hustle for Humanity 30 Second Waterboard Challenge (Soapbox Special Edition)

SPECIAL EDITION OF CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
January 17, 2015


CLICK TO HEAR INTERVIEW

Today, I briefly chatted with Justin Colella* of 
about the organization's new project:
The 30 Second Waterboard Challenge

Watch video:




Stay tuned! This is a "teaser" for a longer interview with Justin
next week. 

*Justin Colella is an American entrepreneur, philosopher, social activist, producer, and philanthropist.  He started his first company at the age of 19 and has been self-employed ever since.  He is currently President at Commission Enterprises, Inc. and other sales and marketing corporations that engage in guerrilla marketing for Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 clients.  Mr. Colella is also Founder and Chairman of the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Human Rights Organization, Hustle For Humanity.  He is a Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a Doctorate level Clinical Hypnotherapist, and an elected member of the American Psychological Association (APA).  He currently resides in Southern California and is a competitive athlete in Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and CrossFit.  Justin Colella is currently working on a documentary film project set to be released in 2015 that promises to challenge the existing global political, psychological, and economic paradigm.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Hollywood Warnography by Cindy Sheehan

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Hollywood Warnography
Cindy Sheehan

Susan Sarandon and Cindy at protest in front of White House in 2006

With full disclosure, I have not seen director Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and furthermore, I have zero plans to do so. I have also never had bamboo shoots jammed into my fingernails, but I have a feeling that procedure would also be painful and vile.
The film is based on the sniper’s book of the same name. The sniper’s name was Chris Kyle and as most of us know, he was ironically murdered by a young vet on a gun range—something about those who “live by the sword” and such.
Besides Kyle’s apparent glee and pride in murdering people in his role in the illegal, unwarranted, inhumane, and bullshit war in Iraq, the only other thing I need to know about him is that he called the Iraqi people “savages.”
Even some members of the US “antiwar” movement seem to care more about the lives of The Troops™ than the innocents put in harm’s way by the policies of the US War Machine. The context of Kyle calling Iraqis “savages” is sadly already well established in the US, but is over-the-top thrilling to Reich-wing war lovers.
Of course, the term “savages” has been used throughout US history to kill, imprison, intern, nuking, or displace millions of people and Kyle lines up behind other war criminals that also delighted in murder. Centuries of dehumanizing the “other” has been deeply ingrained in all of us and it does takes a shoehorn, or murder of ones oldest son (for example), to pry us out of that stinking thinking.
Basically, those are my feelings about the film and the response for awards, accolades and defense of the war criminal Kyle. Along with another glorification of the War State (Zero Dark Thirty) winning best film title at the Oscars last year and Hollywood’s long history of working with the Pentagon (or War Department) to make decades of Warnography, I was reminded about an episode in my own history.
Soon after I camped out in Crawford in the summer of 2005 and became the latest cause célébre of the faux-gressive set, a film producer named Jill (I cannot remember her last name—lots of people gone under that bridge) approached me saying that she wanted to do a feature film about my story. Soon after, she lined up noted director Mimi Leder to direct the film and noted actress Susan Sarandon to star in the movie playing moi. Obviously, I thought this film was a done deal.
I had meetings with them, but by 2007, the film was dead in the water with really no explanation. I remember they kept asking me to sign over my rights to my memoir Peace Mom, and I would patiently explain to them that I did not own the rights that Simon and Schuster did. One day I got an email from an attorney saying that since I wouldn’t co-operate, the project was over. Interesting, that was after I left the Democratic Party and resigned as the face of the antiwar movement. Even though Jill and company kept dangling the promise of a film over my head for a couple of years, I got no compensation for that stall tactic.
Then shortly after the collapse of the first film, I was approached by Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner of Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B so they could option the rights to my story. Again, we had many meetings at their office, interviewed screenwriters, and I signed the uncompensated options, but after more delays I was told, “movies with an antiwar theme just don’t make any money.”
I don’t know in either case if the rights were optioned to prevent a movie about my story with an antiwar theme being made, but I do believe that it’s a sad commentary on our war-saturated and blood-soaked society that Warnography and glamorizing psychopaths and psychopathic behavior not only do big box office and win awards, but also define the very culture that spews it up.



Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Great Pinkney-dini (SOAPBOX PODCAST 1/11/15)


JANUARY 11, 2015





GUEST: LARRY PINKNEY
TOPIC: OBAMA GETS AN "A" FROM THE WAR MACHINE AND AN "F" FROM THE PEOPLE.

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/author/larry-pinkney
CLICK IMAGE FOR WEBSITE

"Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner, and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He is an editorial board member of the online publication, The Black Commentator. He also is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and is in the archives at Stanford University, California of Dr. Huey P. Newton who was co-founder of the Black Panther Party in connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression and other issues." 

AFTER YOU LISTEN TO THIS NEW SHOW, LISTEN
TO THE FIRST SOAPBOX THAT BROTHER LARRY APPEARED ON IN 2009 WHERE HE EXHIBITS GREAT
WISDOM AND PROPHETIC ANALYSIS OF OBAMA'S ELECTION AND THE TRAJECTORY OF EMPIRE.



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Abolish the CIA (SOAPBOX PODCAST 1/4/15)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
January 4, 2015

Welcome to 2015 and to the beginning of the 7th year of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox!



I am really proud of the show that we produce and deliver almost every week and I am also grateful for YOUR support that has made that possible! 

This past week has been a very exciting one in our family as I welcomed my 5th grandchild on December 30th.

The newest little Ass-Kicker is Jillian Juniper Henry who
was 3 weeks early and weighed in at 5 lbs 11 oz.
She's tiny, but mighty and is already carving out her place.
(Mama, Baby, Daddy, and siblings are doing great!)

"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
William Shakespeare

Baby Jilly Bean 
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Even with all the excitement, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox does
have a new show this week:
Guest: "Peace Journalist" Bob Koehler
TOPIC: Abolish the CIA
CLICK FOR BOB'S WEBSITE
 ABOLISH THE CIA BY Bob Koehler



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tenemos la Victoria (SOAPBOX PODCAST 12/28/14)


CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
DECEMBER 28, 2014


GUEST: KEITH BOLENDER
TOPIC: THE RELEASE OF THE CUBAN 5

BONUS SOAPBOX!
Last week, Cindy claimed that there would be no more Soapboxes for the year; however, that was before we knew the fabulous news that the remainder of the Cuban 5 were released from US prisons.

We work so hard with our various struggles, and the struggle for Cuban sovereignty and autonomy from US hegemony is not over, but this seemingly small victory for justice is HUGE and should be celebrated. 

Today, Cindy chats with her friend and fellow campaigner to release the 5, Toronto-based author/activst Keith Bolender.

Keith can be reached at:
bolodive@gmail.com

Keith's latest book:

http://www.amazon.com/Cuba-Under-Siege-American-Revolution/dp/113727557X
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