Sunday, March 1, 2015

Waging Peace with David Hartsough (SOAPBOX PODCAST 3/1/15)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 1, 2015




GUEST: DAVID HARTSOUGH
TOPIC: WAGING PEACE

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"David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran. He has marched with mothers confronting a violent regime in Guatemala and stood with refugees threatened by death squads in the Philippines. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world. Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Hartsough has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence. Engaging stories on every page provide a peace activist’s eyewitness account of many of the major historical events of the past 60 years, including the Civil Rights and anti–Vietnam War movements in the United States as well as the little-known but equally significant nonviolent efforts in the Soviet Union, Kosovo, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. Waging Peace is a testament to the difference one person can make; however, it is more than one man’s memoir: it shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spring Rising with Debra Sweet (SOAPBOX PODCAST 2/22/15)

CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
FEBRUARY 22, 2015



GUEST: DEBRA SWEET
TOPIC: SPRING RISING
  www.SpringRising.org

Please join Cindy and our long-time friend and life-long activist Debra Sweet as they chat about the expanding war state and
this Spring's response: Spring Rising.
Debra Sweet is national co-ordinator of

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Women Under Fire: (SOAPBOX PODCAST 2/15)





Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
 February 15, 2015


GUEST: Sarah Blum
TOPIC: Military Sexual Trauma

ABOUT SARAH:

about_pic1 Sarah L. Blum, ARNP is a decorated nurse Vietnam veteran who earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital Cu Chi, Vietnam during the height of the fighting in 1967. Because Cu Chi sat on the edge of the Hobo Woods, where all the fighting took place in 1967, her hospital handled mass casualties regularly and their operating room became the largest user of fresh blood in all of Vietnam Back in the United States, Sarah received her brother soldiers of Vietnam with their wounds and amputations, cared for them directly and saw how their physical wounds did not heal when their heads and hearts were deeply affected. She was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for exemplary service as head nurse of the orthopedic ward at Madigan Army Hospital in 1968, where she was also the assistant director of nursing on evening and night shift in 1970.
 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Of Noodges and Nukes by Cindy Sheehan


Of Noodges and Nukes
Cindy Sheehan

Noodge: (Urban dictionary):
This is my mother’s word, it means to be nosey, pushy and a general pain in the ass. It sometimes means having an attitude the size of Montana on your shoulders and projecting that all over the place. Generally this is not a nice thing but can be used in a nice context.

Nuke: To attack with a nuclear weapon, or to otherwise bring about widespread and utter destruction.



I’d like to thank the universal goodness that former comedian cum death monger Roseanne Barr does not (I hope) have access to nuclear weapons.
I say “former” comedian because in the last few years Barr has taken a decidedly unfunny turn and outlook on life.
After Barr accused Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein of being a “Zionist” in the 2012 Green Party primaries (which Stein won and Barr lost) and after running for president on the ticket of the stridently antiwar Peace and Freedom Party, Barr has used her Twitter account to become a mega-Zionist. I stopped following her after she urged Israel to nuke Iran. As a human being, nothing to me is more monstrous.
Recently, the person who used her acting skills to convince me and the Peace and Freedom Party that she was also about peace tweeted this to her almost 300k followers on Twitter:



This tweet was apparently in response to the vote to divest from Israeli investments of UC Davis. The tweet is shocking in its callousness. I understand the tweet was left up for about 10 hours before some cooler head prevailed and it was removed, but as we can see, nothing online ever really gets deleted.
As universally shocking as this tweet is and how revealing it is of the character of the person who did tweet it, I live about 20 miles from UC Davis. As most people over the age of 10 know, nuclear devastation is not confined to a very small geographic area. Personally, it is very painful that Barr would love to see my family, including my five grandchildren who also live this close to Davis, die a very torturous death because we are not “Jews.”
On the other hand, what if she tweeted this: “I hope all Gentiles leave UC Davis and then it gets nuked.” How long do you think it would be before she was in Gitmo being treated as a terrorist? As much as I deplore her actual tweet, I would deplore one that wanted to incinerate Jews just as strongly.
As a member of the Peace and Freedom Party (I want to iterate that I am NOT speaking in that capacity and only speaking for myself) I would like to reaffirm OUR position against war and the use of nuclear weapons.
The Peace and Freedom Party was born out of the struggle against the Vietnam War and the government’s violent repression of those protests. The Party has long been committed to its name: Peace and Freedom. Until the Green Party got ballot access here in California, we were the only party that offered legitimate opposition to the two parties that will (and have) used nuclear weapons.
I have also received several messages about my relationship to my former running mate: even though I saw the writing on the wall while I was running against her and wrote this:
The few weeks that I was her running mate were devastating for me. I had known Roseanne for years before that star-crossed collaboration and I considered her a friend.
Roseanne was flawed, of course, as are we all. But I saw a person who I truly believed was committed to the same principles that I was, but Twitter is not Barr’s friend and she started to tweet some things that were 180 degrees from the platform of the party and my own personal platform, such as: “If people go on welfare, birth control should be mandatory.”
Side note: I also disagreed that our entire campaign should be by tweet, especially ones that were so contrary to what we, as a party, stand for.
Then some people have defended her most recent foray into outrageousness by saying exactly that, “She is famous for saying outrageous things.” Well, so am I, but I only consider what I say outrageous in the context of Imperial Capitalism like, “war of aggression is always wrong.”
Common sense dictates that there is a profound difference between what someone says in the heat of passion (and obviously Roseanne is passionate in her hatred of non-Jews) and what one takes the time to type out (probably via iPhone) in a carefully crafted tweet. I cannot think of any clearer expression of hatred that is more evil than wishing a large part of Northern California be destroyed or radiated all for one principled vote.
P.T. Barnum once said, “Publicity is not measured in content, but inches,” and Roseanne’s public persona has now completely turned into a circus: the kind that abuses animals and is filled with horrific clowns (oops, that’s all circuses).
The moral of this story is if a party has “Peace” in its name and platform, let’s more carefully vet our next POTUS pick to make sure that he/she would not use his/her power to push the button of a deadly weapon of mass destruction.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

PRE-ORDER; THE OBAMA FILES: CHRONICLES OF AN AWARD WINNING WAR CRIMINAL!


THE OBAMA FILES: CHRONICLES OF AN AWARD WINNING WAR CRIMINAL 
 by Cindy Sheehan

The Obama Files is Cindy Sheehan's latest book. The book is a six-year long chronicle of the hypocrisy of the US Empire and the abdication of the "left" in calling out the war crimes of "the first black US president."

Cindy's work shows clear-thinking and understanding of the truth behind the Empire of lies, but this is not a book about "gloating:"  meant to awaken people to these truths that should be "self-evident" by now! 

The Obama Files is now in its final stages of production and if you pre-order a copy today, you will get one of the first ones hot off the presses, signed by the author.

SPECIAL PREVIEW OF THE FOREWORD BY THE FABULOUS BROTHER LARRY PINKNEY:

Foreword to The Obama Files: Chronicles of an Award Winning War Criminal
by Larry Pinkney
Though often hidden or distorted, human history is replete with examples of courage and sacrifice by a relatively few political dissenters sounding the alarm and speaking truth to power. These dissenters are scorned and ridiculed by those who control the corporate mass media and its concomitant systemic machine of perpetual war, death, and destruction. Yet, US society in particular, and Mother Earth as a whole, are in dire need of these principled dissenters whose stories represent the very best of struggling humanity. This is the essence of Cindy Sheehan and why her actions and writings over many years are of such invaluable and enduring significance. She has repeatedly actualized the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when he said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter...”

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“Cindy’s voice—righteous, outraged, and uncompromising, rises from these pages like a messenger from the future compelled by a deep knowledge of our past transgressions to sound an alarm. One can heed her warning and follow her call or remain silent, and in doing so, remain violent.” – Dennis Trainor, Jr. | writer, filmmaker, activist

“The Clash once sang about that opportunistic breed of rebel that inevitably ‘joins the church.’ Cindy Sheehan, however, has never and will never tow the company line. As The Obama Files passionately articulates, the work of a true dissident requires one to avoid easy compromises and comfortable alliances. This book—and all of Cindy’s work—is a testament to the long term vision of collective liberation.” – Mickey Z. | author of Occupy this Book

“Cindy Sheehan’s many books document her transformation from a woman whose
‘entire world was my family and this suburban intellectually challenged sinkhole’ to an
international activist with humanity and the whole planet in her thoughts and big heart.
In The Obama Files she excoriates the world of presidential assassination
programs; pre-emptive indefinite detention; spreading government surveillance, police
brutalizing and killing people of color in the Obama years. Even as I share much of her
critique and experience in calling out crimes of the Democrats, I am choked up at Cindy’s
deep outrage. She continues to call us to resist the crimes done in our name, and
to join in creating a world where people will be free. – Debra Sweet | National Coordinator of World Can’t Wait

“As far as I’m concerned, Obama has continued and expanded on all of Bush’s worst policies. I never supported him. Like Cindy, I knew better. After my years of activism, I learned that the system does NOT work for the people. I have been very fortunate to work alongside Cindy throughout most of Obama’s presidency. Because of that, I’ve read most of her articles, and listened to most of her podcasts. The corporate media would lead you to believe that Cindy went away after Obama came into office. If you want to see how wrong they were, and how consistent Cindy has been, read this book. If you want to see how much of a war criminal Obama has been, read this book.” – Jon Gold | 9/11 Truth Activist and author 

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Though often hidden or distorted, human history is replete with examples of courage and sacrifice by a relatively few political dissenters sounding the alarm and speaking truth to power. These dissenters are scorned and ridiculed by those who control the corporate mass media and its concomitant systemic machine of perpetual war, death, and destruction. Yet, US society in particular, and Mother Earth as a whole, are in dire need of these principled dissenters whose stories represent the very best of struggling humanity. This is the essence of Cindy Sheehan and why her actions and writings over many years are of such invaluable and enduring significance. She has repeatedly actualized the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when he said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

After suffering the terrible loss of her son Casey, in the US war on Iraq, in 2004, Cindy Sheehan demonstrated an unshakable commitment to raise awareness nationally and internationally about 1) the underlying and unacceptable causes of war; 2) who the real purveyors of war actually are; and 3) the inextricable connection of—militarism and war—to poverty, corporate hegemony, the obliteration of human rights, ‘racism,’ and the de facto state sponsored ‘terrorism’ against humanity carried out as an integral part of the national and global surveillance police-state.

In the stalwart tradition of Rosa Luxemburg, Lucy Parsons, Fannie Lou Hamer, and so many other courageous women and men of all colors, Cindy Sheehan has taken her message directly to everyday ordinary people. In plain language she urges people to critically think, and to link the issues together in order to bring about an end to the insane militarism, corporate greed, and environmental ravaging of our Mother Earth.

Well before the conclusion of the eight years of G.W. Bush’s disastrous rule of perpetual war and unspeakable horrors abroad and at home, the tiny US corporate/military power elite was preparing and grooming a successor who would continue and substantively exacerbate the same Bush policies, while insidiously and effectively masquerading as someone who would bring about genuine change on behalf of the suffering masses in the US and globally. This successor and articulate political conjurer was Barack Obama—Mr. ‘hope and change,’ whose second largest 2008 Obama campaign contributor was none other than Wall Street’s notorious corporate blood-sucking Goldman Sachs. Thus, in 2008, the handwriting was in fact already on the wall, but with the complicity of the US corporate-stream mass media and numerous so-called ‘progressives,’ etc., the majority of everyday struggling people were thoroughly and cynically bamboozled to their own detriment. Indeed, on the third day of his first term as US President, Barack Obama mercilessly droned the sovereign nation of Pakistan, murdering children, women, and men non-combatants. Subsequently, Obama has gone on to massively increase the use of deadly US drone attacks upon many other sovereign nations in Africa, Asia, and the so-called ‘Middle East.’ It is estimated that at least 90 percent of the victims murdered and/or maimed by US killer drone attacks are non-combatant children, women, and men. Thus, Obama spawns more rage and hatred as a result of these ongoing killer drone attacks, and with it, the concomitant spiral of terror and perpetual war.    

Prior to 2009, when Barack Obama was officially installed as the nominally ‘black’ designated standard bearer for the US system of global Empire at home and abroad, there were precious few who had the principled courage to sound the alarm. Fortunately for us all, Cindy Sheehan and a relative handful of other dissenters, refused to be complicit with, or silenced by, the nauseating and deafening chorus in those days by the supporters of corporate brand Obama’s euphoria of madness on the US Democrat/Republican plantation of the damned.

Not satisfied with his war crimes abroad, the wily corporate-controlled Drone Man Barack Obama, in service to the corporate/military elite, has bestowed upon himself his very own ‘kill list’—empowering him to target and have killed at will, individuals of any nationality (including US citizens) in the US, or anywhere else in the world, whom he, as judge, jury, and executioner, decides must die. This is Barack Obama’s so-called ‘hope and change.’ Whatever happened to international law and the US Constitution?

Barack Obama’s repeated annual signing of the so-called National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes an outrageous unconstitutional provision authorizing the indefinite detention of any person or persons in the US without the due process of  a legal defense attorney, a jury of one’s peers, or even an open trial is—onerous and utterly unacceptable—and is yet another indication of Obama’s hypocritical and arrogant disdain for the US Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant On Civil and Political Rights.

Cindy Sheehan has long made the connection between US militarism abroad and political repression, including the militarization of the police, at home. Thanks to her courage and diligence, an increasing number of people are becoming aware of just how relevant and extremely important making these connections are to our very survival as human beings on this precious planet of Mother Earth.

It is with a sense of urgency that this book containing the writings of Cindy Sheehan—particularly as they pertain to Barack Obama and the current US political system—need to be read and re-read with a view towards making a critical analysis of the recent past, in order to bring about a seismic political change in the US and avert an even larger pending political, economic, and social future disaster in the year 2015 and beyond.

May you be inspired to creative action by the clarity and cutting-edge honesty of Cindy Sheehan’s writings in this book!


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. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and more recently on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show, and RT (formerly known as Russia Today). He is currently founder and curator of the Black Activist Writers Guild (BAWG) BlackActivistwg.org (Click here: Black Activist Writers Guild). Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, San Francisco BayView newspaper, Black Commentator, Intrepid Report, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), 107 Cowgate (Ireland and Scotland), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). He is in the archives of Dr. Huey P. Newton (Stanford University, CA), cofounder of the Black Panther Party. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click struggle-and-win.net Bill Mandel on Larry Pinkney to read excerpts from the book.)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Osama bin Forgotten and the Criminal Saudis (SOAPBOX PODCAST 2/8/15)

CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
FEBRUARY 8, 2015



GUEST:  JON GOLD

TOPIC: SAUDI CONNECTION TO 9/11





 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Who You Gonna Call? MYTHBUSTERS! (SOAPBOX PODCAST 2/1/15)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
February 1, 2015

TOPIC: MYTH BUSTING
GUEST: JUSTIN COLELLA 




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.

http://www.hustleforhumanity.org/
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Why DC? Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC by Cindy Sheehan



 Why, DC?
Spring Rising
Cindy Sheehan

I have long advocated for the seat of the central government of the USA be relocated to the geographic center of the contiguous land mass. Along with the many problems associated with the capital city built on a swamp, depending on where one lives, it can be expensive and inconvenient as hell to get to!

The geographic concerns and the seeming minimal interest in ending the wars combine to make trips to DC (or NYC, or Chicago, or Los Angeles) difficult for most. I rode my bike from California to DC in 2013, but not many people are full-time peace activists and can’t afford the time it takes (three months for me) or the time off of work.

So what do we do? Most of us who are still in this “antiwar” milieu have realized that the president of the US is really just a figurehead for Empire and that Congress is there to rubberstamp what the War Machine wants with very little show of opposition; so Why DC?

DC is the marbleized logo of power. I am not sure where decisions are really made, but I know the Imperial Pronouncements emanate from DC and I also know that large gatherings of courageous and determined humans have changed history in a positive way.

Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC is our call to gather there from March 18-21 for four days of action designed to once and for all end the wars. Realistically, will this happen? We know it won’t happen if we all cocoon in our comfort zones.

We think it’s urgent for the planet to gather with us for these days (schedule), but if it’s not possible for you to meet us in DC, please organize local solidarity actions and we will be happy to help you connect with others in your area, if possible.

One person emailed to tell me that when we call for gathering in DC, it’s just our way of getting others to pay our ways there.

That’s a valid concern, but the organizations that are pulling this together are grassroots and not all of us think that “WashedUp, DeCeit” is an ideal place to spend a week. DC is really one of the last places I want to go to, but I have been there countless of times to protest and I can’t think of much site seeing that I have done. It’s a place that whitely shines with war memorial after war memorial but has an underlying feeling of black cancer. However, it’s also the place where a massive response needs to be mounted against the massive police state that is apparent there. We can’t wait for the “elected” War Criminals to grow a conscience—because historically few have had one. We can’t wait for others—we must be the ones.

Please email Dede Miller if you would like help organizing a local solidarity action, or get on your own network and figure out how to rideshare to join us.