Sunday, March 15, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 8, 2015
GUEST: Gayle McLaughlin
TOPIC: Woman Power
GAYLE (from Wiki):
McLaughlin is a social activist who has participated in the peace, social justice, civil rights, and environmental movements. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with graduate study in psychology and education.
She was first elected to the City Council in 2004, winning one of five open seats, with 11,191 votes or 10% in 2004. She has lived in Richmond since 2001.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Obama Files:
Chronicles of an Award-Winning War Criminal
Chronicles of an Award-Winning War Criminal
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VACAVILLE, CA: Today, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox announces the publishing of Cindy Sheehan's eighth book: The Obama Files: Chronicles of an Award-Winning War Criminal.
The book (which one early reviewer calls: "One of the most hardcore antiwar books ever written") is a collection of essays of criticism from the far left of six-years of the disastrous Obama regime which had many people (excluding Sheehan) "hoping" for a new era of peace and justice. After over six-years of "the First Black President™" Sheehan is hoping that this book will finally convince people that when it comes to war and the police state, Obama has been far more dangerous than even was George W. Bush.
The Obama Files is also a chronicle of the abdication of the "left" in its historical prerogative to hold war criminals accountable in the court of public opinion.
From her home in Vacaville, CA Cindy Sheehan had this to say, "I hope The Obama Files will be an important historical document of this important time in world history, but I also hope it inspires some to look beyond the latest cause célebré or bourgeois political party and find hope in ourselves and our communities."
Contributors to The Obama Files include Larry Pinkney, author, activist and member of The Black Panther Party who wrote the foreword and noted political artist Anthony Freda who designed the book cover.
For more information, to order a review copy (MEDIA only), or schedule an interview with Cindy Sheehan, please email Dede Miller at Dede4Peace@gmail.com.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
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
CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
FEBRUARY 22, 2015
GUEST: DEBRA SWEET
TOPIC: SPRING RISING
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
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
February 15, 2015
GUEST: Sarah Blum
TOPIC: Military Sexual Trauma
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.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Of Noodges and Nukes
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.