Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Infomercial for the Empire

Infomercial for The Empire

Cindy Sheehan

Twenty-Ten is a midterm election year, the Dems are hurting very badly—Obama needed to pull some propaganda out of his bag of tricks and he needed to be able to pronounce every word correctly so he base can say: “At least he’s articulate.”

I can just envision the weeks leading up to this: “Joe, you wear the blue-striped tie—Barry, you wear the red-striped tie—and Nancy, you get a botox shot, but make sure you can move your face a little before the speech.”

Of course it was not a state of the union address: It was a giant infomercial for The Empire—at one point he even said: “I won't accept second place for the United States of America.”

Well, the USA is number one in killing people—biggest terrorist state in decades—we have no peers in this aspect. We are even higher than number one here, if that’s possible—we are the SUPER-COUNTRY and killing is our SUPER POWER!

The USA spends more on defense than the next ten lower countries combined. We’re number one!

The USA incarcerates more people per capita than any other country. We’re number one!

The USA is the number one polluter and user of natural resources than any other country: we’re number one!

The USA has more bases on foreign soil than any other country. We’re number one!

The USA IS NOT number one in quality, affordable and easy accessible heath care: We’re number 37!

The USA IS NOT number one in literacy. We’re in a five-way tie for Number 11!

The USA IS NOT number one for life expectancy. We’re number 37! (Cuba is number 38)

The USA IS NOT number one for infant mortality rates. We’re number 33!

The USA IS NOT number one for quality of life. We’re number 13!

The USA IS NOT number one for university graduates. China is number one and graduates TWICE as many than the USA.

Our homeless population is scandalous and the fact that one million children go to bed hungry every night in the USA is also a national shame.

Obama also said: “I will never quit.” That doesn’t fill me with hopium because the only thing he has done over the past years is make everything from foreign to domestic issues worse. Please “quit” Obama—for the sake of everyone—QUIT!

Peace of the Action won’t quit and we are moving across the street from Obama’s house to start shutting down the heart of the Empire until Peace is a reality—not just a slogan to mollify a base eager for crumbs from the Emperor’s table.

Today was a bad day as we lost a truly wonderful human being who did more for us than Obama will ever do if he lives to be 87: Howard Zinn.

In Howard’s memory, we must never give up.

POSTCARDS FROM THE EMPIRE: CINDY SHEEHAN'S NEW COLUMN IN CORREO DEL ORINOCO


Somos americanos

I was born in the U.S. in 1957.

I was born a subject of the world’s most lethal Empire.

When did the U.S. become an Empire? Ask our indigenous people that question.

I was also born in a Myth-ocracy, where we are propagandized from Day One about how we live in the “Greatest Nation in History” and that our neighbors in Latin America are lucky to have the U.S. so close in proximity so we can “save” the people from their “dictators.” Also, here in The Empire, many people believe that the “commons” that exist in Latin America are not really for the people in that region, but for the U.S.—and we will be happy to “liberate” the resources and land from our poorer and less intelligent Latin brothers and sisters. These myths need to be dispelled—and very quickly.

If you asked me even five years ago what I thought I would be doing today, one of those things would not have been writing a weekly column for a newspaper in Venezuela!

Of course, after Casey was killed and after I started to school myself on the true nature of the U.S.—Venezuela and her outspoken leader started to enter my circle of concern.

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela is universally known for his justified criticism of former (p)resident George W. Bush. However, now under the new U.S. regime, it appears to me that The Empire is trying hard to provoke Venezuela into a war.

Venezuela does have a large reserve of oil and the Venezuelan people have an “un-American” mis-perception that their oil belongs to them and not Exxon or the Rockefellers. The Obama regime has signed a new pact with Colombia to put bases (ostensibly to fight the drug war and left-wing opposition groups—yeah, right—The Empire is a drug lord) there and recently, drones and fighter jets have been spotted flying over Venezuelan air space. The Empire never outright rejected the coup in Honduras and, in fact, probably supported it.

In response to the deadly earthquake in Haiti, the Obama administration sent thousands of troops, ships and secured the airport—look on a map and check out how close Haiti is to Venezuela.

I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to educate my fellow USAians about the true nature of the Bolivaran Revolution in Venezuela and its implications for the Americas and the world. Don’t form an opinion before you learn the truth—and trust me—the U.S. “news” media DOES NOT give you a non-biased reporting of events on any issue, really.

Obviously, Venezuela’s continuing successes in empowering the poor are spreading to the rest of Central and South America. U.S. corporations and the crimes of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are being regularly rejected, populist leaders are being elected, and the grass-roots struggle is very inspiring to those of us trying to stimulate a popular uprising here in The Empire.

The U.S. must stop meddling in South American affairs and must stop treating that region like it is our pathetic neighbor and start treating it with respect and fairness.

Unfortunately, one day I was on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News and Sean told me that President Chavez was “anti-American.” I said, "but Sean, he is an American"—Hannity was non-plussed and looked like he may have a hemorrhagic event--But, Venezuela is populated with our American brothers and sisters and understanding each other is the key imperative to guarantee peace between our nations.

I hope my new column Postcards from The Empire will help build a pan-Americanism that recognizes and celebrates our differences and our similarities and will help foster tolerance and respect for each other.

My column will appear weekly in: Correo del Orinoco International (English language) and Correo del Orinoco (Spanish language).

Click here to download the PDF of this week's edition.

My column is on Page 7.

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Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq on 4 April 2004. She is the author of five books, the host of her radio show: Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and weekly columnist for Correo del Orinoco. Cindy is the Executive Director of Peace of the Action. Her favorite role is being the Gigi of Jonah and Jovie—and making the world a better place for all the children.

Friday, January 22, 2010

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Since Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution was published, our situation has not improved. In Myth America II, I detail these fresh assaults on Peace, Justice and the Environment and (even more importantly) give fresh solutions on what we can and must to do survive the crimes of the Robber Class!

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Without going into endless detail--which I could--things seem to be deteriorating at an alarming rate and people like me who are calling for an end to all war--all killing (yes, even the brown people of the world)--all economic depravity--and a return to common sense--are being demonized as much as ever, if not more! It's time to make striving for Peace, Justice, Economic Equality and Environmental sustainability the New Normal and Myth America II will show us the way there!

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PRAISE FOR MYTH AMERICA I and Cindy Sheehan:

"Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution places Sheehan firmly in the pantheon of progressive heroes." Bob Fitrakis in the The Free Press

"Cindy is not just a grieving mother. She's a grieving mother who feels betrayed, is mad as hell, is uncorrupted by money, power, or party, would rather die than censor her statements, and gets straight to the heart of a question faster than anyone else I know."

David Swanson, After Downing Street Coalition

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BOOK TOUR

On the Myth America I tour, Cindy Sheehan went to over 40 communities in her quest for Sanity as the New Normal in this nation--and even though she will be erecting her Peace Camp in DC on March 13th--she would love to come to your community, as well (planes and trains leave from DC, too).

Cindy spoke to large crowds and small crowds; in living-rooms to lecture halls; we protested at Congressional offices, or chilled with a glass of wine on the porch and always began the slow process of re-awakening to the fact that WE are the ones that are in this together and WE are the only ones that can fix things.

If you would like Cindy to come to your community to speak about Myth America or Peace of the Action, or both--please contact her at: CindysSoapbox@gmail.com.

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The roses in the window box
Have tilted to one side
Everything about this house
Was born to grow and die

Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)
Elton John

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."

Thomas Jefferson

I find is super-ironic that I am writing the very last words to Myth America II on the day that any semblance of the US being "by and for the people" died.

The publication of this book has been delayed by so many urgent events-Obama goes on a $50,000/week vacation to Martha's Vineyard while war rages on-Obama escalates troop presence in Afghanistan, not once, not twice, but THREE times-Obama approves expanding military and CIA unmanned aerial vehicle bombings-the Crotch Bomber-bombing Yemen-Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize-Kennedy dies and the Dems lose big time in Mass! I know I am leaving out so many things-like the Obama regime covering up the murder of three detainees in Gitmo and protecting the Bush Admin or fomenting war with Venezuela. Then after the Haitians suffer a devastating earthquake, Obama appoints Bush to lead US relief efforts. He has had quite a busy, busy year that wasn't so much about CHANGE as it was about tying a cement block around HOPE and drowning it in the Potomac River.

I have had a busy year, too-because as Obama climbed to new lows of thuggery-I met him there to challenge him (and you). As one of the only people, who from the beginning, criticized the Dalai Bama, I have been shunned, scorned, but also welcomed many places where truth, peace, and justice are still valuable commodities.

Anyway, today was also quite a landmark day in US history-and even though this book is finished-WE MUST add an addendum about this.

No matter what happens tomorrow: If the Bra Bomber finally materializes, or Obama gets caught in a compromising position with Tiger Woods, or if Michelle is caught growing weed in her organic garden: THIS BOOK IS FINISHED-and so might be my country.

We have talked about the scandal of corporate personhood and how one sentence of Supreme Court Chief Justice Waite, before the oral arguments were even heard in 1886 in the case of The City and County of Santa Clara v. The Southern Pacific Railroad, changed our history forever:

"The court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, applies to these corporations. We are all of the opinion that it does."

No law was passed giving corporations rights, not just privileges-no Supreme Court decision gave Goldman Sachs literally millions more votes than me (or you)-it was a freaking statement before the hearing ever began! We are losing everything because some old dead white guy flapped his jaws and, voila, the 14th Amendment applied to corporations.

Today, in Citizens United v. the Federal Election's Commission the Supreme Court ruled that any cap put on corporations and, presumably unions and other organizations, to spend on campaign ads and other campaign expenses (paid canvassers, etc) violates a corporation's "Freedom of Speech" which has been legally protected for 134 years.

Like I pointed out in the Myth that Elections Matter-our system is already rigged in favor of the Robber Class-corporations have NO MOUTHS, how can they have free speech?

This expansion of "Free Speech" to corporations effectively kills our "Free Speech" when it comes to elections.

Money is what buys influence with our government-that's all, nothing else. We ain't got no money-so we ain't got no influence.

The only tool we have left to us is Revolution as JFK said: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable."

I closed Myth I with Revolution by the Beatles, I close Myth II with a song from Muse: The Uprising.

The paranoia is in bloom, the PR
The transmissions will resume
They'll try to push drugs
Keep us all dumbed down and hope that
We will never see the truth around
(So come on!)

Another promise, another scene, another
A package not to keep us trapped in greed
With all the green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on!)

Chorus
They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution take its toll if you could
Flick the switch and open your third eye, you'd see that
We should never be afraid to die
(So come on!)

Rise up and take the power back, it's time that
The fat cats had a heart attack, you know that
Their time is coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

Chorus
They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Hey .. hey … hey .. hey!
(repeat)

Chorus
They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Hey .. hey … hey .. hey!
(repeat)

Peace, Resistance and Revolution!

Cindy in NYC

January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Let the Sunshine


Let the Sunshine

Cindy Sheehan

We starve-look
At one another
Short of breath
Walking proudly in our winter coats
Wearing smells from laboratories
Facing a dying nation
Of moving paper fantasy
Listening for the new told lies
With supreme visions of lonely tunes

Hair: The Flesh Failures

I went to a performance of the musical, Hair, last night in New York City. I wonder how I would have reacted to the show before Casey was killed—before the insanity of war became my “new normal?”

The original production of Hair debuted in 1967 when the Vietnam War was increasing in carnage and the counter-culture opposing it was also growing. I was 10.

I remember hearing The Age of Aquarius covered by the 5th Dimension for the first time and not even knowing my Zodiac sign—I quickly discovered that I am a Cancer and everything that meant. The Beatles had already mainstreamed long hair, so when the Cowsills sang the main song from the musical, it appeared cute and funny and only because some of the more provocative lyrics were left out.

Probably my favorite song at the time was Three Dog Night’s cover of Easy to be Hard. As a 10 year old girl living in a predominantly working class, but white suburb of L.A., I never could have imagined how significant these lyrics would become in my own life 40 years later: “Especially people who care about strangers, who care about evil and social injustice; do you only care about the bleeding crowd; how about a needing friend, I need a friend.”

Like I said, I was 10. I was interested in The Beatles, The Monkees, softball and my elementary school crush, Tommy Enders. I sympathized with the anti-war movement at the time without really understanding it, but I knew it was seriously cool. The hype about Hair was the open drug use, open love and full-frontal nudity.

But 42 years later, I went to the program last night knowing that Hair was also about the counter-culture that rejected the establishment and war. I knew that a main character gets killed in Vietnam at the end. I was fully prepared for that. Almost six years after Casey was needlessly murdered in Iraq by his country’s corrupt foreign policy, I can sometimes get through entire days without crying, even though the pain of his loss is constantly with me.

At the end of the musical, Claude Bukowsky dies and the cast sings, “Let the Sunshine,” with anger and sorrow on their faces—not the joy that such a happy sounding song would seem to elicit. The cast leaves the stage singing, Claude is lying on the stage in his dress uniform, and I heard a few sniffles in the audience, although tears were streaming down my face. Then, in true American fashion, the cast comes back—cut to happiness—Claude is alive and dancing—and we are all supposed to go on the stage and dance and pretend like everything is okay.

I was sad up to that point, but in a poignant way. The performance truly captured how fucked-up war really is—but when the cast and audience started dancing with joyful abandon, I began to panic and had to leave the theater. I shocked myself in the lobby when I stopped to look in a mirror to put my hat and scarf on—and staring back at me was a “normal” Cindy—there was not one hint on my face of my shock and horror and that’s when I burst out sobbing. How can it be possible to be so broken inside and look so calm on the outside?

One thing we have learned since 1967—wait a second—there is NOT ONE THING we have learned since 1967.

War is still the most fucked-up, mentally deficient and morally bankrupt activity that was ever developed by mankind, and most Americans don’t even think about that fact for even a few seconds everyday. And if they do, don’t worry—dancing is right around the corner.

In the 42 years since Hair debuted, the Sunshine is growing dimmer and We the People must take some responsibility for allowing the War Machine and its War Parties to pull black hoods over our heads and accept, as normal, activities that are so fundamentally disordered they make Napoleon look sane.

Hair is also about a "Tribe." Websters Dictionary defines "tribe" as: a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest.

To survive as the Tribe of the Human Race, our common interest must be peace and the collective rejection of the establishment's wars. Is this a futile endeavor, or do we have a real chance this time?

But first, we must recognize the fact that we are all in the same Tribe.

I give the production, cast, message and performances an “A+,” I give our nation an “F-.”

For more information about the show, go here:

http://www.hairbroadway.com/about

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

DRONES KILL KIDS AND OTHER SOAPBOX NEWS---


DRONES KILL KIDS

Cindy Sheehan

I have become increasingly distressed about the expanded use of drones in the USA’s War OF Terror—as I oppose “manned aerial vehicles” that target and kill civilians--I find “unmanned aerial vehicles” particularly morally reprehensible.

This past Saturday, about 175 people joined us at CIA HQ in Langley, VA for a protest against the CIA’s usage of this deadly drone technology in North-West Pakistan that has been responsible for killing over 100 times more civilians than “suspected” al Qaeda or Taliban militants. After a story came out from the Associated Press that said we were out there protesting the fact that CIA drones targeted the “al Qaeda and Taliban,” (AP printed a "clarification) I have received dozens of emails attacking me for supporting "terrorists" over the lives of our military.

First of all, we DO protest the fact that the CIA is involved in, not "para-military" missions, but full-on military missions in Pakistan. Violating sovereign territory and assassinating whomever the CIA (in collaboration with the Pakistani government and the ISI) feels it should murder, is wrong no matter how false US patriots want to spin it. Barack Obama has green-lighted the expanded CIA program but wasn’t there an outcry from the faux-gressives when we learned that Cheney wanted to used the CIA as his own death squad?

We know that there has always existed at least two systems of justice in the United States, but since 9-11, what many of us believed was a semi-transparent system of laws that offered at least some bare protection to the accused has now been replaced with an arbitrary code of behaviors that has tacit approval of most Americans, because "they" are keeping us “safe.”

Overt, extra-judicial and extra-legal killings by the Central Intelligence Agency are NOT okay. My inbox piled up with hate mail telling me that I am a “moron” (among the nicer things) because the CIA Drone Program “saves the lives of American troops." Really? Because American troops are now invading and occupying the Swat Valley of Pakistan? When did that happen? No, the CIA Drone Program is just a more expeditious way for the assassins to murder people. This program has saved not one American troop, yet I am sure the terror it spreads and the revenge factor flying drones over people's heads and dropping Hellfire missiles on them foments have been major impetus for widespread hatred of the US.

Many of my hate mails (in direct response to the AP story) also tell me that the use of drones could have saved my son’s life. Let’s dissect this argument. Firstly, what could have saved Casey’s life would have been if the US never invaded and occupied Iraq in the first place. After years of manned bombings where not one US troop was killed, but thousands of Iraqis were, the country was decimated and devastated. George Bush and his administration thought a new invasion, one that went right up to Saddam’s doorstep would be a “cakewalk.” Bush estimated that not one American life would be lost and Rummy estimated that the misadventure would cost “$50 billion” paid for by the very people we were slaughtering by pillaging their oil fields. Now after a few trillion dollars and over a million US and Iraqi dead, do we really think that our government uses drones to “minimize” the loss of life? Life is cheap to the US War Machine and I would like to know exactly the point in time when our government became “pro-life.”

Even though we do oppose the CIA using drones on anyone—or anything—the overwhelming reason we went out to CIA HQ was the mere fact that innocent people get caught between the CIA’s drug/war lords and its goals of destabilization and democracy destruction.

For about every 20 misspelled, angry emails I get from false US patriots, I get one heartfelt email from a Pakistani thanking us for caring about them. It's about time someone did.

View videos of the event here

View Slide Show here

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DRONES KILL KIDS

General Atomics builds the Predator series of drones and profits off of the innocent blood and terrorization of millions. The company also sponsors a drone exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC—Peace of the Action sponsored its own field trip there on this past Sunday.


PEACE OF THE ACTION ANNOUNCES THE NEW WEBSITE.

CHECK IT OUT!

www.PeaceoftheAction.org

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www.CindySheehansSoapbox.com

Listen to this week’s edition of the Soapbox, which came out on Sunday the 17th, as Cindy chats with Matt Gonzales (former president of the SF Board of Supes and VP Candidate); and Brother Larry Pinkney of the Black Commentator in an evaluation of the State of the Union after Obama’s first year as president.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

SLIDE SHOW FOR CIA PROTEST AND BANNER DROP AT SMITHSONIAN

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikehear/sets/72157623231999762/show/

DRONES KILL KIDS: PEACE OF THE ACTION BANNER DROP


Today (January 17th) some members of Peace of the Action
hung this banner near the killer-drone exhibit at the Air and Space Museum
in Washington, DC.

Robby Diesu (DC Coordinator) and Cindy Sheehan hung the banner while
Joshua Smith (Media coordinator/co-organizer) and Mike Hearington (VFP liaison)
took pics and video and singer/songwriter, David Rovics kept watch.

We hung the banner and hung around and watched people watch it for about 5 minutes before it got taken down--then we left.

Many families there with children--taking in the Military hardware and mostly not thinking that others are suffering so badly!

PEACE OF THE ACTION DEMANDS A RETRACTION FROM THE AP

January 14, 2010

To: Associated Press

CC: Jessica Gresko

RE: Misleading article about the January 16th protest at CIA Headquarters

From: Cindy Sheehan representing Peace of the

Action.

Yesterday, Peace of the Action Coalition organized a protest in front of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va.

Ms. Gresko, from the AP was out there for the entire time. She interviewed myself, all of the other speakers and some of those in attendance.

We feel that all of the speakers at the event and the stated reason for the protest were very clear—we were there protesting the cowardly and immoral use of drones by the CIA that actually kill about one-hundred times more innocent civilians than “suspected terrorists.”

Since Ms. Gresko’s story came out falsely declaring that we were there to protest the use of drones on “al Qaeda and Taliban,” I have received dozens of hate mails, one of which even called my dead son Casey a “queer” and a “faggot.”

After all the time Ms. Gresko spent there listening to us it seems like this story was filed with the intent to cloud our issue and undermine the absolute moral authority our protest had in denouncing the loss of innocent life.

We at Peace of the Action Coalition demand that the AP file a new story clarifying the seemingly deliberate obscuring of the facts in the first article and print a retraction in every news outlet that the article dated January 16th appeared in.

Signed:
Cindy Sheehan representing Peace of the Action Coalition.

REFERENCED ARTICLE

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Here at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox, our hearts go out to the people of Haiti who have had to endure so much in their country and who are now devastated by the mind-boggling tragedy of the recent earthquake. There are many organizations that are collecting money and gathering relief supplies, but Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox supports (monthly, not just currently)

Doctors Without Borders

No matter how badly off we are (or are not), here in the U.S., we have it much better than the people in the poorest nation in our hemisphere. Please be as generous as you can.

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Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox is pleased that the crisis in Haiti is getting so much corporate and other media attention, but the U.S. is creating other humanitarian disasters in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Millions of people have been made refugees from our wars of aggression and particularly now in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps in Pakistan. People who have fled the CIA violence and other US supported violence from Pakistan and Aghanistan are literally dying for lack of food, water, and medical supplies.

From an article entitled:

Pakistan: Women's voices from inside IDP camps

The Majority of the IDPs were of the view that both Americans and Taliban are evil, and have made people's lives hell by flushing them out of their homes. They said that the majority of the population has migrated from Swat but still some people have stayed in Swat. The army has asked these people to vacate the area as soon as possible otherwise they will be treated as Taliban. The relatives in camps have no information about them as the army has cut off all communication means.

Being fully cognizant of the fact that there is a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and Peace of the Action are calling for a protest in front of CIA HQ this Saturday, January 16th from 1-4, more information can be found at the

NO MURDEROUS DRONES tab at:
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

And of course there is a plethora of evidence supporting the fact that the CIA has meddled extensively in Haiti.

After we protest at the CIA, we will be marching to the home of one of the worst men who ever breathed air here in North America: Dick Cheney--we will attempt a citizens arrest on him. His new home is less than a mile from CIA HQ in McLean, Va.

Hope you can join us for this event if you are in the area!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy First Anniversary to Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox!

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

at: www.CindySheehansSoapbox.com

It's our Anniversary!

Against all odds and many obstacles we have been able to stay on the air and deliver high quality shows!

With Twenty-Ten being the YEAR OF RESISTANCE, the Soapbox will become an integral part of true change to benefit WE THE PEOPLE for once!

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TODAY'S SHOW

There has been disturbing news coming out of South America:

The apparent U.S. support of the Honduran coup; Colombia signing a pact with the U.S. that will enable the U.S. to construct military bases there and the U.S. drone flights and fighter-plane flights over Venezuelan airspace.

We all know that Vz sits on some of the largest oil reserves in the world and President Chavez has refused to privatize the industry and hand over his people's natural resources to Standard Oil or Exxon--so that has made him a marked man in the eyes of the U.S. Robber Class.

Today on the Soapbox, Venezuelan attorney and bestselling author (The Chavez Code), Eva Golinger dispels the Myths that surround President Chavez that have been instigated by our government and media.

Eva's blog is: Postcards from the Revolution

Please tune-in, it is a fascinating interview!

To further foster understanding between our countries, The Soapbox is arranging an interview in Venezuela with President Chavez and a mini-documentary about the successes and challenges of Venezuela's "Bolivaran Revolution." We are VERY excited about this important evolution in The Soapbox's relevance and influence!

The 2nd part of today's show is an interview that Cindy did with Scott Horton of Anti-War Radio where she talks about Peace of the Action and the dire need for direct action.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

WELCOME TO TWENTY-TEN: THE YEAR OF RESISTANCE!



2010 THE YEAR OF RESISTANCE

An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Three events over the holidays have caused me great consternation and they proved to me that I am not so cynical and jaded that my government can't still shock me, if anything

Of course, the first event has to be the “Crotch Bomber.” The Crotch Bomber story poses more questions than answers and, of course, Muttalabad has already been tried, convicted and virtually executed by our media who have formulated an open and shut case against him without questioning any details except for “lax” security at airports and possible intelligence "failures." Credible eye-witnesses have said from the beginning that Abdulmutallab was ushered through the system at Schilpol airport in Amsterdam (an airport I have flown through twice in the last month), by a "sharp dressed man"—but the problem is apparently that we have not been subjected to perverted full-body scans every time we fly. So what is the U.S. regime’s answer to this incident: give more military aid to the unstable regime of Yemen to fight “terrorism” in revenge for Abdulmutallabs’s failed attempt (which was apparent revenge for U.S. drones killing dozens of innocent Yemeni’s just days before) AND subject air travelers to either the full body scan, or full body search.

The next event that has me worried is the fact that eight CIA agents were just the victim of a suicide attacker in Knost Province, Afghanistan. The attacker was also an agent and one of the eight dead. What motivated this attack? Did he attack the CIA because it’s an agency that is the model of peace and democracy all over the world? No, despite what the toady media and Obama say—the CIA is a hated agency involved in assassinations and coups all over the world (giving us the map and blowback we see today) for decades and the CIA has also been drone-bombing the crap out of Pakistan.

A recent report stated that 700 civilians have been killed by those bombs, and only “five” suspected Al-Qaeda—if we can even believe that figure--the liars are the ones telling us this. So what’s the word about these killings coming from the Robber Class? The word is “revenge,” even though the assassinations were also revenge for something extra-legal and morally reprehensible that the CIA is doing.

The third incident is the U.S. military’s execution of eight school children in Kunar, Afghanistan. According to reports, the U.S. military flew in helicopters from Kabul to Kunar and entered a house, rousting out eight children (seven from the same family), handcuffing some, then dragging them out and summarily executing them. Have you heard of this “Haditha” or “My Lai” incident from your Robber Class “news” channels? I didn't think so.

As far as I am concerned, each one of the people involved in this horrific incident must be punished to the fullest extent of the law: from the soldiers who flew the helicopters, to the shooters, to the one (McChrystal?) who authorized this atrocity!

How do we stop this constant cycle of violence that is perpetrated, fomented and encouraged by the U.S. Empire? We have to realize that the people of Yemen have the same existential imperative as do the 300 travlers aboard the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit!

We have to fully internalize that those 700 slaughtered people of Pakistan had as much right to life as the seven CIA operatives!

If we put ourselves in the home of the family where eight children were executed and try to visualize how we would feel if the occupying Empire broke into our home and killed every child that we had and how terrorizing and devastating that would be, then maybe, just maybe, AND FINALLY, we would rise up against our own violent government?

I have dubbed 2010 the YEAR OF RESISTANCE and we must sacrifice some of our creature comforts for peace—not just peace here at home, but most of all, peace abroad!














2010 ACTIONS TO BE INVOLVED IN:

(co)-SPONSORED BY PEACE OF THE ACTION COALITION:

January 13: CIA DRONE BRIEFING AND TEACH-IN

Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, David Rovics

(Cindy's new book debut: Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution)

WHERE: BUS BOYS AND POETS

2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638

TIME: 7-10

INFORMATION, Q & A, BOOK SIGNINGS AND FUN!

DONATIONS WILL BE TAKEN TO COVER EXPENSES!

JANUARY 16TH: PROTEST CIA DRONE BOMBINGS AT CIA HQ IN LANGLEY, VA

WHERE: CIA HQ

TIME: 1PM TO 4PM

MORE INFO GO TO:

NO MURDEROUS DRONES

(Subtract Col. Ann Wright as speaker and add Pakistani-American and co-founder of the Crawford Peace House: Hadi Jawad)

JANUARY 17TH: ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR PEACE OF THE ACTION:

Please join us for a planning meeting regarding the building of Peace of the Action. The planning has started already, but we still need your help! Below you will find logistical information.

Time: 3:00pm
Date: 1/17/09
Location: St Stephens Church 16th and Newton NW (Closest metro Colombia Heights )

Light snacks and drinks will be provided

Every person is an organizer, Every person can make real change


MARCH 13TH-UNTIL THE TROOPS START TO COME HOME:

PEACE OF THE ACTION


MARCH 20TH: MARCH ON THE PENTAGON


JUNE 26-27: RESIST G20 SUMMIT IN TORONTO



SPONSORED (or co-sponsored) BY WORLD CAN'T WAIT

ONGOING:

January-May 2010: We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour. Iraq & Afghanistan veterans giving students the reality or the US wars of occupation, and why they should resist the military recruiters in the schools. wearenotyoursoliders.org 347 385 2195

January-May 2010: Stand Up for Women's Right to Abortion and Birth Control! Campus tour featuring abortion providers & activists. 718 825 9119

Thursday, January 7, 2010 Washington, DC: Support Bagram Detainees for Habeas Rights

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington @ 3rd Street NW.

Hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. Vigil by the CUNY Law Students for Justice at Bagram begins 8:30am Hearing in Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 20) There will be a rally/vigil after the hearing

More information: bagramjustice@gmail.com and the International Justice Network representing 3 men detained without charges in Bagram


Monday January 11 through Friday January 22: Witness Against Torture fast to close Guantanamo.

Monday, January 11: 10-11am - Witness Against Torture Vigil with Guantanamo lawyers and Center for Constitutional Rights @ the White House. 11am procession to the National Press Club. 12 pm Vigil continues during press conference at National Press Club.

7:00 pm: Evening Gathering @ Georgetown University Law School: Guantanamo, Torture, Accountability and Organizing in the Obama age.
World Can't Wait calls for people everywhere to mark the 8th anniversary of Guantanamo with street protests and showings of the film Outside the Law: Stories of Guantanamo.
Write for details on getting the film to show. There will be protest events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago January 11-22. Watch worldcantwait.net for details.


Tuesday January 12, Protest Torture Lawyer John Yoo as classes open, UC Berkeley

For continuous, important coverage of John Yoo, the torture memos, and the US torture state, see

FireJohnYoo.org.


Saturday January 16, Langley VA Protest CIA Drone Attacks

NO MURDEROUS CIA DRONES!
1:00pm - 4:00pm CIA Headquarters (Langley, Virginia)

It was recently announced that the White House gave the CIA permission to increase its drone bombings in Pakistan of which to date over 1/3rd of the deaths are civilian. The CIA is a profoundly violent and corrupt organization and, while we don't think the Military should be using manned, or unmanned aerial vehicles, we think the drone bombings from CIA robots are particularly despicable. Cindy Sheeahn,Cynthia McKinney, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, Bruce Gagnon speaking.


Monday January 18 Vigil for Fahad Hashmi outside Metropolitan Correctional Center, Lower Manhattan
6:00-7:00 pm 150 Park Row at Pearl Street (one block east of Foley Square)

US citizen Fahad Hasmi has been detained in solitary confinement under harsh SAM regulations
Weekly presentation with special guests from Broadway and Off-Broadway. Sponsor: Theaters Against War 206-312-2201
thawaction@yahoo.com


Friday January 22, Washington DC Roe v Wade Anniversary Pro-Choice Presence at Supreme Court

The anti-abortion "March for Life" annually fills the Mall and focuses on the Supreme Court, usually without much opposition. This year we're calling on people to be in front of the Court from early morning, to be sure support for women's lives and access to abortion & birth control is represented. lina@worldcantwait.net


Saturday January 23 San Francisco Day of Action for Reproductive Justice v. Right Wing Anti-Abortion Rally

10 am Justin Herman Plaza Music Concourse near Embarcadero BART Station. Sponsored by Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights & World Can't Wait 415 864 5153


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SPONSORED BY DAVID SWANSON:

Daybreak book tour

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IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST?

GO TO THESE WEBSITES FOR INFO ABOUT EVENTS:

PORTLAND, OR

JANUARY 16TH: POULSBO, WA