Sunday, May 19, 2019

Community Conference Call Recording May 19th Call

May 19th, 2019


Welcome and Intros





Occupy the White House
Anti-Imperialist Revolution Summit (A.I.R.S.)

Civil Resistance and the Opportunity for Risk Arrest at
Occupy the White House



Saturday, May 18, 2019


MAY 2019

“Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated in Fresno since 1975, Dan Yaseen interviews Regis Tremblay, an independent filmmaker and a blogger, interested in activism and the environment. He lives in Woolwich, Maine. Topic of discussion will be deteriorating US – Russia relations that is moving us toward nuclear annihilation. His website is:



Thursday, May 16, 2019

“It is not always the same thing to be a good person and a good citizen.” MOP CCC MONTHLY CALL

May 19th, 2019
March on the Pentagon
Community Conference Call
Times: 4 pm Pacific
5 pm Mountain
6 pm Central
7 pm Eastern
MOP Updates and
Civil Disobedience 101 with Malachy Kilbride 
"It is not always the same thing to be a good person and a good citizen."
Cindy Sheehan chained to the White House fence.
The United States is obviously a rogue state---and with recent events: bully-blustering against Iran, Venezuela, and China; and the profoundly illegal arrest of the Venezuelan Embassy protectors, it's past time for we, those opposed, to such vileness, step up our game.
MOP is proposing that all good people become bad citizens of the rogue USA, so we are planning "Occupy the White House" on October 11th.
This will be a "risk arrest" action, so this call will hopefully inspire us to do some sacrifice for peace and justice AND inform us of what that may look like.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dump the Empire Pledge (Interview with Jack Balkwill)

 Recently, Cindy Sheehan interviewed Jack Balkwill of LUV News, co-author of the Dump the Empire Voter's Pledge.
Click to take the anti-immperialist pledge!

Cindy Sheehan: What is imperialism, and, in your opinion, is the United States and imperialist state?
Jack Balkwill: I've always thought of imperialism as the imposition of force by a powerful nation against a weaker nation, usually by wielding the "Big Stick" of which Teddy Roosevelt spoke, but it also applies to wielding economic power over another nation, as the USA is currently doing to Venezuela, Iran, and the Peoples Republic of Korea.  The USA is the most imperialist nation today.

CS: What motivated you to write and promote the Anti-Imperialist Voter's Pledge?

JB: I was motivated by watching the USA in action intervening all over the world.   We have an astounding 800 permanent military bases abroad and a few hundred temporary ones at any given time, and are engaged in countless wars.  I say countless because even few in Congress are allowed to know how many wars we are waging today.  I was shocked last year to be reading the news and find that special operations soldiers had been killed in Niger.  I had not known, and I'm sure most Members of Congress didn't know, that The Empire was waging war in Niger.  Most people don't know we have troops in the Philippines.  Military engagements out of control like this have been the demise of the empires of the past, they simply exhausted their treasury at some point.  I am   excited that the March on the Pentagon has picked up the Dump the Empire Pledge.  It gives me hope.

In the most prosperous nation on earth, we have 1 in 5 children hungry at least part of every year, and families going bankrupt because of medical bills, every 30 seconds.  This doesn't happen in other major industrialized nations, and it is because the Empire requires massive funding.  Those who are ashamed of this should be supporting the Dump the Empire Pledge and help to get support for it.

CS: Looking at the current crop of a couple of dozen candidates for POTUS in 2020, what are your thoughts about any of their "anti-imperialist" credentials?

JB: Certainly, the establishment wants Biden, and are currently drowning him in corporate money and free air time on their TV monopoly.  He will do their bidding and sell out the people as he has his entire career, so he is the front-runner in a corrupt system.  I wish the Greens would decide on a candidate earlier, they may be the best chance, along with some of the socialist parties.  Bernie Sanders is at least talking about the wars and military spending, which he didn't do in 2016, but I think he has to go much further to begin to show he is willing to even partially cut into the Empire.  Tulsi Gabbard has flirted on the edges of Dump the Empire and I think if we could show such a person they could get our votes, she and Bernie might go a bit further.  If we were to get a big effort behind Dump the Empire, hopefully we could convince a candidate to break from the pack.

CS: For you, do you see any hope in the current US political climate where only Democrats or Republicans are considered "electable?"

JB: No, this is my 75th year and decade after decade I have watched things actually get worse.  As military spending has increased (every year, no matter what) average wages have dropped since 1973.  Even the minimum wage has dropped since 1968.  As corporate media rave on about the great Trump economy, I watch the economic indicator that I believe to be the most important-- homelessness, and I see it's increased for two years in a row (I think they mean the billionaires are doing well).   We must get information to people around the corporate viewpoint media or we are completely lost.  Hammering this Dump the Empire Pledge could hopefully encourage enough of a mass to drag candidates into doing the right thing. 

CS: If a true anti-imperialist were to be elected POTUS, what do you think that would look like? What positive changes could be made in such a bloated and diseased Empire?

JB: This would be a courageous person under constant attack from the mainstream press and national security state apparatus.  The CIA, FBI and others would be trying to undermine this person.  Such a person would, however, be very popular with the masses, as polling tells us the masses want peace, and health care, and a clean environment-- all the things the Empire prevents by its spending us deep into unnecessary debt.  For those who say such a president would not have support from the Congress, that is irrelevant-- the president is commander in chief and can order the troops to come home, an end to the wars and closure of military bases (after, in some cases, giving proper notice required by treaties).  The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare wars, but it does not have the power to eternally wage them, that power is in the hands of the commander in chief.  So a number of Members of Congress would huff and puff, but could do nothing about it legally.

CS: Do you have anything else to add?
Yes, with Mothers Day coming Sunday I would like to remind people that Ann Jarvis, who thought it up, was a peace activist, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if she were here today, she'd sign the Dump the Empire Pledge.  Please sign it and convince your family, friends, work colleagues and social network contacts to sign it, because our future depends on getting rid of the Empire.  And contribute to the March on the Pentagon for hosting the Pledge, and to Cindy's Soap Box which is simply wonderful and vital to a world hungry for knowledge.



Tuesday, May 7, 2019





The Vz Embassy Protection Collective Raw and Uncut from DC w/Guest Kevin Zeese

May 7, 2019

Guest: Kevin Zeese
Topic: The Vz Embassy Protection Collective

Breaking News:

Today, at 8:10 am (Pacific Time) The Soapbox interviewed
Kevin Zeese who has been inside the Vz Embassy in DC at the invitation of the legitimate Maduro government of Venzuela to protect it from illegal encroachment by the illegitimate coup
government of Juan Guaido (who declared himself president of Vz in contravention of Venezuelan law).

Cindy Sheehan and Kevin Zeese discuss the current situation in Venezuela and at the Embassy in DC and what we can do to support this historic action.


Please go to Popular Resistance to find out how you can support this action!

 Join the Embassy Protection Collective on 




Monday, May 6, 2019

The CIA Exposed (Soapbox Podcast w/Douglas Valentine: May 6, 2019)

May 6, 2019

TOPIC: The CIA Exposed
Guest: Doug Valentine

This week, Cindy chats with author, journalist, poet, investigator, Douglas Valentine about his work exposing one of the 
biggest terrorist groups in the world: 
The Central Intelligence Agency.

Doug has written many books and articles on the subject and got some inside info from operatives who were recommended to him by William Colby, himself.





Monday, April 29, 2019

Why the White House? Why Friday? (Rage Against the War Machine)

March on the Pentagon Presents

Rage Against the War Machine
October 11th to 12th, 2019

Last year around 2,000 of our friends and comrades joined us as we marched on the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, where we called for a revival of a mass antiwar/anti-imperialism movement, attention on the toll war takes on women across the globe, the environmental impacts of war, and much much more.

In 2019, we're fighting for the very same things and we're taking our march to the White House—where we won't be ignored!
We invite you to Rage Against the War Machine with us on Friday, October 11th.

If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention and we're committed to educating everyone about the atrocities of the War Machine.

Why the White House?

In 2018, Women's March on the Pentagon (WMOP) evolved after the liberal "Women's March" refused to address the violence of US imperialism as a women's issue. The organizers of WMOP struggled very hard for about nine months to give birth to a principled movement that put people (all people in the world, not just white, privileged, democrat US women) over profit and which recognized the complicity of the Democrats in the care and maintenance of Empire. We constantly reiterated, "it's not about Trump." 

However, this year, we have seen that Trump has been working overtime to prove his devotion to the war machine. Trump has continued the War OF Terror prosecuted by his predecessors and he has ramped up hostilities towards Venezuela and Cuba; increased militarization at the US/Mexico border; supports the illegal settler state of Israel (ie.; moved the US embassy to Jerusalem; continues to have normal relations with the head-choppers in Saudi Arabia and continues to support their genocide in Yemen. Yes, Trump is proving to be an able servant of if there were any questions about it to those of us who pay close attention.

Many young people who seemed to be wooed and bamboozled by the Obama mystique have been radicalized by the Trump administration--which is good! They can evolve in their analysis if they get involved in principled actions as Rage Against the War Machine, and we are reaching out to them, for sure! These are some of the reasons we are beginning and ending at the White House in 2019.

Why Friday?

Last October, we marched on the 51st anniversary of the huge March on the Pentagon during the Empire's assault on Vietnam and it happened to fall on a Sunday. The Pentagon put us out in the middle of nowhere for our rally and, if it weren't for live streaming which reached tens of thousands, we wouldn't have been seen at all--we disrupted no "business as usual," and became an echo chamber for people who believe in the same things we do.
In 2019, even though we may lose some in numbers, we will gain in visibility by marching through the streets of DC (with no permit) to go from war criminal enterprise to war criminal enterprise and hopefully, this time we WILL disrupt business as usual and be more visible to people who need to see our message of ending US imperialism to save the planet and the future for our children and grandchildren.

However, we are hoping, with five months notice, working people can get the day off and will be able to join us.

We have other things planned for that long weekend and our plans are developing---please go to our website for more information and to endorse our action! 


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Speaking Truth to Empire w/Dan Yaseen (April 2019 Edition)

April 2019

“Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Mike Whitney. Mike lives in Washington State; he is a freelance writer, interested in geopolitics and economics. Topics of discussion include Russophobia, Russiagate and Mueller Report. His columns appear at and




Take the Anti-Imperialist Pledge!


 Take the Anti-Imperialist Pledge!

by Cindy Sheehan & Jack Balkwill

The thing that tends to hold us back when it comes to making a better country and a better world is the elephant in the room corporate media never sees: The Empire.

It costs over one trillion dollars to maintain an empire, particularly when that empire goes against the interests of the majority of the people in the nation and most of the people on the planet. We spend ourselves into deep red ink on The Empire while supporters of The Empire implore us to cut what little is beneficial to the people of the nation and the world. For example, President Trump has asked that we cut things like Medicare and Social Security while simultaneously increasing “defense" spending and cutting taxes on the rich.

We invite all voters in the United States to join us in dumping The Empire in the 2020 election. If a candidate insists on supporting The Empire, we pledge to not give them our vote or any campaign donations. 

Thanks to the obscene cost required by The Empire, the United States is the only industrialized country without a medical care system for its people, allowing thousands to die each year for lack of medical care. The United States drags its feet when it comes to environmental responsibilities because its wealth is not spent on wind turbines and solar panelsbut on The Empire alone.

The purpose of The Empire is to intimidate the world into toeing the line to laissez faire capitalism which benefits the plutocrats at the expense of the 99 percent. If The Empire were gone, the majority of the Earth’s inhabitants would be far better off with considerably more freedom, democracy, prosperity, peace and environmental sustainability. Unbeknownst to many, the U.S. Military Industrial Complex can arguably be accused of being the biggest environmental danger on the planet.

To dismantle The Empire will mean to:
  1.  End all of the wars.
  1.  Shut down all of the overseas military bases.
  1.  Bring all of the troops home.

But this will not be easy.
For those who don’t see the problem, perhaps this will help: A recent survey of 21 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations revealed that 68% of the respondents want to tax the rich to help the poor. This is a universal desire that, decade after decade, goes unaddressed. What more could prove that we do not have democracies but plutocracies?

However, the rich have had their taxes decreased for 70 yearsdecade after decade.

Despite mainstream media screaming that our economy is booming, homelessness has increased for two years running.

The majority of people want peace, but we get war. The majority of people want universal health care, but we get the deaths of thousands from a lack of health care. The majority of people want no or low-cost access to quality education but, we get horrible public education and prohibitively expensive university. We do not have anything remotely resembling a democracy. For those who think we have a republic, in a real republic there are representatives of the people who address the problems of the people, and that is not happening here.

At March on the Pentagon, we encourage you to sign a pledge to dump The Empire in next year’s election. We invite you to withhold your vote until a candidate pledging to cut defense spending, end one or more wars, and close military bases abroad joins the playing field. 

While, as a non-partisan organization, we do not endorse or support any particular candidate, we hope to educate and inform like minded Americans of their options when it comes to each candidate’s stance on wars and US imperialism.

We invite you to sign the pledge at THIS LINK and check back regularly to see our shareable 2020 candidate scorecards!


Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq in 2004, National Co-Director of March on the Pentagon, and Executive Producer and Host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Podcast. Sheehan has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has won numerous international peace awards. She has published seven books and loves playing with her five-grandchildren in her spare time. 


 Jack Balkwill has been published from the little read Rectangle, magazine of the English Honor Society, to the (then) millions of readers USA Today and many progressive publications/web sites such as Z Magazine, In These Times, Counterpunch, This Can’t Be Happening, Intrepid Report, and Dissident Voice. He is author of An Attack on the National Security State, about peace activists in prison."





Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rage Against the War Machine: Monthly Conference Call for March on the Pentagon (APRIL)

Monthly Community Conference Call

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Times: 4pm Pacific
6pm Central
7pm Eastern

We have a lot to talk about, so plan on 90 minutes.
The call will be recorded, if you can't make it live.

This month we will chat about our plans for:
Rage Against the War Machine and
Occupy the White House
Weekend of "Columbus" 
 Additionally, our friend Dakotah Lilly will be on to tell us about 
recent events in Vz and we should have a special, surprise
guest (activist) from the Vz Embassy Occupy in DC  

We are plannning a A.I.R.S. (Anti-Imperialist Revolution Summit) in Minneapolis/St. Paul for Memorial Weekend.
We will also give updates on this weekend.


Please email Cindy or Emma to register for the call:



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sanders on Venezuela (Trigger warning: It's Not pretty)

--Editors Note: Recently a friend of mine sent an email to the campaign of Bernie Sanders--my friend has given me permission to repost as long as I keep it anonymous. This content is legitimate as far as I can ascertain. My contact is a trusted source and a Sanders' supporter.)

25 February: Email from Sanders' supporter to the campaign:

He needs to change his position on Venezuela.  We Berniecrats were embarrassed by his tweet  on Saturday and were discussing it at a rally.  Jimmy Carter certified Maduro's election and says VZ has the most legitimate elections in the world and that Marduo is the most legitimate democratically elected leader in the world.  Greg Palast says the opposition is based on "white supremacy."  You are white and so am I.  I don't want to be aligned with white supremacists.  Guaido belongs in prison for life for his crimes against humanity. 

Maduro has done in VZ what Bernie promised to do here.  If Bernie is against Maduro, he's against everything he pretends to support.  VZ  had received 933 tons of legitimate humanitarian aid from honest countries in the last week.  Even the Red Cross told VZ that the USA aid was not humanitarian and not to accept it.  Bernie needs to fix his position because people on FB are talking about holding back their donations until his position changes.  He'll still get donations but not anywhere near as many as he would get if he came out in support of Maduro.

30 March: Finally, my friend receives this message from the campaign:

Team Bernie (Bernie Sanders)

Mar 30, 3:32 PM EDT
Dear Friendly,

Thanks so much for reaching out, and for your important question regarding Bernie’s stance on the complex and evolving situation in Venezuela. We apologize for the delay; we’ve been working around the clock to respond to the thousands of emails we receive each day.

Sen. Sanders has called for internationally supervised free elections in order to allow the people of Venezuela to democratically elect their leaders. His position is that President Maduro must refrain from any violence against protestors, and humanitarian aid should be allowed into Venezuela via international organizations like the UN or ICRC. Senator Sanders’ office released the following official statement regarding the ongoing crisis in Venezuela:

“The Maduro government in Venezuela has been waging a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election that many observers said was fraudulent. Further, the economy is a disaster and millions are migrating. The United States should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people. We must condemn the use of violence against unarmed protesters and the suppression of dissent. However, we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups – as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. The United States has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American countries; we must not go down that road again.”

As a larger issue, Sen. Sanders opposes the U.S. pursuit of regime change, the unintended consequences of which have created turmoil throughout the world. Again, we are sorry for the delay in responding to you.

In solidarity,

Team Bernie

 This is my most recent piece on Venezuela, which destroys all of the lies from Sanders and, also, the "Dictator X is a really bad guy, but we must oppose US intervention" cop out: 

One Big Happy War Party: US Hands off Venezuela




Xochi: Recollections of a (woman) Cuban Revolutionary (SOAPBOX PODCAST 3/31/19)

March 31, 2019

GUEST: "Xochi"
TOPIC: Recollections of a (woman) Cuban Revolutionary

Don DeBar, journalist and engineer for Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox recently traveled to Cuba and, among other things, he sat with "Xochi" (her revolution name) who recalled her time as a fighter in the Cuban revolution.

Interview in Havana on 20 Mar 2019, with Errol Maitland.  

Translated by Cuban historian Amircal Salermo.



Sunday, March 24, 2019

Revolutionary Optimism of the Will: VENEZUELA AND YEMEN W/Ben Norton (SOAPBOX PODCAST, MARCH 24, 2019

March 24, 2019

Guest: Ben Norton
 Topic: Venezuela and Yemen: One is NOT in a humanitarian crisis, but is being offered Trojan Horse aid by the U.S.; One IS in a humanitarian crisis and is being starved.
Guess Which?
Click Ben's Image to go to his website 

Ben just returned from an extensive trip to Venezuela to report on the situation there, which he will talk about with Cindy in this Soapbox interview.

 Ben Norton is a reporter for the investigative journalism website The Grayzone, which he helps to manage with Max Blumenthal.

He produces the political podcast and video show Moderate Rebels, which he also co-hosts with Max Blumenthal.
Ben is a contributor to the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). He was previously a politics staff writer and reporter for Salon and AlterNet, as well as a producer and reporter for The Real News. He has freelanced for a variety of other publications, such as The Intercept.
Other articles and writings can be found at Ben’s blog. And here you can find a selection of his media appearances and interviews.

When not reporting on politics (which is honestly rather rare), Ben is also a musician and composer. Here you can find his music, in a variety of styles, including jazz, rock, classical, and electronic.

You can contact Ben Norton here. He lives in New York City.



Thursday, March 21, 2019

March on the Pentagon Monthly (March) Community Conference Call Notes and Recording

March 20, 2018

Notes on Community Conference Call and Recording



Emma talked about the Peace Coat Raffle

Emma talked about the US Hands of Vz Rally in DC
attended by Emma and Cindy 

Ina talked about the Basque political prisoners held by Spain and ways in which MOP could suppor them.

Cindy talked about the MOP Book Club and the
plans for Washington DC protest in October....with brainstorming and questions.

You'll have to listen to the recording to fill in the missing pieces:
Click Badass Billie to listen to recording