Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Sham and Shame of U.S. "Democracy" (SOAPBOX PODCAST SEPTEMBER 20, 2020)


                                    SEPTEMBER 20, 2020



TOPIC: The sham and shame of U.S. "Democracy"




This week, after the firestorms and smoke blankets have somewhat alleviated in Northern California, Cindy is back with a bang, chatting with election choice activist Christina Tobin who founded

Free and Equal Elections

in 2008.


Please listen to this timely and important conversation and share with your friends, or frenemies.







Kevin Zeese, ¡Presente! (1955-2020) (Soapbox Archives of Kevin's Interviews)


Cindy and Kevin Zeese at a Protest in DC

Our friend Kevin Zeese suddenly passed away from a heart attack at aged 64 on September 6, 2020.
Kevin was a very kind person and generous activist that was always very open with his time, resources, and energy to many movements: from antiwar, to national healthcare, to Venezuela solidarity, and Green Party politics (and much more). I first met Kevin in May of 2005, about a year after my son Casey was killed in Iraq. We worked with other activists in exposing the 2002 Downing Street Minutes which showed that the US's invasion of Iraq was definitely based on lies. 
We send our love and condolences to Kevin's family and his partner Margaret Flowers.


Friday, September 4, 2020

SalonGate: Nancy Pelosi Further Reveals her Corruption in the Age of Covid19 by Cindy Sheehan

Then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Cindy Sheehan
September 2005
Where Nancy lied to  Cindy, saying, "You help us win the house net year and we'll help YOU end the wars." 

In the summer/fall of 2005, I became quite the cause célèbre of the Democrat party and their sycophants after I sat in a ditch in Crawford Texas to demand a meeting with then president George W. Bush to ask him "For What Noble Cause," he had killed my son, Spc Casey Sheehan and hundreds of thousands of others in Iraq: both civilian and military.
It was fashioned as a "David v. Goliath" moment as a grieving mother had the audacity to demand a meeting with the "most powerful" man on the planet. Of course, I never got my meeting, but clever democrat political operatives like Nancy Pelosi saw me and the antiwar movement as a way for her Democrats to win back the majority in the House and create the "First Female Speaker of the House."
As the photo above shows, I did meet with her in September of that year and she told me straight to my face, "Cindy, if you help us (Democrats) win the House next year, we'll help YOU end the wars." Shame on me, because I believed that lying venomous snake posing as a human being, and I did go all over the country speaking at rallies opposing the republicans and supporting the Democrats. Well, like all venomous snakes, she struck, and when she did become the "First Female Speaker of the House," she betrayed the movement in general, and me, specifically. 
Soon after the Dems were ensconced (for a bit) in the House majority, I left the party and soon after that, I announced that I would run against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco because she refused to end the wars, or to hold George and Dick accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity: but what do Nancy P and her ilk care about humanity, as they are barely human themselves. (As an independent in 2008, I did come in second with almost 17% of the vote, but as we say "second place in only first loser").
Among the reasons for running against her, our campaign discovered along with the rest of the world, that while on the House Intelligence Committee, Nancy had been fully briefed on the torture methods being used against the so-called enemy, and she basically was reported as saying something like, "Can't we torture them more?" However, as righteous as our campaign was, most of the people of SF don't seem to mind they regularly re-elect a person of such low moral character and zero ethical accountability. It is also well-known that her husband Paul and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband Richard Blum have profited very handsomely from their wives' positions in government and they both have mansions there in Pacific Heights as testaments to their corruption and hubris.

It's not in the scope of the piece to detail every disgusting thing Pelosi has done for decades as a craven Dem operative, but let's fast-forward to the garbage year of 2020---the year California has been shut down and its economy one hair width away from total annihilation from all the proclamations and orders of Nancy's nephew (by marriage) Gavin Newsom. One of his authoritarian diktats was that beauty salons and barber shops must not serve customers indoors--(never mind very few can realistically move their sinks, chairs, hair dryers, etc, outdoors)---many salon owners, stylists, and barbers here and elsewhere are suffering heavily under these orders and many are single mothers who rely on their businesses to provide for their families. It's a very tough situation, to be sure. (Beginning September 1, it seems that salons and barber shops can operate indoors with strict protocols, but that was not in affect when Nancy went to get washed and blown out).

Well, this past weekend, it was revealed that Nancy's assistant made an appointment at a salon in San Francisco with one of the independent contractor stylists there. Exposed security footage revealed Nancy in the salon without a mask getting services. The owner of the salon Erika Kious made the footage available and her reasoning was that if a very powerful and fabulously wealthy woman in an at-risk age group could feel comfortable going into a salon to get services, then salons should be fully, and safely, opened and customers should also feel safe in returning. 

I just have to say that I don't believe Nancy's complaints that she was "set-up" and text messages between the salon owner and the stylist Jonathan (a supporter of Pelosi's) don't support his or Pelosi's version of the story. Nancy claims that she thought that each stylist could have one customer---well, if that were true, then all the salons and barber shops would just have been open, right? It's not a high worker per customer business in the first place. And Nancy should know that ignorance of the "law" is no excuse for violating it. If the top law-maker in the freaking country doesn't know what is going on in her own state, then she's more pathetic than I thought. 
Nancy claims that Erika owes her an apology, but how dare that elitist jerk that hasn't missed one paycheck (which she doesn't even need) this entire year shit on a working-woman who is seeing her hard work and business circle the cesspool that is politics in California. How dare the liberals in San Francisco support this war criminal over a struggling worker? Nancy has long owed the American people an apology and how long will this power-hungry oligarch be enabled in her crimes and corruption?
I already know that personally, and professionally Nancy is a skilled liar (honesty is not a known quality for a politician, especially one who has lied her way to the literal top) and I know that Erika is a Trump supporter, but when families are withering here in California, it's criminal to politicize Covid-19---if masks and deprivation are good enough for the people, then Nancy needs to put up or shut the hell up.
I am a socialist who opposes capitalism, but I am also pro-worker and pro-family and it's also been long overdue that both parties of war and Wall Street are defeated and deposed. Until that glorious time happens, we need to keep exposing the crimes of the "ruling" class and Nancy Pelosi is at the top of that dung heap.




Thursday, August 27, 2020

Yuri interviews Cindy Sheehan on US-2020 race, Afghanistan, Cuba, Eldercide


In this latest episode of 1+1, I was so happy to be rejoined by Cindy Sheehan, the remarkable anti-war/anti-imperialist activist and host of the show Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox, and founder and organization of the Women's March on the Pentagon, and now heavily involved in a remarkable justice campaign for elderly coronavirus patients who've been left to fend for themselves and die. 
We discuss the terrible 2020 US presidential race between two rival arch oligarchs/imperialists/racists Biden & Trump and pushback against those who demand we support "lesser evilism" and the betrayals of the Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyns of the world. we then went on to discuss Afghanistan the long forgotten war and Cindy explains to me to us why Afghanistan is not "the good war" as some on the left and others depict it as, the real imperial aims of the war, and pushback against the propaganda that has misinformed people on Afghanistan and why its time to pull all troops out. We then went on to discuss Cuba solidarity, and Cindy once more pushes back against alot of the propaganda regarding Cuban government, she answers my questions on how she would respond to those who would accuse anti-imperialists such as us who want detente and an end to the embargo on Cuba like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and a world of detente with Cuba, China and Russia as opposed to Saudi Arabia and Israel. Are we ourselves engaging in selEctive outrage, Cindy responds to that and shares her own experiences traveling to Cuba. we then end the interview praising the work of past guest on 1+1 and a past guest of Cindy on her program the incredible muckraker Whitney Webb and discuss why is she so criminally underrated and undersought by many popular left-leaning outlets and program, a fan club of Ms.Webb's work is proposed and we discuss the fear of many not wanting to invite her to blow the whole lid of the criminal network that Jefferey Epstein fronted, and Cindy also praises another fine journalist and NGO critic Corey Morningstar.( and we end with Cindy talking about her latest campaign which is justice for the thousands if not millions of elderly patients in the US who've been left to die and fend for themselves during this terrible coronavirus crisis which is a scandal much of the West has been engaging in of keeping the elderly isolated and told there isn't much use taking care of the elderly as its game over when the virus hits. Cindy denounces the elderly abuse which she calls an "eldercide". All of this & more in this episode with our returning champion Cindy Sheehan. if you want to follow Cindy and check out her journalism and campaigns here are the and here is the facebook group: and if you'd like to get in touch with me you can reach me at or my Facebook or twitter.

Open Letter to the D.O.J. from Justice for Covid19 Eldercide



 August 27, 2020


To: United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

From: Justice for Covid19 Eldercide

To whom it may concern:

As a recently formed organization dedicated to exposing the eldercidal policies of the governors of at least nine states, and to seek justice for the murders of tens of thousands of residents of care homes by state orders to accept Covid-19 patients, we support the action your department is taking to investigate the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

While we believe this is a good first step, members of our organization have also identified similar orders to place ill people in care homes by the governors of: California, Minnesota, Connecticut, Maryland, and Massachusetts and would strongly urge you to also seek investigations into the crimes of these governors, if you are not already doing so.

It is true that eight of these governors are Democrats, but we are a non-partisan entity that is only concerned with truth, accountability, and the complete cessation of these eldercidal policies.

Submitted by:
Justice for Covid19 Eldercide

Justice for Covid19 Eldercide website

Contact Cindy Sheehan for more information:



About Justice for Covid19 Eldercide:


According to independent as well as mainstream sources, at least one-third of Covid-19 deaths have been elderly patients who have been confined to long-term care facilities with Covid-19 positive patients (meaning those displaying symptoms and ill from the virus).

This deadly outcome was set in motion by at least three state governors: Gavin Newsom of California; Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

This movement is dedicated to exposing these crimes and seeking justice for the estimated 28,000 unnecessary and preventable deaths.

The organizers of Justice For COVID19 Eldercide find it ironic that the healthy and unthreatened portion of the population – children and adults under the age of 60 – are subjected to a strict quarantine and economic lockdown, and if we did not adhere, we were personally responsible for harming the elderly. Yet, these governors put measures into place orders that do the opposite of what should have been done to actually protect our elders, which was to place the COVID19 infected directly into their facilities.

To add to the cruelty and horror of the situation, these crimes were committed in a climate of fear and tyranny,  where the loved ones of our most vulnerable populations weren’t even allowed to visit or be at their bedsides as they died.


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Speaking Truth to Empire w/Dan Yaseen (August 2020 Edition)

Gar Alperovitz on “Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno, California.


Dan Yaseen interviews Gar Alperovitz, a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and a government official. He served as Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Topic of discussion will be the decision to use the atomic bomb.




Monday, August 10, 2020

Iran, Israel, and COVID, OH MY! Cindy Sheehan dissects the current attacks in Iran (Cindy on The Bitter Truth w/Abe Abdelhadi)



Aug 3, 2020

Friend of the show, longtime activist and host of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, Cindy Sheehan ( joins us to dissect the burgeoning situation with Israel and Iran. She gets into the legal issues that Benjamin Netanyahu is having in Israel that is leading to escalating tensions with Tehran that are paid for by the U.S. taxpayer. Is Netanyahu attempting to drag the U.S. into a war it can’t fight without launching nukes they deny having? Can the U.S., the world’s newest 3rd world country, handle another war? Example after example, she points out the chickens coming home to the roost. She’s also working against the COVID Eldercide in California (
You can still be a Bitter Pill or a Spoonful of Sugar by visiting for details!


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

An Appeal to Mothers (Part one: Following the Money Trail) by Guest Blogger Lynn Petrovich

Over the past 20 years, as a Certified Public Accountant, I’ve prepared thousands of tax returns – both for private, paying clients - as well as pro bono clients at tax clinics at the Jersey Shore. 

As I’ve met with taxpayers, I’ve noticed, particularly over the last decade, a growing number of families with children facing chronic illnesses: Allergies, diabetes, emotional problems, rage, autism, seizure disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and an unbelievable explosion in cases of very young children fighting cancer.

In fact, in my hometown, recently yet another 3-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumor, bringing the number of pediatric cancer cases over the past few years, in my community of 27,000 residents, to twenty.

When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, I did not know any kids with cancer.

When my daughter was growing up in the 80s and 90s, we didn’t know any kids with cancer.

So, what is going on?

As I’ve listened to parents (mostly moms) talk about their children’s conditions, they are emotionally, physically, and financially exhausted; the expense of treating cancer is enormous, evidenced by the medical bills. From what I have witnessed, out-of-pocket cost for treating pediatric cancer in America runs between $150,000 and $250,000, or more…even if you have insurance.

During this crisis, some parents take time off from work, reduce work to part-time, and/or lose their jobs.  When jobs are lost, often health insurance goes as well.  Today, with massive unemployment due to governor-ordered state shutdowns, isolation, and 24/7 mainstream media hype and fear, the stress is even greater. 

With or without health insurance, parents dig into pensions, 401(k)s, savings, home equity, paychecks (taking money allocated for rent and utilities) and borrow from family, friends, and neighbors.  (One tax client, even though he was “fully” insured, was forced to take out over $100,000 from his 401(k) to pay for his child’s treatment at a hospital in Philadelphia – CHOP (more on that later.)  This was money, tax-deferred and earmarked for his family’s retirement – and which was fully taxable to this father of a young pre-teen fighting lymphoma - at the combined federal and state rate of 30%.)

While the media is rabidly focused on Covid-19, which has not been proven to be a threat to children, cancer – and other chronic, debilitating illnesses - have been destroying their bodies by the tens of millions for over a decade.

Additionally, because the US does not have universal, free, equitable, accessible health care, a Pandora’s Box of unconscionable suffering opens up.  And that gap is very quickly commandeered by the profiteers.

The uniquely American health care system is based on profit.
And a diagnosis of cancer means big money…with many hands in the pot.

In fact, in 2017, I followed $360,000 raised by a local merchant who held a 5K run.  The money was donated to a NJ children’s charity called The Valerie Fund, an organization which has been in operation since 1977.

The Valerie Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, (they are exempt from paying sales, income, and property taxes) pulls in big money and is connected to the most powerful hospital conglomerates in NJ.  

I reviewed the publicly filed information, Form 990s, for the (then) most recent year ended 12/31/15. I wanted to follow the path of how money raised under the guise of helping children with cancer, was spent and to whom.

What I found, led me on an investigative journey of no less than two dozen nonprofit health care entities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and a review of over 2,000 pages of documents. 

Attached a spreadsheet (Exhibit A) showing the money trail of how donations for children with cancer often ends up being spent on everything but families of children with cancer.  All of the entities involved in the transfer of money are 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities.

Below are the bullet points of my findings (along with updated financial information):

-Between 2012 and 2015, The Valerie Fund – whose mission statement is “to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders” - accumulated over $5 million in profit, tax free.  Surplus as of 12/31/15 was $8.6 million. (Update: surplus as of 12/31/18 was over $11 million; profits for 2016 through 2018 were $2.7 million or 16% of revenue.)

-Looking at the 12/31/15 year, The Valerie Fund spent most of its operating cost ($1.9 million or 50.22%) on six grants to nonprofit foundations (the balance of costs were spent on overhead or program services which do not include – to my understanding – any financial support to families of children with cancer, other than “festive” holiday parties, camps, and psychosocial programs. (Update: grants from 2016 thru 2018 totaled $7.3 million – averaging $2.4 million annually to basically the same entities.)

-The six foundations, who received the $1.9 million grant money from The Valerie Fund in 2015, had total, cumulative surplus (as of 12/31/15) over $1.5 Billion. (Update: cumulative surplus of the foundation and hospitals as of 12/31/18 was $2.4 Billion.)

-These six foundations, for years 12/31/15, in turn sent grants to six nonprofit hospitals/education entities which totaled $135,113,541.

-The six nonprofit hospitals/education entities which received the $135,113,541 from the six foundations, as of Form 990s dated 12/31/15 reported:

    -Total cumulative surplus of $18 Billion, annual profits of $1.8 Billion (tax free);

    -Average annual charity “giving” of less than 10% of costs (a paltry 9.6%);

    -Doled out $271 million to large independent contractors – all of which were not     related     to health care or education or helping children with cancer (i.e. management fees or     construction);

    -Paid a total of over $18.3 million to the top 6 executives (average top executive     compensation was just over $3 million).

Of the 2,000 plus pages I reviewed on these nonprofit entities, there was only ONE case that I could find any information – any enumeration – where the nonprofit entities actually stated they financially helped families of children with cancer.  The Overlook Foundation (received grant from The Valerie Fund in 2015 of $441,012).  Form 990, for year ended 06/30/15, Schedule I, Part III, line 1 stated an amount paid for “assistance to families of cancer patients” of $38,997 for 123 recipients.

Uh, that is $317 on average to families of kids with cancer. (They spent more on reimbursing members for expenses of international medical missions - $997.)

But there’s more:

Regarding the six nonprofit entities who received $135 million in grants, the following is itemized from the filed Form 990s for the years stated previously:

-Highest paid executive for Trustees of Columbia University is the Director in Investment Management whose compensation was $7.2 million.  This executive manages almost $6 Billion in equity securities. (Update: as of 12/31/18, Wall Street investments surpassed $10.5 Billion.)

-Compensation reported by the Trustees of Columbia University include first class travel, travel for companions, tax indemnification, housing allowances, and personal services such as maid, chauffeur, chef.

 -In 2012, Barnabas Health, a related entity to three of the nonprofit hospitals, paid its outgoing CEO, Ronald Del Mauro, a severance package worth over $21.6 million.  This was after he was at the helm as Executive Director of Barnabas Health for decades and after Barnabas had settled with the US Department of Justice for $265 million over allegations the organization had fraudulently inflated billing charges under Medicare’s outlier program.

-At Barnabas Health for year ended 12/31/15, among related entities, compensation to top 6 executives totaled $10.6 million, severance payments to 2 former executives totaled $2.8 million.

And there is more:

-According to Newark Beth Israel’s most recent filed 990, the nonprofit organization controls or is affiliated with 51 nonprofit organizations which provide services ranging from fundraising to property management to health care to childcare and staffing services.  Another ten organizations are taxed as partnerships, and another 33 entities are taxed as corporations or trusts providing such services as investments, financing, management, real estate holdings, and insurance.

-Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the largest pediatric cancer treatment centers in the NJ/PA area.  And in 2015, the CHOP Foundation received $150,039 from The Valerie Fund.  The following information was taken from Form 990s as of 06/30/18 filed by CHOP Foundation and Hospital:

   -Compensation to the hospital CEO was $2.7 million.
   -Severance package to the former CEO exceeded $13 million.
  -The top five independent contractors – who were paid over $4.3 million - are investments bankers and marketing firms.
  -The CHOP foundation reported unrestricted surplus of $1.3 Billion.
  -The Foundation manages an investment portfolio totaling more than $2.1 Billion.
  -Hospital profit (tax-free) for 2017 and 2018 exceeded half a billion.

As you can see most of the money donated to a local children’s charity (52% of expenses were grants) made its way into deep pockets and then into even deeper pockets.
So, one must ask, after following this money trail:  Where is the money to help families with children fighting cancer?

Lynn Petrovich
Copyright 2020
Part 2: The Rise of Children’s Hospital Conglomerates


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Exposing Bill and Melinda Gates with Derrick Broze (SOAPBOX PODCAST AUGUST 2, 2020)

August 2, 2020

GUEST: Derrick Broze

TOPIC: Expose Bill and Melinda Gates Days of Action


Derrick Broze is a freelance investigative journalist, documentary film maker,author, and public speaker seeking to expose corruption, find solutions to the problems that affect all of humanity, and promote localization and decentralization. Derrick is a Houstonian who has survived depression, drug addiction, and prison. Since 2010, he has dedicated his life to improving the City of Houston and the world at large, as an activist, journalist, and radio show host. In 2019, Derrick joined the race for Mayor of Houston. As a Mayoral Candidate, Derrick called for giving away the power of the Mayor of Houston and amplifying the voices of Houstonians. As of 2020 he is the author of 5 books and writer of 5 documentaries. 

To learn more about Derrick Broze read his journey. You can find Derrick’s video reports on The Conscious Resistance or hear him on Free Thinker Radio on 90.1 KPFT Houston.



Bill Gates’ Web of Dark Money and Influence – Part 1: Philanthropic Narrative Shaping




Exposing State-Sanctioned Eldercide (SOAPBOX PODCAST AUGUST 2, 2020)

August 2, 2020

Justice For Covid-19 Eldercide

TOPIC: Exposing Eldercide in the Age of Covid

Mary Vogt

Cindy and Mary co-founded Justice for Covid-19 Eldercide to
expose the FACT that at least eight Democrat governors from, California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Connecticut ordered patients suffering from coronavirus to be housed in Skilled Nursing facilities, insuring the pre-meditated murder of tens of thousands of vulnerable Elders.

Please listen to this show for information and inspiration to help us get Justice!