Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wanna Cure the Economy for Reals? Let's Jam up the War Machine!

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

Let's Jam up the War Machine!

War Jam!

A Nation Still at War (times two+)!

On the 6th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, (Thursday, March 19 at 7pm) a date many anti-war groups are trying to downplay: Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox is presenting:

War Jam!

Grand Lake Theater in Oakland

Starring: famed anti-war musician, Country Joe McDonald


Nobel Peace Prize Nominee,

Cindy Sheehan

We will have other musicians, speakers and artists performing.

We can't just sweep the carnage under the rug!

Tickets are 10.00 and are on-sale now or at the event, but seating is limited.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Statement on Prosecution of Former High Officials

We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a non-partisan independent Special Counsel to immediately commence a prosecutorial investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney, the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice whose memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials of the Bush Administration.

Our laws, and treaties that under Article VI of our Constitution are the supreme law of the land, require the prosecution of crimes that strong evidence suggests these individuals have committed. Both the former president and the former vice president have confessed to authorizing a torture procedure that is illegal under our law and treaty obligations. The former president has confessed to violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

We see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy or costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or “truth” commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already in the public domain. We believe the most effective investigation can be conducted by a prosecutor, and we believe such an investigation should begin immediately.

Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee

Signed By:

Center for Constitutional Rights

The National Lawyers Guild

American Freedom Campaign Action Fund

High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project

After Downing Street

Gold Star Families for Peace/Cindy Sheehan, President

Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserve Colonel and US diplomat

Delaware Valley Veterans for America

Voters for Peace

Wisconsin Impeachment / Bring Our Troops Home Coalition

Backbone Campaign

CODE PINK: Women for Peace

Velvet Revolution

Justice Through Music

Progressive Democrats of America

Brad Blog

Cities for Peace

National Accountability Network

Northeast Impeachment Coalition

Republicans for Impeachment

Op Ed News

Marcus Raskin, cofounder of Institute for Policy Studies, member of editorial board of The Nation, member of the special staff of the National Security Council in Kennedy Administration

The Progressive

Peace Team

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Defending Dissent Foundation

Grassroots America

Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

Peace Action

Grandmothers Against the War

World Can't Wait

United for Peace and Justice

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

War Crimes Times

Veterans for Peace 099

Veterans for Peace 26

Veterans for Peace

Naomi Wolf, author of "End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot," and "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries"

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Daniel Ellsberg, Truth-Telling Project

Organizations and individuals can add their names to this statement at


Monday, February 23, 2009

Peace or Peril by Christopher Hedges

Chris will be the guest on my next Soapbox radio program...this Sunday 2-3 pacific time.

The Topic of the show is:
War What is it Good For?

The Daily Continuity Report

Obama Upholds Detainee Policy in Afghanistan

US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 581

US Considers Alternate Supply Routes Into Afghanistan

Bad News Bears; Obama: Prisoners Have No Rights

Thousands of troops diverted to fight Taliban in Obama's new war strategy

3 Soapbox Cheers for Sean Penn and Lance Black!

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

Congrats to our friend, Sean!

Milk is the first movie that I got to visit the set when it was filming and it is the first major premiere that I got to attend (at the Castro Theatre here in SF), and I am so excited that Sean Penn (friend and supporter) won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In my opinion, Sean deserved the Oscar! It is so awesome, too, that such an incredible personality as Harvey Milk, who was so important to San Francisco, in so many more ways than just civil rights for the gay community, was honored in such a courageous performance!

My friend, Lance Black, also deserves congratulations for getting the Academy Award for best original screenplay. One day when Lance and I were visiting shortly after the premiere, he told me that Harvey Milk was his hero and inspiration and he really brought Milk and that era to life for the big screen.

Other Soapbox News:

This week's show is now available to be heard at the Soapbox Archives.

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Click here to find out more info on prosecuting George W. Bush for Murder.

Click here to find out more info about the March to Sacramento (from Richmond) for gay rights and to repeal Prop 8, etc.

Click here to find out more info about the Really, Really Free Market

Click here to find out more about our Soapbox Underwriter: The Grand Lake Theater in Oakland

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Could You Do It?

Could You Do It?
Cindy Sheehan

Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn't they? It pays high dividends. But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children? What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?

War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler

Could you plunge a knife into the heart of a sleeping baby or into the stomach of a pregnant woman?

Could you shoot an entire family while they slept cozily in their beds at night?

Could you pick off students with a sniper’s rifle one-by-one as they skipped out of school while viewing their innocent faces clearly through the scope?

“No!” Why not? “Because I am not a psychopath,” you smugly tell yourself.

What if you could murder these people long distance by either ordering their killings, or pressing a button from hundreds, even thousands of miles away that would drop a deadly bomb on their innocent heads? Could you, would you do it?

I still get a lot of flak from a part in a book I wrote called Peace Mom where I talk about seeing an episode of The Twilight Zone. In this episode a woman is sent back into time to kill Hitler when he is a baby, but she could not do it, even though she knows that she will prevent millions of innocent people from dying. I was in such indescribable pain at the time, I wondered if I could go back in time to kill a baby George Bush before he could grow up to murder my own son and thousands of others. However, as I recounted in my book…I decided that I could never kill a baby. How many people besides Bush, Hitler, Obama, etc, are able to slaughter innocent people by the boatload?

President Obama is inheriting two occupations and continuing many other crimes from the Bush regime. The cross-border drone raids into Pakistan murder innocent people with the press of a button here in the states. In an historically incomprehensible move, (one can practically hear a pin drop from the anti-war movement) Obama will send more troops to Afghanistan, which will do nothing but kill more innocent Afghans and troops, and further destabilize a region that is already teetering on the brink of oblivion.

I originally wanted to title this piece: Obama are you Effing stupid? But he is not stupid, so his continued Bushian trajectory can only be intentional and he needs willing foot soldiers, trigger pullers, bomb droppers and snipers to wage his war of terror on the world, as did Bush.

Obama is turning out to be a Chicken-hawk a la Clinton, Bush (II) and Cheney who have never worn the uniform of this country (well, Bush did in the Air National Guard before he went AWOL to avoid drug testing) but send our children off to war to die or kill innocent babies with nary a tweak in their consciences.

If you cannot kill innocent people in close quarters, or even at a distance, then the US military is not the job for you. If you don’t want to be shuffled around the world stage to be used as a paid assassin for yet another Chicken-hawk, this is definitely not the job for you.

My son, Casey, was told by his recruiter that even if there were a war he “would not see combat,” as he would be going in a support role. In time of war, there is no such thing as a military “non-combatant” and even I knew this nine years ago when Casey enlisted. Casey, a HUMVEE mechanic was killed five days into his deployment in Iraq, in COMBAT, on a mission he was forced to go on.

There is no such thing as a “good war” or a “smart war.”

The mis-leadership of our country is as out of control as a blood-thirsty serial killer and will keep committing its crimes as long as it has the personnel to carry out its murders. The Robber Class (or the children of the Robber Class) would never do the dirty work for itself!

Could you kill for the Robber Class?

Could you die for the Robber Class?

Could you do it?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Open Letter to Barack Obama from Cindy Sheehan re: Flag draped coffins

February 17, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Recently, your Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said that the DoD would be "re-evaluating" the blockade on the press taking photos of the returning flag-draped coffins from the illegal and immoral occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1991, George H.W. Bush signed an executive order banning those photos and early on in George W. Bush's War OF Terror, his mother, and the wife of the 41st president, Barbara, agreed with that order saying that she did not want to "bother her pretty mind" with the images.
President Obama, first of all, you do not need to have the DoD "re-evaluate" that order. In the transparent Republic that you claim to seek, the Department of War should never get to pick and choose what the members of that transparent Republic see. That seems like military tyranny to me. You can sign an Executive Order reversing the one that the first President Bush signed during the First Gulf War.

Secondly, as a mother whose pretty mind was not only "bothered" but whose heart was torn to pieces on April 04, 2004, by the news that my family would be receiving our dear Casey in one of those flag-draped coffins, I implore you to lift the ban on the images.

The order was put in place 18 years ago to remove the costs of war as far away from the average American as possible. Only a relative few American families have had to bear the burden of these fiascoes in the 21st Century (although 100% of Iraqi families have) and if there are conflicts going on where American flesh and blood is being slaughtered (with which I wholeheartedly disagree), then the entire country should be required to share that sacrifice.

I think there should be a "war tax" levied against every American when there is a conflict to help pay for it. In my opinion, if there is a valid, Constitutionally declared war for defensive purposes, then there should be a universal draft (no exemptions or exceptions) with the children of Congress-members and Presidents being the first to be drafted. I think CEO's and other executives of companies that profit off of war should have their salaries reduced to that of the Infantry during times of war and their children should be second in line for a draft. My proposals are designed to make war obsolete, but at the very least, Americans should be able to see the devastating images of the flag draped coffins.

Taking photographs of the coffins does not violate any kind of privacy, because when the coffins are at Dover AFB, the remains are anonymous. If the families wish privacy when the loved one returns home, that is the family's prerogative.

President Obama, I have a shirt with my son's picture on it and the dates of his birth and death. When he was first killed in April 2004, I would wear it and many strangers would ask me who was in the picture and what happened to him.

I would say: "This is my son, Casey, and he was killed in the war." I cannot tell you how many times the next question was, "What war?" The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are waged on lies, but that there is little to no shared sacrifice is a national disgrace. Yes, removing the ban is a political ploy, but so was instituting it. If more Americans shared in the grief, then maybe more Americans would protest the cause for that grief?

Bringing our needlessly dead children home under the shadow of secrecy exploits their sense of honor, even if the wars and the reasons for secrecy are ignoble.

Bring our troops home immediately and/or lift the ban.


Cindy Sheehan
Gold Star Mother and President of Gold Star Families for Peace

Saturday, February 14, 2009

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