Showing posts from September, 2009

President Obama: Give Peace a Meeting

September 30, 2009 President Obama, I know that you are only fulfilling your campaign promises to increase the violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan and I notice that not a significant amount of troops have been withdrawn from Iraq. However, even with your hostile rhetoric and promises to escalate the violence, many people voted for you because they believed you were the peace candidate. Since the election, you have betrayed the progressive base that gave you victory on many occasions already, but the cause that keeps many of us motivated is the continued carnage in the Middle East. What bothers me even more, especially, is the fact that the so-called anti-war movement has given you a nine-month free pass and thousands of people have died, including hundreds of our own troops. Since you took office, 125 of our irreplaceable young have been killed in what you called a “dumb war” in Iraq and 223 in what I call the "other dumb war,” Afghanistan. I have been wai

Demands from Cindy Sheehan to the Mayor and Police Chief of Pittsburgh and the Gov of Pa and Prez of the UPSA

September 26, 2009 To: Luke Ravenstahl: Mayor of Pittsburgh 412-255-2626 Nathan Harper : Chief of Police, Pittsburgh Click on his name for a form or call: 412-323-7800 Ed Rendell : Governor of Pennsylvania Click his name for a form, or call: (717) 787-2500 Barack Obama: President of the UPSA (United Police States of America) 202-456-1111. Dear Men, I am calling you “Men” because I am loathe to call you “gentlemen” due to fact that the behavior of your hired thugs in the City of Pittsburgh on the days of September 24 and 25 was shameful. True gentlemen would never allow such violence to be perpetrated from heavily armed and armored grown men to our children. I have been watching the propaganda news about the protests against the G20 meetings here in Pittsburgh and all of the blame is placed on the activists. These are pure fabrications. I was in the thick of things here in Pittsburgh for

"Tell me what a Police State Looks Like" by Cindy Sheehan

“Tell me what a Police State Looks Like” Cindy Sheehan “Pittsburgh is what a police state looks like!” I have been to dozens of protests, large and small, since my son was killed in Iraq, but I have never seen anything like today and the only term I can use is: Profound Overkill. There were easily two cops/soldiers for every one of us protesters…or maybe even 3 to 1. About two thousand of us gathered in Arsenal Park in Pittsburgh to try and march downtown. We were all peaceful and had no weapons. We had only traveled a few blocks when cops dressed like they were in full combat with heavily armed opponents stopped us and blocked our way with a new weapon called “LRAD:” A new “crowd control” device. LRAD stands for: “Long Range Acoustical Device.” I was, unfortunately near it when the cops turned it on. It’s painful. The group dispersed and went in many different directions. Some of us got to a corner a few blocks up from where we were initially stopped and I am

Combat "Enablers:" DON'T GO!!! Open letter to the troops from Gold Star Mom, Cindy Sheehan

Combat “Enablers:” PLEASE DON’T GO! Open Letter to the “Troops” Cindy Sheehan Gold Star Mom Dear Combat “Enablers and other Troops, I read an article in the Army Times recently that said 3000 more troops will be deployed to Afghanistan and 1000 more to Iraq. “The troops are what the military calls “combat enablers” — noncombat troops who specialize in areas such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; explosives ordnance disposal; medical and mental health; and personnel administration. They will deploy in team-sized elements as opposed to larger units,” according to the article. This follows close on the heels of Admiral Michael Mullen (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) going before the Senate September 15th to ask for more troops and Stanley “the Goon” McChrystal, (death squad leader and commander in Afghanistan) is expected to request more troops soon in his much awaited assessment of the mess, which will be hereafter be called: "assess-mess" to save time.

Final Version of the International People's Declaration of Peace (IPDoP)

This is the final version of IPDoP...the committee sent it out for translation services. We are working on website and an online petition to sign after the translations are complete. We are also working on an archival quality hard copy document to be taken all over the world for signatures of leading peace proponents. We are also working on accompanying articles for the Declaration. We still need commitments for free or very low cost translation services into: French, Japanese, Arabic, Bengali, and Chinese International People’s Declaration of Peace PREAMBLE We the undersigned, as responsible citizens of this planet, hereby proclaim the urgent universal need for sustained security through peace, for present and future generations of the human family. In order that we all may live and prosper in dignity, we acknowledge the need for a genuine worldwide commitment by all people to break the dehumanizing chains of the savageries of militarism, of economic exploita

"You Have to Learn Lessons from History" by Cindy Sheehan

I was just watching a report on CNN and after the commentator said that support for Afghanistan is rapidly dwindling (58 percent now think it’s not worth fighting), an interview with Obama was shown. The interviewer asked the president if he was afraid that because war-weary America is growing impatient with the wars, that failing to withdraw and, in fact, sending more troops would look like what Johnson did in Vietnam, and therefore make Obama a “One term president.” Well, I have been saying that whoever won in 2008 would not do the right thing and would send the USA even farther down the path to ruin (because every president has to follow orders from his masters, the corporations) and be a one term president. But, Obama incredibly answered the interviewer with: “You have to learn lessons from history.” Somehow, Obama believes, he’s going to stain his hands darker with blood, but he’s not going to pay any political consequences. That Obama is talking about “history” in relation to tr

Nothing Short of Complete Peace on Earth and other Soapbox Actions by Cindy Sheehan

Nothing Short of Peace on Earth At one of my many events in Kentucky this past week at a delightfully named coffee and beer hangout in Louisville, Ray’s Monkey House, a lovely woman named Trudie came up to me with tears in her eyes and she told me: “Cindy, when you were in Crawford that summer, I thought to myself, ‘this is the beginning of the end of war.’ It might take time, and it might not happen in our lifetimes, but what you started to honor your son will end war.” If only. If only, we the people could finally realize that it is not up to our governments to end war. Our governments and the War Machine are locked in a violently greedy mutual stranglehold and could not care less about our opinions or our children. In my opinion, our struggles are in vain when we try to organize each other and ourselves to go begging the Robber Class to reform itself. It’s not ever going to happen. Throughout history we have repeatedly and to no avail, begged for our few crumbs

9-11 and Oil by Cindy Sheehan

9-11 and Oil Cindy Sheehan Today is the 8 th anniversary since the tragedies of 9-11 and before I go forward, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families of the people who were killed that day, but to also recognize that everyone in this country has suffered whether they know it or not. On that sunny and bright morning, 8 years ago, I awoke from my sleep to learn that the first plane had hit the first tower. As the events of the day unfolded, I got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that this event would somehow lead to the death of my oldest child Casey, who was in the Army stationed at Ft. Hood, Tx. I went into a tailspin of depression that didn’t break until I fell on the floor screaming after I found out he was killed in Iraq on 04/04/04. I wasn’t depressed anymore I was in a pain-soaked, white-hot rage. 9-11 was, of course, the defining moment of this generation. Of course, whether it was an inside job: evil Dick Cheney planning it between heart at

International People's Declaration of Peace

International People’s Declaration of Peace PREAMBLE W e the undersigned, as responsible citizens of this planet, hereby recognize the immediate universal need for sustained “security through peace” for present and future generations of the human family. In order that we all may live and prosper in dignity, we recognize the need for a genuine worldwide grassroots commitment by all humans to break the dehumanizing chains of the inherent savagery of militarism, of economic exploitation, of slaveries, of torture, of killing, and of all aspects of the culture of war and brutality that threatens survival of civilization on this planet. We recognize that the present geo-political paradigm is systemically incapable of delivering us from the merchants of war and exploitation; and void of offering positive, alternative solutions. Thus we come together, as responsible citizens of this planet, to declare peace and work together as brothers and sisters for our collectiv


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The S.S. Peace Sets Sail Again! Come meet Cindy this Fall!

Where's Cindy Kentucky September 8th-12th 9/7 Mon 4:35 PM Cindy arrives in Louisville 9/8 Tue 10:00 AM Ali Center Tour WHAS TV reporter Kelsey Starks interview 11:00 AM LEO interview at Ali Center followed by private tour of Ali Center 1:00-3:00 PM Iroquois High School appearance hosted by Aletha Fields 2-5:00 PM OPEN 6:30-8:00 PM U of L Chao Auditorium speaking event & book signing (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) 9/9 Wed 9:30-10:45 AM Speak in Sharon Wallace’s class at IUS 12:45-2:30 PM State of Affairs (NPR) interview 3:30-4:30 PM WAVE-3 TV Hot Button commentary taping 4:30-7:00 PM Cindy meet and dine with Ky Alliance/Braden Center members 7:00 PM KY Alliance hosts Braden Center appearance (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) 9/10 Thu 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Bellarmine Univ. Speaking event & book signing (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) 12:00 - 1:00 PM Brown Bag lunch at Bellarmine by invitation only 1:00 - 2:50 PM OPEN 2:50 -