Showing posts from November, 2009

"Killing is right and proper" (What happened at Travis AFB, yesterday)

“The Killing is Right and Proper” Cindy Sheehan Yesterday, Bay Area CODEPINK and I, started our caravan to Creech AFB in Nevada with a morning peace rally at Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA. After we got there we were informed that we had to move off the base and were shown by MPs where we could protest. As good warriors for free speech and peace, we groused about it and we were moving forward to where we were supposed to go, when a very angry older man pulled up and started yelling at us to: “Don’t go, I want to counter protest you.” I told him, first of all, he shouldn’t be drinking so early in the morning, and secondly not to worry, that we were going anywhere, we were just moving about 100 yards away. We decided to just stop and take a picture by the Travis AFB sign and then we were going to get back in our cars to caravan down to Lemoore NAS because it was extremely windy and we were running a little late anyway. I was giving a little speech denouncing the

You Get What you Vote For!

The so-called anti-war movement currently finds itself in somewhat of a quagmire: What to do when the man you raised money for, volunteered for, and yes, even voted for, actually fulfills one of his most repulsive campaign promises? First of all, I never understood why, or how, peace people could support someone who voted to pay for the wars while he was a Senator and was quite clear on the fact that he would increase violence in Afghanistan and perform a slow, painful and very incomplete withdrawal from Iraq. Principles that were proclaimed so loudly while Bush was president get shoved aside and buried now that a Democrat is president and how do you get your principles back from the dung-pile of selling out? Secondly, On January 23 rd of a rapidly dissipating 2009, Barack Obama perpetrated his first war crime (as president) by authorizing a drone attack in Pakistan. In February of this same year, he ordered an increase of roughly 20,000 more troops to Afghanistan:

The Soapbox Crew are thankful for our listeners, supporters and guests!

Four more shows and Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox will have been on for one year already! Our Soapbox has seen some fabulous guests like Howard Zinn, Roseanne Barr, Noam Chomsky, John Perkins, Cynthia McKinney, Graham Nash, Gore Vidal, Gov. Jesse Ventura and man y others! The archives are always there to re-listen to a favorite or catch up on shows you have missed. We have covered topics that are so crucial to our lives and important to our education and edification. Besides war and peace, we talked about politics, the environment, health care and social justice issues like racism, poverty and the prison industrial complex. Cindy has taped the show from all over America and we have even done live interviews in the field and played your listener Soapbox Rants and have answered "Ask Cindy?" questions galore. Truthfully, it's been a struggle to keep Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox airing, but we are now heard in George Bush's hometow

Three cheers for women behaving "badly"

This Sunday on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox, one misbehaving woman interviews another one. Thank goodness for women who do buck the system and resist "going with the flow," just so as to appear socially acceptable to a society that is not so polite. Cindy interviews Malalai Joya, a female Afghan Parliamentarian who courageously stands up for female rights and peace against the warlords of Afghanistan and America. Cindy and Cliff (videographer--video of the interview will be available soon) caught up with Malalai when she was in Berkeley to talk about her book: A Woman Among Warlords. Cindy loves to bust Myths (and is almost finished with Myth America II: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution ) and was thrilled when Malalai busted the stuffing out of the Myth that US and NATO forces must remain in Afghanistan to "protect the women." Please listen to this interview on Sunday at the website after 2pm (PA

Barack Obama DOES NOT Speak for Me! by Cindy Sheehan

I was facilitating a meeting in Washington, DC this past weekend, and an Iraq “War” veteran claimed that the GI resistance movement ended the Vietnam War. I started to say that I was sure that the GI movement was a part of ending the Vietnam War as was the draft, the student movement, the Congress (that had some influence back then), and I was interrupted by the rep from Veterans for Peace who simply said: “actually it was the Vietnamese people who ended that war.” That’s the plain truth after millions dead/wounded, the Vietnamese people succeeded in vanquishing the U.S. Today, I recalled that meeting as a couple of very insidious things crossed my path, or caught my eye. The first thing was an article in the rag called the Washington Post about the attack at Ft. Hood and the alleged suspect, Nidal Hasan and how there is an increasing pattern of soldiers targeting other soldiers. The WaPo editors filtered the article through the Propaganda Wing of the Pentagon and

Aunt Cindy Wants You! from Cindy Sheehan

If Not Now, When? If Not Me, Whom? Cindy Sheehan “A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Oh boy! Here comes Cindy Cynical again. I know you want to hear that Obama is the Savior of the World…but the only thing Obama is saving is the Empire and the Corporatocracy. The new elitist health care bill is nothing but another handout to corporations and at the same time the Democrats limited a woman’s right to reproductive choice over her own body. About 130 people will die today because he/she did not have access to health care because they are uninsured or grossly under-insured: that’s 47,000 a year. That’s an Empire-imposed holocaust the size of a small city every year. I know you want me to tell you that the economy is in recovery, but 17.5 percent unemployment and the fact that every 7.5 seconds someone’s home will go into foreclosure and one million of our children here in the US will go to bed tonight and every night with


One year ago today, I was running around San Francisco doing last minute campaigning in my independent run against House Speaker and nine-term incumbent, Nancy Pelosi. In case you didn't hear, I lost. I lost big time, but I came in second in a field of about six. I am still proud of that campaign, though, because for not being able to get any media attention and very few endorsements from clubs and zero from local unions, I did receive almost 50,000 votes. Yesterday, during another election day, (that saw the rejection of the weak-kneed Democratic Party Politics), my second grandchild, Jovie Lee, was born at 6:24 am. Jovie Lee weighed in at a very healthy 8 lbs 10 oz and we are so grateful that we have a health system in California (so far) where mothers without insurance can get great pre-natal and birthing care. Although my daughter works very hard as a massag

Black is Back and End the Fed!

In keeping with my desire to cut back on traveling for the rest of the year and spend time with my children/grand-children (still waiting for the granddaughter to arrive. She was due 2 days ago)..I will only be speaking at two out of California events in November: I am honored to be asked to speak at the Black is Back Coalition march and rally this Saturday, Nov. 7th at 10am beginning in Malcolm X Park. Black is Back Coalition for Peace, Social Justice and Reparations CLICK ON THE LINK FOR MORE INFO And I will be in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, November 22nd to speak at the End the Fed Rally. Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009 Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Location: 530 E Trade St Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 358-2137