Showing posts from September, 2011

Show a Little Mercy; Free the Cuban Five! by Cindy Sheehan

Show a Little Mercy Free the Cuban Five! Cindy Sheehan Nothing can make injustice just but mercy. Robert Frost For quite some time, I have been involved in the call to free the “Hikers,” Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, from Iranian prison. I put “Hikers” in quotation marks, because this is the term they have become known by in the media—not because I believe there was anything more nefarious in their actions. I was first contacted by Josh’s brother, and subsequently have gotten to know Shane’s mother, Cindy Hickey better—I even once had her on my radio show, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox . I was delighted on September 21st, the day Shane and Josh, convicted of spying and given a eight year sentence, were shown the highest mercy by the country of Iran and released. I had been invited to meet with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in NYC that day, but financial circumstances prevented me from making a last minute trip from California. I wish I had been able to go to thank him personally, but

President Chavez's Letter to the UN on Palestinian Statehood.

Miraflores, September 17, 2011 His Excellency, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Secretary General: Distinguished representatives of the peoples of the world: I address these words to the United Nations General Assembly, to this great forum that represents all the people of earth, to ratify, on this day and in this setting, Venezuela’s full support of the recognition of the Palestinian State: of Palestine’s right to become a free, sovereign and independent state. This represents an act of historic justice towards a people who carry with them, from time immemorial, all the pain and suffering of the world. In his memorable essay The Grandeur of Arafat, the great French philosopher Gilles Deleuze wrote with the full weight of the truth: The Palestinian cause is first and foremost the set of injustices that these people have suffered and continue to suffer. And I dare add that the Palestinian cause also represents a constant and unwavering will

It's OUR Soapbox! Two listeners submit their news pieces to the Soapbox!

It ' s Your Turn (Up on the Soapbox)!   Click here to listen or download, beginning at 2:00 PM San Francisco time.  Today, (Sunday, September 25th) the subject is the star of the show.  Cindy welcomes two contributors who sound off!   She features reports contributed by each of these gracious journalists, one from James Rhodes, and the other from Lisa Barr.  Jim leads off with his interview of displaced Californian expatriate Rick Peltier, formerly a licensed building contractor in that state who had the good sense to get out - while the getting was still good!  This interview was conducted in Hanoi, the once feared Communist domino capitol - which Rick says is now a wonderful and peaceful place to live.  Lisa follows up with an OUSTANDING report, discussing the corporate stranglehold on our political process and the social chaos and devastation that engenders.  She proposes and advocates evidence-based social policies.  (Do we instead currently feature " the

3.00/Month: Less Than One-Soy Latte!

CLICK BUTTON TO SUBSCRIBE FOR 3.00/MONTH Dear Friend, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox is one of the most radical and unusual radio show/blogs on the internet today. Each week, Cindy presents amazingly interesting guests with viewpoints that are counter-cultural (which is a great thing) as well as just plain commonsensical.  Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox counts on the listeners of the radio show and readers of the blog to sustain the project. If even 500 people pledged less than the price of one cup of coffee per month--3.00--we could keep the show/blog going AND with more pledges, we could maybe even expand to more shows per week, longer shows, live shows...really, the sky's the limit--but limited by lack of funds. Let's get 500 people to pledge 3.00/month--or you can make a one-time donation here by clicking this link. Peace, truth, love & revolution! Cindy Sheehan

We Are all Troy Davis (Written September 21)

On the ironically named International Peace Day, our country is being "led" (really, I think presidents just do what they are told and the same entities have been in charge since the beginning) by a Nobel Peace Laureate who is in more conflicts than most analysts can count; denies Palestinians the same human rights as Israelis, is getting ready to murder Troy Davis (whenever this state murders anybody--we all lose some of our humanity), and is committing economic terrorism here in our own country. International Peace Day was instituted by the United Nations in 2002 and it seems that since then the global situation has deteriorated with the US Empire's War OF Terror against the world and the United Nations seems to exist to legitimize those wars and to give Israel a free pass when it commits crimes against humanity in Palestine. For what it's worth, the only thing I think that we can do at this point is to create healthy systems outside of the ones that


My heart is very heavy as I write this--in three days (Sept. 21), people around the world will be commemorating International Peace Day and the state of Georgia has scheduled the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. There is much evidence that Davis is not guilty of the murder, with the majority of the witnesses recanting, or saying undue pressure was put on them. However, the guilt or innocence of Davis is not the immediate point, whether he is guilty or not, our nation has no right to execute anybody--whether here in the US, or in far away places. Is the state so bloodthirsty to take other lives because it hates competition and wants a monopoly on murder? I saw the mother of the slain police officer on the news today and my heart ached for her as she thinks that executing Troy will bring her some "peace." As the mother of a murdered son, I really don't think more death brings peace. I have been told by people like Hillary Clinton, John McCain and John


TWELVE STEP PROGRAM FOR THE TRIANGULATED JEFF AND KAREN HAY As with all 12 Step Programs aimed at releasing the hopelessly addicted and delusional the first step is ending denial.   In the case of being triangulated by Slick Willy Clinton in the '90's, Al Gore in 2000, and Barack Obama is 2008 the principle of triangulation has remained the same - those who call themselves liberals and progressives have nowhere to go and no one to vote for other than the Democratic candidate no matter how far to the right the candidate moves.   Those being triangulated protect themselves from despair and disillusionment by excuse making, apologetics, and denial.  So when Presidential Candidate U.S. Senator Barack Obama said that he would filibuster any attempt to give the Telecoms retroactive immunity (by which he apparently meant he would silently filibuster to himself) and shortly thereafter not only did he not filibuster he voted for retroactive immunity, liberals and progres


These videos below were recorded as part of a 10 day long bus trip across the West Coast.  Cindy Sheehan and her Radical Vet supporters traveled in the veteran owned and operated Squadron13 Anti-War bus out of Eugene, Oregon, visiting seven communities; Eugene, Hood River, Newport, Arcata, Garberville, Fresno and Oakhurst in a quest to find a new and more effective kinds of activism. Please feel free to distribute this list unedited and in whole, or any or all of the videos directly via electronic means. Note that any of the videos may be "embedded" on your website by using the YouTube embed code available at each vid. Here are the videos from Hood River! More to come! Cindy Sheehan Cindy Sheehan talks about RevCom, our trip, our problems and our future. 9 minutes Sprouts, a middle school program Maria McHale, educator from Wy'east, shares her passion with the SPROUTS program at her school where composting is as matter

Just Say No to the Culture of Death! Classic Soapbox with actor Mike Farrell


SUNDAY'S SOAPBOX: No new nukes, shut down the old! No nukes, Period!

NOW HEAR THIS: Cindy's Internet broadcasts continue ! No new Nukes !   Click here to listen or download, beginning at 2:00 PM San Francisco time.  Today, (Sunday, September 18th) Cindy welcomes the accomplished CounterPunch author Michael Leonardi, also active in No Nuke Action and in the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS).  Planned No New Nukes actions are shown here .  And here he can be seen, writing in CounterPunch, to discuss a Huge Victory in Italian Referendum from June, 2011.  He tells us that now in Italy there is a renewed hope and belief that another world really is possible !  Thank you for illuminating that hope, Michael.  He is a dedicated progressive and a renewable energy advocate.  We here at the Soapbox are oh so happy that he's here today .  Above and beyond his most informative talk, Cindy has a real treat for everybody:  a pre-recorded interview she did with Time magazine.  Enjoy! 

Transcript of 9/04 Interview with Peace Activist, Ann Wright

Ann Wright CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW CS: Welcome back to Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox. I am your host Cindy Sheehan and you are listening at, as usual. I am back here in California after our wonderful Re-creating Revolutionary Communities or Bust tour that went from Eugene Oregon down to Fresno and many stops in between.  We had just so many exciting adventures and we talked to so many people who have been creating revolutionary communities or want to help us create these systems outside of these diseased systems that we live under today.  I have been sending out blasts and information about the tour that we were just on so you can check that out at  We’re planning another tour in the spring of 2012 that will go from the West coast to the East however far people want us to stop in their communities. So that would be a gigantic loop around the US. We’re very excited about this project and we’re very excited


Phoenix Rising by Clinton Fein The 9/11 decade .  Click here to listen or download, beginning at 2:00 PM San Francisco time.  It's been 10 years since the fall of the towers, and America has been "shifted right" - far to the right; into the realms of Eternal War .  To my mind, the formerly generous and caring American spirit has been transformed into distrustful and suspicious fear of anything that's "alien" and "different", coupled with a lust to punish all "miscreants".  And that's not to even mention the growth of the national Security State and our decling / decaying civil rights!  (See this on civil rights.)  Cindy's first guest is "Paul Thompson", pseudonymous author of the respected history The Terror Timeline: Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute: A Comprehensive Chronicle of the Road to 9/11 -- and America's Response .  You can read more about him and his work here .  He carefully out

Kicked in the Gut by the Bloody Flag of Empire by Cindy Sheehan

Punched in the Gut by the Bloody Flag Cindy Sheehan I went to NYC sometime in June (I think it was June, but I’m not sure) to do a photo shoot interview with TIME Magazine about how the events on 9/11 changed my life and what I have been doing since then. I think most people would remember the exact date of flying from San Francisco to NYC to do such a shoot that included 39 other people in an ambitious project called: Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience , but since then I have been to Italy, Japan, a few places around the U.S. and a 10 day bus tour on the West Coast—but, I do think the shoot was after my Memorial Weekend trip to Venezuela—for sure—maybe. Anyway, I was told to bring mementos such as my protest shirts, buttons, signs, and things from Casey—so I grabbed what I could and hopped the plane to NYC. One of the shirts I brought was my very first Cindy Sheehan for Congress tee shirt that had my campaign website on one sleeve, and  “Arrest Cheney First” on the front. The