Saturday, March 29, 2014

An Army of NONE! (Soapbox Podcast 3/30)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 30, 2014


On April 04, my family will be mourning the 10th anniversary of Casey's murder in Iraq in 2004.

Casey was a US soldier who was horribly lied to by an Army recruiter and to help pay for college and serve (he thought) his country, he enlisted in 2000.

Of course, as Iraq War Veteran, Michael Prysner lays out, 
war is NOT for "freedom" or anything good--the Empire counts on obedient drones in the form of human beings to carry out its program of War for Profit of the few and global hegemony.

Don't buy into it and help Michael and his organization 
work to prevent our young people from being sucked into the meat grinder of Empire.






U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013
This SSCFP is submitted in partial fulfillment of the
requirements imposed on Senior Service College
Fellows. The views expressed in this student academic
research paper are those of the author and do not
flect the official policy or position of the Department
of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

11 Years of War Against Iraq and Peace Work (Soapbox Podcast; March 26, 2014)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 26, 2014

To commemorate the 11th year of 
War Against the People of Iraq

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
presents a retrospective of anti-war and pro-peace
activism over the years.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Women and Politics by Cindy Sheehan

I think most of us know that in the beginning of the US, voting was reserved only for white-male property owners (WaMPOs as I call them). Even black slaves were counted as "3/5ths" of a person in the Constitution while women were left completely out. In fact, the Founders didn't even quite trust WaMPOs, hence the institution of the electoral college.

Former slaves and women fought hard and sacrificed much for their inclusion into this WaMPO paradise (oops, I mean, Republic) of voting. The picture above is of women picketing the White House (something I have done dozens of times and been arrested for many times). The WaMPOs fought back hard and even now with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution some 94 years ago, women, although more than 1/2 of the population in general, are elected to only about 18% of offices in this country.

The WaMPO paradigm was, of course, terrified that the entry of women into the electoral arena would screw things up for their comfort and positions of power. I only wish that this were true. I wish that when we earned our right to vote and entry into higher politics that we would have used OUR power and OUR insights and intelligence to put the breaks on Empire. Jeannette Rankin (first woman in Congress) from Montana should have been our beacon to follow, yet we are left with plastic women who get their minds and pocketbooks filled with Imperial plunder. 

When people of color and/or females rise to high prominence in government, a la Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, they often exhibit more loyalty to the old WaMPO way of doing things than being ground breaking leaders for their race or gender. I believe it's tragic that many leading female leaders from around the world have been such war-like creatures that we have very little integrity or courage to look up to or strive for.

To most of our fellow consumers (oops, I mean "citizens") as candidate for office myself, I have a few societal strikes against me: I am a socialist (with a small "s"); I am counter-cultural in regards to what most people feel is the "American Way," and I am a woman. But I am a woman who thinks that the WaMPO way of doing things has been given free reign to destroy the planet with its form of predatory capitalism and imperial overreach for far too long. 

Even women hold these things against me and use some of the basest stereotypes to try to undermine me, or maybe force me to slink back to my home and hearth in shame to lick the claw marks and think about how I can be a better woman.  

For example, when I ran for Congress in San Francisco against then Speaker of the House and apparent WaMPO, Nancy Pelosi, MySpace was a big thing. I will never forget this one woman who messaged me on MySpace to tell me that I wasn't "qualified" to run for Congress.

Was I younger than 25? Um, no, I was 51 on election day that year.

Did I fail to meet the nine year state residency requirement? No, I had lived in California for 51 years on election day that year.

However, I did fail her requirements: "You aren't qualified to run for Congress because you don't have a car, a job, or a husband." Sadly, she was serious.

Recently, at a protest we were campaigning at, a woman told me
that I should wear pantsuits and more makeup because voters want "Stepford Wife" candidates. Wow! That may be true, and probably is, because in this celebrity and excess worshiping culture, appearance is far more important that substance. However, the term "Stepford Wife" implies far more than perfect hair, stylish clothes and clownish makeup. It also implies a woman who will fall into lockstep with the dominant WaMPO culture with a smile on her face, legs ready to spread on demand, and a pan of warm cookies cooling on the stove.

Until we all break free of what an appearance obsessed culture demands and break out of the DemoPublican political chains, all we are going to continue to get will be wars, economic slavery, and environmental destruction.

I refuse to change myself for a few votes because, win or lose, I know I must be authentic. I was never, and will never, be a "Stepford Wife." 

Hopefully, there is a growing contingent of human beings who are sick and tired of the fraudulent images of crass politicians who bend and twist to the winds of Madison Avenue generated sales campaigns.

NASA just completed a study that said that life on this planet can no longer exist with the crushing weight of demand for shrinking resources. Male or female, we need new and fresh ideas and people who are committed to doing the hard work of pulling humanity from the brink of extinction. 

Me, sans Stepford treatment, in Sacramento at anti-fracking rally.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Peace, Love, Sharmocks and Votin' for the Green (Soapbox Podcast 3/16/2014)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 16, 2014

Peace, Love, Shamrocks and Votin' for the Green

Laura Wells
Green Party Candidate for Controller, Calif

Ellen Brown
Green Party Candidate for Calif State Treasurer


Although I belong to the Peace and Freedom Party, I, and my party, have endorsed the candidacies of Laura and Ellen and I wanted to give them a chance to talk about their platforms on this episode of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox.

In the coming weeks, we will try to present as many alternative candidates as we can, since we're almost totally shut out of the corporate media.

If you live in California, it's imperative to vote in the June primary and tell your friends!

These issues are not just confined to the
Golden State.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
Special Report

(A.N.S.W.E.R San Francisco and writer for Liberation News) 

By Richard Becker




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

No nukes today and always! (Remembering Japan on 3/11) Statement from Cindy Sheehan

 Kyoko and Cindy in Tokyo

As most of you already know, three years ago today, the island-nation of Japan suffered a major earthquake and tsunami.

The original damage was quite devastating and we mourn and remember everyone who lost their lives that day and their friends, family, and fellow citizens of Japan.

I also stand in solidarity with the demand of millions in Japan and around the world: No More Fukushimas!

That disaster is a continuing worry for us all and demonstrates that nuclear power was never safe or viable.

I also stand in solidarity with millions of people around the world who are demanding an end to the use of nuclear and fossil fuel technology for power and bombs. We demand investment in safe, renewable, and sustainable forms of energy.

I was in Japan just five months after the natural and nuclear disaster in 2010 and I formed many close bonds with my brothers and sisters who are working to hold the Japanese government and TEPCO accountable for the negligence, cover-ups, and other crimes against the people of Japan and the spreading poison that could potentially affect the entire Western Hemisphere. 

A Cindy Sheehan administration in California would work with activists on both sides of the Pacific to work to make sure all nuclear power plants are shut down and the poisons and radiation emanating from Fukushima be stopped and cleansed for the future!

You are not alone.

Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
Cindy Sheehan for Governor, 2014

Vote Socialist! Cindy Sheehan for Cal Gov: Day One of Official Campaigning


Governor Campaign:
Day One!

 Gubernatorial Candidate Sheehan
L.A. Convention Center
March 8, 2014

March 7th was the final day that any candidate for the California 2014 Open Primary in June could declare as a candidate and my campaign met that deadline.

These are the requirements for Governor of the California Constitution, which I have fulfilled:

A.  Be a U.S. citizen. Cal. Const., art. V, §§ 21 & 9
B.  Be a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time that nomination papers are issued to the person. § 2012
C.  Not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. § 20
D. Not have served two terms in the office sought since November 6, 1990.
Cal. Const., art. V, §§ 2 & 11

But with the passage of the so-called Top Two Primary here in California in 2010, there was an additional and very heavy burden put on candidates of all political parties, and potential candidates with no party affiliation: to qualify for any office (besides POTUS which is exempt), each candidate has to pay a filing fee of 1% of the first year’s salary of the office that he/she is seeking, or get 10,000 signatures in lieu of the filing fee.

For example, in my case, rounding up, the first year salary for the Gov. of California is an incredible and immoral (public servant, my eye) $350k per year! So, that means that I had to pay almost $3500 for the filing fee, or try to get 10k signatures. Each signature is “worth” 35 cents.

This new requirement puts a horrible onus on grassroots campaigns and effectively eliminates many otherwise qualified and good candidates from even trying to run for office here in the Golden (for the Democrats and Republicans) State.

The incumbent Jerry Brown (D apparently, but R realistically) has already raised over 17 million for his re-election campaign, so he can, without blinking an eye, walk into his County Registrar’s office and deliver a check for the entire amount for the filing fee (democracy?). Most campaigns of the establishment parties can also do that. We who challenge the corruption of the status quo don’t have that “luxury.”

The voters of California passed Proposition 14 in 2010 and we fought against it then and we struggle against it now. Instead of the hype that it would “increase participation” it is predictably killing it. 

For my own race, there are 20 candidates running for Governor in the primary and only the top two vote getters will advance to November. There’s a candidate with 17 million in his campaign account right now and one of the Republican candidates Neel Kashkari is a former Goldman-Sachs executive! Jerry Brown is a multi-millionaire also and our “democracy” should not be stacked in favor of the wealthy and against candidates like me who struggle and sacrifice to truly make a difference!

Saturday, March 8th was our first day of campaigning as an official candidate and, although it was long and hot, it was very successful and invigorating.

I have to give some more background before I continue:

I was a registered Democrat until 2007 when I feel that the Party used me specifically and the energy of the anti-Bush; anti-Iraq War movements to get a majority in the House of Representatives, then repeatedly stabbed us in the backs! I publicly left the Party and that’s when the concentrated attacks by Democratic Party hacks joined the concentrated attacks of Republican Party hacks against me.

I then ran for Congress in San Francisco against Nancy Pelosi (D-1%) and subsequently subjected myself to the most humiliating rudeness from the “liberals” that live there. I ended up coming in second with a respectable 50k votes, but I will never forget how mean many of the Democrats were to me.


When my campaign heard about the California State Democratic Party holding its convention (DSC) in Los Angeles from March 7th to the 9th, even though I had a commitment to be in San Francisco in the evening on the 8th, we thought it would be very important to have a presence there at the L.A. Convention Center. We were positive that most of the 3rd party campaigns (and some Republicans) would also be out to show that there are alternatives.

However, Cindy Sheehan for California Governor was the only other campaign there and the only other protest was an anti-fracking protest. Many of the
ANOTHER DEMOCRAT AGAINST FRACKING” protesters sauntered surreptitiously over to our area to inform us that they would be voting for me instead of Brown. We probably had about 30 convention attendees tell us that, as well. The DSC wasn’t the only thing that was happening that day and we were able to do some amazing outreach with the dozen, or so, volunteers that joined us.

With all my past bad experiences with Democrats, I was leery of attending this event, but was so pleased with the positive responses to my campaign and seeing some old friends that I am very glad we took the time and expense to be there.

After the protest at the DSC, I was taken to the airport and flew to San Francisco to what I knew would be a wonderful time kicking off the Vote Socialist Campaign with two of my fellow Peace and Freedom Party candidates: Nathalie Hrizi (Insurance Commissioner) and Frank Lara (running for Congress in SF against Nancy Pelosi).

Cindy with old friend, actress, and clean elections' activist, Mimi Kennedy

 Team Cindy, L.A.

Cindy Sheehan in Calaveras County for Earth Day Celebration

Monday, March 10, 2014

President Hugo Chavez, Presente! (Soapbox Podcast: March 9, 2014)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 9, 2014

For this week's Soapbox, we present
the interview that Cindy Sheehan sat down with
President Hugo Chavéz to do three years before his death.

With more US-inspired unrest in Venezuela which is
designed to undermine and destroy the Bolivarian 
Revolution of Chavéz, this interview is as
relevant as always!

The translator is our friend, Eva Golinger!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cindy Sheehan and Supporters to Campaign at California State Democratic Convention in Los Angeles: March 8, 2014


For Immediate Release                                          March 8, 2014
Attention Day Book/ Assignment Desk
Contact: Dede Miller-562-500-9079 or
Press Availability 9am
Cindy Sheehan and Team at the Democratic State Convention
When: Saturday May 8, 9am-12pm
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St, L.A. 90015

Join Cindy Sheehan, Peace & Freedom Party's Candidate for Governor at the L.A. Convention Center this Saturday morning.  

Cindy Sheehan's EPIC campaign to:

*End Poverty In California*
*End the Prison Industrial Complex *
*Environmental Protection in California*
*Educate People in California *

All are a real alternative to neo-Republican Jerry Brown's ongoing policies of enriching the banks and the 1%, fracking, filling the prisons, while California's schools continue to fail.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unashamed, Unabashed, Unrepentant Admiration of Hugo Chavez (28 July, 1954 to 5 March, 2013) by Cindy Sheehan

Revolution, A Love Story
By Cindy Sheehan

(Written March 2011 before President Chavéz was diagnosed with Cancer)

Five years ago, shortly after my first trip to Texas to confront the person who I felt murdered my son Casey, George Bush, I was invited to Caracas, Venezuela to attend the World Social Forum. 

Amazingly, at the time, I really had no idea that the World Social Forum was about socialism, and I really didn’t know much more about President Hugo Chavéz then he was a very vocal opponent of my opponents: George Bush, and the U.S. Empire. That trip to Caracas was a whirlwind of speeches, meetings, and rallies. 

At one point, I was pulled out of a meeting to go to the presidential palace, Miraflores, to meet with President Chavéz. Along with a few colleagues, he gave us a tour of some of the places where the US - CIA backed coup attempt occurred in April of 2002 — a living “ The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” with our guide being the “star” of the show. Chavéz not only survived that coup attempt, because of his people, but also has thrived as the socialist/anti - imperialist president of Venezuela for over ten years, now. 

That year in Caracas, I stumbled through my meetings and obligations, just knowing enough to survive that trip. However, after I did go down to Venezuela for that WSF and meet with President Chavez (Che Guevara’s daughter, Elena, helped treat me for a migraine), I was “greeted” with deep - seeded hostility when I returned back to Il Imperio (The Empire), even from people whom I would consider on “the left.” 

“Cindy, the enemy of your enemy is not your friend.” “Hugo Chavéz may hate George Bush like you do, but he is an oppressive, anti - American, Communist dictator.” “Blah, blah, blah!” 

I was even hauled in before Arianna Huffington and soundly scolded for my “indiscretion.” (A working definition of irony: I have stuck to my “ peace at all costs ” platform all these years and am nearly broke, yet Arianna is a political chameleon who just sold her soul — oops I mean website — to AOL for hundreds of millions of dollars?) 

In the early years of my activism, I did a lot of things that I wasn’t ready for — and meeting this “anti - American Communist, dictator” was one of them. Because of the criticism from what passes as the left in this country, I started to do a little more research in to Venezuelan politics, Hugo Chavéz, and the Bolivarian Revolution. 

Simon Bolívar, the liberator of Latin America and his vision has been part of the inspiration for the revolution of Chavéz. What I found after my studies greatly relieved me! I felt justified in defending Chavéz and in my support of him and his policies. 

Once when I was invited to be on MSNBC’s Hardball, the guest hostess Norah O’Donnell made some blatantly untrue comments about President Chavez, so I had to correct her and she asked me: “Would you rather have Hugo Chavéz as your president, than George Bush?” What else could I say but, “Yes. ” It’s not everyday one is faced with such a clear - cut choice, but I sure set off a shit - storm of Anti - Sheehan attacks after that rare bit (for TV, but not me) of honesty. 

Since the beginning of 2006 and my trip to Caracas, I have traveled the world and met people from presidents on down to beggars on the streets that can usually “thank” The Empire for the foundation of their poverty; I have run an unsuccessful campaign for Congress against a card - carrying member of the oppressor - class here in the US, Nancy Pelosi; I have been arrested many times and harassed because of my beliefs and activities; I have published five books; been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and have been gifted with three grandchildren (note: four now),— and all of these experiences have combined, along with the death of my son in 2004, to bring me to the conclusion that the system we live under in the US — whether one wants to call it Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, Corporatism, Imperialism, Oligarchy, ( or whatever name for this cyst - em that makes you happy) — is a profoundly diseased and crumbling system. 

For decades, Venezuela suffered under the US corporations, CIA, and “leaders” who were dependent on and supporters of the rape and pillage of their country by the US (kind of like Hosni Mubarak). The people were strangled by this system and rose up against it many times, and failed, but the soil was being prepared for one to step in and show the people of Venezuela a new way — an alternative to the stranglehold US capitalistic imperialism had on his country. 

So, in 2010, after I became what I like to call an “organic Marxist,” writing my own wo(man)ifesto in 2009, called: Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution, I wanted to go back to Venezuela to chat with Chavéz about something more important than “Senor Peligro,” (Mr. Danger), George Bush. I wanted to witness a socialist revolution in process. I wanted to be able to come back to the US with evidence of a better way. To do that, I also felt it was urgent to dispel the “myths” about President Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, too. 

I received permission to interview the President and I raised the money to travel there with two camera operators — and our “mission” was to interview the president, and talk to people in the “barrios” of Venezuela to see how this revolution was affecting them — screw the oligarchy and opposition that still remain there — their sob-stories of stolen lost wealth to the socialist way are told over and over and over and over and over again in Venezuelan media and our media, too. 

I have no sympathy for the robbers who became a little less wealthy sitting behind their walls in their mansions feeling sorry for themselves. I wish that would happen here in the US — wouldn’t it be a shame if Mr. Rockefeller had to have a few of his oil wells and properties expropriated to pay for healthcare, environmental clean - up, jobs, and education for we the people here in the US? No, it wouldn’t be a shame — the wealth that such people like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Rothschild, Gates, Soros, Koch, Winfrey, or T. Boone Pickens, have accumulated is obscene and belongs to everyone, not just them. 

I asked one formerly illiterate and disadvantaged person in the barrio of San Agustin what she thought about the amendment to the Bolivarian Republic’s new Constitution (more about the Constitution later) that allows Chavéz to run for president without term limits. She said: “I hope he is president for life, we would die for him and the revolution.” In fact, many people did die in 2002 during the coup attempt defending and supporting Chavez. 

Chavéz loves the people of Venezuela — he owes them his life. But what, if anything, do we owe to such a person and his country that are being unfairly and unjustly demonized at every opportunity by our own country? We owe Chavéz a balanced look at what he’s done, why he’s done it, and what he is still attempting to do with all the obstacles placed in his way from El Imperio and to the less (maybe) sinister problems of global climate change.  

This book is my inadequate attempt at showing appreciation to my supporters and to President Chavéz for helping me see that there is a better way to do things than we do them here in the US. 

Revolution cannot be achieved or accomplished by one person, no matter how dedicated he/she is. Is they way of Chavéz perfect? I don’t think so, (and I will examine the challenges, too) but that’s the beauty of revolution — it’s a continuing process that takes everybody working together to achieve as close to perfection as mere humans can. 

The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is not an uprising like we see happening in the Arab world and closer to home in Madison, Wisconsin. No, it is a plan and Chavéz told me during our interview in Montevideo because of all the “obstacles” and “challenges,” they have really only accomplished about 10% of what the Revolution has set out to do . (Does that sound like an autocrat? If he were one, at least 90% would be accomplished). 

The Representative Republic that was formed by the plutocracy in the US has only led us to increasing fascistic oppressions and a growing income disparity that is the largest in so - called developing nations.

Chavéz is successfully leading a “Great Experiment” in Venezuela at a time when the “Great American Experiment,” in the US described by Alexis de Tocqueville in the 19th Century is failing. 

Capitalism, US style, is trying so hard to save itself for the wealthy and power mad, that it attacks small countries and leaders like President Hugo Chavéz because the plutocracy still calls the shots and is terrified of, “ the threat of a good example.” 

I want to disclose up front that I love this subject. It is not a non - biased look, but I can promise you it will be an honest look and one that you won’t find in very many other places. I will present statistics and facts, tinted with enthusiasm and inspiration that can’t be woven around a web of Imperial lies. 

I guarantee you that there is a better way — there is a path we can follow to peace and freedom. 

It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth every step we MUST take. 

Vamos, mis amigos. 

(Let’s go, my friends!) 

March 5, 2014

One of the last times I spoke with Hugo Chavéz in 2010, he greeted me warmly and said, "Welcome home, Cindy. Our country is your country; your son is our son." 

I was called back to Caracas 15-months after that visit and I missed seeing Chavéz because I was told that he had a "pulled groin muscle." Within the next several weeks we learned that he was diagnosed with the cancer that would kill him a little less than two years later.

His dedication to fighting the cancer matched his unrelenting dedication to the people of Venezuela. Chavéz had been young and vibrant: he was not ready to go. I can imagine his agony over leaving three children, his grandson, and his beloved Venezuela. One year ago today, the world lost a great human, father, leader. I was at a grocery store when I received a text from my sister telling me he had passed: I put my head on the cold door in the frozen food section and openly wept. I wondered if people were thinking I was crying because my favorite frozen pizza was not in stock. I didn't care. I replaced the items I had in my hand basket and quickly left and cried all the way on my walk home.

I wept for my friend Chavéz and myself; for the people of Venezuela, and the world.

What President Chavéz and his Bolivarian Revolution were able to do in Venezuela inspired many oppressed Latin American and Caribbean nations to work together to begin to break the chains that bound them to The Empire that has long been crushing them under its neo-liberal/violent boot heel.

Now, of course the US is ramping up its campaign against the transparently and democratically elected government and Revolution in Venezuela, but I have confidence in the people that they will not go back to the way it used to be. The greatest accomplishment of Chavéz was to empower the people and once empowered, never, ever again enslaved.

The Bolivarian Revolution and the leadership of Hugo Chavéz is one of my inspirations for my run for Governor of California. If Venezuela was able to dramatically close the income gap, educate people, improve their access to nutritional food, and empower them, imagine what we could do here in California. 

US Presidents come and go with nauseating, "electoral" regularity, but in my opinion, history will look back on Hugo Rafael Chavéz Frias as one of the most significant figures in the early 21st Century.