Monday, April 29, 2019

Why the White House? Why Friday? (Rage Against the War Machine)

March on the Pentagon Presents

Rage Against the War Machine
October 11th to 12th, 2019

Last year around 2,000 of our friends and comrades joined us as we marched on the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, where we called for a revival of a mass antiwar/anti-imperialism movement, attention on the toll war takes on women across the globe, the environmental impacts of war, and much much more.

In 2019, we're fighting for the very same things and we're taking our march to the White House—where we won't be ignored!
We invite you to Rage Against the War Machine with us on Friday, October 11th.

If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention and we're committed to educating everyone about the atrocities of the War Machine.

Why the White House?

In 2018, Women's March on the Pentagon (WMOP) evolved after the liberal "Women's March" refused to address the violence of US imperialism as a women's issue. The organizers of WMOP struggled very hard for about nine months to give birth to a principled movement that put people (all people in the world, not just white, privileged, democrat US women) over profit and which recognized the complicity of the Democrats in the care and maintenance of Empire. We constantly reiterated, "it's not about Trump." 

However, this year, we have seen that Trump has been working overtime to prove his devotion to the war machine. Trump has continued the War OF Terror prosecuted by his predecessors and he has ramped up hostilities towards Venezuela and Cuba; increased militarization at the US/Mexico border; supports the illegal settler state of Israel (ie.; moved the US embassy to Jerusalem; continues to have normal relations with the head-choppers in Saudi Arabia and continues to support their genocide in Yemen. Yes, Trump is proving to be an able servant of if there were any questions about it to those of us who pay close attention.

Many young people who seemed to be wooed and bamboozled by the Obama mystique have been radicalized by the Trump administration--which is good! They can evolve in their analysis if they get involved in principled actions as Rage Against the War Machine, and we are reaching out to them, for sure! These are some of the reasons we are beginning and ending at the White House in 2019.

Why Friday?

Last October, we marched on the 51st anniversary of the huge March on the Pentagon during the Empire's assault on Vietnam and it happened to fall on a Sunday. The Pentagon put us out in the middle of nowhere for our rally and, if it weren't for live streaming which reached tens of thousands, we wouldn't have been seen at all--we disrupted no "business as usual," and became an echo chamber for people who believe in the same things we do.
In 2019, even though we may lose some in numbers, we will gain in visibility by marching through the streets of DC (with no permit) to go from war criminal enterprise to war criminal enterprise and hopefully, this time we WILL disrupt business as usual and be more visible to people who need to see our message of ending US imperialism to save the planet and the future for our children and grandchildren.

However, we are hoping, with five months notice, working people can get the day off and will be able to join us.

We have other things planned for that long weekend and our plans are developing---please go to our website for more information and to endorse our action! 


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Speaking Truth to Empire w/Dan Yaseen (April 2019 Edition)

April 2019

“Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Mike Whitney. Mike lives in Washington State; he is a freelance writer, interested in geopolitics and economics. Topics of discussion include Russophobia, Russiagate and Mueller Report. His columns appear at and




Take the Anti-Imperialist Pledge!


 Take the Anti-Imperialist Pledge!

by Cindy Sheehan & Jack Balkwill

The thing that tends to hold us back when it comes to making a better country and a better world is the elephant in the room corporate media never sees: The Empire.

It costs over one trillion dollars to maintain an empire, particularly when that empire goes against the interests of the majority of the people in the nation and most of the people on the planet. We spend ourselves into deep red ink on The Empire while supporters of The Empire implore us to cut what little is beneficial to the people of the nation and the world. For example, President Trump has asked that we cut things like Medicare and Social Security while simultaneously increasing “defense" spending and cutting taxes on the rich.

We invite all voters in the United States to join us in dumping The Empire in the 2020 election. If a candidate insists on supporting The Empire, we pledge to not give them our vote or any campaign donations. 

Thanks to the obscene cost required by The Empire, the United States is the only industrialized country without a medical care system for its people, allowing thousands to die each year for lack of medical care. The United States drags its feet when it comes to environmental responsibilities because its wealth is not spent on wind turbines and solar panelsbut on The Empire alone.

The purpose of The Empire is to intimidate the world into toeing the line to laissez faire capitalism which benefits the plutocrats at the expense of the 99 percent. If The Empire were gone, the majority of the Earth’s inhabitants would be far better off with considerably more freedom, democracy, prosperity, peace and environmental sustainability. Unbeknownst to many, the U.S. Military Industrial Complex can arguably be accused of being the biggest environmental danger on the planet.

To dismantle The Empire will mean to:
  1.  End all of the wars.
  1.  Shut down all of the overseas military bases.
  1.  Bring all of the troops home.

But this will not be easy.
For those who don’t see the problem, perhaps this will help: A recent survey of 21 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations revealed that 68% of the respondents want to tax the rich to help the poor. This is a universal desire that, decade after decade, goes unaddressed. What more could prove that we do not have democracies but plutocracies?

However, the rich have had their taxes decreased for 70 yearsdecade after decade.

Despite mainstream media screaming that our economy is booming, homelessness has increased for two years running.

The majority of people want peace, but we get war. The majority of people want universal health care, but we get the deaths of thousands from a lack of health care. The majority of people want no or low-cost access to quality education but, we get horrible public education and prohibitively expensive university. We do not have anything remotely resembling a democracy. For those who think we have a republic, in a real republic there are representatives of the people who address the problems of the people, and that is not happening here.

At March on the Pentagon, we encourage you to sign a pledge to dump The Empire in next year’s election. We invite you to withhold your vote until a candidate pledging to cut defense spending, end one or more wars, and close military bases abroad joins the playing field. 

While, as a non-partisan organization, we do not endorse or support any particular candidate, we hope to educate and inform like minded Americans of their options when it comes to each candidate’s stance on wars and US imperialism.

We invite you to sign the pledge at THIS LINK and check back regularly to see our shareable 2020 candidate scorecards!


Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq in 2004, National Co-Director of March on the Pentagon, and Executive Producer and Host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Podcast. Sheehan has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has won numerous international peace awards. She has published seven books and loves playing with her five-grandchildren in her spare time. 


 Jack Balkwill has been published from the little read Rectangle, magazine of the English Honor Society, to the (then) millions of readers USA Today and many progressive publications/web sites such as Z Magazine, In These Times, Counterpunch, This Can’t Be Happening, Intrepid Report, and Dissident Voice. He is author of An Attack on the National Security State, about peace activists in prison."





Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rage Against the War Machine: Monthly Conference Call for March on the Pentagon (APRIL)

Monthly Community Conference Call

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Times: 4pm Pacific
6pm Central
7pm Eastern

We have a lot to talk about, so plan on 90 minutes.
The call will be recorded, if you can't make it live.

This month we will chat about our plans for:
Rage Against the War Machine and
Occupy the White House
Weekend of "Columbus" 
 Additionally, our friend Dakotah Lilly will be on to tell us about 
recent events in Vz and we should have a special, surprise
guest (activist) from the Vz Embassy Occupy in DC  

We are plannning a A.I.R.S. (Anti-Imperialist Revolution Summit) in Minneapolis/St. Paul for Memorial Weekend.
We will also give updates on this weekend.


Please email Cindy or Emma to register for the call: