Saturday, April 27, 2013

George Bush, et al on Trial (Soapbox Podcast 4/28/13)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Guest: Inder Comar
Subject: Prosecution of the Bush stain for war crimes
Cindy met Inder at the Bush Lie-Bury dedication protest in Dallas last week, and since the Obama administration
refuses to hold the Bush crime stain accountable, she thought
it would be a great topic and guest to interview.
Inder represents an Iraqi refugee and himself in two lawsuits
that he has filed against the Bush crime stain in federal court.
Check out the website here:

The Library that Lies Built (DeTour de Peace) by Cindy Sheehan

The Library That Lies Built
(DeTour de Peace)
Cindy Sheehan

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.” Howard Zinn
"But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the people below. When people stop obeying, they {the top} have no power." Howard Zinn
“But we also know something about George Bush the leader.  As we walk through this library, obviously we’re reminded of the incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he stood amid the rubble and the ruins of Ground Zero, promising to deliver justice to those who had sought to destroy our way of life.” Barack Obama honoring George Bush at the dedication of the Bush Presidential Center at SMU, Dallas, TX.
“The greats, you can’t touch: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, FDR. But yeah, I’d put him {Bush} up there.” Bush advisor Karl Rove at dedication of Bush Center

Tour de Peace was in Phoenix a few days ago heading up to Winslow and points east when I picked up a USA Today and read a report about the upcoming dedication of the George Bush Presidential Library (Lie-Bury) on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. 
Months ago, Tour de Peace had made the decision not to divert so far off of our route down to Dallas to join the protest, mostly because we believed (wrongly, it turns out) that we would have way more people riding with us and it would be a logistical nightmare, because cycling so far south would really throw us off of our schedule to be in WashedUp, Deceit on the 3rd of July.
Anyway, I read some quotes by George Bush that enraged me. First of all, he claims that he doesn’t have to “defend” his decisions, because (MAJOR COP-OUT ALERT) “history will judge me.” Mass-murderer George is probably justified in thinking that “history” will be kind to him because people that look like him, think like him, act like him, and live like him are the ones who mostly write history. I thought to myself, “Damnit, how can I let the prime-murderer of my son Casey off the hook so easily?” The Obama administrations works overtime protecting the war criminals of the immediately proceeding administration because Obama is perpetuating the war crimes and murder and he is also counting on this professional courtesy from his predecessor. Evil self-serving war criminals should never be allowed to forget that they are evil self-serving war criminals. 

Also, included in the article, George Bush, the destroyer of countries and lives, says he spends his days “golfing,” “painting,” “getting fit,” and he is “happy.” I thought it would be good to head down to Dallas to show the war-elites in attendance, that, yes, they have harmed so many people, and me personally, but we are not defeated and won’t give up pushing for accountability and justice.
How could Tour de Peace not go? Plus there are only three of us on the Tour pushing towards DC to give Obama another accountability moment, so logistics were a little simpler—we made the decision to take a few days off the Tour and join the “People’s Response” and protest the dedication of a Lie-Bury dedicated to revisionist history and the glorification of war, the “health” of the state.

Dede Miller, my sister and Casey’s aunt and an important component to Team Tour de Peace and the Camp Casey family, decided to join us, so she drove to Winslow, AZ to meet the Tour. On the way to Dallas, we dropped the Tour de Peace van off in Gallup and the four of us squeezed into the tiny rental car. We left Gallup on Tuesday, the 23rd of April for the protest on the 25th and we needed to be back in Gallup on the 26th for an evening event. It was a grueling trip, but we believe it was definitely worthwhile.
Team Tour de Peace (Dede, Malcolm Chaddock, Dan Levy, and I) arrived at the protest site which was across a busy divided street from the back of the Lie-Bury—we could see the massive bleachers erected to hold the thousands of "Good Germans" (note: historically referring to the Germans that ignored, or pretended that Hitler's crimes against humanity did not exist--not Germans today who are working for peace and justice) that would attend to cheer the crimes of Empire. Many limos and cadres of richly dressed attendees had to run the gauntlet of protesters while going in and out of the proceedings. I found it very interesting that the worshippers of war were allowed free access into the street, but we poor protesters were banned from the street and, to make sure we didn’t mix with the snobs, a row of dozens of cops faced us to make sure we stayed in the properly appointed protest area. Further proof that most law enforcement are there to protect the rich and not protect the poor from the wars and exploitation of the wealthy. 
It was so delightful to see so many of my old friends from all over the country gather to protest, but what was even better was that most of them, even though they may have supported Obama at first, now realized that people like me were correct all the time: it’s the system not the person. The crimes didn’t begin with Bush and they won’t end with Obama unless more of us wake up to that fact. One of my dear friends Bruce Berry from Minneapolis wore a sweatshirt that said, “Arrest OBushA” and he told me that after that protest in Dallas, he was taking off that sweatshirt and wearing a straight, “Arrest Obama” shirt. That’s what I call principled protest!

The day was great and two puppet heads (one of Bush and one of Cheney) wearing prison stripes violated the “no street” order and were arrested by the Dallas PD while we chanted, “Arrest Bush, Arrest Bush,” and our dear VVAW friend from Philly, Bill Perry, was also arrested because he refused to stop taking pictures—Dede and I went into the streets to help the Dallas Po-Po arrest Bush and Cheney and we were roughed up, but pushed out of the way and not arrested. I understand CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin received a whiplash in the melee. Dennis Trainor, an old friend of
Arresting Bush and Cheney
mine portrayed Cheney and Iraq vet (and new friend of mine Gary Egleston portrayed Bush. After 13 hours in jail, charges were dropped for all of them and they were released.

Even though I feel that the event was good; there was that instance of true street theater and Tour de Peace did make a good showing in the activities and media, I feel the group as a whole missed a golden chance to push the envelope a little and break out of the polite protest paradigm.
Cindy and Dede being "naughty" in the street

The organizers had fought to get the protest as close as we were and apparently the permits banned the protest from leaving the side of the street we were on. During the march (from one corner to the other), a few of us, maybe seven, went out into the street to “take the street,” there were no cars coming as both ends of the street were blocked off (and it was a one way street) and if everyone joined us, we could have demonstrated our unwillingness to play by the games of the Police State and its thugs. If we are “peaceable” then our rights are not to be
Conor Hearington, Me, Dede, Mike Hearington 
inhibited…however, we few that did try to take the street were quickly overcome by the cops and by our own polite protesters that reminded us we had to play by the rules of the oppressive Empire. Sigh. No wonder we keep repeating the same disasters over and over—the Empire counts on us to stay within the boundaries they assign us and we rarely disappoint them.
Along with Bruce, I really think this last protest closes the Bush chapter for me, too. I almost feel sorry for the monster because Obama has been a huge disaster for peace and justice and we only get a handful of people to protest him. Bush must be sitting in his posh home thinking, “what the eff?”  (If he thinks at all). The shadow rulers of this country definitely pulled off a masterstroke of brilliance when they selected Obama to be Chief CEO of the Empire; protest was essentially derailed. I am continuing to focus on the current crimes of Empire and looking back with longing at the days we could draw hundreds of thousands to our “parties.”
Tour de Peace arrived back in Gallup safely, except I was in agonizing abdominal pain, so we decided to take a day off so I could rest and the Tour could recuperate. I feel better today and we head back out by bike towards Albuquerque tomorrow.
For information on the Tour and our ROUTE please check out the website:

Saturday, April 20, 2013

And then there were three: Team Tour de Peace Update: (Soapbox Podcast, April 21, 2013)

Tour de Peace in Santa Monica, Arlington West. April 7, 2013

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
April 21

Today, on the Soapbox, we check in with Team Tour de Peace
about the first two weeks of the tour.

Starting today, the Team will be down to three people and Cindy will be the only full-time rider.

Check the website to see how you can become involved:



Friday, April 19, 2013

And Then There Were Cindy Sheehan

And Then There Were Three
Cindy Sheehan

Cindy, near Flagstaff, AZ

Our bike ride across the country, Tour de Peace, is beginning its third week here in Flagstaff, AZ with an event soon.

We began in Vacaville, Ca on April 04 at the grave of my son, Casey, and are planning on being in WashedUp, DeCeit on July 3 to present our demands for peace and justice in the heart of the Evil Empire. 

We began with 7 core riders and supporters on that rainy Thursday morning in my hometown, and after tomorrow, we are down to three.

Interestingly enough (as we follow old Route 66) when we stopped in Seligman, AZ a few days ago, we stayed at the Romney Motel and the irony is, we firmly believe that if Romney were the Emperor right now, we would have dozens of people riding with us, considering the State of the Empire and its continuing crimes against humanity.

Starting today, I am the only cyclist in an action that is supporting the reduction of the use of fossil fuels and the expansion of the use of clean, sustainable and renewable forms of energy. Since we began, the Keystone XL pipeline (FYI to the Environmental Industrial Complex—it’s already been approved) has ruptured and spilled in two US states and the BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico is still polluting, Africomm is expanding into 35 (many of them oil rich) African countries…yet, I ride alone.

Hellfire missiles are raining down on the people of Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing hundreds of innocent civilians, and Obama claims that anyone who targets civilians with bombs is a “terrorist” (takes one to know one)…yet, I ride alone.
Bradley Manning and other political prisoners rot in jail only for trying to ameliorate, stop, or prevent the crimes of the US Empire…yet, I ride alone.

Obama signed the so-called Monsanto Protection act which effectively gives the company who gave us Agent Orange, pcb’s, bovine growth hormone, and Roundup, 100 percent control of our food supply and prevents any kind of liability against the evil company’s poisoning of our present and our future…yet, I ride alone.

While your attention has been consumed by the bombings in Boston, top “defense” officials testified inCongress, yesterday, that US troops were being sent to Jordan to invade Syria…yet, I ride alone.

So many crimes perpetrated by the US Empire, but, because the leader of the crime syndicate purports to have a (D) behind his name…I ride alone.

I know it’s not easy to put ones life on hold and strike out on an Epic Adventure of this magnitude—I know because I have done it dozens of times since my son was killed and it’s not easy. I left my comfy bed and four grandchildren because I am afraid for their future if I don’t.

I sleep in my tent, or a strange bed every night, from 20 degree temps to 97 degrees, because I know the sorrow of burying a child for lies and profit and I can’t stand the thought of the terrorism that my own nation is practicing on innocent people all over the world. I miss my grandbabies with all my heart, but who is fighting for all the children of the world? Democrats chalk their apathetic inactivity against the wanton murder up to supporting “humanitarian interventions,” ignorantly siding with the very same arguments given to support the crimes of the previous Emperor. 
 Similarly, Republicans currently have little room to criticize the 4th Term of the Bush Regime. 

It is difficult to ride 50 miles a day, from town to town, spreading this message, but we also feel like we are hogging all the fun. Biking down historic Route 66 gives one the opportunity to see so many wonderful things that are natural, or the manmade monuments to a failing car culture. We have met and interacted with dozens of interesting characters along the way and, even though we are down to three, we feel someone needs to keep shining the light of peace and justice to a population that is being terrorized by its own government.

I will continue this rolling vigil for peace and justice, whether I ride alone, or not; but it would be much better for me, and the children of the world, if this cause for peace and justice got as much support as the one we held in Crawford, TX received, wouldn’t it? It would show our government and the terrorized people of the world that people in the US do oppose what the Empire is about. 

To find out more information about supporting our ride, or joining us for all, or part, of the way, go to our website:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox: Justice for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (Podcast Apr 13, 2013)

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui 


APRIL 13, 2013 

 Cindy Sheehan interviews attorney for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Tina Foster. Dr. Siddiqui's is another story of American Injustice, prejudice, fear, ignorance, and hatred. 


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bring Heart Back to this Land (Week One of Tour de Peace) by Cindy Sheehan

Bring Heart Back to this Land
Cindy Sheehan
“Hide your daughters.
Hide your wife.
Hide errbody (sic).
2/7 is back in town.”
(Sign tied to a fence near the front gate of Twentynine Palms Marine Base)

Yesterday, our motley crew of Tour de Peace ended up in Joshua Tree/Twentynine Palms area and one of our stops was to ride to the front gate of the humongous Marine base there in Twentynine Palms.

On the way up to the Marine Base from Yucca Valley, the wind was whipping us from the side with gusts up to 25 mph and the ride was already treacherous but a few times, Bradleys passed us on the road, giving us an eerie feeling of insecurity.
Cindy and Ron battling the winds
There were only four of us riding and four following in support vehicles (including one from the National Lawyer’s Guild). I was chatting with my friend, and Biking for Peace, companion, Ron Toppi (so far, he’s ridden all the way, and more, with me), that it seemed like a long hard ride for just a few of us to confront one of the largest military installations in the country, and from the organizer on the ground, we weren’t quite sure what the purpose of the “visit” was. By the time we turned left up Adobe Road, there were some really steep inclines AND the side wind had become a fierce headwind to make the ride even more strenuous and awful.

So, about a quarter mile from the main gate, we ran into that sign that I posted above. Immediately, I was furious and discouraged. I thought, “if anyone in this country believes that it’s okay to post a sign like that anywhere in America, then what in the hell am I doing riding my bike across America?” Then immediately, right after that thought, my 2nd thought was: “that’s exactly why I am riding my bike across America.” Not just the so-called Blue States, but also through the “heart” of America.

The sign implies so many things: the patriarchal culture of using women and “errbody” as objects of power and pleasure; the glorification of “manly” behavior like war and rape; and the worship of these “heroes” who aren’t even ashamed to post terrorist threats against women and “errbody” in their community after they apparently just returned from another Imperial Terrorist mission to another hapless and unfortunate land.

After that sign slapped us in the face with its arrogance and threats of violence, there were dozens of others posted that welcomed home the various sons, daughters, husbands and wives and that also slammed me with the ton of bricks that my own son, and thousands of others, didn’t come home to “hero’s” welcomes, and I wondered, not for the last time, about all the innocent people of foreign lands that have been slaughtered for Empire.

When we rode up to the visitor’s center of the base, we were immediately met by a Marine police officer that asked us if we wanted to go on base, my answer was, “no, I am a daughter and I was a wife, apparently I am on the rape list.” I grew angrier at the sign, and resolved to rip it down on our way out, which I did.

One man who saw the picture, pointed out to me that perhaps it wasn’t anyone in the 2/7 that put the sign up. I don't really care who posted that sign and I don’t know how long it was there, but everyone, including the base commander, unit commander, Marine, and just plain regular citizen who passed by the sign gave their implicit approval of the message because it was still there. “Free Speech” does not include hate speech and that sign is most definitely hate speech.

The same person (who served in the 2/7 in Vietnam and claims to be a peace activist) who questioned who placed the sign there then pointed out that it was simply: “I think the sign is probably meant to portray the unit as handsome manly men who all the women want for lovers rather than rapers or pillagers.”

I tried to debate him, but I will post this reply to him from another Marine, because I could never say it better: I'm a former Marine. I know the violent, chauvinistic, sexist propaganda promoted within the Corps. It used to be chants like, "Were gonna rape, kill pillage & burn" and "God damn son of a bitch, I gotta find a whore" and songs about your best girl, "Suzy Rotten Crotch" fucking your best friend. Now it might be subtler but the environment is the same. A society shouldn't have to lock up it women to protect them from it's "heroes.” If the frequency of rape in the military is any indication, the women of Twenty Nine Palms might not be safe.”
Then the Marine concluded with: “Explain "skill as a lady's man" and how that "skill" suggests ladies should be locked up. If these "heroes" were such a catch why would we want to prevent the ladies from meeting them. Personally, I'd be irritated to see this banner created by a high school football team also. Suggestive of rape culture debate aside, it is most definitely sexist. It's a glaring example of anti-feminist, patriarchal subjugation of women. And how does this sign include or honor the women who serve in the 2/7? You see if these young men had real skills or were taught to respect women they wouldn't dishonor the ladies that serve with them with such statements. I did not enter the Marine Corps as a violent, sexist womanizer, but it took several years after to recognize how I had adopted that mentality. Supporting the troops includes hard rebukes to inappropriate behavior, teaching them how to once again respect others, being patient, but direct about the degradation of their own human spirit while encouraging them to rejoin society in healthy solidarity.”

We tore the sign down, because we object to its message at the core of our beings AND we are going to carry it to WashedUp, Deceit with us as a reminder of why we pedal, but also to hang up on the fence of the White House. Obama is a man with daughters and a wife and, I assume, he is included in the “errbody” the sign speaks of. Obama calls his troops, his “heroes” and, for us, even though “the troops” are called on to do despicable things in the name of Sacred Profit, this behavior is NEVER acceptable and the entire culture of violence against “errbody” not just women must end from the bottom up to the top and back down again.
Besides all the above, the Tour de Peace is entering into its 2nd week and today we are having our first day off in beautiful and sacred Joshua Tree.

The first day, April 4th, I biked 45 miles to Sacramento and since Sacramento, our Tour has visited Fresno, Santa Monica, Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Palm Springs, Twentynine Palms, and, as mentioned, Joshua Tree.
TdP at Arlington West in Santa Monica

Everywhere we have been, the energy for our epic adventure has been very high and “errbody” has been very supportive. Our road is Route 66, but we have made deviations to do this incredibly important and successful outreach as we will soon leave California and our events will be spread out more thinly.

After I spoke to the group in Joshua Tree that gathered to honor we pedalers, a musician named, Sequoia, sang us a song dedicated to us called: "Bring Heart Back to this Land," because he said that's what we are doing. Until our hearts connect together this culture of top down and back up again violence will not end! 

I pronounce Week One of Tour de Peace a resounding success! If you would like to get more information about our route, supporting the Tour, or anything else, please visit

Day off! Hiking and laundry!

Peace out for now!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox with Nora Barrows-Friedman (podcast: April 7, 2013)

Nora Barrows-Friedman

APRIL 7, 2013 

Cindy chats with journalist, Barrows-Friedman, about the
situation in Palestine and about the case of the Holy Land 5.

Nora writes for the Electronic Intifada.

More info about the Holy Land 5 can be found here. 



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cindy Sheehan and Tour de Peace begin historic 3000 mile BIKE RIDE for Peace and Justice (For immediate release)

for Thursday, April 4, 2013
Contact: Tour Media - DeDe Miller 562/500-9079
National – Cres Vellucci 916/996-9170

Anti-War Mom Cindy Sheehan Announces 3,000-Mile
Cross Country 'Tour de Peace' Bike Ride for Peace; 1st Leg
Begins Thursday at Son Casey's Grave, and Ends in Sacramento

VACAVILLE/SACRAMENTO, Ca. – Cindy Sheehan will begin an arduous 3 month, 3,000-mile Ride-for-Peace – dubbed "Tour de Peace" – this Thursday/April 4 from the Vacaville grave of her son to Arlington Cemetery and White House.

She will hold a press availability at 10 a.m., Thursday (April 4) at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery (522 Elmira Road/West Side), where her son Casey is buried. He was killed in Iraq nine years ago.

The first leg of the 'Tour de Peace" runs from that Vacaville gravesite in to Sacramento, about 41 miles. Supporters are expected to welcome Cindy and the initial bike rider in Sacramento about 6 p.m. Thursday at Sierra 2/Curtis Hall (2791 24th St.).

Cindy will be available for interviews along the route, and in Sacramento at the end of the first leg.

WHAT: The Tour de Peace bike ride across the United States will follow historic Route
66 to Chicago, and other roads from there on to D.C.  Bicyclers will join in for all or part of the tour, which will include public events organized by local groups along the way. 
Complete route:

The tour begins April 4, 2013, nine years after Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq, and 45 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed in Memphis.  It will conclude on July 3, 2013, with a ride from Arlington National Cemetery to the White House.

WHY: This August will mark 8 years since Cindy Sheehan began a widely reported protest at then-President George W. Bush's "ranch" in Crawford, Texas, demanding to know what the "noble cause" was for which Bush claimed Americans were dying in Iraq.  Neither Bush nor President Obama has yet offered a justification for a global war now in its 12th year.  The Tour de Peace will carry with it these demands:

To end wars,
To end immunity for U.S. war crimes,
To end suppression of our civil rights,
To end the use of fossil fuels,
To end persecution of whistleblowers,
To end partisan apathy and inaction.

Watch the trailer: