You Get What you Vote For! - By Cindy Sheehan

By Cindy Sheehan




November 27, 2009
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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 23rd 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: more war crimes, no corresponding outcry. However, when I cried out, I was roundly attacked by the "left" for not giving Obama a "chance." 2009 is going to be the most deadly year for our troops and Afghan and Pakistani civilians on record. I think George Bush is calling: he wants his Nobel Peace Prize back.

It is being widely reported (and it seems hotly anticipated by some)—that even though the "anti-war" movement wrote a letter to Obama and asked him to "pretty please" not send any more troops to Afghanistan and had us calling the White House all day on Monday the 23rd when Obama was scheduled to hold his final "war summit"—that the U.S. will commit 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan which is a 50 percent increase in troop strength in the Land of Certain Empire Death.

What is the "anti-war" movement's response going to be? Candlelight vigils; "honk if you love peace" rallies; a hundred rounds of "We Shall Over Come" (someday, not today or tomorrow); or, is the "anti-war" movement going to say: "Phew, McChrystal asked for 80,000, but our letter worked—he's only sending 34,000?"

True story: in October of 2005, U.S. troop deaths were going to reach 2000, within days and the "movement" was planning its response. I called for a die-in, with risk of arrest, in front of the White House and MoveOn.org called for a candlelight vigil in Lafayette Park. MoveOn.org moved their vigil to another location because they told me that their members weren't ready to do civil disobedience and some of them may be accidentally swept up in some kind of a "peace sweep." I said, "Fine, MoveOn.org, have a candlelight vigil for 2000 like you did for 1000 and next year you'll have one for 3000, then 4000, and then 5000." I think many of MoveOn.org's members were ready, I just don't think that MoveOn.org was then, or is now. They didn't do it when Bush was president, I can't imagine MoveOn.org standing up for peace when their man is the one doing the killing.

So, here we are four years, thousands of U.S. troops deaths and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths later, and the Pope of Hope, the Dalai O'bama, the Nobel Laureate will soon be condemning thousands of more to the same fate and his supporters have given him permission to do so, no matter how many letters they write, petitions they sign or phone calls they make.

In the end, you always get what you vote for.

I knew that this surge was a done deal no matter how much political posturing and pandering occurred. I chained myself to the White House fence on October 5th and was arrested with 60 other people protesting the wars and demanding that peace be put on the proverbial table. But those were symbolic actions and the problems we are facing are deadly and in full Techno-Color, real. The time for symbolism and street-theater ended years ago, but moribund actions won't seem to just go away gracefully, so we will have to cut them off, cold turkey!

On Monday, November 30, the Peace of the Action Coalition will be sending out a press release condemning the escalation and announcing our Mother of all Protests (MOAP) that will begin in the spring.

If you're looking for some action, look no further than Peace of the Action and stayed fine-tuned for further details!


Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is a co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and the author of two books: Not One More Mother's Child and Dear President Bush.

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Comment by truth on December 1, 2009 at 3:09pm

Code Pink Issues Anti-Afghanistan War Escalation Rally Schedule; Locations Around the Nation

As President Obama prepares to issue his long-awaited plan for the U.S. war in Afghanistan, activists nationwide prepare to take to the streets to oppose the escalation of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and to demand instead for a redirection of resources toward human needs. Concerned citizens, many of whom helped elect the president based on an anti-war platform, will gather publicly to watch the President's address on December 1 at 8 pm EST.

CODEPINK activists strongly oppose the addition of troops to the already volatile situation in Afghanistan. “The United States cannot solve Afghanistan’s problems with military solutions,” said CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans, who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. “Adding troops will lead to more civilian casualties which will lead to more recruits for the Taliban—and a protracted war that the American people don’t support. This is not the ‘hope’ so many voted for.”

Co-founder Medea Benjamin: “The people of Afghanistan are looking for diplomatic and economic support, not soldiers, and the American people are looking for a way out of our economic morass. Spending a million dollars per soldier for another 30,000-plus soldiers is only deepening our economic crisis. Enough is enough.”

Protests are planned nationwide, including:

  • Washington, DC: 11 a. m Dec. 1, March from Treasury Dept to White House, another rally at White House 5 p. m. on Dec 1 & 2 [contact: medea@codepinkalert.org]
  • Berkeley: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 64 Shattuck Square (gather at Marine Officers Recruiting Station), then to join the San Francisco protest at 5 p.m. [contact: info@bayareacodepink.org]
  • Bangor, ME: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, 202 Harlow St. [contact: Lisa Savage, 207-643-2356]
  • Boston: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Boston Common, Brewer Fountain, near Park Street Station [contact: Cole Harrison, 617-466-9274]
  • Chicago: 5 p.m., Dec. 2 and Saturday, Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn Streets [contact: codepinkchicago@yahoo.com]
  • Detroit: 4:00 p.m., Dec. 2, Federal Building, 477 Michigan Ave., [joellengilchrist@yahoo.com]
  • Hartford, CT: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Federal Building, 450 Main St. [contact: Marissa Jaczewska, 860-216-0566]
  • Killeen, TX: Nov. 30, 11 a.m., press conference, 17 S. College St., Under the Hood Café
  • Los Angeles, CA: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Federal Building, Wilshire & Veterans, [contact: codepinkla@gmail.com, 310-827-4320]
  • New Haven, CT: 5 p.m., December 2, Federal Building, 150 Court Street [contact: Chris Garaffa, 203-803-9066]
  • New York: 6 p.m., Dec. 2, Times Square [contact: codepinknyc@gmail.com]
  • Orange County: 5:30 p.m., Dec. 2, Plaza Square (Chapman Ave & Glassell St) in Orange, CA [cathy@codepinkoc.org]
  • Phoenix, AZ: 4:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 24th St. and Camelback, marching to the offices of Senators Kyl and McCain [contact: caterliz@gmail.com]
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Dec. 2, University of Pittsburgh Campus, [contact: codepinkpgh@gmail.com, 412-389-3216]
  • Portland, ME: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Monument Square [contact: Lisa Savage, 207-643-2356]
  • Portland, OR: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, SW Madison and SW 3rd
  • Providence, RI: 5:00 p.m., Burnside Park [contact: Kathy Lessuck, 401-633-5063]
  • San Francisco: [contact: Janet Weil, codepinkjanet@gmail.com]; Press conference, 11 a.m., Dec. 1, New Federal Building, 7th & Mission; Activist gathering to watch the President's address, 5 p.m., Dec. 1, Tommy’s Joynt at Van Ness & Geary; Street protest and candlelight vigil, 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Powell & Market, and Federal Building
Comment by truth on November 30, 2009 at 5:41pm
Veteran Attacks Cindy Sheehan

KTNV
November 30, 2009

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, along with other protesters stood outside Nellis AFB, chanting in opposition to President Obama’s plan to deploy an additional 30 to 35 thousand troops to Afghanistan.


“We are supporting the troops and we want them back home safely,” said Meg Green.

The activists also sounded off against the use of drones, which are unmanned aircraft controlled and launched by soldiers at bases around the world. Cindy Sheehan, the California mother, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004 has been traveling with the peace caravan. But Sheehan and the group were confronted by a military sergeant at Travis AFB where the protest turned heated and was anything but peaceful.

“He got very aggressive with us. He pushed and shoved us. That’s not right,” said Sheehan.

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Comment by Tara on November 30, 2009 at 2:47pm
Most of the anti-war movement seem to be MIA now that their Messiah Obama has been in office! Shame on them all for being such hypocrites!!!! Thank God there are still some good people out there like Cindy Sheehan, fighting the good fight for what is right and not stuck behind some party line, groveling like a star struck adolescent!
Comment by truth on November 30, 2009 at 2:37pm

Cindy Sheehan leads protest against an expected troop surge in Afghanistan





Saturday, November 28, 2009

War protest against an expected troop surge in Afghanistan
Sheehan and her supporters will hold four more protests tomorrow in both California and Nevada.

Shannon Handy

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Cindy Sheehan was joined by about thirty people, including members of Code Pink and other local activists at Saturday's protest.

They said President Obama is not keeping his campaign promise if he sends more troops to Afghanistan.

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan arrived in East Central Fresno Saturday with a caravan of supporters and a message for President Barack Obama. "We have 68,000. He's sending half again as many and empires have never been successful in Afghanistan."

Holding signs that read "don't go" and "resist," the group stood near the Air National Guard Bas, one of several military bases where they will hold protests over the next few days.

On Tuesday, President Obama is expected to announce he will send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

Sheehan and her supporters said they're against the troop surge, as well as the use of drones; unmanned war planes that drop bombs.

"He's going to surge the troops in Afghanistan by fifty percent. It's a substantial escalation and of course, many people in the peace movement are asking for a complete and total withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan."

"How deluded can he be to think that we could go in there and win something that's called an occupation? It's not a war. It's an occupation and nobody wins."


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