Friday, March 16, 2018

What's to Celebrate? Iraq, 15 Years Later by Cindy Sheehan

SHOCKing and AWE-ful

On the morning of March 20th, 2003, the USA, under then Commander in Grief, George W. ("W" for WTF?) Bush began “SHOCKing and AWE-ful” against the already beleaguered population of Iraq.

The transformation of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from
Rummy and Saddam when he was still their "son of a bitch"
“our son of a bitch” (Imperial trope to designate brutal dictators friendly to US interests) to an enemy of the US Empire began under George H.W. ("W" for War Criminal) Bush along with the lies that Iraqi troops were throwing “scores” of babies out of incubators in Kuwait. 

 There is overwhelming evidence that in 1990, then US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie basically gave Saddam a green light to invade Kuwait and that there would only be “verbal condemnation” from the US, yet we all know what happened in the “First Gulf War.”

After Hussein became a garden variety “son of a bitch” under

H.W.  he was left in power in Iraq and during the regime of the Commander in Grief  Bill Clinton, the people of Iraq were devastated with crippling sanctions and active bombing. Moreover, Clinton’s Sec of State Madeleine “The Ghoul” Albright (in)famously told journalist Leslie Stahl that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was “worth it.” First of all, that is a deeply perverse and vicious statement; and secondly, “worth” what? Not too long after Clinton was just a stain on the blue dress of history, the US was once again, in an even more intense way, bombing the crap out of Iraq which eventually led to the murder of Saddam Hussein and another million, or so, Iraqi.

In 2006, I spoke to an Iraqi woman who was a pediatrician in a Baghdad hospital during the sanction's period and she said due to lack of medicine, hygiene, food, clean water, and other shortages, it was over one million Iraq children who died during Bill Clinton.

As the 15th anniversary approaches of SHOCKing and AWE-ful and the 14th anniversary of my own son Casey’s death there on April 04, 2004, today I was asked by a media outlet to comment on the legacy of BushCo and the 2003 invasion of Iraq as we “celebrate” the anniversary.

I am sure the person didn’t mean celebrate in the way we celebrate fun things like the birthdays of dear loved ones, but the question hit me wrong.

The word “celebrate” and “war” should never go together. Here in the US we don’t even celebrate the ends of wars anymore. For example, Armistice Day (Nov 11, 1918), has been transformed into Veterans Day. “Support the troops,” right? Hardly, not all of them deserve respect, and not all of the time.

As I write this, it is also the 50th year since the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. We were reminded about the great Hugh Thompson’s heroic role in stopping that massacre by threatening to kill US troops that were murdering the villagers and brutally raping the women. My response to that is “pick any day during the year and I am sure that someone will be able find a US war crime to remind us about.”

The grim reality is that My Lai was not an aberration. War was a crime then and it is now. The obvious lies that led to the invasion of Iraq have been repeated since in other places and with other "our sons of bitches" and are the true legacy and pattern of the Imperial United States of America. In fact, one of the men who worked overtime to cover up My Lai also went to the UN in 2003 to show “proof” of Saddam’s crimes to try and justify a US invasion of Iraq: yep, that’s right: the war criminal/liar Colin Powell.

I have a rule of thumb, that really should be termed an “irrefutable fact.” When the US and its purveyors of fake news, The Pentagon Press Release Readers (otherwise comically known as “journalists) in the toady media are ginning up reasons to hate a country and/or its leader(s), THEY ARE LYING.

So what “legacy” do we “celebrate” on March 20th?

To call the 2003 US invasion and subsequent (and ongoing) occupation of Iraq a "mistake" would also be highly inappropriate. The US war machine and its "coalition" knew exactly what they were doing---the destruction of Iraq to seize the oil fields and enrich the war profiteers has been highly successful for them. The destructive US foreign policy is policy, not “oops, we just fell into a war and made a mess.”

The consequences for today are a horrid legacy of poverty and disease for the people of Iraq. Depleted uranium and poisoned water and land are still killing the people there and the US is still occupying the country despite the fraud of Commander in Grief Obama ending the war in 2009; as agent orange and unexploded land mines are still haunting the people of Vietnam, who "won" the war, but have lost the peace.

According to a real journalist Dahr Jamail in a 2013 article titled: Iraq: War’s Legacy of Cancer:

“Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.

As shocking as these statistics are, due to a lack of adequate documentation, research, and reporting of cases, the actual rate of cancer and other diseases is likely to be much higher than even these figures suggest.”

The destruction of Iraq has also left a legacy of the rise of IS or Daesh and the consequence of further destabilization in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

I hate to mention the legacy of Iraq here in the US, after all, didn't this country savagely and with no regard to loss of life, or the ruination of a culture, attack another country that was absolutely no threat to them, based on dozens of lies, for the profit of a few? Don't we here in the Empire deserve the blowback?

The very pitiable aspect of the almost incalculable negative effects on the people of this country is that the negative effects aren't even known by the people of this country. While the war killed or maimed thousands of US troops and while eight Iraq/Afghanistan veterans kill themselves each and every day, the average person in the US doesn't know these facts, or could not care less about them. 

However, while bridges are collapsing, trains are derailing, people are unemployed or underemployed, healthcare is still financially out of reach for tens of millions, children are being shot down in their schools, people of color are being murdered by cops in the streets, the environment is collapsing rapidly, and college tuition keeps climbing, the US has spent/lost/stolen a couple trillion dollars since the war OF terror began in 2001. All of the ills of the US can be directly traced back to the cruel barbarity of its foreign policy.

On October 21st, 2018 (51 years after the first huge March on the Pentagon), many of us are calling for another march on that cesspool of violence and money-pit of sorrow.

The Empire isn’t going to stop its legacy of death until we are organized in a much better way in solidarity with all of the occupied and oppressed people of the world to force it to stop.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Real Norma Rae: Crystal Lee Sutton (SOAPBOX PODCAST 3/11/2018)

March 11, 2018



Crystal Lee Sutton (née Pulley; December 31, 1940 – September 11, 2009) was an American union organizer and advocate who gained fame in 1979 when the film Norma Rae was released, based on events related to her being fired from her job at the J.P. Stevens plant in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, on May 30, 1973, for "insubordination" after she copied an anti-union letter posted on the company bulletin board.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018



Organizing Conference Call

When: Weds, March 14th

Time: 4:30pm pacific
5:30 mountain 
6:30 central
7:30 eastern

Who is Invited?
Anyone who is interesting in helping organize the 
Women's March on the Pentagon

Or, anyone who wants more information.


:3O to :35
Waiting for Everyone to Call

Call Closed

:35 to :40
Welcome by Cindy Sheehan

:40 to :50
Status of Organizing

:50 to :00
 Volunteer Opportunities.

:00 to :10
Stack for Comments/Questions

:10 to :20
How to Organize Buses to March

:20 to :30
Final Comments/Question

Closing Remarks

If you'd like to join the call, please email
Cindy Sheehan for call-in number and code 


Monday, March 5, 2018

Hugo Chåvez: A Tribute by Cindy Sheehan (English y español)

 Hugo Chavez Frias
July 28, 1954 to March 5, 2013

A wonderful human being left us five years ago

Many people know about Hugo Chåvez, the president, and constant thorn in the side to El Imperio the meddlesome and harmful Empire to the north. But I want to eulogize Chåvez the man I knew.

Hugo Chavez, (Maria-translator) and Cindy Sheehan: Palace Miraflores, 2006

He was my comrade in the way where we were united in the struggle for peace and economic justice and equality. It’s not like I could text him, or we would chat about current events, but whenever I had the privilege to be with him, warmth radiated from his heart and I was able to connect with him in very real and human ways. Compared to the palpable realness of Chåvez, most of the US politicians I have met with are walking and talking ice sculptures.

The first time I met him in Caracas was in early 2006 at the World Social Forum. I had been invited to sit on the stage while he gave a speech to those gathered there from around the world. He introduced me as, “Señora Esperanza,” “Mrs. Hope,” in contrast to his nickname for George Bush: “Señor Peligro,” “Mr. Danger.” However, our brother, Hugo Chavez, was the one who gave us much hope.

I have met and interviewed so many people in Venezuela whose lives were immeasurably improved by the vision and dedication of Hugo Chavez. How can one put a price on going from being illiterate to being able to read? A 65-year-old woman told me her life was transformed by the adult literacy program. Education in the US is just a commodity, but the Bolivarian Revolution of  Hugo Chåvez put people first.

That is just one story out of millions and my heart still breaks with sorrow for the People of the Bolivarian Revolution.

I was with Chåvez in Montevideo, Uruguay, for the presidential inauguration of Felipé Mujica in 2010. I was amazed that Chåvez could just plunge into the crowds and interact with the people without a phalanx of bodyguards, anti-aircraft missiles and assault weapons. His security detail was prepared, but not paranoid like up here in the Empire. Someone who was universally loved by the 99% need have no fear. Chavez had no fear.

Chåvez’s courageous battle against the Empire was more successful than his battle against cancer. He was able to inspire more leftist leaders in Latin America and my friends in Cuba will always be grateful for the friendship between Venezuela and Cuba. The struggle against neo-liberalism and the Empire had been far advanced under Chåvez’s inspirational leadership.

US Presidents come and go with destructive, yet boring and predictable regularity, and are numbered for History's convenience when they should all have had black and white striped clothing and be behind bars. However, it is my belief that Hugo Chåvez Frias will go down in World History as one of the most significant figures of the early 21st Century and his passing was a tragic and profound loss to us all, as his life was an inspiration.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. His light was far too bright to be extinguished by something as cruel as death and his light shines in all of us whose hearts burn with revolutionary love for all the people.

My life and our world are far better today because of the life of Hugo Chåvez. 

 Version en español

Un maravilloso ser humano nos dejó hace cinco años:

Mucha gente sabe acerca de Hugo Chávez, el presidente, y la espina constante en el costado de El Imperio, el imperio entrometido y dañino del norte. Pero quiero elogiar a Chávez como el hombre que conocí.

Era mi camarada en el camino donde fuimos unidos en la lucha por paz y justicia económica e igualdad. No es como si pudiera enviarle un mensaje de texto, o que pudiéramos conversar sobre los acontecimientos actuales, pero cada vez que tenía el privilegio de estar con él, irradiaba calor de su corazón y podía conectarme con él de maneras muy reales y humanas. En comparación con la realidad palpable de Chávez, la mayoría de los políticos estadounidenses con los que me he encontrado están caminando y hablando sobre esculturas de hielo.

La primera vez que lo conocí en Caracas fue a principios de 2006 en el Foro Social Mundial. Me invitaron a sentarme en el escenario mientras daba un discurso a los reunidos allí de todo el mundo. Él me presentó como: "Señora Esperanza" (Mrs. Hope), en contraste con su apodo de George Bush: "Señor Peligro" (Mr. Danger). Sin embargo, nuestro hermano, Hugo Chávez, fue quien nos dio muchas esperanzas.

He conocido y entrevistado a tanta gente en Venezuela cuyas vidas fueron mejoradas inmensurablemente por la visión y dedicación de Hugo Chávez. ¿Cómo se puede poner precio a pasar de ser analfabeto a ser capaz de leer? Una mujer de 65 años me contó que su vida fue transformada por el programa de alfabetización de adultos. La educación en los EE. UU. Es solo una mercancía, pero la Revolución Bolivariana de Hugo Chávez puso a la gente primero.

Esa es solo una historia entre millones y mi corazón todavía rompe con dolor por el pueblo de la Revolución Bolivariana.

Estuve con Chávez en Montevideo, Uruguay, para la toma de posesión del presidente Felipe Mujica en 2010. Me sorprendió que Chávez pudiera simplemente sumergirse en la multitud e interactuar con la gente sin una falange de guardaespaldas, misiles antiaéreos y armas de asalto. Su personal de seguridad estaba preparado, pero no paranoico como en el Imperio. Alguien que fue amado universalmente por el 99% no tiene miedo. Chávez no tenía miedo.

La valiente batalla de Chávez contra el Imperio fue más exitosa que su batalla contra el cáncer. Pudo inspirar a más líderes izquierdistas en América Latina y mis amigos en Cuba siempre estarán agradecidos por la amistad entre Venezuela y Cuba. La lucha contra el neoliberalismo y el Imperio había sido muy avanzada bajo el liderazgo inspirador de Chávez.

Los Presidentes de los EE. UU. Van y vienen con una regularidad destructiva, aunque aburrida y predecible, y están contados para la conveniencia de la historia cuando todos deberían haber tenido ropa con rayas blancas y negras y estar detrás de las rejas. Sin embargo, creo que Hugo Chávez Frías pasará a la historia mundial como una de las figuras más significativas del comienzo del siglo XXI y su muerte fue una pérdida trágica y profunda para todos nosotros, ya que su vida fue una inspiración.

Gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón y mi alma. Su luz era demasiado brillante para ser extinguida por algo tan cruel como la muerte y su luz brilla en todos nosotros, cuyos corazones arden con diversión revolucionaria para toda la gente.

Mi vida y nuestro mundo son mucho mejores hoy debido a la vida de Hugo Chávez.
Translated by:
Tulio F. Virgüez
Coordinator of Culture & Solidarity
Vice Minister Office for North America
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Caracas - Venezuela

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Bolivarian Revolution
Revolution, a Love Story

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Women Rise Together for Peace! (PRESS RELEASE)

March 1, 2018

For immediate release:

What: Women's Peace March on the Pentagon Against the bi-Partisan War Machine

When: October 20-21, 2018

Who: Women (and their allies) who are sick and tired of the US military war machine waging multiple wars and military misadventures around the world. 


Dozens of prominent antiwar activists, groups, and journalists have endorsed the Women's March on the Pentagon on October 20th and 21st.

The Women's March on the Pentagon was envisioned by noted Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan (whose oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004) in direct contrast to the more democrat party oriented Women's March that has so far refused to address out of control US militarism as one of the root causes of violence against women.

From her home in Vacaville, CA, Cindy Sheehan stated, "There are many social ills in the US and globally which will not be addressed as long as the US slaughters innocents around the world and spends hundreds of billions of tax dollars doing so."

"A women led movement to address out of control militarism and the rampant patriarchy that causes it must arise so our children will stop fighting, dying, and killing the children of other mothers."


April 5th in Washington DC
April 9th in Boston
April 10th in NYC
April 12th in Long Island

Times and Places TBD
National Conference Call on March 14th.

Cindy Sheehan and other lead organizers are available for interviews, or for further questions.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Irene and Matt's Soapbox with Guest Elliott Gabriel on Korea, etc (SOAPBOX PODCAST 2/25/18)

FEBRUARY 25, 2018



COHOSTS: Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo

Elliott Gabriel

Elliott Gabriel is a former staff writer for teleSUR English and a MintPress News contributor based in Quito, Ecuador. He has taken extensive part in advocacy and organizing in the pro-labor, migrant justice and police accountability movements of Southern California and the state's Central Coast. 




Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Historic Day: 15th Anniversary of Largest Anti-War Mobilization Ever (Interview WITH Cindy)

A Historic Day: 15th Anniversary of Largest Anti-War Mobilization Ever


 On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Mike Prysner, a veteran of the Iraq War who became a leading anti-war activist, and Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist and journalist whose son Casey was killed during the Iraq War.

In our first hour, fifteen years ago yesterday, more than 10 million people around the world participated in mass demonstrations in opposition to the US decision to attack Iraq. It was the largest mass one day mass anti-war mobilization in history. All these years later, the US military is still in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it has armed troops in countless other countries around the world. The hosts take a look at militarism and war and the global forces that are trying to changing course.


Join the Women's March on the Pentagon by Cindy Sheehan

Join the Women's March on the Pentagon 
by Cindy Sheehan


 On October 7th, 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those allegedly behind the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, when in reality the invasion was on behalf of US imperialism’s endless quest for maximum profit. U.S. forces have remained in active occupation, making the illegal and immoral war on the people of Afghanistan the longest foreign occupation in U.S. history.

While the illegal and vicious occupation of Afghanistan is the longest foreign occupation in U.S. history, we recognize that the genocide against native populations and oppression of Africans who were forced to come to the burgeoning Empire to become slave labor, have been centuries long and ongoing imperial crimes against humanity.

In the 20th and 21st centuries the United States has been enmeshed in one war after the other (both overt and covert) under Democrat and Republican regimes alike; imperialist war is the one thing those scoundrels in WashedUp, DeCeit can really work together on. Literally tens of millions of people have been killed and many times more left to pick up the pieces of this destructive, anti-human “ruling-class” agenda.

In response to ongoing U.S. military aggression across the globe
1967 MARCH
and the continuing bi-partisan increases in Pentagon funding we are calling for a 21st century March on the Pentagon on the 51st anniversary of the massive 1967 march and all the subsequent marches. The bloated military budget is draining our communities and families dry of precious blood and treasure while decimating nations and peoples who have done nothing to us.

The working title, “Women’s March on the Pentagon” is in direct response to a leader in the recent women’s march who said,  “I appreciate that war is YOUR issue Cindy, but the Women’s March will NEVER address the war issue as long as 
women aren’t free.” 
It is the belief of many of us that NO woman (or man, or child) is free while the U.S. spends trillions of dollars bombing millions and militarily occupying over 170 countries around the world. Why make partisan and reformist demands when the USA is the biggest existential threat to humanity?

Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire.

The antiwar/peace, anti-Imperialist voice has been shut out of, or marginalized by many protests and movements especially since Trump was inaugurated. We are in solidarity with most social and environmental movements, yet many refuse to address war and the preparations for war. War affects us all in one way or another. War destroys the natural environment. The March on the Pentagon will not degenerate into a Get out the Vote Rally for the complicit and blood-drenched Democrats.

The “doomsday nuclear clock” currently stands at two minutes to midnight, and with the threat of nuclear annihilation becoming an incomprehensible reality, WE MUST MARCH FOR PEACE AND AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE AND FOR THE COMPLETE DISMANTLING OF THE VAST U.S. NUCLEAR ARSENAL.

It is not in my nature to be alarmist and I am not opportunistically fear-mongering based on the fact that there is a Trump in the White House—I organized at least a half a dozen events during the Obama regime with his able and willing allegiance to the War Machine and Wall Street funders—but I truly believe that the very continuance of life on this planet is at stake. I am not willing to sit on the sidelines while the evil empire in which I was accidentally born endangers the safety and lives of over 7 billion people on this planet, my children and grandchildren included!

We must act! Let’s try and take every opportunity to join every effort between now and October to not just end the Trump regime, but end the very diseased system that gave birth to such a monstrosity.

Dead President's Day Fundraiser for The Soapbox


PO BOX 6264


Cindy Sheehan and Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox are
organizing the following antiwar actions and need

Stop the War Machine Save the Planet
 (March 17th)

UNAC SPRING Antiwar Actions 
April 14-15

Anti-Nuclear War Actions in Japan


Women's March on the Pentagon
 (Major National Action: Cindy Sheehan Main Organizer)
October 20th to 21st


Still on the board of directors for
California Freedom Coalition


Saturday, February 17, 2018


February 18, 2018

Guest: HP Albarelli

H.P. Albarelli Jr. is a writer and investigative journalist who lives in Vermont, Florida, and London (U.K.). He has written numerous feature articles about the 9-11 anthrax attacks; biological warfare; the American intelligence community; the death of Frank Olson; the Cuban revolution; and social and political affairs.Some of his work can be found at the World Net Daily, Cubanet, Counterpunch, and Crime Magazine websites, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers

Topic: The Murder by the CIA of Frank Olson



Following nearly a decade of research, this account solves the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a unique and unprecedented look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including several who actually oversaw the CIA’s mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s. In retracing these programs, a frequently bizarre and always frightening world is introduced, colored, and dominated by many factors—Cold War fears, the secret relationship between the nation’s drug enforcement agencies and the CIA, and the government’s close collaboration with the Mafia.



Friday, February 16, 2018

Stop the War Machine; Save the Planet

 Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center and Veterans for Peace present:
STOP the War Machine
SAVE the Planet!

Saturday March 17 , 1 - 5 pm / Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way at Orinda Way, Orinda
(within walking distance from Orinda BART)

A half-day conference with internationally renowned speakers on US foreign policy, nuclear weapon “modernization”, the domestic impact of military spending, threats to the planet and defense of civil liberties at home. In addition, literature and resources will be available from a variety of activist groups.
General admission $10 - $20 / Students free / Pre-Register at $10.
For more information contact (925) 933-7850


Incisive 7 - 10 minute presentations on many aspects of one big problem.

- Gerry Condon, president Veterans for Peace
- Palestine Youth Movement
- Dan Kovalik, civil and human rights lawyer, author “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” (via remote)

- Gayle McLaughlin, former mayor of Richmond
- Katy Roemer,  California Nurses Association

- Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant
- John Lindsay-Poland,  Stop Urban Shield, AFSC

- Marylia Kelley, director Tri-Valley Cares
- Fred Norman, VFP and former bomber navigator
- Gar Smith, environmentalist, author "The War and Environment Reader"

- Mnar Muhawesh, publisher Mint Press (via remote)
- Mickey Huff, director Project Censored

- Paul Liem,  chair Korea Policy Institute
- Ann Wright, retired US military and State Dept. (via remote)

- Ron Paul, former US Congressional Rep (via remote)
- Eleanor Levine, CodePink 

- Cindy Sheehan, author and peace activist


Monday, February 12, 2018

China: To Be or Not to Be...Socialist? (SOAPBOX PODCAST February 12, 2018)

February 12, 2018



"Ajit Singh is a Toronto based lawyer and political analyst with a focus on the People's Republic of China, including Socialism with Chinese characteristics, Chinese foreign policy, and China-US relations. His writings have been published by teleSUR, The Hampton Institute, and NewsClick." 


“Dakotah Lilly is a student activist based out of New York City where he attends The New School. His home base is in the the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. 
He has appeared on Fox News to defend the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela as well as done interviews and articles for Telesur, Counterpunch, American Herald Tribune, PressTv, etc. 

An activist since a young age, his first major political action was at the age of 16 at Spring Rising held by Cindy Sheehan in Washington DC in 2015.

A diehard Chavista, Dakotah has attended the Tomos Somos Venezuela event held in Venezuela in mid 2017. He has also attended the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi Russia of the same year. 

He is the father to one gorgeous Cocker Spaniel named Juku. 

He has listened to and read Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox for years and he credits Cindy with being a bit of the light that led him to revolutionary politics and the realm of politics in general. 
Dakotah Lilly is a Socialist, Anti-Imperialist, Chavista, Vegan, Gay, and a Co-Founder of Students and Youth for a New America.



Initial Endorsers for Women's March on Pentagon

Women's March on the Pentagon to Confront the Bi-partisan War Machine

On October 21, 1967, 50,000 people marched on the Pentagon in opposition to the escalation of US imperialist aggression in Vietnam. An anti-war rally was held at West Potomac park near the Lincoln Memorial where 70,000 people had gathered for a concert by musician and peace activist Phil Ochs. Both groups joined together and marched; this action was to be known as the March on the Pentagon. 
During 1967 there were numerous anti-war marches across the nation in all major cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC. 

 These actions and the protests and demos of the 1968 presidential elections would lead to the call for a general strike which culminated in the mobilization of 500,000 protestors in another march on the Pentagon known as the Vietnam Moratorium which took place on October 15, 1969. A month later, due to the success of the first march, another rally was held. 

On October 7th, 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those behind the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001. US forces have remained in active occupation, making the illegal and immoral war in Afghanistan the longest foreign occupation in US history. In response to ongoing US military aggression across the globe and the continuing bi-partisan increases in Pentagon funding we are calling for a 21st century March on the Pentagon on the 51st anniversary of the massive 1967 march and all the subsequent marches. The bloated military budget is draining our communities and families dry of precious blood and treasure while decimating nations and peoples who have done nothing to us. 

The title, “Women’s March on the Pentagon” is in direct response to a leader in the recent women’s march who said,  “I appreciate that war is YOUR issue Cindy, but the Women’s March will NEVER address the war issue as long as women aren’t free.” 
It is the belief of many of us that NO woman is free while the US spends trillions of dollars bombing millions and militarily occupying over 150 countries around the world. 

Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire. 

The antiwar/peace, anti-Imperialist voice has been shut out of, or marginalized by many protests and movements especially since Trump was inaugurated. We are in solidarity with most social and environmental movements, yet many refuse to address war and the preparations for war. War affects us all in one way or another. War destroys the natural environment. This March will not degenerate into a Get out the Vote Rally for the complicit Democrats. 

The "nuclear clock" is at two minutes to midnight, and with the threat of nuclear annihilation becoming an incomprehensible reality, WE MUST MARCH FOR PEACE AND AGAINST THE WAR MACHINE. 

To create a space in which to connect the dots of US Militarism back to the liberation and emancipation of all people around the world and to reverse the effects that the US War Machine has on the degradation of the environment we call for endorsement of this action. Although the working title is “Women’s March on the Pentagon” we invite all participation. At the moment our only web presence is on Facebook at: Women’s March on the Pentagon. We are furiously catching up with the excitement generated by the initial proposal. 

We are also planning on calling for solidarity marches around the world to march, or rally in front of military installations, US embassies, or war profiteers for those who cannot make it to the March on the Pentagon.

If we missed you, or you'd like to endorse, please email Cindy at:

Website (under construction):


CINDY SHEEHAN, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

BONNIE J. CARACCIOLO, Peace & Justice Activist, Boston

CODEPINK Women for Peace

CODEPINK, Long Island

ANN GARRISON, Activist/Author

ANN WRIGHT, Mega-activist

MEDEA BENJAMIN, Co-founder CODEPINK Women for Peace

JODIE EVANS, Co-founder CODEPINK Women for Peace


Andrea Mérida Cuéllar; National Co-Chair of the Green Party, USA (for ID purposes only)


FURIE, Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation (Chicago, Il)

MATT SEDILLO, LatinX, Poet and Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

IRENE SANCHEZ, LatinX, activist, professor and Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox


CHELSEY SPENGLER: Chair of FURIE: Feminine Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation

MARGARET KIMBERLEY, Editor and Senior Columnist
Black Agenda Report

BRUCE DIXON, Managing Editor, Black Agenda Report

GLEN FORD, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report 

COLEEN ROWLEY, Former FBI agent, Peace Activist

PRISCILLA STAR, Director Coalition Against Nukes 

MALACHY KILBRIDE,  Peace & Social Justice activist,
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance


RICK STERLING, Task Force of the Americas

ABBY MARTIN,  Host of The Empire Files 


GABRIELLE JONES-PRICE, Founder/Editor/Webmistress/Archivist The Refreshment Center Blog

MICHAEL PRYSNER, Iraq War Veteran and Founder of March Forward 

KEVIN ZEESE, co-director of Popular Resistance

MARGARET FLOWERS, co-director of Popular Resistance

LUCIANNA BOHNE, Professor Edinboro University in Pensylvania; Author 


RIVA ENTEEN, National Lawyer's Guild

RAY MCGOVERN, activist/author

PAKI WEILAND, Antiwar activist 

KATHY KELLY, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence



DR. HEIDI HUTNER, Sustainability Studies Program, English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University

TIMEKA DRES - National Director, Liberty Tree Foundation LIBERTY TREE FOUNDATION and


DON DEBAR, Community Public Radio News 

CHUCK KAUFFMAN, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice

ELANE SPIVAK RODRIGUEZ, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
JIM LAFFERTY, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, L.A. & Former National Coordinator, National Peace Action Coalition.

JOE LOMBARDO, co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

JOY FIRST, NCNR National Convenor

UNAC, United National Antiwar Coalition
International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba, Japan 


JOHN DEAR, Campaign Non-Violence

JOHN WALSH, Author and Veterans for Peace

HISAKO HIRUTA,  Secretary-general
Democratic Women's Club National Conference, Japan

DR. MICHAEL D. KNOX, Chair - US Peace Memorial Foundation

HADI JAWAD,  'Stop The Militarism Madness"

ANTHONY FREDA: Antiwar Artist


SUE THOMPSON, Global Peace Activist 

RON JACOBS, writer

DAKOTAH LILLY, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and Students and Youth for a New America (SYNA)


VFP, Ch. #45 North Shore MA (Samantha Smith)


1040 FOR PEACE, Lancaster, PA 



WARD REILLY, Peace Activist 

CATHY BROWNING, Peace ActivistCollective Action for Human Rights

JOHN B. CHADWICK, Member of Veterans for Peace

JIM SMITH, writer/publisher, Venice Peace Movement

DAVID SWANSON, Peace Activist/Author