Come Together, Right Now!

It is absolutely flabbergasting to me that our world will be soon commemorating the 5th year since George Bush announced that the US had commenced “Shock and Awe” against Iraq.

Millions of people marched against the impending invasion all over the world on February 15th, 2003 in one of the most touching and amazing show of solidarity against global aggression ever seen. Since then, the pro-peace/anti-war demonstrations have been mostly disjointed with not so much solidarity.

I left the peace movement in May of this year partially in frustration over this lack of unity. At the time I was in despair over the fact that the movement had been unable to stop anything because of the egos and the infighting. Since then, the usurpation of our liberties and the killing of our children and the Iraqi people has just grown worse. The movement was unable to stop a funding bill or be united in demanding accountability for the war criminals that have been instrumental in destroying three countries, ours included.

Now after nearly 5 years of the illegal occupation of Iraq and over 5 years of the immoral occupation of Afghanistan, we all know, even those who watch the propaganda news networks and are in denial, that this war is not only gone horribly wrong from day one, but is a sham based on deceit.

Not only has our foreign policy suffered profoundly under BushCo and Congress. Inc, but the foreign war expenditures without a commensurate raise in revenue has driven our country deeply into a quagmire of debt. Our trade deficit is the largest it has ever been and 54,000 homes went into foreclosure in October. Gas is hovering around the $4.00 a gallon mark in the vicinity of San Francisco and is only going to go up. The degradation of our environment is becoming catastrophic while closeted, deviate Republican lawmakers are worried about people of the same sex having intimate relations and Democrats are too busy trying to act like Republicans while pretending to be Democrats. It is up to us—We the People.

Our country is rapidly slipping into a corporate-militaristic fascism and the peace/anti-war movement is worried about personalities and who gets a bigger piece of the pie—and I am not sure what kind of pie it is. The only thing I know about this work is that it is very difficult and requires a lot of sacrifice and commitment without resulting in much monetary reward. The rewards of true and lasting peace with an overthrow of the pigs of war who think they are globally in charge is our reward and seeing a better world for all the worlds’ children and grandchildren is what we should be striving for.

This is why I am calling for The Dave Cline/MLK, Jr. Memorial Peace Summit in January (18-20) to bring all of the various groups together so we can strategize and brainstorm more effective ways of challenging war and injustices.

We not only need to come together in a Year Five Committee to come up with effective strategies to mourn the coming Sixth Year of a mistake that should have never happened with the loss of life counted past one-million, but we need to check our egos at the door and bring a healthy longing for the unity that can finally bring the peace that will bring health and prosperity to our country and the world.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush's war of terror on 04/04/04. Sheehan is a congressional candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. You can visit her campaign website at She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy, or visit Cindy's website.

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  1. Binh said on November 30th, 2007 at 8:00am #

    Sheehan and Peter Camejo should run for President and VP on the Green Party ticket in 2008. Right now, the anti-war vote is behind Ron Paul (puke) and the Dems other than Hillary.

  2. kasta said on November 30th, 2007 at 8:37am #

    if its hard to hold an idiot accountable for a mistake, imagine now bringing an attorney, Sonia maria mercado esq. from culver city, to explain why her client (84 year old) made a $100k “investment” and manage it over the phone?

  3. Marcelle Cendra said on November 30th, 2007 at 9:00am #

    It is really tiresome –to say the least– to hear anyone recommend this or that person to run for a given political office…without offering up a new way in which to do so. A “ticket” and a “platform” are typically suggested…and then everything is set up for the electoral system to swallow up the good intentions. Don’t you get it, people. There’s a need for a new paradigm if you’re going to use the electoral system for change. I’ve been offering to get together with people in California to discuss that…but –so far– no takers. With the best heartfelt motivation and more here we have Cindy reminding us that there will be a summit coming up. In all humility, and all respect for readers and writers here…PLEASE…take note that summits will not produce anything more than Camejo’s run for Sacramento’s seat did a few years ago. A lot of people missed the whole point of what it meant for him to get only 5% of the vote…running with the Greens…in Santa Cruz…a supposed bastion for The Left. No, the days of summits are gone…in terms of what people expect of them. Bonding one-on-one…in confidence (so that an element of “surprise” can be maintained) is essential. I have a proposal that I’d like to share with Cindy in person….alone…or with a few select supporters. Contact me at moc.oohaynull@ardnecb ASAP. As a motivator…please note that in an effort to get the wonderful Death Penalty in Focus people to rendezvous with me over a plan to place a moratorium on the death penalty in California by 2010…I have received no response. Those people are putting all their eggs in the basket of an upcoming SUMMIT in San Jose. That won’t do it. My plan would. Take a leap of faith, Cindy (OR SOMEONE)…and contact me.

  4. hp said on November 30th, 2007 at 12:40pm #

    Like it or not, and the not stems chiefly from everyone having to swallow at least one of their pet issues for the good of the whole, the only person who has a viable realistic chance to consolidate the great apathetic masses is Ron Paul. The ONLY one.
    Like it or not.

  5. Robert B. Livingston said on November 30th, 2007 at 1:03pm #

    Cindy is running for Congress in 2008. Please support her wherever you live. Her campaign is serious and her victory will have positive repercussions beyond her San Francisco district’s borders.

    Cynthia McKinney is in the Green Party now and is already listed as a candidate for president in some states, including California. She deserves our attention and support.

    Ralph Nader has suggested he might run depending on the political landscape. I hope he will work with McKinney. I love them both.

    Peter Camejo is my favorite politician of all– but he has adamantly said he will not run for any office. He has survived a stroke and cancer. He is as incisive as ever– arguing against corporate-capitalism and the two-party system that puts money interest before people. He says he will be writing– and I hope we will hear more from him.

  6. Vicki said on November 30th, 2007 at 1:04pm #

    Where do we find more information about the summit?

  7. Lloyd Rowsey said on November 30th, 2007 at 3:01pm #

    I think we’ll be off the ground when: for every fifty persons who respond to Bob Livingston’s appeal, one person responds to Marcelle Cendra’s. These folks are SERIOUS, dear readers; and none of us should read their appeals as necessarily antagonistic.

  8. Lloyd Rowsey said on November 30th, 2007 at 3:08pm #

    By the bye. I absolutely refuse to reply in this thread to any riposte to my just-expressed opinion.

  9. Robert B. Livingston said on November 30th, 2007 at 5:00pm #

    True, my and Cendra’s ideas might not be mutually antagonistic.

    One thing people can do to keep up to date and field ideas is to join Cindy’s Google Group, Cindy4Congress (

    It is getting off the ground and could use input from some of the talented and intelligent people that read Dissident Voice.

    If privacy is important– I suggest writing a letter to Cindy at her Campaign address. (Cindy is still establishing a permanent home in San Francisco.)

    I can tell you Cendra, that Cindy is very very busy setting up her headquarters (the official opening is scheduled for December 8th). I am simply amazed that she is thinking ahead on a multiple of fronts.

    Summits often turn out to be futile affairs– as are the paradigms that haven’t been working. But let’s see what happens– and do what we can to help Cindy succeed.

    BTW, her headquarters address is:

    Cindy Sheehan
    1260 Mission Street
    San Francisco, Ca 94103

    Underlining or highlighting Cindy’s name will help because she is getting thousands of letters right now asking Nancy Pelosi to impeach Cheney.

  10. Marcelle Cendrars said on November 30th, 2007 at 9:51pm #

    I have responded to ALL of the points made above (and much more) in an article which I trust Dissident Voice will post tomorrow…or shortly thereafter. An article which uses Cindy’s piece (and other efforts) as a point of departure. Please let me know if YOUR point is not addressed. My name is Cendrars, by the way, not Cendra; it was posted incorrectly. Many thanks for all the well-intentioned energy here. — Marcelle

  11. Pointer said on December 1st, 2007 at 3:14am #

    Owed to Cindy

    say goodbye now
    here’s the door
    and clear your head
    and talk no more

    they are coming for you
    they come with restraints
    your medication awaits

    it will not be
    what you expected
    nor what was promised
    that you have elected

    destiny never ends
    the voices in your head linger
    no matter much you try

    a drop of jello
    on the floor
    to turn your face
    to happiness

    we Doped too hard
    to stop time’s hand
    from touching us all
    in a kind of creepy way.

    you turned your back
    from your cause
    you did it mostly for the applause

    to name Casey as the reason
    is a lie in print for all to see
    I have found you smug in purpose
    when I interviewed you and find you that way still

    we will miss you knot as you fade away
    your heart was not pure – as they say

  12. Marcelle Cendrars said on December 1st, 2007 at 7:35am #

    Bad poetry is bad poetry. That’s where you start with this tripe. Beyond that…perhaps the writer would like to pontificate in prose about that “interview”…which is used here in a way…like name dropping. Got something to say in that way, say it. Best, Marcelle

  13. Hue Longer said on December 1st, 2007 at 4:36pm #


    Poetry? !?

  14. Erroll said on December 1st, 2007 at 5:35pm #

    Hue Longer and Marcelle C.

    Very well said.

  15. Marcelle Cendrars said on December 1st, 2007 at 8:07pm #

    Anyone who wants my full response to this article (in the form of an article) that may not get posted…feel free to request it from me at bcendra[at]yahoo{DOT}COM.

  16. anthony said on December 2nd, 2007 at 6:39pm #

    Anthony Innes.

  17. Robert B. Livingston said on December 2nd, 2007 at 9:23pm #

    Tried to e-mail you Marcelle, but it bounced back to me.

  18. Marcelle Cendrars said on December 2nd, 2007 at 9:27pm #

    Dearest Robert B. Livingston:

    Did you try moc.oohaynull@ardnecb? Please try again. Best, Marcelle P.S. Sometimes –incorrectly– people add the “rs” (in Cendrars) at the end of the bcendra.

  19. Pointer said on December 3rd, 2007 at 1:06am #

    Bad poetry is bad poetry? My poetry is bad?

    Marcelle Cendrars
    are you the local Brown nose for Cindy?
    it sure looks like it from here. does Cindy suround herself with this level of
    insecure attention seeking whiners (wait that discribes cindy to a “T” so yes I do think she would) this explaind the Looney rambelings comming out of fort Casey.
    Cindy’s insane idea of running for congress is more of a joke that a reality. she is doomed to fail, and with her failure will go any hope of the progressing movement to put a real leader in congress.
    Marcelle, this is a wake up call to get a life

  20. Robert B. Livingston said on December 3rd, 2007 at 9:38am #

    An old saying, Mr. Pointer, is that “guilty dogs bark first.”

    Cindy is going to win– and it will be because she has the support of smart, imaginative, and committed activists who understand the stakes and opportunities involved. You should see a roster of her devoted friends!

    The biggest opportunity is the chance to revitalize the anti-war and impeachment movements– and perhaps give the antiquated two-party system a run for its money.

  21. Marcelle Cendrars said on December 3rd, 2007 at 12:57pm #

    I recommend that Pointer review –above– my initial take on the whole Sheehan shebang. Then…a lot will fall into place…as regards my life, my viewpoint. Lack of information from my quarter has led Pointer down a downer of a road. Best, Marcelle P.S. As regards, R.B. Livingston’s last comment…without questioning the “pluses” attached to a Sheehan victory…I submit that it’s very clear that too little will change with any new congressperson who’s put in. “Too little” relative to the Big Picture…our urgency factor, etc. I recommend that RBL give some feedback here on the article I sent him on this subject today OR that he request the specific piece I did on the Sheehan article posted here.

  22. Lynn said on December 3rd, 2007 at 3:24pm #

    Does anyone know how many impeach letters Cindy received for Pelosi?

  23. Marcelle Cendrars said on December 3rd, 2007 at 8:15pm #

    The following is a copy of an email which I sent to Anthony (who’s been in touch privately), but which came back as undeliverable. Even though some context is missing…I think it’s sufficient to know that I’m responding to his response to an article touching upon Sheehan’s article…which was not posted. Some food for thought, perhaps.

    Thanks for this, Anthony. I don’t particularly want anyone who is so
    invested in the system as it stands to join in with my proposal; I
    wdn’t expect them to be interested. I wdn’t turn them away, of course.
    There doesn’t appear to be the potential for solidarity of the type you
    cite…via analogy. Today. Today there are a number of elements which
    make such analogies false. Easy to delineate, if you like…though it’s
    certainly sad to plow through. You know I support impeachment
    efforts; I trust you also know how little faith I have in that bringing about
    much of a difference…along the lines that I sense you want. For
    example, when you talk about “rule of law” being threatened…please
    note that it’s already been dispensed with…and doesn’t seem to have
    much fresh air to breathe down the road…even if Bush is rep;laced by a
    Dem…even if Bush is impeached. We must acknowledge that in order
    for that “coalition” you desire to have a shot at coming up with a
    plan that’ll make a dent. My plan moves in that direction. You don’t
    agree? Best, Marcelle

    NOTE: Anthony had pointed out that various groups –normally at each others’ throats– banded together at one juncture to battle Hitler. He kind of made a “ditto” comment regarding Vietnam protest time.

  24. Pointer said on December 4th, 2007 at 2:32am #

    ad hoc hypothesis is not an answer

    In philosophy and science, ad hoc often means the addition of corollary hypotheses or adjustment to a philosophical or scientific theory to save the theory from being falsified by compensating for anomalies not anticipated by the theory in its unmodified form. Philosophers and scientists are often suspicious or skeptical of theories that rely on continual, inelegant adjustments, and ad hoc hypotheses are often a characteristic of pseudoscientific subjects. See Skeptic’s Dictionary: Ad hoc hypothesis. Much of scientific understanding relies on the modification of existing hypotheses or theories, but these are distinguished from ad hoc hypotheses in that the anomalies being explained propose a new means of being falsified.

    Theories that have been empirically tested and rather than being confirmed they seem either to have been falsified or to require numerous ad hoc hypotheses to sustain them include applied kinesiology, astrology, biorhythms, creationism, facilitated communication, plant perception, and ESP.[1] Despite evidence contrary to the theories, adherents do not give them up. For example, ESP researchers have been known to blame the hostile thoughts of onlookers for unconsciously influencing pointer readings on sensitive instruments.

    An interesting example of an ad hoc hypothesis is Albert Einstein’s addition of the cosmological constant to relativity in order to allow a steady-state universe. Although he later referred to it as his “greatest blunder,” it has been found to correspond quite well to the theories of dark energy.

  25. Lloyd Rowsey said on December 6th, 2007 at 2:13pm #

    Lynn. Over 7,000 on 12.06. There’s a “Cindy for Congress” website with this info.

  26. Bernardino said on December 6th, 2007 at 2:41pm #

    How can anyone really say who is best to be in office to clean up the world mess order this administration has created… Bush and Chenney have royally screwed up and that is a fact… I would be extremely terrified (per earlier comments by Jose) if someone like Sonia Mercado an attorney that takes advantage of elderly citizens by stealing their money running for office… If Bush is a republican president and a friend of Alberto Gonzalez an attorney then he lied. Sonia Mercado is an attorney, therefore she lies and does not make a good president…