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Blogger Profile: Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan is a mother whose oldest child, Casey, was killed in Iraq on April 4th, 2004. She has been on a mission to end the wars and hold George W. Bush accountable since then.

Cindy Sheehan's Blogs

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Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 29th, 2010

I Have Become Uncomfortably Numb

I am numb, I think. Since the U.S. Corporate Military Industrial Complex forced me into the World of the Aware after my son’s murder in Iraq, I feel that the news freshly assaults me on a daily basis. I am numb, I think, from being abused by this Empire on ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 26th, 2010

Why I Fight

I really hate to use the language of the violent-patriarchy, but since my precious oldest child was killed in Iraq, I have been in the fight of my life. I consistently feel bruised and banged up by the system, but never defeated and never as mangled, spindled, torn and mutilated ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 23rd, 2010

Myth America II: FREE PDF FILE

Dear Friends,Last year in January, I found myself in an awkward place -- being pro-peace in a nation that had seemed to have turned itself upside down either in questionable euphoria or abject fear because a new member of the elite class had been installed as president of the United ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 20th, 2010

The Casey Sheehan "End to War" Bill

My son, Casey, joined the military in 2000, shortly before his 21st birthday, to help pay for college. He had already completed everything he could take at the local JC and was eager to move on—but he had a fulltime job, and even though we (his dad and I) helped ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 14th, 2010

Government Persecutors Read my Blog

On July 12th, after one postponement, the POTA (Peace of the Action) 3, plus 3, went to trial in DC Superior Court for our arrests after the ANSWER rally and march on March 20th (the 7th anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq).On March 20th, after the rally ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 9th, 2010

Requiem for the Antiwar Movement

“When you vote for war, don't be surprised when you get it.”– Cindy Sheehan “I will send at least two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan.”– Presidential Candidate Barack Obama “This war (Iraq) prevents us from tackling every serious threat that we face, from a resurgent al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to a ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 7th, 2010

General Atomics Afraid of Peace of the Action

Last week I was getting ready to head out to DC for Peace of the Action’s Sizzlin’ Summer Protest when I got a call with a 202 (DC) area code. This is how the conversation went: Me: Hello, this is Cindy. Caller: Hello, my name is (I forget) from PM ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 4th, 2010

We Pledge Resistance to the Empire

“Ms. Sheehan, are you aware that you have a stay-away order from here?” The big, burly cop said to me as he crossed Pennsylvania Avenue to confront our small protest of intrepid peaceniks in Lafayette Park. “Yes, and I am also aware that I am not violating it right now,” ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 28th, 2010

Where Have all the Peaceniks Gone?

I believe it is human nature to want to be right (as in “correct” not “conservative”). I like to be right. I also like to research my facts because being wrong to me is embarrassing. The one time I would have loved to be in error, though, was in a ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 23rd, 2010

Let Them Eat Oil

I am now on an airplane heading home (for two days) after my very profound and moving experience in the Gulf Region.Monday, June 21st, a few dozen activists, scientists, environmentalists and concerned citizens gathered in front of the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command Center to present our list of demands ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 9th, 2010

Shenanigans

On the 7th anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, eight people were arrested in front of the White House protesting the continuing crimes—you know that place! It’s a big White House—as a matter of fact it’s a HUGE White House in the middle of a park-like estate ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 4th, 2010

The Audacity of Israel

“Until all of Gaza is destroyed the job is not done.”Words on a sign of a Zionist in San FranciscoSince my son was killed in Iraq and I have come to prominence in the peace movement, the name I am called with the second highest frequency (behind “anti-American”) is “anti-Semitic.” ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

May 29th, 2010

PEACE HEROES: Casey Sheehan by Cindy Sheehan

“I can’t kill anyone.” – Casey Sheehan on the eve of his deployment to IraqThirty-one years ago today—May 29—my first child was born—a son. We named him “Casey” because we were huge baseball fans and it just seemed like such a fine Irish-American name. His middle name, Austin, is an ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

May 9th, 2010

War Is Still a Racket

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. – Major General ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

May 6th, 2010

Here Come Those Chickens Again

“Chickens Coming Home to Roost:” Proverb: When one has to face the consequences of mistakes or bad deeds. As soon as I heard that Pakistani-American, Faisal Shahzad, was arrested for the so-called, “Times Square” attempted bombing (where an abandoned SUV filled with potential explosives was found in Times Square last ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

May 4th, 2010

You'll Pry My Car Out of my Cold, Dead Hands

The scope of the tragedy of the undersea oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico is shocking. Please don’t call it a “spill” the gash in our Mother Earth is literally hemorrhaging oily death-blood. British Petroleum, the company who owns the offshore well, gave “liberally” to candidates in the 2008 ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

April 7th, 2010

Take This Empire and Shove It!

“Listen, I can't get involved. I've got work to do. It's not that I like the Empire; I hate it. But there's nothing I can do about it right now... It's all such a long way from here.” Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Dear Reader—raise your hand if you don’t ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

April 1st, 2010

SOS for the Crawford Peace House

Dear Friends, On August 3, 2005, fourteen Marines from a reserve unit in Ohio were killed in Iraq--then president, George Bush, said that they, and all of the war dead, died for a "Noble Cause." I was sitting in my home in Vacaville, California watching the press conference where George ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

March 23rd, 2010

Whose Streets? (Our Streets between One and Four When we have a Permit)

On the 7th commemoration of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, there was a rally and march in DC sponsored by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition that was attended by about eight thousand people. For quite awhile, I have been having problems with marches on Saturday, anyway. It seems like we ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

March 15th, 2010

Beer with Obama

“Change doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.”– Barack ObamaLast summer, we here in the news-o-tainment capital of the world, were distracted with the shiny spectacle of the “Beer Affair.” You remember that one, right? In July, in Cambridge, Mass—police in something that was a racially charged misunderstanding—confronted a ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

February 17th, 2010

Peace of the Action's "Camp OUT NOW" Comes to Washington, DC

Enough is enough! It's time we up the ante and demand that our voices be heard and heeded. It's time that the logical and rational voices of reason get a Peace of the Action.While the wars in Central Asia and the Middle East rage hotter and hotter, and while the ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

January 6th, 2010

2010 the Year of Resistance

"An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind."Mahatma GandhiThree events over the holidays have caused me great consternation and they proved to me that I am not so cynical and jaded that my government can't still shock me, if anythingOf course, the first event has to be ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 22nd, 2009

Grief: The "Gift" That NEVER Stops Giving!

Since our son-brother, Casey, was killed in Iraq, even precious and happy moments are tinged with grief. Today is such a day—it is Casey’s youngest sibling’s birthday. As I write this, I vividly remember the day Janey was born back in 1985. I gave birth to my babies at home ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 2nd, 2009

30,000 Wrongs Won't Make it Right

I have had to reluctantly watch many presidential speeches since my son was killed in Iraq in 2004. I was even dragged out of a Bush State of the Union speech in 2006, that I didn’t want to go to anyway, for just wearing a shirt with an anti-war message.Now, ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

October 13th, 2009

Capitalism: An Apathy Story

This Thursday, in a move that would make Baron von Louis Rothschild blush with shame (or burst with pride), Goldman Sachs will announce that it is more than doubling its bonus pool: from 11 billion in 2007 to 23 billion in 2008.I always thought the concept of the “Welfare Queen” ... continue reading

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Apr 5th
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Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Mar 5th
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Mar 3rd
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