Justice Should Be Color-Blind by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
Dissident Voice
July 26th, 2007

Justice should be color-blind, but we all know that it still is not.

There are many perhaps thousands if not millions, historically, cases disputing the blindness of justice but when I think about this contradiction a few cases jump to my mind.

The incident in Georgia where the young man was given a sentence of ten years in prison for consensual sexual contact between minors is one example. Paris Hilton got a slap in the wrist for breaking parole, but she’s white and rich. White, rich people rarely have to pay for their crimes.

Black people in New Orleans were shot or arrested for
“looting” after Katrina and if white people did the
same thing, they were only trying to “survive.”

Mexican illegal immigration is now being blamed for
all of our economic woes in America when the blame
lies with the military industrial war economy and such
entities as Wal-Mart sending our jobs and
manufacturing to Asia. In previous times of economic
challenges, the Irish and Chinese were blamed.

Now, incredibly, I am being accused of being a racist
for demanding that Congressman John Conyers do his job
as is Ray McGovern. When I think of the Chairman of
the House Judiciary Committee, I don’t think of a
black man, I think of a legislator that should do
his/her job whatever color their skin is.

Why does everything have to be divided along lines in
this country? As Rev. Yearwood (who is black and is
challenging Rep Conyers to do his job, too). We need
to look at the human and not their political party,
religion, color, or economic status.

When I have challenged George Bush, does that make me
a self-hating Caucasian?

When I challenge Nancy Pelosi for her seat in
Congress, does that make me a female chauvinist pig?

Bringing up the race issue in this case is irrelevant
and sleazy. It’s like being labeled an anti-Semite
because one is against the policies of Israel toward
Palestine, or being called anti-American because we
are against the anti-humanitarian policies of the Bush

I have stood with Cynthia McKinney when she was up for
re-election because I believe she is a woman of
principle, even when it wasn’t popular to do so. I
have stood and been a guest of other members of the
Black Caucus in Congress because we all stand for
peace. I believe the Democrats used the anti-war left
of which I am a leading member to regain both houses
of Congress and many, including John Conyers appeared
at events and in photos with me, and to know label
this a “white activist” vs. black man is further proof
of this exploitation of the anti-war movement.

It is not personal for me with Rep. Conyers or racist.
I think the white power elite who has always had the
say and authority to enforce or disobey laws at will
and has a monopoly about what happens politically in
this country since people with my indoor sexual
plumbing weren’t allowed to vote and people with the
color of John Conyers’ skin were only counted as 3/5s
of a person, need to finally be brought to justice.

There has never been an equality of justice in this
country. No one in the Bush regime has ever had to be
held to account for the death and destruction they
have caused. Their domestic politics have left every
child behind, but particularly in disadvantaged
communities where we all know there is an inherently
racist poverty draft.

Rep. John Conyers was not targeted for the color of
his skin, but for his betrayal of the American public
and the Constitution.

No matter what color they are, the Bush Crime mob
needs to go to prison and no matter what color he is,
John Conyers needs to do his job.

When does having a thirst for justice and a yearning
for peace make one racist? When the country is run by
the Orwellian Rove masters, I guess.

Go to http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org for more
information on our Journey for Humanity and
Accountability or to donate to defray our expenses.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush’s war of terror on 04/04/04. She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy.

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3 thoughts on “Justice Should Be Color-Blind by Cindy Sheehan

  1. WHY? Money.
    Power =’s Money
    Money =’s Power
    There are two system’s of just-ice, those who have, and those who don’t.
    One of the duke LaCrosse team member’s, stated that if they didn’t have the resourses to fight the system, that they would have been rail-roaded straight to prison, that’s the Criminal System of Justice we have.
    Two Million(2,000,000+) prisoner’s and growing, our new inovation, prison’s for profit, just like Health care for profit, the profit comes first, everything else can wait, including me.

  2. July 23, 2007 Georgia courts & ME

    My aim? I’m headed to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Here’s why….how is still the question.

    All of the ALJ’s hearing orders contain the following statement: “…the issues to be determined include those listed on the WC-14 as well as civil and/or CRIMINAL penalties pursuant to O.C.G.A. 34-9-18, 34-9-19, 32-9-126, and/or 34-9-128.

    The Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation through the Appellete Division, the Directors, and Associate Law Judge, T. Raworth Williamson, Jr., has failed. The afore mentioned have all overstepped their bounds, lost their objectivity, and failed to render the decisions as set forth in the Court order sited above. As sole fact finder the Commission has chosen NOT to RULE on the undisputable chronological FACTS in this case.

    The chicken or the egg? What comes first? Rights or Compensability?

    I. FACT #1: INITIAL CLAIM the egg August 6, 2002
    FACT #2: CONTROVERSION the chicken July 8, 2005

    APPLICATION of LAW #1: OCGA 34-9-221
    This case stands alone as the sole representative case wherein the Employer controverts the claim three(3) years later. Furthermore, Employer’s representatives gave false and misleading sworn testimony at the hearing concerning the initial Claim. The Commission has failed to Rule and render a decision or decisions as required in regards to the above FACTS.

    II. FACT #1: FEES CONTRACT the chicken August 28, 2002
    FACT #2: IMPROPER NOTIFICATION the egg June 28, 2006 via letter

    Board Rule 108(a) Attorney fee contracts. Immediately upon being employed by an employee or claimant in a matter which is before the Board, the attorney shall file a contract of employment and fees with the Board. This contract shall be dated, and shall be signed by both the attorney and the client, and shall include the following statement …
    The Commission has two documents produced by Mr. Malchow himself of his failures to give proper notifications. I refer to his letter June 28, 2006, page 1, Motion to Squash Subpoena, June 28, 2006. Mr. Malchow also admits to the binding contract of August 28, 2002, in his affidavit supplied to Richmond County Superior Court, January 5, 2006. Mr. Malchow did not file the Attorney Fees contract with the state in 2002. This is a violation of Board Rule 102(B)(6), and subsequently places Mr. Malchow in violation of …
    O.C.G.A. § 34-9-18
    (a) Any person who willfully fails to file any form or report required by the board, fails to follow any order or directive of the board or any of its members or administrative law judges, or violates any rule or regulation of the board shall be assessed a civil penalty of not less than $100.00 nor more than $1,000.00 per violation.
    (b) Any person who knowingly and intentionally makes any false or misleading statement or representation for the purpose of facilitating the obtaining or denying of any benefit or payment under this chapter may be assessed a civil penalty of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $10,000.00 per violation.
    Deceitful actions and inactions of Mr. Leland M. Malchow, PC, and International Paper

    III. FACT: SBWC Form WC-14, April 26, 2006, Request for hearing on ALL 34-9- ISSUES.

    Judge Williamson erred, Statement of the Case and his Findings of Fact, item 4, that the parties agree: The only issue remaining in this case is whether or not the Employee’s alleged psychological problem arose out of and in the course of his employment. This is NOT the case here. Discovery of Employer’s and other parties disregard for and numerous violations of the Board Rules, the subsequent OCGA 34-9- violations, and the associated anguishes of being shackled to these criminals, all contributed to the prompting of this action on behalf of Claimant’s Civil Rights. Claimant filed Form WC-14, April 26, 2006, where request was made for hearing on ALL 34-9- ISSUES.

    The Commission, the Appellate Division, the Directors, and the ALJ, each and all further failed to acknowledge the above petition filing, and they also have apparently failed to read the transcript. Transcript page 5:

    “Mr. Bolin: Well, first I’m asking for a penalty for denial of rights from the ’02 claim.”

    Any person of average intellect with knowledge of the Board Rules and related Codes, as demonstrated herein and previous briefs, can surely understand the bias exhibited and demonstrated in this case by the State Board of Worker’s Compensation through the Appellete Division, the Directors, and the ALJ. The above FACTS are not exhaustive and are not meant to be exhaustive. They are presented as illustrations of the inappropriate actions and omissions below the standards of the State of Georgia.

    Claimant’s definitions, understandings, and interpretations of shall, must, any person, and knowledge of definitely differs with that of the Commission. Claimant has consistently during this due process requested from the Board Commission the seeking of further fact finding. None of these issues brought forward have been addressed by the Commission. The Commission has failed to address numerous documented and factual violations of the Board Rules and subsequently the OCGA as applies in this case. Again I refer to the chicken or the egg, rights or compensablility? By statue and by the written law rights trumps compensability.

    IP positions: I was an angry employee whose mental disorder(s) are not connected to the accident of Nov 24, 2001, and the any evidence rule.

    Georgia’s postion: I’m a malingerer and can’t be believed. SBWC filed documents verify the facts.

    My primary position: IP should be appealing their State fines and my penalty award. Then I would receive evaluation and possibly decent rehab through an MCO.

    Time for more study and preparation. Presently I’m preparing my Notice of Appeal to the Court of Appeals.

    Roland Bolin

    Legally, sometimes, there doesn’t seem to be much of a leg to stand on when you jump through the hoops but fall flat on your head. I say there is a vast silent minority of victims that still need to be counted. Mental disorders aren’t like broken arms. Somebody needs to pay the witnesses at the hearing, especially those that committed perjury. IP doesn’t use shade tree attorneys either. No decisions. No action from the Board Commission or the courts, State of Georgia. A passive award.

  3. Namiste,

    I can only say how sad I am tat you had to go to the point of being arrested to get the point across to the democratic powers that be wither they are what color I don’t think matters is that what the president is doing is a impeachable offence and should be held accountable. I think that it is a very short sighted person that doesn’t do what they can do and what must be done when they hold such a position of power. Impeachment hears should have been raised and Mrs. Sheehan should have been allowed to let her voice to ring with in the halls of our American justice system against the liars to America and all American’s. By not doing anything and setting on their hands no matter what color or race they are they are allowing a great injustices to be done not only to the American people but also to the world at large.

    What ever happened to the right habeas corpus? How does any one think that how we are treating the prisoners of war there in Quantonamo Bay is affecting how the US looks in the eyes of the entire world?

    I am personally disappointed by the number of e-mails I have personally sent to the head speaker Miss Pelosi and I would like a new speaker of the house….

    Namiste and peace to you my friend, I am sorry you were arrested for trying to do what is right for not only us the Americans but for the rest of then world as well!!!

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