One thing that the Obama presidency has put into even sharper focus for me, is that most of the leaders of the world do not want peace.
People can try and fool themselves that unlike Bush (Or Clinton, or Bush, or Reagan, or Carter, or Ford, or Nixon…..etc), Obama truly wants peace. The reality of facts on the ground dispute this. We are deceiving ourselves if we think otherwise. Obama is fully on the trajectory of the Empire. There is no denying this.
If anyone has read my book: Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution, they would know that I do not place the blame for imperial violence on any president: it is the system. Governments of most every country are in on this. What can we the people do to counteract our governments that don’t have our best interests in mind?
During this week, as the international community, through its media, is focused on Martha’s Vineyard, a contingent of strident peace lovers will gather to demonstrate to the international community that we are “all in” for peace. We are devoting our lives and committing our resources to the very simple, yet earth gathering, (the other side of “earth shattering”) idea that problems (real, imagined or exploitative) can be solved without killing innocent people.
To this end, during the week, we will be hammering out an International People’s Declaration of Peace.
We need input and feedback.
Some of our early ideas:
* We will not send our children to kill other people’s children.
* We will not fund our disparate country’s penchants for violence with our tax dollars.
* We will recognize the intrinsic value of each human. We will proclaim that no
person is better than any other person irrespective of: race, religion, gender, gender
preference, age, or national origin.
* We will remove ourselves as far as possible from our governments when war is
proposed, or promulgated.
* We will demonstrate or protest war, violence or economic oppression no matter
who, or what governs our nations.
The S.S. Camp Casey Movement is inviting interested individuals on our regular cruises around the island this week to discuss and help us develop the first draft of the International People’s Declaration of Peace.
For more information on island activities from August 26 to August 30, please go here: [see below]
To watch an interview that Cindy did on MSNBC with Dylan Rattigan, please go here: [see below]
We will be uploading regular videos on our youtube channel: Peace of the Action during the protests.
To donate to help make the illusion of peace and hope a reality, go here.
[Note: link isn’t working on her post, so go here to donate: https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1590/t/4043/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2350]
Cindy Sheehan on MSNBC’s Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan
August 21, 2009
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
MARTHA’S VINEYARD—CINDY SHEEHAN, Peace Activist, Gold Star Mother, Organizer of ‘Camp Casey’ memorials and a nominee for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, will be arriving on Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday August 25, to confront President Obama on his engagement in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She will issue a challenge to Obama on his escalation of troop presence in the Middle East and his continuation of war policies around the globe.
Her schedule of public events is as follows:
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 11am, Press Conference at Oak Bluffs Elementary School.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8pm, Peace Vigil, Ocean Park Bandstand, Oak Bluffs.
Thursday, Aug. 27, Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29: Boat trips with Cindy for peace movement leaders, press and public. These ‘shipboard peace summit’ meetings will leave Vineyard Haven twice daily on the 105 foot sloop ‘SS Camp Casey’ in the afternoons. Call for details. No charge, so reserve ahead. 207-604-8988 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Aug. 29, 9 to 5 Peace Vigil Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs
and Walkabout around the Island
Saturday, Aug. 29, 8pm Cindy Sheehan speaking event “Peace Now, Again”, Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring St., Vineyard Haven.
Cindy is scheduling press and media interviews throughout the week. Call Laurie Dobson at 207-604-8988 or email: email@example.com or Bruce Marshall at 802-767-6079.
In addition to these planned events, there will be impromptu gatherings during the week. A memorial site will be present on the island with an outdoor area designated as ‘Camp Casey’, a living tribute to her son Casey Sheehan, who died in the Iraq War, as well as honoring others who were war casualties.
The SS Camp Casey will welcome all those who wish to come to meet Cindy.She will be also available on the Vineyard for gatherings of visitors, which will be open to the public, the press, and anyone desiring to connect with those for whom the costs of war are a daily reality in their lives.
For information on the events, please contact Chris Fried at (508)-693-7741 and for information about Cindy, please contact Laurie Dobson at (207)-604-8988 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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