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The Freeway Blogger

I found the video below of the Freeway Blogger, who I had the privilege of meeting when Tom and I went to Camp Casey in August, 2006. We attended his workshop at Camp Casey and learned of a great and easy way to get peace messages out.

More videos on the Freeway Blogger can be seen at You Tube.

March with Cindy Sheehan – videos

Here are some amateur videos we took with our cameras of our experience in the March to Impeach on July 23, 2007 with Cindy Sheehan, including a speech by Cindy just before the final leg of the march to Congressman John Conyers office to demand Impeachment Hearings:

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March with Cindy Sheehan

Tom and I participated in the march in Washington, D.C. on July 23, along with 300 other activists from around the country, from the Arlington National Cemetery to the capitol in an effort to demand that Impeachment be put back on the table.  60 people were arrested in John Conyers’ office that day in a sit-in to get Conyers to comply with the demand.

Should Impeachment Be Off the Table? A Debate with Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan, Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern and Democratic Strategist Dan Gerstein
The political meaning of the conflict between Cindy Sheehan and the Democratic Party
Iraq war opponent Cindy Sheehan arrested at Democratic Congressman’s office
Cindy Sheehan Occupies John Conyers’ Office: gets arrested

My photos (Tom and I had taken our IMPEACH NOW! banner that we made in Salt Lake and carried it in the march.):

A group of counter protestors, called “Freepers” (meaning they represent a group called Free Republic):

The March:

Below in photo two photos at left is Col. Ann Wright,
retired United States Army (green shirt) and Medea Benjamin, CodePink Women for Peace founder (pink shirt).  Medea also is in the photo at the right. 

The March continues over the Potomac River:

Barbara Cummings, activist extraordinaire from San Diego…..participates in all major actions around the country.

Ray McGovern, retired CIA Analyst

“The Rev” – Reverend Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus

Cindy Sheehan – in front of the Capitol – addresses the crowd

Below are the final photos of the march into the House Building where Congressman Conyers’ office is.  Tom and I did not go in since we had too much “stuff” that we would have to leave outside (you have to go through security there to get in).  We stayed outside a bit and held our sign and then left.

This is a display by a man named Carlos, whom we have met before at Cindy Sheehan events.  His son was killed in Iraq.  When the officials showed up at his home to inform them of his son’s death, he was mowing the lawn and in his anguish, he threw gasoline at them and accidentally threw some at himself and caught himself on fire.  Since then, he has this display he takes around the country, including a flag draped casket (which is also seen in above photos):

Cindy Sheehan is Back…..and is Walking

Call Out The Instigator

by Cindy Sheehan

Call out the Instigator
Because there’s something in the air
We got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here
You know it’s right!

-Thunderclap Newman

I’m not backing off. I tried to remove myself from the political realm of the US, what BushCo is turning into an Evil Empire, but the blatant audacity of George commuting Scooter’s sentence (he’s not ruling out a full pardon —and you know he will) has dragged me kicking and screaming back in. I can’t sit back and let this BushCo drag our country further down into the murky quagmire of Fascism and violence, taking the rest of the world with them!

I have sat quietly back these past five weeks as the slaughter in Iraq sorrowfully surges along with George’s bloody escalation—and as the philosophical opposition to the war has soared to almost four out of every five Americans. I have remained silent when Senator Barack Obama said that impeachment is only reserved for “grave, grave” breeches! Well, BushCo has created hundreds of thousands of graves dug by their lies and greed. For cripes’ sake, George admitted to breaking the FISA Act (which is a felony) that also breeched the 4th Amendment to our Constitution that already prohibited illegal search and seizure. How was Bill Clinton’s offense graver than George’s, Dick’s, or Scooter’s? Did we ever think that the criminality and arrogance of the Nixon White House would be eclipsed in our time with nary a “baaaah” from the Sheeple in Congress?


George has said that America doesn’t “do torture” when we have all seen the images of torture from Abu Ghraib (don’t believe your lyin’ eyes) and know that hundreds of people sold to the US Army for an immoral bounty are incarcerated within the inhumane confines of Guantanamo Prison which is right in our own back yard.

I have had to bite my tongue – HARD — as the George and Dick crime cabal, (formerly known has the executive branch) have claimed that their offices are not to be held up to the same standards of accountability and control as any other entity in the human race, governmental or private.

It has been recently reported that Nancy Pelosi said that impeachment is not “worth it.” Her faulty reasoning is that impeachment would take too much time because they don’t have the votes. If they could “whip” their own Democratic caucus into shape to defend and protect our Constitution and the people of Iraq and our soldiers as they whupped, cajoled, threatened and browbeat the caucus into attaching “non-binding” time lines onto the last war funding bill, then impeachment would not only be possible, but likely.

The recent commutation of I. Scooter Libby’s sentence, however, was the straw that broke my camel’s back of exhausted ennui. Patrick Fitzgerald is a thoughtful and thorough prosecutor who did a heroic job of bringing at least one of the Bush Crime Mob to justice. Even though we were all very pleased, we knew that it was not enough and that Mr. Fitzgerald would delve deeper into the feces infested executive branch. The lawlessness of the Bush Administration has reached wild west proportions and the inmates definitely have control of the US(A)sylum.

A very dear friend of mine, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, is being harassed by the Air Force for “Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman” because “The Rev” fulfills his duty as an Officer and a Gentleman honorably by protesting Iraq and the Fascist Bush Regime almost constantly. The Rev is still in Individual Ready Reserve so the Air Force believes it is within its parameters to pursue the charges, although every “Officer and Gentleman(woman)” should be protesting the atrocious mistakes in the Middle East. After The Rev’s hearing on July 12th, (in Macon, GA) he is going to begin a “symbolic” walk from the Reverend Martin Luther King’s grave (Atlanta, GA) to DC — I am going to be there for him and to begin the march, but I am not going to make it symbolic.

We are going to walk from Atlanta, GA to Congress beginning July 13th and ending up in DC on July 23rd to send the mis-leaders back home to face the music of justice in their own districts.

It is about time us “peasants” (in the eyes of the Fascist Ruling Elite) march on DC with our “pitchforks” of righteous anger and our “torches” of truth to demand the ouster of BushCo. I have a dream of the detention centers that George has built and filled being instead filled with Orange Clad neo-cons and neo-connettes.

If Congress won’t dig BushCo’s political grave, it is the People’s job to do so. Thomas Jefferson said that we need a Revolution every 20 years, or so, to keep our Republic honest. Over 225 years have passed since our last Revolution (if you don’t count the War Between the States) and we are long overdue for one. Turn off your TVs, kiss your pets goodbye, bring the kids and flock to the federal seat of corruption, or join us on our walk there, for a People’s Accountability Movement to be in the face of the Criminal BushCo and the Complicit Congress for the last week of session before they go on their undeserved vacations (why do they get vacations when the Iraqi parliamentarians don’t?)

On the eve of our first revolution: You know it’s right!

Author’s note: Please, I already see “Attention Whore Back.” If anyone thinks that I am going to walk hundreds of miles in the Deep South during July for attention, then please join us! We will be publishing our route and plans for Accountability events along the way, within the next few days. Stay tuned.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is a co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and the author of two books: Not One More Mother’s Child and Dear President Bush.

An Open Letter to America: “Now is the time for us to stand up and stand together”

Tom and I met Rev. Yearwood last year at Camp Casey.  “The Rev” has written the letter below in response to being notified that his activity with the Hip Hop Caucus is a “threat to national security” and he will therefore be honorably discharged by the U.S. Air Force Reserve:


An Open Letter to America:
“Now is the time for us to stand up and stand together”
By Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
July 1, 2007
My Fellow Americans:
The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting Americans who speak out against the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The U.S. military has launched politicized attacks on its own military members and moral leaders who oppose the war to discredit their voices of dissent. 
We have seen them target Cpl. Adam Kokesh to stop him from exercising his freedom of speech, after risking his life in Fallujah, Iraq. We have seen them threaten Sgt. Liam Madden for publicly stating the legal fact that the U.S. invasion is a war crime according to the Nuremberg principles. They have targeted Cpl. Cloy Richards, a soldier put in the media spotlight when his mother Tina Richards worked to get him the health care he needs after returning from Iraq eighty percent disabled. These are not happenstance targets. These young men are leaders of the Iraq Veterans Against the War and they are speaking out in a strong and coordinated way. 
And now I have been targeted
Who am I? Many of you know me as a reverend, an activist, an architect of Hip Hop politics and a freedom fighter, but I am also an Officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. I have long been in the struggle for peace and freedom and I serve proudly as a leader of faith. I joined the military as part of the “poor peoples draft” – to help pay for my education. In May 2000 I was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was accepted into the Chaplain Candidates program. In 2002 I graduated from Howard University School of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude. I was ordained a Reverend and Elder in the Church of God in Christ shortly after my graduation and today I remain in good standing in the Church. In May 2003 I completed the Chaplain Candidates program, but I decided not to pursue a career as a Chaplain in the Air Force. I have been in the Air Force Reserve Individual Reserve program ever since. 
On March 26th of this year I received notification from the Air Force that they are taking action to honorably discharge me on the basis of “behavior clearly inconsistent with the interest of national security.” Ironically, this letter arrived six days after I announced the launching of a national “Make Hip Hop Not War” Tour at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
On July 12, 2007, when I leave Robbins Air Force Base after my discharge hearing, whether I remain an Officer or not, I will be a leader always, and a patriot evermore committed to ending this immoral war.
In February 2003 I felt the sense of urgency many felt in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq to speak out. Even though I was only a Chaplain Candidate and a 2nd Lieutenant, when I had the opportunity to preach at Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One, the message that I preached was “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” Since then hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Americans have lost their lives and we now face a state of permanent warfare in our world. 
This moment in history is our generation’s lunch-counter moment – Iraq is our Vietnam and New Orleans is our Birmingham. Our generation could be the generation to defeat racism, poverty and war, but only if we come together as people of conscience. In the movements of the 60’s, solidarity among the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement was never truly achieved. As the “Hip Hop generation” – a generation where the sons and daughters of former slaves work side by side with the sons and daughters of former slave owners – we have the ability to bridge the gap and link movements for peace, justice, civil rights and the environment in true solidarity. 
We will not make the world safer – or achieve true national security – by starting wars that put our humanity at risk and we are certainly not making our country safer by intimidating veterans who courageously speak out. Policies that address the issues of poverty, racism, climate change, the economy and jobs are at the core of national security. I will continue to speak out against the war, seek justice for Katrina survivors, fight against racism, struggle for equality and advocate for a healthy planet. I hardly think that this sort of behavior is “inconsistent with the interest of national security.”
My brothers and sisters, opposition to this illegal war and occupation is not a cause – it constitutes a response to a state of emergency. It is our urgent responsibility to stop this war. According to the Book of Psalms, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” I know it looks bad now and our hope seems to wane and sometimes we want to give up. But, if we can all come together – black and white, brown and yellow, rich and poor, male and female, straight and gay, republican and democrat – whether you still love this country or are withdrawn in anger, not only can we defeat this war and restore justice and democracy, there will once again be joy in the morning.
My mother in the movement, Cindy Sheehan, will be with me on July 12th at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and I urge you to join me on the 12th as well. I also urge you to continue to increase your activism. This is our lunch-counter moment.  
For Future Generations,
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.


Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. is President of the Hip Hop Caucus. Much needed donations to his legal defense fund can be made at:

Online donations:www.hiphopcaucus.org
Checks, money orders or cash can be sent to:  Hip Hop Caucus
      1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600,
      Washington, DC 20036.
You can contact the Hip Hop Caucus at 202.787.5256 or at info@hiphopcaucus.org.

Call to Action 

When :

July 12, 2007 12:00 Noon Rally


Warner Robbins (100 miles south of Atlanta), GA Hwy 129 & Martin Luther King Blvd.


To stand in solidarity with Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. as he faces his United States Air Force separation hearing.


Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. is facing discharge from the United States Air Force Reserve Individual Reserve as he is being charged that his behavior is “inconsistent with the interest of national security.”


Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. intends to hold a candle light vigil at Martin Luther King’s tomb in Atlanta, GA on the evening before he returns to Washington DC. Time to be determined.
If you are unable to attend, please send much needed donations for Rev. Yearwood’s Defense fund:
Online Donations: HipHopCaucus.org
Checks, Money Orders or Cash:
Hip Hop Caucus
1112 16th St NW Ste. 600
Washington, D.C. 20036
For more information contact Tina Richards 573.247.8059

Progressive Talk Show Host to Purchase Cindy Sheehan’s Property

A couple of week’s ago, Cindy Sheehan announced that she was stopping her campaign of the last couple of years to confront the Bush administration on its lies to the American People.  In an open letter, she explained her frustration with the two-party system, electoral politics, and even with progressives.  Cindy announced she would be taking a break for an undetermined amount of time.

Cindy purchased Camp Casey over a year ago in Crawford Texas and held actions and events at the property.  I was fortunate to have been able to attend Camp Casey last August.  Cindy, in her article, announced that Camp Casey was up for sale.  There has been a lot of talk by progressives in many circles about how to purchase the property and continue having it devoted to peace.  Well, someone has stepped forward and will purchase the property and develop it into a peace garden of sorts:


Former TV News Anchor Bree Walker to Purchase 5-Acre ‘Camp Casey’ Property Near Bush Ranch
Will Keep Property Open to Public as ‘Legacy for Peace’; Sheehan to Appear Live in Studio on Walker’s Program Saturday…

A former Los Angles newscaster turned progressive talk radio host, Bree Walker, will be purchasing Cindy Sheehan’s 5-acre property near the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, The BRAD BLOG has learned.

Walker, currently a resident of San Diego, was previously a television news anchor in Los Angles and New York. She confirmed the news to us moments ago, in an exclusive interview, that she intends to keep the property “as a ground for freedom and peace” and is considering erecting a memorial there for troops killed in Iraq. She hopes to create a meditation garden on the grounds and to keep it open to the public.

“I’m cashing out my capitalist corporate stocks and buying into a legacy of peace,” she told The BRAD BLOG moments ago. Sheehan will be selling the property for the same price she purchased it for so as not to be seen as profiting from the sale, Walker explained.

Walker is the host of the The Bree Walker Show on the Los Angeles Air America affiliate station KTLK AM1150 on Saturdays from 2-4pm PT.

Sheehan will appear in studio with Walker for the entirety of tomorrow’s broadcast where, Walker says, she’ll “give Cindy the check, and Cindy will give me the deed to the property.”


She tells us that she’ll be taking calls from listeners during tomorrow’s show as she wants “listener input on what should be done with the land.”

The BRAD BLOG’s creator and publisher, Brad Friedman, is scheduled to appear on Walker’s show Saturday as well, at 3:00pm PT, by phone.

In a Memorial Day posting, Sheehan announced that she would be stepping away from her leadership role in the Peace Movement and planned to sell the Crawford property. Originally she had announced the property would be sold on Ebay, but shortly afterwards a group of Bush supporters announced their intentions to try and purchase the land.

That group, “Moving America Forward,” had staged protests during Sheehan’s original attempt, in the summer of 2005, to meet with Bush in hopes that he would explain the “noble cause” that he had claimed her son, and others, had died for in Iraq.

Bush refused to meet with Sheehan, whose son Casey, an Army Specialist, was killed in an April 2004 rescue mission in Sadr City, Iraq. Thousands of supporters gathered from around the nation to hold a vigil along with Sheehan in 2005 near Bush’s ranch during his summer vacation. A national peace movement grew out of her stand that summer. The area where the protests were held was dubbed “Camp Casey.”

After the city created new ordinances to keep protesters from occupying public property during protests, Sheehan bought the land where protest gatherings have been held at various times since whenever Bush was to be on vacation.

Ours was the only organization doing regular full-length daily radio broadcasts from the protest grounds that summer. Highlights from The BRAD SHOW’s more than 50 hours of special “Operation Noble Cause” radio broadcasts may be heard online here.

Cindy Sheehan’s Letter

Michael over on Common Circle has a commentary on Cindy Sheehan’s “Goodbye Letter”.  Like many other people, she is fed up  – especially with the Democrats – and is calling it quits.  She points out that when she first started her crusade to hold George Bush accountable for a war based on lies, she targeted the Republicans and Bush.  Then when she started holding the Democrats to the same standards, she began enduring slander from them as well as from the right wingers.   She explains her other conclusions, among them the most devastating for her:

The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

Cindy says she is selling Camp Casey which has served its purpose and is “going home” to take care of her family and nurture the relationships she has had the fortune to maintain throughout her journey.

I feel fortunate to have been able to visit Camp Casey and meet Cindy Sheehan.   I developed some releationships of my own whiloe there that continue today.  I came away from Camp Casey with a little more motivation and enthusiasm, a little more conviction, and a little more hope.  While Cindy is stepping back from her crusade, I am hopeful that she will contribute in other ways as she deems appropriate.  

Common Dreams published an article today called Camp Crawford Bush Protesters Moving Operation to DC.

In the article, this account is written:
A Bush supporter James Vergauwen sat in a convenience store parking lot in downtown Crawford on Saturday afternoon, under a tent with a sign reading “The Price of Freedom Is Not Free.”

The Vietnam veteran from Windthorst, near the Oklahoma line, said he and his wife been staying in his RV in the parking lot the past few weeks to counter Sheehan’s protest. Tourists and other supporters stop by or sit with him and thank him, he said.

“She has the right to say whatever she wants, and she does, but she doesn’t have the right to slander,” said Vergauwen, who added he was also supporting Bush in Crawford last summer.

This is probably the same man who was sitting at the same table when I was in Crawford a few weeks ago with these signs:

Now, if Cindy Sheehan “doesn’t have the right to slander”, why do these people?


Cindy Sheehan: Obligations

by Cindy Sheehan

I bought land in Crawford, Tx to conduct our Camp Caseys until the horrendous nightmare of an occupation ends in Iraq or/and until our world no longer has to suffer under the Bush Regime. But our land will also be a permanent place for peace and as a bastion of hope and refuge for soldiers whether they want to be in the military or not.

So many other people have literally put their blood, sweat and tears into Camp Casey III and all of the previous Camp Caseys — wonderful peace activists who give up many days, but in most cases, many weeks to come to hot, sweaty, dry, and dusty Crawford, Texas to show BushCo, our country and our world, that there are people in our nation who love peace with freedom so much that they are willing to drop their own lives to make such things realities in our lifetimes.

Camp Casey has not received the media coverage that we enjoyed (or not) last summer — because Cut and Run George has spent less time in Crawford this year than Camp Casey has. For some reason, the media follows him.

All of our hard work and every penny that I have spent was made abundantly worthwhile today when Mark Wilkerson, a 22 year old Army Specialist out of Ft. Hood, who has been AWOL for 19 months heard our call of sanctuary and came to Camp Casey to spend his last few days of freedom before turning himself in to military authorities at Ft. Hood.

After one tour in Iraq, Mark decided that the war, which he initially supported, was as illegal and immoral as he was hearing some people say. He tried very hard to go through the proper channels to attain Conscientious Objector status, but he was denied. So instead of being redeployed to Iraq for a 2nd time, he decided to go AWOL.

He heard our call for sanctuary at Camp Casey and he came. He found a home and a new family who love and support him fully. Mark is anxious to pay whatever price he has to pay for his decision and then to work with us in the Camp Casey Peace Institute and in the peace field.

One question that I heard the media that were there ask him, over and over again, went something like this: “Don’t you feel that when you take an oath you have an obligation to fulfill?” Mark handled this question wonderfully stating that he also has an obligation to follow his own conscience. Knowing that this war is both illegal and immoral by all rational and sane standards, he could not morally participate in the war crimes and crimes against humanity forced on everyone by our lying leaders.

I watch a lot of news and I read reports of Bush’s rare press conferences, and I have never seen any one ask George Bush the same question asked of Mark. The commander in chief did not fulfill his obligation during the Vietnam War. He was transferred to the Alabama Air National Guard, and despite a reward, that no one has come forward to claim saying anyone saw him there, he never reported for duty. I would like the same question asked of the president as was asked repeatedly of Wilkerson. How can he dare send a 22 year old Spc 4 to Iraq to fight, perhaps die and perhaps kill innocent people in a FUBAR excuse for a war, when he used all of his daddy’s connections to get out of the FUBAR excuse of a war that his generation had to fight, die, and kill innocent people for?

Along with most of the Republican Senators, Congresspeople, Executive Branch, and Dick “I had other priorities” Cheney, I have no problem with anyone who did whatever they had to do to not go to Vietnam. What I surely do have a problem with is, while they ran from the military industrial complex in the 60’s and 70’s, they feed our children to the ravenous monster in the next century’s first war for greed. Congress also abrogated its Constitutional responsibility to declare war and handed the keys to the war machine to an irresponsible deserter and his vice-draft dodger. Additionally, our commander in chief has an obligation to use his troops wisely — not recklessly and negligently. And what about the obligation to tell the truth to your country?

Instead of having the dubious “courage” of asking a brave young man full of integrity and honor the question of fulfilling an obligation, I would love for one of the press corps to ask the same question of Mark and Casey’s commander-in-chief. George had all the advantages of his East Coast birth and daddy’s wealth and cronies — so, he just didn’t have to show up if he didn’t want to. Mark did not have such advantages. He had to live in fear of discovery for over a year and a half. The rich always send the children of the poor to die to make themselves richer.

The peace movement needs to encourage all the soldiers to lay down their weapons and refuse to die or kill innocent people for the cowards in DC and the war machine. We, as peace people, need to support them with our moral support and monetary support so they feel comfortable doing so. We, as peace people, need to work on stopping the next war and work on giving families information and alternatives to their children putting on the uniform of the war profiteers. College is too expensive and they have no jobs in their communities. We need to wrest away money from the War Department and give it back to our future: our children.

War will only continue if we keep giving our kids to the war machine to chew up and spit out for their wicked profits.

To find more information on how to help young people get out of going to a war, please go to The GI Rights Hotline.

To find more information on obtaining C.O. Status please go to the Conscientious Objectors Web Site.

To find more information about alternatives to joining the military, please go to American Friends’ Service Committee.

I wish I had all of this info before my oldest child came home in a body bag.


Cindy Sheehan is mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is the author of Peace Mom which will be available on Sept. 19th, 2004.

Meeting People

I met the greatest lady super duper activist at Camp Casey: Barbara Cummings.

First, she had the greates t-shirts with “Impeach Bush and Cheney” on them, which I bought several, that her son designed and sells them through After Downing Street.org. There is a page with Barbara in a photo on that site too.

Barbara is a wealth of information and enthuiasm, energy and life. She is a terrific person – compassionate and caring and has a heart of gold.

She called me tonight to touch base with us about coming to Camp Democracy next week. Now, out of all the people she has met and developed relationships with, for her to remember us here in Utah really means a lot to me.

I am so excited to go to Camp Democracy in 7 days – not only to be part of that event but to see Barbara again.

Dee, Barabara, Tom