Archive for August, 2005

Out Now: Hip Mama Issue #34

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

The new issue of Hip Mama, #34: NOW CHANGE EVERYTHING, is back from the printer and meandering its way through the mail system to you!

Featuring . . .

Allison Crews: Tribute to an Activist Life by Julie Cushing, Kim Crews, Dorie Lanni, Coleen Murphy, Katherine Arnoldi, mommacherry, Lindsey Rock & others

Poetry by Alli Crews, Trula Breckenridge, Karla Brundage, & Julie Hauserman

Mama Bought the Cafe by Asha Dornfest

My Son the Marine by Annaliese Jakimides

Mamapalooza NYC reviewed by Victoria Law

And way more . . .

Get your sample issue or subscribe right here.

Camp Casey

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Cindy Sheehan had to leave Camp Casey on Thursday because her mama had a stroke, but the peaceful occupation of Crawford, Texas continues. Antiwar moms and others marched closer to W.’s ranch to deliver handwritten letters and Joan Baez is set to entertainthe troops there on Sunday.

Help out.

Road trip!

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

It’s day six of the peaceful occupation of Crawford, Texas, but Resident Bush still won’t meet with mama Cindy Sheehan. Cindy’s son, Casey, was killed in Iraq last year.

She’s camped out in the hot desert sun, speaking out about the occupations of Iraq and Palestine and demanding answers from the criminal regime that killed her son along with more than 1800 other soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqi people.

Two of W.’s aides have met with Cindy, but beyond that she’s been forced to walk in a ditch to get near the ranch, smeared by the right-wing media, and threatened with arrest ’cause she’s–get this–a threat to national security.

Gotta love your freedom.

Cindy is being joined by other military families and supporters from around the country.

Speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq earlier this month, W. said: “We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission.” And “The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause.”

So, Cindy & members of Gold Star Families for Peace headed down to W.’s vacation home to confront him–and ask if he’s encouraged his own kids to enlist.

“If he doesn’t come out to talk to me in Crawford, I’ll follow him to D.C., and I’ll camp out on his lawn,” Cindy said. “I’ll go to prison. I don’t want to live in a country where people are treated this way.

“I want to ask George Bush, ‘Why did my son die? What was the noble cause that he died for?’” she said. “I don’t want him to use my son’s name or my family name to justify any more killing or to exploit my son’s name, my son’s sacrifice, or my son’s honor to justify more killing. As a mother, why would I want one more mother to go through what I’m going through, Iraqi or American? The only way to honor my son’s sacrifice is to bring the troops home now.”

Here’s what you can do to help:
Join Cindy in Crawford!
The Crawford Peace House is in the center of Crawford on Hwy 185 and the railroad tracks (Phone 254-486-0099)
The Vigil is on Prairie Chapel road near the entrance to W.’s ranch.

Donate to the Crawford Peace House.

Call, fax, and email the White House and ask the staff there to contact the President on his ranch and ask him to meet with Cindy Sheehan.
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-Mail: comments@whitehouse.gov

Contact your representatives in Congress

Join the Troops Out Now coalition in NYC on Monday, Aug 15 — 5 p.m. in Union Square — to stand in solidarity with Cindy.

Work for Peace every day & be patient.

Yup:

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Now comes
The commercialization of catastrophe:

Price hikes & All That

America! America! God shed his grace on thee
YOU PIECE OF SH…ining sea

Nicanor Parra