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Cindy Sheehan www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com has organized a nonviolent, civil disobedience, anti-war, peace coalition called Peace of the Action www.peaceoftheaction.org.

Recently Peace of the Action camped out at the Nation’s Capital, hundreds protested in front of the White House and over sixty Americans, including Cindy were arrested for practicing nonviolent civil resistance in opposition to these illegal wars, occupations, and for a full and complete end to torture which takes place under what is known as  torture loopholes http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17204 .      

In the video series below Cindy is joined by such antiwar greats as former CIA analyst Ray McGovern who used to give George HW Bush his daily CIA briefings and who founded Veteran Intelligence Officers for Sanity. He also writes for several sites, including Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, and Alternet.com*, and by Col. Ann Wright www.voicesofconscience.com, and author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience; Government Insiders Speak out Against the War in Iraq, one of the first State Department officials to retire in protest of the invasion of Iraq and who has been an outspoken peace activist ever since. Cindy is also joined by Kevin Zeese co-founder and Executive Director of Voters for Peace www.votersforpeace.us and by Brian Becker the National Coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition    https://secure2.convio.net/pep/site/SPageServer?pagename=ANS_homepage .

If you want to learn what is happening in the antiwar movement today, visit these sites and watch these videos of the recent camp out. Yes, the antiwar movement shrank when Obama became president, for we had high hopes, but it is once more rising, and rightly so, for Obama has sustained many Bush policies and has added draconian measures such as legalized assassinations of Americans.

The current antiwar movement is small but it is strong, it is being led by a core of long-term, well-disciplined, well-educated activists, a number of whom have been insiders such as Col. Wright or Ray McGovern. It has teeth and it has the discipline of nonviolent civil disobedience as a strategy, which Cindy Sheehan has long been a practitioner and leader of.

There’s another camp out in Washington DC this summer www.peaceoftheaction.org !

Share these videos with the peace mom in your life and have a peace filled Mother’s Day!

Pamela

*Ray McGovern articles found at these sites:

http://www.counterpunch.org/mcgovern04232009.html

http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2010/04/26/iran-a-threat-i-mean-really/

http://www.alternet.org/authors/5591

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          Enjoy a talk by Vandana Shiva in honor of the earth and it’s people:

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A few weeks ago I went on a long walk with a friend at the Desert Botanical Gardens here in Phoenix, Arizona. This brief journey culminated into this website which I believe represents a greater journey, one which I hope to share with others who have also struggled to find real solutions amidst what can at times appear to be bewildering world conditions.

As we walked and talked we spoke of world conditions and events. Overhead we observed the solar radiation management spraying which has been taking place for years right above us all and yet has remained classified and largely unchallenged and even unnoticed by a psychologically compliant public.

We discussed issues such as those created by the massive geoengineering of seeds and Monsanto’s aggressive and destructive tactics.

We discussed mountaintop removal mining and the movement of civil disobedience which has risen among the Appalachian peoples (which incidentally has become so effective that since our talk the EPA has finally determined that mountaintop removal mining does indeed destroy water shed and that no new contracts will permit mining companies to blow up a mountain and fill the valleys below with the debris). Why it took the EPA so many years to figure that one out, I can’t say, but I suspect that the arrests of numerous citizens practicing nonviolent civil action had something to do with their awakening.

We spoke of Gandhi and King and the underlying and transcendent spiritual principles of their movements, and the efficacy of such methods in birthing genuine and lasting change for the better.

We spoke of thought as energy, as a wavelength or as various wavelengths, and we discussed the words of a swami from the east who often spoke of thought as a wavelength. In this vein of discussion we began to explore the role of an individual’s thought and awareness in finding solutions to many of the world’s challenges, in other words can we as individuals effect a change by way of thought?

I believe that thought and action are required for as the saying goes, “Faith without works is dead.” What I can’t determine is what actions another individual should take. For one person activism is required, for another deep prayer is an action, a service. 

Gandhi said that no lasting change could come about without prayer yet he also said, “God has no religion.” I believe this is true and that this is why the Gandhian and Kingian movements were successful, because they began in religion yet ultimately transcended religion.

At any rate we had been discussing these concepts when we came upon an area in the gardens dedicated to hummingbirds and we were looking at an artist’s rendition of a hummingbird dipping it’s beak deep into a blossom yet clearly the beak could not reach the base of the flower. My friend told me a story about the hummingbirds around her home, she said she had observed that they had begun to pierce a tiny hole at the base of the flowers and that while this did not harm the blossoms it served two purposes for the hummingbird, one he could drink fully from the base of the flower and two the little hole seemed to serve as a marker for other hummingbirds to see that this flower had been expended of its nectar.

As we pondered with fascination over this amazing collective breakthrough which the hummingbirds around her home had displayed we began to wonder if other hummingbirds might pick up on this new development and at that moment we both looked at each other and exclaimed with delight, “Like the hundredth monkey!”

In view of the direction our discussion had taken the hummingbirds became a metaphor for me and I ultimately decided to honor the experience by naming this website after it.

I believe that together we can journey to new places where solutions thrive, where we are unafraid of facing the truth about conditions in our world yet also where we are committed to tuning into the wavelengths wherein solutions are born. I look forward to traveling with you on this journey as we tune into the wavelengths of solutions for the planet and for humanity.

Pamela Senzee, Phoenix, AZ

“Nobody living can ever stop me as I go walking my freedom highway, nobody living can make me turn back, this land was made for you and me.”   Woody Guthrie

The power of a simple song! Enjoy Pete Seeger and friends on his 90th last year at Madison Square Garden!

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