Virtually ignored by the establishment media, the famous antiwar
activist Cindy Sheehan officially kicked off her campaign to unseat
Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the opening of her campaign headquarters
yesterday in San Francisco.
The date of her headquarters opening coincided with the date
John Lennon was assassinated in New York 27 years ago. Lennon's
widow, Yoko Ono, hoped his passing would be remembered by people
everywhere imagining a world of Peace and Love.
Former Board President Matt Gonzalez, former Union Local 10 Secretary-Treasurer
Clarence Thomas and former mayoral candidate Ahimsa Sumchai attended
the campaign kickoff event.
Except for a short broadcast
by Don Knapp of local television station KPIX Channel 5, Sheehan's
official opening of her new campaign headquarters in San Francisco
yesterday was virtually ignored by the establishment media. There
was no coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle. If one searches
Sheehan" from Google's news page and glances over the
search offerings, one might even get the impression that Sheehan
has given up her activism. But it isn't so. Far from it.
Especially since yesterday afternoon when many friends and supporters
met Sheehan and her surviving children (her son, Casey, was killed
in Iraq) at 1260 Mission Street in San Francisco. There, Sheehan
addressed the issues that spurred her to directly challenge California
District 8 Congressional incumbent Nancy Pelosi, considered by
many as the third most powerful person in America behind President
George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney.
Pelosi has famously vowed to "keep impeachment off the table,"
and has disappointed most of her constituents and many people
around the nation for not helping bring an end to America's occupation
of Iraq. The Washington Post reported yesterday that under Pelosi's
"leadership," Democrats will have, for the third opportunity
since taking control of Congress, failed to force Bush to change
course in Iraq. On Monday, they plan
to give Bush a half-trillion-dollar spending package to include
billions of dollars for the war in Iraq without timelines for
the withdrawal of combat forces.
During a speech a the office opening event, Sheehan expressed
her contempt for such measures which suggest Democrats are colluding
with the Bush administration and not presenting a true opposition
that reflects the will of the people -- particularly in San Francisco
where Sheehan is now running as an independent. She also expressed
her desire to implement healthy changes which will begin by bringing
American troops home from a war that is universally known today
as having been founded on lies and deception.
District 8 congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan
Sheehan is joined by SFBulldog
Brown, Mesha Monge-Irizarry
and campaign workhorse Patrick Monk.
Mike Gravel campaign volunteer Dawn Adams with Ron Paul supporter,