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June 20, 2009

Cindy Sheehan's Revolution Journey

By Rob Kall

Cindy's new book on revolution against the robber class takes her on the next stage of her heroic journey


Last night a few local activists got together with Cindy Sheehan to raise a few to toast Ray McGovern's successful cardiac procedure.

We had that opportunity because Cindy Sheehan is doing a tour, promoting her new E-book, Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution. More info about the book and the tour is below.

The locale was the home of Vietnam vet against the war, Bill Perry, one of the local progressive heroes in the Philly area. Though, truth to be told, Bill is not just local. It's amazing how he gets around to Washington D.C., Crawford Texas and so many places in between, always with massive signs or street theater props like crosses or shoes representing those lost lives in wars started based on lies.


We talked about the book, about her radio show, her life. The concept of the Hero's Journey came up. Joseph Campbell described the universal myth in his book, Hero with a Thousand faces, in which the potential hero starts out in the ordinary world and gets a "call to adventure." Sometimes the call is rejected. Cindy's call came when her son Casey was killed in Iraq. But think of all the thousands of parents whose children are killed who refused to accept the call to speak out against a wrong war built upon lies.

In the hero's journey, the budding hero must cross the threshold to begin the heroic journey. But there are threshold guardians who block the threshold and  intimidate the potential hero. I asked Cindy who her mentor were. "It's been a lonely journey," she replied, but then added that her readings of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Chalmers Johnson, John Perkins and Naomi Klein served as mentors on her journey.

When she crossed her heroic threshold, she quickly built alliances and started doing things to fight her good fight, Creating Gold Star Families for Peace, and Camp Casey, outside the home of war criminal George W. Bush. She described how a few days ago, she'd been to Bush's new home in Dallas, or as close as she was able to get to it-- a few blocks from the entrance to the gated community-- "about as close as we were able to get to him in Crawford," she described.

This summer's book tour, which will run in phases, from the beginning of June, into August, will visit 40 cities. This weekend, she'll make eight to ten stops in the Philly area.

 CINDY in Philly & South Jersey, 8 Venues, 4 Days

Saturday, June 20
MAIN LINE Noon-2 pm Saturday
Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church, 130 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood

Center City Philadelphia 3:00-5:00 Saturday
Moonstone Art Center, 110A South 13th Street, 2nd floor

Cherry Hill, NJ 7:30-9:00pm Saturday
UU Church, 401 N Kings Highway, Cherry Hill

Sunday, June 21
Princeton, NJ 2:00-4:00 pm Sunday
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton

North East Phila-Bucks County 6:30pm Sunday
St Lukes United Church of Christ, 11080 Knights Rd, NE Phila

Monday, June 22
Phila Community College (WaterMark Hall) 2:00-4:00pm
WaterMark Tower, 2 Franklin Town Blvd (between Vine & Callowhill, @17th)

Central Bucks & Montgomery County 7:00-9:00pm Monday
BuxMont UU Church @ 2040 Street Road, Warrington, PA

Tuesday, June 23
Bethlehem 7:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 424 Center Street, Bethlehem

For Info on ALL 8 Venues, call Bill Perry @ 215-945-1269

I asked her what the goal of her tour is and she replied that she wants to get the message out that we need a revolution. "What do you think about people talking about guns and revolution?" Opednews managing editor Cheryl Biren Wright asked.

"No, no. I'm for peace," Cindy replied. The path to revolution is to drop out of the system, to get off the grid, to re-localize, refusing to support "robber class" corporations or systems. That means finding local sources for food, energy, goods, putting your money in local credit unions and not feeding into the system that supports the robber class.  She also says she's putting her energy into supporting local candidates in local elections.

Here are some more details on the book.

Order it here:
Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution
Excerpt: The Robber Class loves to divide us along arbitrary lines: Republican/Democrat; White/Black/Brown; Protestant/Catholic/Jew/Muslim; North/South; but these divisions are malleable, even our skin color can be changed a la Michael Jackson! But seriously, skin color is only a surface issue; inside we are all the same! The Robber Class knows that there really only exists one division in the world: Robber Class and Robbed Class. We in the Robbed Class have way more in common with each other than we do that separates us.
It’s time to break the sick relationship that we have with the Robber Class and do something about it! They can only rob us, if we allow them to.

Myth One: America: Greatest Nation in the Universe!

Myth Two: Elections Matter

Myth Three: There's a huge Difference Between Dems and Repubs

Myth Four: It is Noble to Die in Robber Class Wars

Myth Five: The Central Banking System is good for the Robbed Class

Myth Six: It's a Privilege to pay Income Taxes to the Robber Class

Myth Seven: Housing, Health Care and Education are Privileges, too

Myth Eight: America has a Free Press

Myth Nine: The Environment, Who Needs it?

Myth Ten: 19 Muslims with box cutters were responsible for 9/11

Summary: The Case for (peaceful) Revolution.

There Ain't no Power like the Power of the People!

In this exciting Internet Booklet, Cindy, with her characteristic open honesty not only exposes the myths of the Robber Class, but gives us tangible and doable solutions and alternatives to buying in to the Robber Class myths!

Myth America will be available a week from today! To pre-order your Internet Copy, give a minimum donation of $10.00 to Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox (Monthly Sustainers will automatically get a copy in their in-boxes next Friday---if we have your correct email address) and make sure we have your correct email address.

Every donation of 10.00 or more, between now and next Friday, will receive a copy of Myth America!

As I write this report, I am instant messaging with our OEN correspondent in Peshawar, Muhammad Khurshid, who's been within blocks of two recent terrorists attacks and whose family lives in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, near the Afghan border, where the Taliban has taken over much of the territory. The Pak army is on its way there to clean up the Taliban and that will put his family at risk. Khurshid is in Peshawar, where the jobs are available and he opines to me how he wants to be doing more activism work. I reply, "Talking with Cindy Sheehan last night, we talked about how difficult it is to pay the bills when being an activist. It is not a comfortable or easy life."

In Campbell's characterization of the archetypal heroic journey, the hero's goal is to find the "magic elixir" which will cure the ills in the world the hero departed from when she began  her heroic journey. Then, the hero must bring that elixir home.

While there's no question Cindy is a hero on a heroic journey, she has had her share of travails, her share of encounters with antagonists from the right and left. The challenge of the hero is to be true to one's self and one's beliefs, to fully evolve, once  having crossed the threshold, to a new, higher level of being and then to bring that greater awareness and power home, sharing it with the community. Cindy has chosen to bravely explore the domain of her beliefs, not simply embracing any party's  or ideology's line. Her book maps  out some new territory with a vision which, if it comes to pass, will indeed make this world a much better place.

Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. 

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