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Cindy Sheehan Opens New Campaign Headquarters in San Francisco

by Robert B. Livingston (gruaudemais [at]
Virtually ignored by the establishment media, the famous antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan opened her new 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.
San Francisco
December 9, 2007

Except for a short factual broadcast by Don Knapp of local television station KPIX Channel 5, Cindy 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 "Cindy Sheehan" from Google's news page and glances over the search offerings, one might even get the impression that Cindy had given up her activism. But it isn't so. Far from it.

Especially since yesterday afternoon-- when many friends and supporters met Cindy and her surviving children (her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq) at 1260 Mission Street in San Francisco. There, Cindy 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 today behind George W. Bush and 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 involvement in Iraq. The Washington Post reported yesterday that under Pelosi's "leadership" Democrats will have for the third time since they took control of Congress failed to force Bush to change course in Iraq. Tomorrow, they plan to give Bush a half-trillion-dollar spending package that will include billions of dollars for the war in Iraq without timelines for the withdrawal of combat forces.

During Cindy Sheehan's Campaign Headquarters Open House, Cindy expressed her contempt for such measures which suggest that the 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 Cindy 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.
This is a screenshot I took about 9 am this morning to show what a search of the San Francisco Chronicle's web portal archive turns up when one searches for news about Cindy Sheehan.
§Cindy Sheehan and volunteers about a month ago
by Robert B. Livingston
About a month ago, Cindy Sheehan and volunteers take stock of the dismal interior of 1260 Mission (once a seedy adult night club in a run-down neighborhood), where she will have her campaign headquarters.
§Only days ago volunteers make final touches for Cindy's Open House
by Robert B. Livingston
While awaiting the delivery of office furniture, a local artist works on making hand-crafted t-shirts for yesterday's event. Cindy's headquarters had been freshly renovated: repaired, cleaned, carpeted, and painted.
§Matt Gonzalez attended yesterday's event
by Robert B. Livingston
At yesterday's event, Matt Gonzalez listens to filmmaker James Lesley. Lesley recently posted a hot video at Youtube of Cindy reading a letter requesting Nancy Pelosi to impeach Bush and Cheney.

A leading attorney and Green Party leader, Matt narrowly lost to Pelosi relation and corporate darling mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2003 San Francisco mayoral election.
§A somber moment amidst yesterday's cheerful celebration
by Robert B. Livingston
Cindy Sheehan chokes back emotion as her daughter Carly reads her poem "A Nation Rocked to Sleep".
The Green Party activist and working person's advocate is running for Congress in California's 12th District. Hermanson's efforts helped make San Francisco's minimum wage one of the highest in the nation.
§Having reached a new milestone, Cindy Sheehan beams with pride
by Robert B. Livingston
Looking at her transformed headquarters crowded with devoted volunteers, family, and friends, Cindy Sheehan reflects on how much has been accomplished in such a short time... and how feasible and productive her independent campaign has already become.
§War Is Over!
by Robert B. Livingston
Cindy Sheehan's successful campaign headquarters opening shows that imagining a world of Peace and Love can be practically translated into making a real world of Peace and Love.

What was once in a previous incarnation a dingy nondescript "clip joint" that preyed on people's weaknesses has been transformed into a lovely office devoted to implementing productive and practical political change.

Now, if only people can imagine what Cindy can do if she is elected, and support her with real efforts, maybe the "clip joint" that is modern day Washington D.C. can be transformed as quickly.

In rememberance of John Lennon, here is Yoko Ono's website:
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