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350.org and Richmond Enviromentalist 8/3 Organizers Prevent Sheehan From Speaking Because
Organizers of the Richmond environmental march including 350.org and the Richmond Progressive Alliance prevented Cindy Sheehan from speaking at the rally and thereby excluded any socialist anti-imperialist voices. Both 350.org and the RPA push more liberal politicians and pushing to reform Chevron and the criminals running the energy industry.
350.org and Richmond Enviromentalist 8/3 Organizers Prevent Sheehan From Speaking Because of Her Socialist Politics Anti-Imperialist Politics "no room"
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Silenced Again, this time in Richmond, Ca by Cindy Sheehan
by Cindy Sheehan
You know what is sad?
Since Obama was elected in 2008, I have been dis-invited from speaking in more than a few places; I have been rejected from speaking in more places; I am no longer asked to "sign onto" most "progressive" causes; and, of course, the "liberal press" has almost totally blacked out my message of peace, (no matter who's president) and justice out. What's really sad, is that's not the sad thing.
The sad thing is that I have gotten used to it and I am not even insulted or angry any longer when this happens. I get up and charge ahead with all steam possible despite all of the obstacles, and I really appreciate the people who are still with me in the principled struggle.
However, another "not interested" not-invite occurred this past weekend when 350.org (admittedly an Obama-loving organization) held a protest in Richmond, CA to oppose Chevron. My friend and campaign manager, Andy Conn, bugged the organizers for weeks to get me a few minutes on the speaker's platform. Denied--no reason, except for the questionable reason that there was "no room."
Excuse me, among other things, I spoke for worker control of energy on Labor Day last year in Richmond right after the last disastrous Chevron fire; my son was killed for big oil and its pursuit of complete ownership of ALL the world's fossil fuel supply; I just rode my bike 3500 miles to highlight this issue AND if I were still a Democrat, I am sure that I would have been welcomed with open arms.
Anyway, below is a video of what I said last year, and what I would have said this past weekend, if I were allowed to speak: