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RevCom Tour: Bring Recycling

Another video from the RevComs or Bust Tour with Cindy Sheehan, featuring Bring Recycling. Enjoy!

Bring Recycling, RevCom Eugene from GordonSturrock on Vimeo.

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RevCom Tour: Potato Leaf Project

Have a look-see at another video from the RevComs or Bust tour with Cindy Sheehan, featuring the Potato Leaf Project.

Revcoms Tour Live Stream!

They Will Not Control Us

Our RevComs or Bust Tour is going so well that we wish we could be in more cities–and, guess what? If our tour isn’t coming to a town near you, this time, we are LiveStreaming our event in Arcata, California, on Thursday, Aug 25th!

The company who hosts the archives of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, StreamGuys. is based out of Arcata and they are generously providing this service to the Soapbox Community for free!

When: Thursday, August 25, 730pm Pacific, 1030pm Eastern
Where: Tune in here!

Please consider a donation today, and thanks for participating in Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities.

RevCom Tour: Backyard Farmer

Have a look at the first video from the RevCom or Bust Tour!

RevComs or Bust Tour Begins!

By Cindy Sheehan

Today, the “Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities or Bust Tour” kicked off our nine city tour in Oregon and California with some exciting visits in Eugene, Or.

We pulled into The Eugene Backyard Farmer and learned from owner, Bill Bezuk, how keeping and raising chickens is beneficial to the economy, environment, family life (teaching children responsibility) and food security. (No value judgements on diet choices).

After the chicken store, which also sells 78 different breeds of chickens, our group went to Bring Recycling (Planet Improvement Center) which is a beautiful place that recycles all kinds of goods, breaks them down, and sells them at a good price back to the community. Bring not only preaches what director, Julie Daniel, calls the “Four Rs:” Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink through the educational outreach program, it puts into practice the Four Rs to make the community of Eugene a better place to live.

Scratching at my many mosquito bites reminds me of visiting The Potato Leaf and Common Ground community gardens in a Eugene neighborhood where neighbors are reaching across fences, political ideologies and any other kind of false divisionSto grow food, muscles, and community.

Exciting things are happening in Eugene and we are getting ready to head out to visit eight more communities to find out what YOU ARE DOING for sustainability and localization and how we can link organizations and activities together to build strong relationships and healthy activities that can actually change the world.

We will post video of today, soon–and we should have regular video updates!

Please contribute to the trip by making a small donation here!

RevCom Bus Tour: Cindy Sheehan & Squadron 13

From August 19th to the 30th, Cindy Sheehan and three military veterans will embark on a bus (veggie oil) tour from Eugene, Oregon, to Fresno, California, and back.

We’ve talked about it here, and elsewhere, and the energy brought to the table by the local communities has been astounding. Up and down the length of the trip, there are localized revolutionary efforts underway, and the tour will highlight and report back on the best of them.

The RevCom tour is set to revitalize the grass roots initiative, Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities, and each of the stops along the way are filled with exciting events.

Following is a list of the dates and places the tour will be stopping; for more information on the events in each community, please email Gordon at: GS@Squadron13.com

Sat, Aug 20th: Eugene, Oregon
Sun, Aug 21st: Hood River, Oregon
Mon, Aug 22nd: Newport, Oregon
Tue, Aug 23rd: Free day
Wed, Aug 24: Free day
Thu, Aug 25: Arcata, California
Fri, Aug 26: Garberville, California
Sat, Aug 27: Fresno, California
Sun, Aug 28: Free Day
Mon, Aug 29: Free Day
Tue, Aug 30: Sacramento, California

A message from Cindy Sheehan:

Recent events in the U.S., which amount to financial terrorism by the elite, have demonstrated that Democracy with a Capital D is officially DOA, and We the People can face a scary future assured that we will survive, because we can build communities that foster peace, health, the environment, and prosperity.

In 2009, I toured the nation with my book, Myth America, advocating for such communities–they were urgent then, and necessary, now.

Hope to see you out on the tour!

Please consider making a donation for the tour utilizing one of the mechanisms to the right.

Peace.

Revolution

Protest vs. Local Revolution

By Cindy Sheehan

I would say that I belong to the classification of “protester.”

For the last seven years I have protested war, violence, injustice and economic oppression all over the world. I have been arrested about 17 times and I even ran for Congress in 2008 against a warmonger. I have camped and had camps from Crawford, Texas to Washington, DC during the current and previous US regimes. I have protested with a few people to several hundred thousands. Is there peace, yet?

No, and why? Even though I have been a mega-protester for the last seven years, I have met people who have been doing this for the last seven decades and have been arrested dozens of times.

The only thing that has changed from all this protest is that the US is in more wars and killing more people than since WWII. Our enemies have changed also: the US used to fight countries, since the Cold War we have been fighting ideologies. What a brilliant move by the war establishment! Besides our alleged “enemies,” who is anti-freedom, anti-democracy, anti-“The American Way?” It’s a cynical, yet effective move to keep this One Nation Under Surveillance in perpetual war for perpetual profit.

RevCom Tour 2011No matter how we in the peace and justice movements do protest, we will always be ineffective (in spite of “winning” small battles occasionally) for a few reasons:

We don’t have the monetary resources of the War/Political Machine.

No matter how effective alternative media is becoming, we don’t have the unlimited propaganda tools the War/Political Machine have.

We don’t have, and seemingly will never have, the one thing that would help overcome the other obstacles to our success: Unity.

Why can’t we in these movements put aside egos and share mailing lists and resources to become more effective?

Based on a statistical study by two University professors, Michael Heaney of the University of Michigan and Fabio Rojas of the University of Indiana, the antiwar movement lost many activists when Obama became president—because most of the antiwar movement was composed of people who affiliate and identify with the Democratic Party. I didn’t need a study to show me this—I have seen the affects since the Democrats took control of the House of Reps in 2006. But based on surveys done at rallies since January of 2009, Heaney and Rojas found: After Obama’s election as president, Democratic participation in antiwar activities plunged, falling from 37 percent in January 2009 to a low of 19 percent in November 2009. And attendance at the March 20, 2010 rally (the last one I attended) in DC was even more poorly attended!

The organizations that have/had the largest mailing lists were merely anti-Bush and not antiwar.

Now, there is a new coalition that is calling people to DC in October to do exactly what my organization, Peace of the Action, called for in 2010: “throwing our bodies on the gears” of the machine. I hope this group is successful, but what happens if they are? What happens if their protests do collapse the US Empire? What will the structure of a new government look like?

The word “Revolution” is lightly tossed around these days, from the Chevy Revolution to IHOP’s Pancake Revolution, and what happened in Egypt earlier this year was no “revolution” except in that very same marketing sense.

Hundreds of thousands of good people gathered in Tahrir (Freedom) Square in Egypt demanding an end to the Mubarek dictatorship, and all they really achieved, for all their dedication and sacrifice, was a transfer of the same crap onto a military dictatorship. Little has changed in Egypt—in fact, a recent report says that the Military Council outlawed protesting, over 7000 activists have been arrested and the military admitted to giving female protesters “virginity tests.” That’s decidedly not a revolution; in fact, it sounds a lot like the farce the US participates in every four years without the bloodshed.

Another recent victory for the (what I call) Robber Class (both political parties, wealthy, corporate media, Wall Street, bankers, the Military Industrial Complex) came in Madison, Wisconsin—again, tens of thousands of good people flocked to Madison to oppose Republican governor Scott Walker and his regime’s attacks against worker’s rights to organize. The Democrats and their lapdogs in labor and social movements co-opted that energy and Scott Walker got everything he wanted, and instead of campaigns to recall union leadership for, once again, caving into The Boss, Wisconsin activists have launched a recall campaign against the Republicans (and one Democrat).

We the people can’t seem to get it together because most of us refuse to see that neither political party is our “friend.” Instead of nurturing movements that may actually have some positive grassroots change, both parties sneak into the middle of the action to either co-opt the corruptible or kill what can’t be bought.

Another reason we cannot unite is because we have allowed the Robber Class to strategically “divide and conquer” us like it has done so effectively in places such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq and is now trying to do in Libya. We down here in the Robbed Class fight about peripheral issues and while we are squabbling, the Robber Class is literally stealing us blind.

My organization Peace of the Action supports all actions, including the one in DC in October, that have good demands that we agree with—but we believe that our effort: Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities (RevComs) to take back local control of our resources, economy, environment, food and clean-energy production, co-operatives, politics, education, etc, is the only long-term strategy we have left to us for basic survival.

To jump start this effort, several of us are beginning a RevCom tour of Oregon and California beginning on August 17th—for more information, please click the link below, or email:
TourSuggestions@VeteransforJustice.com