Monday, August 15, 2005
( 9:57 PM ) Jackie
Today Code Pink held a series of events in Sacramento. Those of us in the Bay area got up at 2:30 am so we would be at the first event before 5am. We started at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) where we greeted youth who were coming in to test to determine what MOS, or job category, they might qualify for. We then caravaned to the I-80 where we did a very successful banner drop. As usual, lots of peace signs and and horn-honking in support. We then went to a recruiting center and then on the the Capitol to meet with 15 legislators. We presented a resolution to bring home the CA national guard and asked that the legislators take leadership in bringing this resolution forward. After a brief rally, we talked about the various responses we received and then celebrated with a great lunch. (Well, my lunch was fruit juice as this is the last day of my 6-day fast in support of Cindy Sheehan.)
I took photos of most of the events -- couldn't let go of my banner to shoot the banner drop. Photos are jackiet.us
I'm ready for some sleep, and looking forward to breakfast.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
( 10:41 PM ) Jackie
Oakland Woman Continues Fast by Greeting Recruits at Military Entrance Processing Station
AUGUST 15, 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Jackie Thomason 510-332-5998
Suzanne Joi 510-540-7007
What: Oakland Woman Continues Fast by Greeting Recruits at Military Entrance Processing Station
When: August 15, 2005, 4:45am – 2pm
Long time Oakland resident, Jackie Thomason has been fasting since August 10 in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan.
Cindy Sheehan has been camping out side President Bush’s compound in Crawford, Texas since August 7. She has asked to meet with the President, to ask him what was the “noble cause” for which her son Casey died in Iraq.
Diane Wilson, who joined Cindy in Crawford, began a fast on August 7 as a statement of her support. Women across the country have joined Diane’s fast. See who is fasting.
On the sixth day of her fast, Ms Thomason joins other Code Pink activists in Sacramento for a “Call in Pink” campaign. Women are urged to “Call in ‘Pink’ because you’re sick & tired of war”, to leave their homes and jobs for the day and gather in Sacramento.
The day will begin at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Sacramento, 3870 Rosin Court, There, the women will greet recruits who are being inducted into the military. They will have signs and banners that show the “real face of war” and provide information about alternatives to the military and their rights.
They will then gather at recruitment centers to provide information to potential recruits to counter misinformation and pressure from recruiters to join the military.
At 11 am they will meet with 15 legislators, to lobby for their support of a resolution to bring home the California National Guard, followed by a rally and “Pinknic” on the Capitol Grounds.
Asked about whether it was difficult to fast and whether she got hungry while fasting, Ms Thomason said, “In Iraq the number of children who go hungry has doubled since the United States invaded their country. Worldwide, 17,000 children die every day from hunger-related disease. Unlike them, I have the luxury and the privilege of deciding when I will eat again. I think of Cindy Sheehan, whose child has been killed in Iraq and who is camping in a ditch in the dust by the side of the road, and I am fed by her courage.”
Ms Thomason is a member of Code Pink and a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline. She is on the Boards of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and the Paul Robeson Chapter of the ACLU.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
( 1:32 PM ) Jackie
Soldiers Tell It Like It is
"...outside of the wire, you had to deal with blown-up bodies. Car bombs that killed innocent civilians. A little girl’s pink sandals smoldering on the side of the road. A guy’s face in a watermelon after a watermelon truck full of explosives blew up and killed Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint. U.S. soldiers dying in Bradley tanks." -- GI special, 3B32 (5/17/2005)
Saturday, May 14, 2005
( 10:18 PM ) Jackie
A Little Contradiction
With recruiting numbers down by 27% of goal, and expected to stay down, the Army is enticing recruits with the promise of reduced deployment time.
But at the same time, they are continuing to use the Stop Loss to keep people in the military -- and redeployed -- past the date they are due to leave the Army. (The military's Stop Loss Policy temporarily prohibits soldiers from retiring or quitting when their enlistment is up.) One soldier, Emilio Santiago, sued the military because his stop loss extended his time in the military to 2031!! He lost!
"I signed my contract for 8 years and the government involuntarily extended me for another 27 years," says Santiago.
Apparently his recruiter failed to point this stuff out!
Sounds a little nutty to me.
And of course, as even the military has admitted, RECRUITERS LIE THEIR ASSES OFF!!!
Monday, May 09, 2005
( 10:55 AM ) Jackie
U.S. Death Toll In Iraq Tops 1600
Many people believe that the Viet Nam war ended because soldiers refused to fight.
That’s happening now with even the military admitting to 5500 people “deserting” the military and many more obtaining discharge through military channels, including discharge as conscientious objectors.
The first person to apply for Conscientious Objector status, Camilo Mejia, had his claim denied and has just come out of a year in prison for his courageous stand.
Two more resistors — Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman -- have also had their claims to conscientious objector status denied and face court martial on trumped up charges.
I hope you will join us on Tuesday May 10 in a national day of action in support of resistors. If you can, join our caravan to San Diego to attend Pablo Paredes’ court martial hearings or attend Kevin Benderman’s hearing in Fort Stewart, Georgia. Or check out their websites for other ways that you can support them.
Camilo Mejia - http://www.freecamilo.org/
Pablo Paredes - http://www.swiftsmartveterans.com/
Kevin Benderman - http://www.bendermandefense.org
I’m going to San Diego and am accepting donations for gas.....Pay Pal is good! My email address is email@example.com
Thursday, March 24, 2005
( 2:55 PM ) Jackie
Speaking Out in the Belly of the Beast
Check out the video from the March 19, 2005 anti-war rally In Fayetteville, home of Fort Bragg. For some reason you have to cut and past the url into your browser.
Here it is:
The interviews feature women and men from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Military Families Speak Out, two important anti-war groups.
These are the real heroes in this war, along with the many known and unknown who have refused in various ways to participate in this illegal and imoral war.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
( 10:35 AM ) Jackie
I've just finished five days of on the Lemonade Cleanse. ( I didn't use the product being sold on the site referenced -- just the lemonade).
What that means is that for five days all I "ate" was a lemonade made of organic lemons, filetered water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. And I used a "salt water flush" several times. Added to this was lots of water and some herbal tea.
Most of the time I felt quite good and energetic. Frequently, especially on the days when I used the salt water flush, I had chills and I did sleep more than my usual 6 or 7 hours I sweated a lot.
During this time I did all my normal activities, including going to the gym twice. I wasn't hungry really but had "mouth hunger" a lot, really wanted to taste something other than lemon. By the last day, Sunday, I didn't even finish out the required amount of the lemonade. I noticed that I would crave certain foods at times but those cravings didn't last. I was also aware of the times that I felt like eating or automatically started to pick up something to eat because I was frustrated with something or feelling anxious. Not totally new information, but a different way of experiencing it. Those feelings also passed quickly.
Mentally I had an odd combination of clarity of thought and spaciness. I might have trouble concentrating at some times. At others I was fine. Some of the web site I looked at before doing this said that people using this system might experience emotional upheavals but I felt pretty even.
I did this just a few days after returning from my trip to Maui and I think it might have been better to wait a few more days because I was a little disoriented from the change and from jet lag. But it was all in alll a good experience and I'm looking forward to good effects, hopefully including on my knee joints which have been complaining a bit