Cindy Sheehan at Mac’s Backs Books 10.23.2012 – foto Smith
Reading from the memoir tomorrow, having 5 lower teeth pulled today. Should be interesting. 3 readings next 4 days:
25 Oct — Smith, Shaffer, Smith at Visible Voice Books & Wine Bar read from their The City Poetry Press books: *22 Years* by Wendy Shaffer and *Stations of the Lost & Found* by Smith & Lady. Thursday 7pm. Visible Voice Books & Wine Bar: 1023 Kenilworth Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 — visiblevoicebooks.com
26 Oct — Lady K reads at 6:30pm for the Shoreway Poets at Gypsy Beans & Baking Co. 6425 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102 — facebook.com/events/152711358207698/. She’ll probably read from her new NightBallet Press chapbook *Firecracker Mandalas*.
28 Oct — Poetry at Pat’s in the Flats #3, the fall session, featuring poets Charlotte Mann, Blayne Hoerner Murray, Tom Adams, Adam Brodsky, Cavana Faithwalker, music by Tom Orange, and a magic open mic. Sunday 11:30am – 3pm. Poetry at Pat’s happens four times a year, hosted by me and my bubbleblow jar, to which I might add musical steel balls. Pat’s in the Flats: 2233 West 3rd Street Cleveland, OH 44113 — patsintheflats.com
We met Cindy Sheehan last night at Mac’s Backs Books. For a person who gets arrested a lot, she’s an extremely nice, funny, knowledgeable, passionate, articulate, hopeful person. Smiles a lot in a good way. You’d have to be a corporation or a war-supporting politician not to like her.
First read about her in 2005 when she camped outside George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford Texas demanding a reason for her son’s Iraqi War death.
As Wikipedia puts it, “Sheehan attracted international attention in early August 2005, when she traveled to President Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch, just outside Crawford, Texas, demanding a second meeting with the President. She told members of Veterans for Peace, “I’m gonna say, ‘And you tell me, what the noble cause is that my son died for.’ And if he even starts to say freedom and democracy, I’m gonna say, bullshit. You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich…You tell me that, you don’t tell me my son died for freedom and democracy.” She also vowed not to pay her federal income tax for 2004 because that was the year her son was killed.”
She’s currently running as Vice-President to Roseanne Barr’s President for the Peace and Freedom Party.
We bought her new book *Revolution, A Love Story* which is about the good work Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has accomplished in the past 12 years, such as eradicating illiteracy in his country, easing the plight of the poor, and providing housing, health and schooling for them. It seems to be working well because he was just re-elected with a majority of 10% in spite of his country’s rich pouring megabucks into trying to defeat him.
*Revolution, A Love Story* by Cindy Sheehan – foto Smith