Sheehan: one mother's stand
"The president says he feels compassion
for me, but the best way to show that compassion is by meeting
with me and the other mothers and families who are here. Our sons
made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking
is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to
talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq.."
-- Camp Casey, Crawford, Texas, August 2005
March 6, 2006
As part of
the International Women's Day presentation of 100,000+ signatures
to the "Women
Say NO to War" internet petition, Cindy
Sheehan, Iraqi Delegates and members of Code Pink held a press
conference outside the U.S. mission to the United Nations. Cindy
and others were later 'man-handled' and arrested by police as
they attempted to deliver the petition. See reports
and photos here.
What Really Happened, Pt. 2: NYC Style Wednesday, March
go Gandhi March 7th: message from Cindy's sister Dede
Miller, at the Gold Star Families for Peace website:
..."What will it take for the majority of you who don’t
support the occupation of Iraq or the Bush regime to rise up?
by David Barsamian
Progressive Magazine, March 2006
" I will never, ever forget the night of April 4, 2004, when
I found out my son Casey had been killed in Iraq,” Cindy Sheehan
recalls. “I will also never forget the day when we buried my sweet
boy, my oldest son. If I live to be a very old lady and forget everything
else, I will never forget when the general handed me the folded
flag that had lain on his coffin, as his brother and sisters, standing
behind me, sobbed.”
The first thing that strikes you about Cindy Sheehan is she is genuine.
There is no artifice, power play, or lexical wizardry. She is without
affectation. And that has enabled her to make an impact. She has
reached beyond intellectual formulations to get to the heart of
the Family of Tom Fox and to the Christian Peacemaker Teams
Cindy Sheehan, March 12, 2006, CommonDreams.org
"My heart is breaking for Mr. Fox's family and for the world. This
is a dark day for peace and justice...
It is time for we peacekmakers and peace activists from around the world
to join our hands and our voices together to demand an end to the violence
Are Criminals, and Then There Are CRIMINALS
Friday, March 10, 2006 By Cindy Sheehan
"As I lie here in bed recuperating from the injuries that I received
from a federal agent and the NYPD in front of the US Mission to the
UN (USUN) the other day, I have had time to reflect on the experience,
the state of our union and its descent into a fascist state...
of our so-called crimes in front of USUN was "Obstructing Governmental
Administration." I say "Hell, yes! Anyone with a conscience or any moral
courage should be doing everything in his/her power to obstruct the
administration of the Bush government. Only massive, peaceful, non-violent
resistance to his calamitous policies will be able to stem the dreadful
Common Cause by Cindy Sheehan and Sam Bostaph
March 3, 2006, www.zmag.org
..."Cindy and Sam are "we" in this struggle against the fascist,
warlike society that America has become—particularly under the Bush
regime—and "we" want a lot of company.
Whatever your political identification, please join us at Easter for
a protest at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, from the 10th of April to
the 16th. There, "we" will be joined by Katrina evacuees who are still
unbelievably and unconscionably ensconced in the Astrodome and who will
be invited to stay on our leased land next to the Secret Service check
point of the Bush faux-ranch on Prairie Chapel Road until their homes
are rebuilt in the Gulf States and they can return..."
Casey and Germany
By Cindy Sheehan
February 26, 2006 , http://www.commondreams.org/views
"I have been invited to speak to the European Union Parliament
in March in Strasbourg. My message will be one of peace and non-violent
unity against the out of control murderous and disastrous policies of
the Bush Administration. I wrote extensively about meeting with other
world leaders in my article,
don't let Friends Commit War Crimes..."
Don't Let Friends Commit War Crimes By Cindy Sheehan
t r u t h o u t | Perspective Monday 02 January 2006
Zones By Cindy Sheehan
t r u t h o u t | Perspective Monday 12 December 2005
" Today was bitterly cold as I walked from the Charing Cross Tube
Station to Parliament Square in London. I was heading there with my
traveling companion, Julie, to go and visit Brian Haw after several
exhausting but productive days in England and Scotland.
Brian is a peace activist and an exceptionally compassionate man who
has been camping out and vigiling in Parliament Square since June 2,
2001. He was so enraged by the sanctions of the United Nations against
Iraq that were supported by the US and his government that he felt it
was the only thing to do.::"
Mom' Sheehan in New Play by Nobel Winner
Reuters Sunday 11 December 2005 London -
"U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with
a vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch in the name of her
soldier son killed in Iraq, is the subject of a new play by Nobel laureate
Dario Fo. "Peace Mom" received its world premiere in London on Saturday
night, starring British actress Frances de la Tour, with both Sheehan
and Italian dramatist Fo in the audience.
The one-woman show is based on extracts from Sheehan's letters to Bush
and other writings. De la Tour delivered the monologues beneath large
pictures of Sheehan's son Casey and a tank in the Iraqi desert in front
of a plume of fire..."
Iraqi Mother's Open letter
to Cindy Sheehan:
a mother myself I have been following your campaign to pull out the
US armed forces from Iraq. Having lost my son, as yourself, on the
same battle-field, IRAQ, but on opposite sides, I felt both compassion
and relief to have an ally on the other side..."
17 November 2005
There Is No 'Noble Cause' For War
By Cindy Sheehan, TruthOut.org. September 20, 2005.
"...Does he have any idea that the constitution that the Iraqi
governing body is working on is based on Sharia and that it undermines
the freedoms of women? Does he realize that for over 50 years women
had equal rights with men in Iraq? Does George realize (of course he
does) that the puppet government the US put in place in Iraq is comprised
of the very same people who encouraged the invasion to line their own
pockets? What kind of freedom and democracy is this? ..."
Statement by Cindy Sheehan:
"This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m
here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is
Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable..."
on the Range: Cindy Sheehan Calls for Mass Demos at Bush's
August 12, Democracy Now interview with Cindy Sheehan
with Cindy Sheehan
"Casey Sheehan re-enlisted with the Army in August of 2003, knowing
that his unit would eventually be deployed in Iraq. Casey, a Humvee
mechanic with the 1st Calvary, was killed in Sadr City on April 4th
of this year. He was only 24 years old. He is and forever will remain
an American hero.
Casey’s mom, Cindy Sheehan, is a hero too. Angered that her son was
sent to fight and die in an unjust war for reasons that have proven
to be lies, Cindy is speaking out about the Iraq invasion. Cindy has
joined other moms and families who have lost loved ones in the conflict
to tell Americans about the true costs of the war. Their group, Real
Voices (http://realvoices.org/rv/index.html), is running television
ads featuring the voices of Americans like Cindy speaking directly to
President Bush about the impact of his failed policies and lies..."
Importance of Cindy Sheehan's Vigil: Elayne Clift writes for
Are The Black Cindy Sheehans? By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AlterNet.
Posted August 22, 2005.
..."Despite the risks of being killed on the battlefront, the staggeringly
high levels of unemployment for young black males, poor education, and
continued fringe job discrimination make the army's relentless "be all
you can be" pitch irresistible to many poor, young blacks. They see
the army as their one, maybe only, chance to learn skills, get a quality
education, receive top medical care, or earn a pension, among other
By Amanda Marcotte , AlterNet .
Posted August 22, 2005 .
"Cindy Sheehan's rapidly-growing contingent of moms in floppy hats
and comfortable shoes throws the cowardice of the opposition into sharp
relief. ...In fact, contrary to the claims of conservative pundits and
bloggers that this is simply a bunch of unreformed hippies pulling a
stunt and yearning for the '60s, most people I talked to said that they'd
never done anything like this before, that they'd never been to a single
protest and didn't really like politics outside of the bare minimum
of civic duty -- reading the paper and voting. I heard the story repeatedly
-- didn't like the war, didn't ever do much about it, heard about Cindy's
stand and decided they needed to help. People were tired, but they were
joyful and it was hard to find room to be cynical in the face of so
much good-humored but stubborn determination to smoke President Bush
out of his hidey-hole to answer Cindy's questions.... "
Huffington: It Takes a Village to Smear Cindy Sheehan
"The right wing attacks on Cindy Sheehan -- desperate, pathetic,
and grasping at straws -- expose much less about their target than about
Updates: blog reports from the peace camp in Crawford
"Our mission is to persuade President Bush to meet with Cindy
Sheehan and answer her questions about why the war that took her son's
life was started and why it is being continued..."
Crawford Peace House
We are mobilizing support for Cindy Sheehan's action in Crawford
Texas. Come to Crawford! Join Cindy and thousands of others who have
come to show their support for her and the other military families who
stand with her..."
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