Baez Performs Near Crawford War Protest

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer

Iraq war protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch are getting support from a prominent figure in the anti-Vietnam war movement: folk singer Joan Baez.

"In the first march I went to (opposing Vietnam) there were 10 of us. This is huge," Baez told relatives of fallen U.S. soldiers Sunday as she prepared to perform a free evening concert in Bush's adopted hometown.

The concert was expected to draw more than 1,000 people to a 1-acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war. Not far away, protesters continued a camp-out started by grieving mother Cindy Sheehan.

Utah TV Station Refuses to Air Anti-War Ad Days Before Bush Visit

Published on Sunday, August 21, 2005 by the Associated Press
By Jennifer Dobner

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch.

The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an "inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."

Pittsburgh Police Arrest Five Anti-War Protesters, Two Injured, in March

Published on Sunday, August 21, 2005 by the Associated Press
By Joe Mandak

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania - Police charged four people protesting the war in Iraq, two of whom suffered minor injuries from the police response, when 60 people disrupted traffic by marching the wrong way down a busy one-way street toward an Army recruiting station.

The Pittsburgh Organizing Group planned the Saturday morning demonstration. A spokesman for that group, David Meieran, accused police of responding with "inappropriate and excessive force."

Meieran claimed some protesters were pepper sprayed and Tasered; he said a 68-year-old woman who was not resisting was bitten by a police dog.

GOP Senator Says Iraq Looking Like Vietnam

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer

A leading Republican senator and prospective presidential candidate said Sunday that the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago.

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other military honors for his service in Vietnam, reiterated his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq. Hagel scoffed at the idea that U.S. troops could be in Iraq four years from now at levels above 100,000, a contingency for which the Pentagon is preparing.

Rocking for Peace

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

James McMurtry, a political/folk/rock singer came to Camp Casey last night to entertain the troops. Steve Earle followed, singing "Rich Man's War" along with other favorites. Hey, we sit in ditches all day, it's nice to have a little entertainment once in awhile! Speaking of entertainment, check back here tonight for an update on this evening's performer-- nothing says "Peace Movement" like she does.

Under the Big Top

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

It's incredible to think that Camp Casey began exactly two weeks ago Saturday with a grieving mother and a close band of supporters sleeping in a ditch along Prarie Chapel Road. The total number of participants coming to Crawford has now swelled by thousands; the infrastructure has gone from tents in the ditch, no bathroom facilities and rudimentary meals to a huge white tent, scores of porta-potties and multi-course dinners. Hundreds of volunteers and donors have come together to make this all possible, and these little improvements in comfort will susta

Second camp site

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

Our tent at the new camp site. We've decided not to move everything to the new camp site because both the first and second sites are now reaching full capacity. The first site on Prarie Chapel Road is dedicated to camping, and the second is used for events and food.

Arlington West expands

http://crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

Camp Casey #2 with 200 crosses in front. Combined with the crosses already erected at Camp Casey #1, there are a total of 1000 in Crawford. The group Veterans for Peace are going to work to put up all 1850 crosses within the week. Yesterday evening, Lance Corporal Jeff Key, Iraq vet, played taps at the edge of the crosses.

The Listening Tent and the Raw Talk Revival At Camp Casey Two

By Greg Moses
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=237

Two weeks ago in Crawford, Texas there was a lonely Peace House with payments to make and not much money in the bank. Today, there is not only a Peace House with enough money in the bank to pay it off, but there are two (count 'em two!) Camp Caseys that now reach out and around the vacation home of the President of the USA, supporting a peace movement that the mainstream media are having a difficult time hiding.

And where is the money coming from? From the same places the people are coming from who show up to the Peace House every day. From all over the country. And a movement that some thought would die overnight after Cindy Sheehan left town to care for her ailing mother? That movement will surely be swelling to the largest numbers ever Sunday night as confirmation is spreading at the speed of light: Joan Baez is coming!

What Feingold Has to Say

http://www.democrats.com/node/5776

Meet the Press 8/21/05 with David Gregory.

On Thursday, Senator Feingold became the first senator to call for a specific withdrawal date from Iraq, and he joins us now for his first live interview.

Senator, welcome to MEET THE PRESS.

SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD, (D-WI): Good morning, David.

MR. GREGORY: Explain why you've taken this step at this point. Why set this target date?

SEN. FEINGOLD: Well, it's been a long time coming. I didn't support the war in Iraq in the first place. But once the country decided to go into Iraq, I felt it was very important that we do the best we can to success and support our troops. The problem is is that we're not getting the leadership from the administration. The president is not telling us what is the time frame, what are the benchmarks and what is the possible completion date for this mission. And what's happening is the American public is really despairing of the situation.

The Crawford Coward is Terrified of Six Moms

By Bob Fertik
http://www.democrats.com/node/5775

Why won't Bush meet with Cindy? Mike Allen of the Pentagon Post finally digs up an answer:

The aides said they also took into account the fact that a meeting might lead to a spate of similar demands, and they said they thought it was possible that any meeting would fuel the attention to Sheehan rather than head it off. "If five mothers replaced her, what have you accomplished?" a senior administration official asked. "That was a huge part of the decision."

Are they serious? Bush has no problem sending hundreds of thousands of soldiers to be killed, maimed, traumatized, or poisoned - but he's terrified of explaining his decision to six moms?Impeach Bush Now!

Lourey calls on Bush to admit mistake

Kevin Duchschere, Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2005

Becky Lourey the activist said Sunday that her brief trip to Texas helped convince her that the United States went to war in Iraq for the wrong reasons.

And Becky Lourey the mother said the trip brought her closer to her fallen soldier son, Matt, and helped her move beyond her grief.

The DFL state senator from Kerrick received a warm welcome home Sunday on the steps of the State Capitol, where the DFL party held a rally for Lourey and congressional candidate Coleen Rowley.

The two went to Texas on Thursday to show support for Californian Cindy Sheehan, who, like Lourey, has lost a son in the war, and who for the last two weeks has staged a vigil outside President Bush's ranch. Sheehan says she wants a meeting with Bush.

Baez to Perform at Crawford War Protest

Sunday August 21, 2005 11:46 PM
By ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press Writer

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - Iraq war protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch are getting support from a prominent figure in the anti-Vietnam war movement: folk singer Joan Baez.

Baez planned a free concert in Bush's adopted hometown Sunday that was expected to draw more than 1,000 people on a 1-acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war. Not far away, protesters continued a camp-out started by grieving mother Cindy Sheehan.

Meanwhile, more Bush supporters arrived at a downtown pro-Bush camp. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 150 people had visited the large tent with ``God Bless Our President!'' and ``God Bless Our Troops'' banners and a life-size cardboard cutout of Bush.

Trent Lott Spills Beans on Meet the Press

Trent Lott on Meet the Press today.

MR. GREGORY: Let me turn to something that you wrote in your book
about Iraq and put it on the screen: "In the summer of 2002...the
president began lobbying for an open-ended resolution empowering him
to wage war on Iraq.... Bush had made clear his intentions to wage war
on Iraq in several of our private meetings."

What are you speaking about precisely, Senator?

SEN. LOTT: Well, beginning in August that year and into the fall--in
fact, beginning not too long after 9/11--as we had leadership meetings
at breakfast with the president, he would go around the world and talk

Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq

Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq; Grassroots Fights Back
By David Sirota

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great piece today (attached) on how many of the highest-profile Democrats - other than the courageous Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) - are still unwilling to take a serious position on the Iraq War. I must say, there are very troubling signs in the article in terms of Democrats continuing to regurgitate dishonest right wing lies (a phenomenon our side seems to be prone to), and continuing to listen to the professional election losers (aka. "The Consulting Class") and the club of foreign policy elitists (aka. the "The Strategic Class") in Washington, D.C. But there are also some very encouraging signals this insulated Beltway Establishment is being shaken to its core.

'And Let it Begin with Me': New Voices Rising at Camp Casey Two

By Greg Moses
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=236

Two weeks ago in Crawford, Texas there was a lonely Peace House with payments to make and not much money in the bank. Today, there is not only a Peace House with enough money in the bank to pay it off, but there are two (count 'em two!) Camp Caseys that now reach out and around the vacation home of the President of the USA, supporting a peace movement that the mainstream media are having a difficult time hiding.

And where is the money coming from? From the same places the people are coming from who show up to the Peace House every day. From all over the country. And a movement that some thought would die overnight after Cindy Sheehan left town to care for her ailing mother? That movement will surely be swelling to the largest numbers ever Sunday night as confirmation is spreading at the speed of light: Joan Baez is coming!

On February 13, 2004, I lost my son

President George W. Bush

1700 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC

Re: Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, Deceased

Mr. President,

On February 13, 2004, I lost my son, Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, while he was on active duty preparing for deployment to Iraq. Jeremy was killed on Highway 36, just outside of Gatesville, TX on the way back to Ft. Hood after renting a car so he and his buddies could have one last night out on the town before their departure to Iraq five days later. Jeremy was not killed in action, but he died a hero just the same, a hero formed from the standards of the United States Army that helped to shape him. On the way back to the base, Jeremy attempted to pass a car in order to get ahead of it. Too late, he saw a truck coming from the opposite direction. Jeremy could not get back into his lane without causing an accident. So, he drove off the road and straight into a stand of trees going 80 mph. The location of my son’s death is about 27 miles from your ranch, where you are currently vacationing.

Rally in Utah Monday to Challenge Bush

Media Advisory

For 12 noon; Monday, August 22, 2005; Salt Lake City, Utah

Military Families, Veterans, Supporters Gather to Ask:

Why are Our Loved Ones Dying In an Unjust War?

SALT LAKE CITY, August 19, 2005: Gold Star families, military families and veterans, along with other concerned Utahans, will be gathering in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, August 22 to call on President Bush to meet with Cindy Sheehan and the military and Gold Star families who are encamped outside the President’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. They will further call for the President to end the war and bring the troops home. The President will be in Salt Lake City Monday to address the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As of today, 1,862 service men and women have lost their lives in the Iraq war – nine of whom were from Utah.

Salt Lake City Mayor Sets Example for Nation

Rocky's call to protest Bush makes vets see red
Mayor's e-mail: 'Nothing radical,' supporters say
By Glen Warchol
The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson called for "the biggest demonstration this state has ever seen" to protest President Bush's appearance Monday before a national veterans convention.

"This administration has been disastrous to the country," Anderson said Friday. "If people could organize and speak out in an effective manner from the reddest state in the country, that would garner a lot of attention."

In an e-mail Wednesday to about 10 activist leaders, the maverick mayor of Utah's capital called for a diverse demonstration to greet Bush when he speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The mayor plans to join the protesters.

We need more Cindy Sheehans to speak out against war

The Canton Repository (Ohio)
Sunday, August 21, 2005

Thank God for Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son to the Iraq war and who pursues our elusive, yet always vacationing president in hopes that if he has the courage to meet with her again, this time he will remember her son’s name.

Our commander in chief, who ducked his chance to serve in Vietnam, now ducks a sole, lonely mother who dares to question the lies and deception that led to her loss and her cause of trying to ensure no other mother loses a child in what two-thirds of Americans see as a perpetual quagmire.

Staying the course and dying for this noble cause, as President Bush constantly mentions, is easy for someone who has his two daughters safely at home, spends one day out of five vacationing and who, while off for five weeks of vacation, can’t seem to meet with Ms. Sheehan or take the time to visit the Ohio battalion that recently lost 20 Marines.

The Fallout from One Mom's Voice

Boston Globe
By Ellen Goodman

The headline this morning labels her ''peace mom." It's a moniker that simultaneously personalizes and trivializes the lanky woman with the high-pitched voice who has been camping out in Crawford, Texas. It's a shorthand that both grants and diminishes her authority to speak out against the war, a moral authority won the hardest way possible, through the loss of her child.

We are now ending Week Two at Camp Casey. The August phenomenon of 2005 is not shark bites or missing women, but a mother who showed up at the president's vacation doorstep. Cindy Sheehan came impulsively, intemperately to ask the president of the United States why he ''killed" the ''sweet boy" whose brief life span is tattooed on her left ankle: ''Casey '79-'04."

An Honorable Marine Killed in a Dishonorable War

Pittsbugh Post-Gazette
By Missy Comley Beattie

He is number 1,828, 1,829 or 1,830. We don't know for sure, because so many died last week.

Marine Lance Cpl. Chase Johnson Comley died when his vehicle was hit head-on by a suicide bomber. His death admits his family to a club no one wants to join: the grieving, questioning families who have heard the dreaded ring of the doorbell followed by a messenger's words, "We regretfully inform you that your son ..."

You realize that nothing you've thought, done or felt has prepared you for this reality. The feeling is so much worse than a broken heart. It is an evisceration.

Walking the Wrong Way

The New York Times Editorial
Sunday 21 August 2005

The Bush administration has announced plans for a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, which will start at the Pentagon and end at the National Mall, and include a country music concert. The event is an ill-considered attempt to link the Iraq war to the terrorist attacks of 2001, and misguided in almost every conceivable way. It also badly misreads the public's mood. The American people are becoming increasingly skeptical about the war. They want answers to hard questions, not pageantry.

It is perfectly appropriate for the Defense Department to organize a memorial for Americans who died on Sept. 11, since many were Pentagon employees. It is also fine to pay tribute to the sacrifices being made by the troops in Iraq. What is disturbing is the Bush administration's insistence on combining the two in a politically loaded day of marching and entertainment.

DFLers plan to greet Lourey at Capitol

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

The Minnesota DFL Party has planned a welcome-home celebration today in St. Paul for state Sen. Becky Lourey, who is due back from her trip to Crawford, Texas, to support another mother who lost her soldier-son in the Iraq war.

Lourey, of Kerrick, missed seeing Cindy Sheehan, who has camped down the road from George W. Bush's ranch in an unsuccessful attempt to present her anti-war message to the president. Sheehan rushed Thursday to the California hospital bedside of her mother, who suffered a stroke.

The DFL greeting for Lourey is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the steps at the south side of the State Capitol, according to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party news release.

Congress must probe whether president lied us into war

DesMoines Register
By GILBERT CRANBERG
August 20, 2005

As polls show that Americans increasingly believe the war in Iraq to have been a mistake, so, too, do they show a growing conviction that the Bush administration lied the country into war.

To be sure, pollsters do not use such blunt-edged words as "lie." Instead, they ask, as the Washington Post-ABC News poll did recently, "In making the case for war with Iraq, do you think the Bush administration told the American people what it believed to be true, or intentionally misled the American public?" "Intentionally Misled" topped "What It Believed to Be True" 52 percent to 48 percent.

Congressional Education Day

On September 26, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is organizing people from all around the country to meet with Congress Members, Senators, and their staffs to urge them to stand up against the war. If your group is planning to bring a delegation to DC to pressure your Representatives and Senators, phone those offices right away this Monday and set up appointments on Sept. 26 with your elected officials or their staff. Then register your group on the UFPJ website:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/congressform

If you are an individual interested in joining an existing delegation, send an email to

Leave My Child Alone

http://www.leavemychildalone.org

Host a Back-to-School Event

Because most high schools turn over their student lists to military recruiters in October, it's imperative that we get as many kids as possible "opted out" during the month of September. Parents, teachers, grandparents and concerned citizens are planning Leave My Child Alone back-to-school events from September 7-30. It's easy to host an event at your home or local coffee shop -- we provide you all the forms and information you need, plus a free DVD on opting out featuring Cindy Sheehan if you register with us online before Aug. 31. Click here to register an event now and help local parents opt out!

13 Coloradans plan to sustain Texas vigil

By The Denver Post
DenverPost.com

Thirteen Coloradans are driving to Crawford, Texas, today to carry on with Cindy Sheehan's vigil near President Bush's ranch.

Sheehan had been camped outside the ranch since Aug. 6 to protest the war in Iraq after her 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed there.

Sheehan had to leave the vigil Thursday because her mother had a stroke in California.

"We're going to the Bush ranch to stand in the breech for Cindy, and for all the mothers who've needlessly lost their sons and daughters in Iraq," said Karen Trietsch, organizer of the trip. "Now, more than ever, we owe Cindy our support, and we will carry on her courageous vigil. She is brave for personally sacrificing so much to hold the most powerful man on Earth accountable for his actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with her."

The face behind Bush vigil

San Francisco Chronicle
- C.W. Nevius

Before the war in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan was no rebel. The mother of four was a youth minister at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in quiet, conservative Vacaville.

But when Sheehan's son Casey, 24, was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, her world lurched out of orbit. In the sleepless days and nights that followed, Sheehan tapped into the anti-war movement on the Internet, looking for answers.

"Sometimes I get up in the mornings and I turn on my computer,'' she told me when I met her in February at a peace vigil in Benicia, "and my husband comes home at 5, and I'm still there in my pajamas.''

Bush Defends War Amid Texas Protests

Los Angeles Times
By Warren Vieth
Times Staff Writer
August 21, 2005

CRAWFORD, Texas — As antiwar activists set up a second roadside tent city and scores of motorcyclists conducted a rolling counter-rally, President Bush on Saturday launched a verbal campaign to shore up support for the war in Iraq.

Bush also did a little biking of his own, taking Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on a sweaty, two-hour trail ride on the 1,600-acre ranch where the president and First Lady Laura Bush are spending the month of August.

Supporters of peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who has been unable to persuade Bush to talk to her about her son's death in Iraq, found the contrast galling.

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