Peace Mom draws both sides to rallies here

Chicago Sun Times
September 8, 2005

A month ago, Cindy Sheehan stood vigil near President Bush's Texas ranch with a message: Bring home the troops from Iraq so no other parent feels the anguish of losing a child there, as she did.

This week, she delivered that same message to the Chicago area, invigorating supporters who see her as a Gold Star mother leading the cause against a war she claims the Bush administration started based on lies.

"I'm back in love with my country because of you," Sheehan said Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil in Wheaton.

But the California woman was in DuPage County -- Bush country -- and the president's supporters turned out to say their piece, too.

Father of soldier killed in war disputes anti-war mom's views

Northwest Herald
[published on Thu, Sep 8, 2005]
By ERIC SCHELKOPF, Shaw News Service

BATAVIA – The father of a local soldier killed in the war on terrorism faced off Wednesday with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

"I said, 'I'm a Gold Star dad, and I wanted to make sure you are not speaking for me,' " Jim Frazier said.

Sheehan, a California woman who has become the face of a controversial movement to bring the troops home from the war in Iraq, was in central Kane County to speak at an anti-war rally at the district office of U.S. House Speak Dennis Hastert. About 300 Sheehan supporters and detractors attended the mostly peaceful rally, police said.

Anti-war mom's path to D.C. crosses suburbs

Dual rallies converge outside Hastert's office in Batavia
By James Kimberly, Tribune staff reporter. Freelance reporter Denise Linke contributed to this report
September 8, 2005

An anti-war demonstration Wednesday outside U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office in west suburban Batavia Wednesday drew peace activist mother Cindy Sheehan, about 100 supporters and a large and vocal crowd of counterdemonstrators.

The rally was organized by Bring Them Home Now, a group that includes Sheehan and other parents who have lost children in combat in Iraq and advocates of immediate pullout from the region.

War protests hit home

Cindy Sheehan stops at Hastert's office in Batavia
Beacon News
By Ed Fanselow

BATAVIA — One week removed from a 26-day vigil that has been credited for reigniting an anti-war movement, peace activist Cindy Sheehan made a brief stop here Wednesday, vowing to continue her protests until all American troops return home.

The visit to the district office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert marked Sheehan's first public appearance outside of Texas, where she spent more than three weeks camped out near President Bush's Crawford ranch hoping to speak with him about the Iraq conflict and her son Casey, who died there last April.

Cindy Sheehan to Speak in DC on Sept 25

Cindy Sheehan has graciously accepted PDA's invitation to attend the PDA Grassroots Strategy Session on September 25th in Washington, D.C. Ms. Sheehan has risen to international prominence because of her unwavering dedication to bring the troops home and end the immoral occupation of Iraq. She will be addressing a PDA forum that highlights PDA's commitment to the long-term process of transforming the Democratic Party into an effective force for social justice and true democracy. Other speakers at the Strategy Day event include voting rights advocate John Bonifaz; Medea Benjamin of Code Pink; Tim Carpenter, Mimi Kennedy, and William Rivers Pitt of PDA; progressive Congress members and their staffs; and PDA national and regional representatives. Click here for full agenda. This Grassroots Strategy session holds the promise of being a truly significant moment in the history of PDA and its role in developing progressive legislative, electoral, and movement-building strategies for 2006 and beyond. We are honored to have Cindy join us. We hope you will too. Click here to register .

Three sons, two mothers, one cause

Beacon News

For more than two hours under a hot September sun, angry protesters carried high above their heads homemade banners vilifying a war and the president they insist is responsible.

Bush Lied. Thousands Died.

War is Defeat for Humanity.

Give Peace a Chance.

Bring our Troops Home Now.

Squeezed in among the crowd, Marge Gugerty made her statement, not with poster board and marker, but with two 8-by-10 framed photographs.

Grasped in both her hands, the Aurora woman waved the military pictures of her sons — Keith, who is serving in Iraq now; and Kevin, who already completed one horrendous tour of duty with the 82nd Airborne and is scheduled to go back again in a couple of weeks.

Peace group to hold vigil Sunday

Royal Oak Mirror

The Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship and Education Project will host a peace vigil on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The vigil, entitled "11 Mothers on 11 Mile Road," coincides with the "Bring Them Home Now Tour, a three-bus tour that left Camp Casey with Cindy Sheehan on Aug. 31 and will be in the Detroit area Sept. 10-11.

The "Bring Them Home Now Tour" is a group of veterans and military family members who are against the war in Iraq.

Members will speak at events across the nation and end up at an anti-war protest in Washington D.C. on Sept. 24.

The local vigil was initiated by Huntington Woods resident Janice Fialka, who said she was inspired by Cindy Sheehan's actions and wished to help the Camp Casey group spread the idea of peace.

Bus tour members speak out against war in Iraq

Florida Independent Alligator

With "Hey wingnut!" and "Truth not Spin" emblazoned on its caravan, the tour arrived in Gainesville on Wednesday.

Cindy Sheehan made national news last month when she publicly asked President Bush why her son died in Iraq. Her passion helped fuel the Bring Them Home Now Tour, a group of activists, family members of soldiers and veterans speaking out to oppose the war across the country.

The South Bus Tour visited the Civic Media Center on West University Avenue, where Gold Star Families for Peace member Julie Cuniglio spoke about her nephew Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White.

Peace Mom's Tour Makes Stop In Tri-state

Reported by: AP/ 9News
Web produced by: Neil Relyea
Photographed by: 9News
9/7/2005 10:56:25 PM

A bus tour inspired by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier, who camped out in front of President Bush's Texas home last month brought its message to Cincinnati Wednesday night.

The "Bring Them Home Now" tour stopped at St. Monica/ St. George Church in Clifton Heights to discuss why they think the war in Iraq is wrong.

Supporters of the soldier's mother who kept a vigil outside President Bush's ranch were greeted with applause from about 100 people in Cincinnati.

"This whole tour is about bringing the troops home now and that is a fight for humanity, for saving lives, for protecting the sacredness of of life," said Benjamin Hart Viges, a member of "Iraq Veterans Against The War."

Cindy Sheehan and “Bring Them Home Now

Cross-country bus tour of military families and veterans travels the country and will culminate at the Sept. 24 Anti-War Rally in Washington, DC
Contact: Alicia Sexton 310-936-8020; 818-442-1463
September 6th, 2005

Wednesday, Sept. 7
10 AM: Visit Congressman Rahm Emmanuel's office, 3742 W. Irving Park (Cindy will not be present)
3:00 PM Visit Congressman Dennis Hastert’s Office, 27 N. River St., Batavia, IL
7:00 PM Peace Vigil Wheaton, IL

Thursday, Sept. 8
10:00 AM: Visit Congressman Mark Kirk's office, 102 Wilmot Rd., Suite 200, Deerfield, IL
11:30 AM: Memorial Event at Eyes Wide Open - The Human Cost of War, St. John's and Central Aves., Highland Park, IL

National Anti-War Rally Visits Madison

The Badger Herald
September 7th, 2005
by Carolyn Smith

The north leg of the “Bring Them Home Now Tour

The Tour Rolls into Chicago, Will Visit Hastert's Office

NBC5 Chicago
September 6th, 2005

Anti-War Group Brings Cause To Chicago
Group Will Visit Hastert's Illinois Office

An anti-war group is coming to Chicago, and they will go to the Illinois office of the Speaker of the House, Illinois U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.

The "Bring Them Home Now" tour is in Chicago with a delegation of Gold Star families and veterans of the war in Iraq. Their message began with Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace.

"All four men in his unit who were killed should have been home," said Karen Meredith, whose son was killed in Iraq. "They were all killed after the extension. These are his dog tags, and they were given to me with his body when it came home in a flag-covered casket. That's what I have left of my son."

'We Are Going to End the War'

The Herald Times
September 7th, 2005
Sheehan-inspired anti-war tour comes to Bloomington
by Steve Hinnefeld

Military families and veterans stopped in Bloomington Tuesday with a message for the president: Bring the troops home from Iraq.

"The best way we can support our troops is to bring them home now," said Mia Lorraine, whose son is an Army captain and spent a year in Iraq.

Lorraine, from Sebastopol, Calif., is a member of Military Families Speak Out, one of several groups involved in a bus tour aimed at catalyzing opposition to the war.

The tour started at Camp Casey, the encampment that grew up in Crawford, Texas, around Cindy Sheehan's attempt to meet with President Bush about her son Casey's death in Iraq. It will end Sept. 24 with an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C.

Tour Comes to Montgomery

Montgomery Advertiser
September 6th, 2005
Anti-War Rally Held at Capitol
By Crystal Bonvillion

Linda Waste's voice quivered as she told the crowd on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday night about her three sons and two grandchildren who are serving in Iraq.

The Hinesville, Ga., resident and her husband, Philip, were two of the participants who rode into Montgomery on Monday on the Bring Them Home Now Tour. The tour, a traveling anti-war rally, was launched last month by Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who staged a war protest outside President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas.

A Hero's Welcome

Anti-war Activists Greeted Heartily
The Capital Times
September 5th, 2005
By Samara Kalk Derby

Had Cindy Sheehan been with them, they might have needed Camp Randall Stadium.

As it was, a group of eight anti-war activists aligned with Sheehan drew more than 800 people to the Barrymore Theatre Sunday night, filling it to capacity, for a Bring Them Home Now Tour.

The standing ovations began before the visiting activists even took the stage.

When popular jazz musician Tony Castaneda, whose sextet warmed up the audience and who is a member of Military Families Speak Out, called for bringing down "this corrupt, murderous, lying, inept George Bush administration," the crowd was on its feet cheering in a show of solidarity that would be repeated dozens of times throughout the evening.

The Tour Comes to St. Louis

St. Louis Post Dispatch
September 4th, 2005

Cindy Sheehan's Backers Stop Here For Protest
By Ken Leiser

Families of soldiers killed in Iraq and a veteran of the conflict stepped off a rented Winnebago at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis on Saturday and voiced their opposition to the war.

Faced with counterprotests and even a lengthy burst of wedding bells from a neighboring church, the small group - traveling as part of the "Bring Them Home Now" bus tour from Crawford, Texas, to Washington - derided the war and paid tribute to Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan held a 26-day vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch after her son was killed in Iraq.

Bring Them Home Now Tour Links Iraq, Katrina

Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 4th, 2005
War protesters link Iraq, Katrina
Robert Franklin, Star Tribune

Under an "Impeach Bush" banner on a wall of the Minnesota State Capitol, anti-war speakers tried Saturday to link the Iraq war to a slow response to Hurricane Katrina.

It was part of the "Bring Them Home Now" national bus tour initiated by Cindy Sheehan, the mother who camped near President Bush's Texas ranch to demand that he talk with her about the death of her soldier son.

Sheehan was in the South on another bus Saturday, but about 350 people showed up in St. Paul to hear out-of-state speakers, along with local legislators, candidates and clergy members decry the war and question the president's moral values in waging it.

National Guard, the Gulf Coast and the War in Iraq

By Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson, Military Families Speak Out

"Stay at home and serve your country" was the slogan used to attract men and women into service to their communities and their country in the National Guard. The promise to the men and women of the Guard was also a promise to citizens of the various states that they would have a force available to them in time of emergency.

One weekend a month, two weeks each year, those who signed up to serve in the state militia known as the National Guard trained to protect Country and Constitution and to provide aid in times of local emergencies such as forest fires, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and civil unrest. National Guard soldiers have specifically been trained to assist in emergencies such as the one that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast on August 28-29, 2005.

Iraq Vets Against the War Member Leaves the Tour to Join National Guard Unit

Iraq Vets Against the War Member Leaves the Tour to Join National Guard Unit Activated to Provide Hurricane Relief to Gulf Coast

Patrick Resta has been one of the representatives from Iraq Veterans Against the War on the northern “Bring Them Home Now

South Tour: Montgomery, AL

September 5th, 2005
by Julie Cuniglio, Gold Star Families for Peace

The Southern Tour rolled into Montgomery mid-afternoon and was met by our gracious local host, Ellen Griffin of the Montgomery Peace Project. Ellen escorted our group to a one of the two lovely Montgomery homes that was hosting us for the evening, where everyone enjoyed a couple of hours of iced tea and conversation, followed by a wonderful meal, home cooked by our host and another local supporter.

At 7:30 we gathered at the capitol, where a number of vigil participants were already beginning to arrive. While tour members lined the capitol steps with candles and hung the tour banner, others greeted the arrivals, who were anxious to hear details of the bus tour and stories of Camp Casey. Many asked how Cindy was doing and thanked the tour members, over and over, for taking the time to stop in Montgomery. Local press spoke for some time to Phil and Linda Waste, who shared detailed stories of how they’ve endured the extended deployments in Iraq of their children and grandchildren. By the vigil’s start, the crowd had grown to 50, including members of the Montgomery Peace Project, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Veterans for Peace and others.

Central Tour: Indianapolis, IN

September 5th, 2005
by Lietta Ruger, Military Families Speak Out

We pulled into Indianapolis and there was a large crowd of people waiting for us with signs expressing support. They applauded us, and embraced us – we were bowled over by how welcoming they were! There were people protesting – but we were able to turn that around. When they started singing God Bless America, we joined them! It also made our speeches more fiery and impassioned.

One of the things we carried from St. Louis was a gentleman who asked “is there anyone in this room that doesn’t support the troops? and no one raised their hand. That reinforces the fact that we are on a common page even with those who oppose us – that we all support the troops.

North Tour: Milwaukee, WI

September 5th, 2005
by Karen Meredith, Gold Star Families for Peace

In Milwaukee, we worked with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and representatives from organized labor. The speaker from Vietnam Veterans Against the War gave us a quiz based on the similarities between Vietnam and Iraq, instructing us that the answer to every question was “It was a Lie!

South Tour: Dothan, AL and Tallahassee, FL

September 6th, 2005
By Brooke Beasley, Gold Star Families for Peace

Greetings from the Southern tour! We had a busy day today, spanning
three different cities!

First we finished up in Montgomery with one last trip to the Martin
Luther King Monument. We took a great group photo and then hopped on the
bus to head to Dothan, Alabama!

Dothan became part of our tour when the local organizer, Priscilla
Andrews called us. Priscilla’s son served 14 months in Iraq before her
returned safely home. Dothan is a huge tank base and has many pro-war
residents. “I’ve had a huge banner in my yard for the past two years.

North Tour: Chicago, IL

September 6th, 2005
By Sherry Glover, Military Families Speak Out

We had a jam-packed day Tuesday in Chicago!

We started the day at the inauguration of a “Camp Casey North

Central Tour: Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN

September 6th, 2005
By Hart Viges, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Today we started out with a press conference in an independent bookstore
in Bloomington, IN. All of us shared our stories – I spoke about my
experiences in Iraq, and my concern about how violence and occupation
breed resentment towards the military and towards the US. I issued a
challenge to President Bush – how can he translate “love your enemies
and do good for them

Anti-war bus tour stops here

'Bring Them Home Now' event attended by 100
By Howard Wilkinson
Cincinatti Enquirer

The national bus tour sparked by Cindy Sheehan's monthlong protest against the Iraq war outside President Bush's Texas ranch rolled into Cincinnati on Wednesday on its way to Washington.

About 100 Cincinnati-area residents - opponents of the war - filled the Catholic Center at St. Monica-St. George Church in University Heights on Wednesday night to cheer on the eight protestors. Attending were Iraq veterans, parents of troops killed in Iraq and peace activists supporting the group as it makes its way to a protest in the nation's capital Sept. 24.


A call to action for mass civil resistance at the White House on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005.

Mourn the Dead.
Resist Bush's War.
Bring U.S. troops home, now!

Be part of an historic mass nonviolent action to end the war in Iraq.

For the last two and half years the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq has brought immeasurable death and destruction. This is a war that never should have happened, a war based on lies and greed. It is time to end it and bring our troops home, now.

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) invites you to participate in a mass civil resistance action at the White House on Monday, September 26, 2005. As part of three days of public protest against the war in Iraq, this action will provide a dramatic opportunity to more directly express your opposition to the war makers.

Bring Them Home Now Tour is in full swing

Dear brothers and sisters:

The Bring Them Home Now Tour is in full swing. Three buses of military and
gold star families, Iraq veterans and members of Veterans for Peace, left
Crawford, TX on Aug 31st and are traveling along three separate routes
across the country. We are carrying the message Bring Them Home Now to
cities and towns across the country on the way to Washington DC for the
United Peace and Justice March and Rally on Sept 24th. There are great
events happening and being planned daily, and the web site is getting
updated regularly, so check often for new information and to hear stories


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