'Camp Casey' vigil has grass-roots origin

Carlos Guerra: Mom says she's no pawn, 'Camp Casey' vigil has grass-roots origin
Web Posted: 08/14/2005 12:00 AM CDT
San Antonio Express-News

CRAWFORD — At least 200 people were at "Camp Casey," at a country crossroads four miles from President Bush's ranch by 8 a.m. Saturday. It has become a national gathering place for war opponents — and fewer Bush supporters.

The spot is as close to the ranch as the authorities would let Cindy Sheehan get when she arrived a week ago asking to meet with Bush. She now sees the growing encampment as a tribute to her son, Spc. Casey Sheehan, who died on Palm Sunday 2004 while searching for non-existent weapons of mass destruction, five days after arriving in Iraq.

Tomorrow's History Today: Camp Casey Up Close

By Greg Moses
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=228

CAMP CASEY, TX (Aug 11-Part Two) With a dozen or more activists still unbedding themselves from the floors of the Crawford Peace House, and with the push-pot of coffee in the kitchen already pumping dry, I think about that tall cup that Cindy Sheehan was holding this morning and decide to follow her lead to Crawford's Coffee Station across the tracks.

Trains this morning have headed due north along this Burlington Northern Santa Fe line. Either they tow flatcars double-stacked with cargo from port Houston, hoppers that could carry Texas lignite coal, or tanker cars filled with the number one Texas export: stocks from the Texas chemical coast (although if these cars are headed north, they probably are not bound for the number one purchaser of Texas exports: China). As one train last evening made a blinking light out of the setting sun I counted 79 flashes between cars.

A shot in the arm for protesters

Mother's vigil raises hope that anti-war sentiment will fuel a national momentum
Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

Crawford, Texas -- Asking whether she was "The New Face of Protest?" the liberal political magazine the Nation ran a photo in March of a middle-aged woman holding a picture of her 24-year-old son.

The answer from anti-war organizations as international media have spread the story of Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died last year in Iraq, is a resounding Yes. The anti-war movement has eagerly grabbed the coattails of the 48-year-old Vacaville mom tented up in a drainage ditch along the one-lane road that leads to President Bush's vacation ranch.

New Orleans Stands With Cindy

By Melinda Hoehn

Cindy, we stand with you!

Tonight, forty people gathered at the intersection of Bayou St. John and Esplanade Avenue, to read the names of every person who has died in this unjust aggression. We were informed at the end that today others had died whose names we did not know. We held vigil, sang songs, talked to passersby and encouraged passing cars to honk their support. We heard a LOT of horns tonight. Thankfully, there was a nice breeze coming in off the Bayou.

Someone Tell the President the War Is Over

The New York Times
By FRANK RICH
Published: August 14, 2005

LIKE the Japanese soldier marooned on an island for years after V-J Day, President Bush may be the last person in the country to learn that for Americans, if not Iraqis, the war in Iraq is over. "We will stay the course," he insistently tells us from his Texas ranch. What do you mean we, white man?

A president can't stay the course when his own citizens (let alone his own allies) won't stay with him. The approval rate for Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq plunged to 34 percent in last weekend's Newsweek poll - a match for the 32 percent that approved L.B.J.'s handling of Vietnam in early March 1968. (The two presidents' overall approval ratings have also converged: 41 percent for Johnson then, 42 percent for Bush now.) On March 31, 1968, as L.B.J.'s ratings plummeted further, he announced he wouldn't seek re-election, commencing our long extrication from that quagmire.

The Power of One

Dick Bell
The Democracy Cell Project

http://www.democracycellproject.net/blog/archives/2005/08/there_are_66_b...

There are 6.6 billion people on our planet. And yet, at extraordinary junctions of space and time, a single one of those people can act in a way that reaches every other person on the planet.

We all know this picture:

http://www.historywiz.com/sites/afterdowningstreet.org/images/china/tank...

This student was so imbued with the power of yearning for truth and freedom that he was able to walk fearlessly into the path of some of the most destructive warmaking machines and demand that his fellow countrymen stop.

My 2nd Saturday of Protesting w/ Pictures

by Laura D
Daily Kos

Click here to read whole entry plus view great photos
I arrived too late to Crawford to participate in an apparently incredible rally, but I had a fantastic 2nd Saturday at Camp Casey none-the-less. Upon locating the Crawford Peace House I was immediately directed to the football stadium parking - not far and a shuttle came and picked people up almost right away. Out at Camp Casey there were at least 200 people talking, protesting, yelling at the "other protesters," and more. Booths were everywhere: from Code Pink, to Veterans for Peace, to letter writing booths - it was all there. Cindy was still talking to reporters, but she soon headed off to the Peace House for further interviews and I hope some rest. She looked to be in excellent spirits, if a bit tired. From her diary earlier, the outpouring of support was spectacular.

The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq Day 8 - "WOW!!"

Wow!
by CindySheehan
Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 21:43:45 PDT
posted on Daily Kos

It is not often that, I, Cindy Sheehan is at a loss for words. I will try and describe today, though. It was the most incredible, fantastic, fabulous, amazing, powerful, miraculous event I have ever been apart of. I was so humbled and honored at the outpouring of love and support that arrived in Camp Casey today.

It was a busy morning of interviews and problem solving. I had interviews with some network shows and a photo shoot for the Vanity Fair article. Almost all of the reporters ask me if I have accomplished anything at Camp Casey and I think we really have. We have brought the war onto the front pages of the newspapers and the top stories of the mainstream media. It is really incredible that we are doing so well in the media because I keep telling all of the reporters that I am doing their jobs. I am asking the tough questions of the President that they don't ask.

In Texas, A Time to Circle the Minivans

Activists Protest the War, Or Protest the Protesters
By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 14, 2005; Page D01

CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 13 -- Barbara Cummings was home in San Diego Monday, listening to an Air America radio broadcast, when she heard the tale of a woman who was coming here to join Cindy Sheehan in her growing protest against the war in Iraq.

The woman on the radio had a son who had signed on for a second tour of duty in the Army after losing his job. In two weeks, he is scheduled to ship out to Iraq. Cummings jumped on the phone and called her friend, Gloria Polk. "I asked her, 'Are you following the Cindy Sheehan story?' And she was."

No 10 refuses to reveal Iraq war e-mails

London Sunday Times
DAVID CRACKNELL, POLITICAL EDITOR
Read the Downing Street Memo

DOWNING STREET is refusing to release e-mails from a senior official relating to the attorney-general’s legal advice in the run-up to the Iraq war, raising suspicions that No 10 intervened at a crucial time.
It has admitted that an aide reporting to Tony Blair sent confidential e-mails relating to the advice just days before Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, issued a summary version of his legal advice which stated unequivocally that the war was legal.

His original advice, issued 10 days earlier on March 7, 2003 warned that a decision to go to war could be challenged in the international courts.

Oh, Well, See, That's Important to Make Time For

Bush attends Little League championship
NEDRA PICKLER
Associated Press

WACO, Texas - President Bush relived some of his childhood Saturday night when he attended a Little League playoff game near his ranch.

The world's most powerful former Little Leaguer watched several innings while players from Bryant, Ark., and Lafayette, La., competed for the southwestern regional championship.

Bush welcomed the players, coaches and families to Texas from the pitcher's mound. He then threw out the ceremonial first pitch and watched from behind home plate with the first lady and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Why I'm camping out in Crawford, Texas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By CINDY SHEEHAN

I will never, ever forget the night of April 4, 2004, when I found out that my son Casey had been killed in Iraq.

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 Casey's coffin, as his brother and sisters, standing behind me, sobbed.

I think of Casey every day as I wait outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, determined to meet with him.

I want to let the president know that I feel he recklessly endangered the life of my son by sending our troops to attack and occupy a country that was no imminent threat to the United States.

President Must Make Time for Grieving Mother

Published on Saturday, August 13, 2005 by the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)

If Bush has time to go to fund-raisers, he has time for Cindy Sheehan

Editorial

President Bush and Cindy Sheehan agree on one thing: her right to protest his policies and the war in Iraq. "She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America," Bush said Thursday
For the sake of his presidency and their country, they should also agree on something else: To talk. Personally. Privately.

Her soldier son, Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed last year in an ambush five days after he arrived in Iraq. In recent days she has become the public face of angry, grieving parents and other anti-war protesters gathered near Bush's Texas ranch. She is demanding a personal meeting with the president.

American Graffiti: Signs of the Times

Published on Friday, August 12, 2005 by the Independent (UK)

President Bush used to enjoy healthy support for his Iraq policy. But now freeway 'bloggers' are speaking out

By Rupert Cornwell

Feel like getting something off your chest against that iniquitous warmonger in the White House? Well, you can write a letter to your newspaper, tune in to liberal talk radio, or click to a reliably leftie website. Alternatively, you can take a drive on the highways of the United States.

(freewayblogger.com)

These are the domain of the freeway bloggers, a breed that have invented a tangible concrete and tarmac version of the internet to make their feelings known about George Bush. The messages, posted from overpasses, bridges and verges, are short, pithy and very, very rude.

Normal Life Ended for Protesting Mother

August 13, 2005 2:41 PM EDT

VACAVILLE, Calif. - Before her son was killed in Iraq, before she began a peace vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch, before she became an icon of the anti-war movement and the face of grieving mothers, there was a time when Cindy Sheehan's life was, by all appearances, incredibly normal.

She grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, and married her high school sweetheart, Patrick Sheehan. They had four babies, one almost every other year. They drove their growing clan in a huge, yellow station wagon nicknamed the "BananaMobile." She volunteered at a Vacaville church and later, as the children grew, she worked there.

Pentagon Conducts Bogus Poll to Distort Iraq Opinion

LINK

Yesterday at the Department of Defense press briefing ( http://tinyurl.com/czqpy ), Secretary Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers touted new poll results of Iraqis that claim to demonstrate that the insurgency is losing political steam. What they didn’t reveal about the poll is that it surveyed only those Iraqis who already despise the insurgent activity and have actively worked against it.

Here’s what Rumsfeld said yesterday when asked whether he truly understands the nature of the insurgency:

Q: “If I can take you back to your opening statement when you — actually, General Myers made similar references to the failings of the insurgency, including their failure to garner public support. And yet, this far into the operation, the insurgency has managed to sustain itself. Does this suggest a lack of understanding on your part on what the insurgency is about, who they are, the durability of their effort?

Cindy Takes Over the Internet

Re-Measuring the Cindy Web Phenomenon
By David Swanson, www.meetwithcindy.org

(An update to http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1369 )

Measured by Alexa.com, www.meetwithcindy.org continues to climb. It is now ranked 12,422 and is reaching 195 of every million internet users. The site has only 1.0 page views per user, because it's only a one-page site.

We updated the site some days ago but the update still hasn't reached all ISPs. When it does, it inlcudes a link to a Cindy Sheehan section on www.afterdowningstreet.org. As a result, that site is now at about the level that meetwithcindy.org had reached a couple of days ago. Afterdowningstreet.org is now ranked 16,228 with a reach of 90 people per million internet users, and 2.9 page views per user.

Photos from Today's Rally in Crawford

Here are a couple of links to posts at Democratic Underground from people who were at the rally in Crawford today. Please note that there are quite a few photos, so they may slow in loading for those who are on a dial-up connection.

just returned from crawford rally

Photos from Crawford Rally Today

Latest from Crawford

I spoke with Jodie Evans in Crawford a bit ago. She added a little to the reports that can be read at TruthOut. Jodie said that as 300 cars arrived at Camp Casey following the rally at the football stadium, it looked "like Field of Dreams." Cindy wept at the sight, Jodie said.

There were at one point today about 400 people at Camp Casey and about 150 counter-demonstrators across the road (no longer, due to pouring rain). The pro-war people asked to meet with Cindy, and Cindy said that she would meet with a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq, a mother who supports continuing the war. That meeting is supposed to happen this afternoon, Jodie said.

Republicans Chant "We Don't Care" At Cindy Sheehan

by Bob Geiger
The Yellow Dog Blog

This is why we no longer reach across the damn aisle to these people.

Conservative knucklehead and radio host Mike Gallagher gathered a group of like-minded troglodytes and headed over to the Bush compound in Crawford to harass Cindy Sheehan and her group last night.

As Ms. Sheehan and the "Camp Casey" protesters sang America The Beautiful or stood quietly, the right-wing group chanted "we don't care" at the mother who lost her son, Casey, to Bush's war in Iraq.

Cindy will follow the Commander-in-Thief back to Washington in the likely event he does not meet with her in Crawford.

The Rosa Parks of the 21st Century

by Maccabee at Daily Kos, Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 14:07:55 PDT

The Bush Monarchy Cannot Face A Grieving Mom. Like Rosa Parks, Cindy Sheehan has refused to give up her seat. Only her seat isn't on a bus, it's in a tent.

This is the nerve center of the weakness of the Bush Monarchy. This inarticulate poseur cannot and does not have the courage to take criticism. That should explain why a country where once every square inch was a Free Speech Zone, now sports public cages where protesters can say what they want out of the sight of the president. This explains why he is so reluctant to face her. He does not want to appear as if she has forced his hand. Yet nothing he can do can stop the momentum of the confrontation. The worst the smears against her sound, the more despicable her detractors become. Michelle Malagang, the self-loathing Fillipino tart actually called her a grief pimp. Bill O'Reilly, the loofa loving dirty talking pervert called her actions "bordering on treasonous". I guess he couldn't buy her off. I haven't kept up what the fat Oxycontin addict has said about her.

Writings from a new kind of base: an update from Camp Casey

August 11, 2005
By Tim Goodrich
U.S. Tour of Duty

Good things come in small packages. Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas may not have the people of a 500,000 strong anti-war march, but it's making at least as powerful a statement. This is only my first day here outside the ranch, but this has already been one of the most moving events I have attended.

Almost immediately, I recognized the standard tactics of the right wing; deceit and hatred. Upon waking up at the Crawford Peace House, I noticed a news van for the local AM radio station sitting outside. I watched him for a while, but he never bothered to step outside of the van. Later on, I heard the radio station reporting that the people at the Crawford Peace House had chased him away by throwing bottles and rocks at him. This was obviously a lie; designed to paint us, who have gathered peacefully, as militants.

Writings from a new kind of base: an update from Camp Casey

August 12, 2005
By Tim Goodrich
U.S. Tour of Duty

The heat and humidity are not letting up outside Bush¹s ranch at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas. Although it¹s not as hot as, say, Iraq, the heat can still take a toll on those not used to it. Luckily, through the generous outpouring of others from across the country, we have managed to stay well supplied with fluids and food.

This is day seven since the establishment of Camp Casey and still no meeting with Bush. Today, I was kept from arriving at camp due to an extended secret service blockade on the only road into the ranch. Apparently, Bush had fundraising activities to attend and drove by the camp for the first time, ignoring all who stood ready to receive him. My question is this: Why is it that those who can afford to donate thousands of dollars to Bush get to meet him?

Violent "solutions" create new problems

By Jim Mullins
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2005

As anti-Americanism has become a vital issue, various committees, delegations and retired diplomatic, military and intelligence officials have charged that our lack of an evenhanded approach to foreign relations and the worldwide perception of unfair policies are the main contributors to the problem.

A prime example: our policy denying Iran the right to build nuclear plants to produce electricity allowable under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which it has signed, and with supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Women set to join Texas war protest

August 13, 2005
Cape Cod Times
By AMANDA LEHMERT
STAFF WRITER

HYANNIS - A local Marine mother will soon join a California woman's Texas standoff with President George W. Bush.

War protesters and parents of people who have died in the war have gathered in Crawford, Texas, in support of Cindy Sheehan, who has been outspoken in her criticism of Bush since her son Casey, 24, was killed in Iraq in April 2004.

Sheehan said she will camp out in Crawford for Bush's five-week summer vacation unless he grants her a meeting.

West Barnstable resident Mimi Evans, whose 29-year-old son will soon deploy to Iraq, is among more than 20 people being sent to Texas by the Boston-based group Military Families Speak Out to support Sheehan.

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