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Here's an update of our local support of Cindy's effort. We are going on the NDSU (college) radio tonight at 9PM to announce our Solidarity with Cindy rally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005--on the Main Avenue Bridge between Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN. We will be giving a brief explanation of Cindy Sheehan's position, and then some of our own statements against the war. Then we will light up the phones for questions and answers. John Peterson (of The Red River Anti-War Coalition and Workers International League) is presently at the university distributing leaflet copies of the press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Solidarity with Cindy Sheehan: "I'm with You, Cindy!"
August 21, 2005 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm on the Main Ave. Bridge between Fargo and Moorhead
Cindy Sheehan is the president of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Casey Sheehan, a soldier killed in Iraq. She recently gave a scathing and moving indictment of Bush and his "illegal and unjust war". As reported in the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader:
"Sheehan ridiculed Bush for saying that it's 'hard work' comforting the widow of a soldier who's been killed in Iraq. 'Hard work is seeing your son' s murder on CNN one Sunday evening while you're enjoying the last supper you 'll ever truly enjoy again. Hard work is having three military officers come to your house a few hours later to confirm the aforementioned murder of your son, your first-born, your kind and gentle sweet baby. Hard work is burying your child 46 days before his 25th birthday. Hard work is holding your other three children as they lower the body of their big (brother) into the ground. Hard work is not jumping in the grave with him and having the earth cover you both.'
"'We're watching you very carefully and we're going to do everything in our power to have you impeached for misleading the American people,' she said, quoting a letter she sent to the White House. 'Beating a political stake in your black heart will be the fulfillment of my life.'"
Thomas Harrelson of Fargo initiated the call for national solidarity action with the following appeal: "America is watching! Cindy Sheehan's vigil - a.k.a strike - has the attention of America and the world. This is great, really... Why don't we join her? Just think if the Teamsters, the Longshoremen and airport workers alone joined her. This would hit them right where it hurts, in their bank accounts. Commerce would be closed for business. The Heathrow strike [last week] is alleged to have already cost the airlines "tens of millions of dollars". What if every peace activist in America and around the world joined her, not at Crawford (although that would be fun); but in solidarity. Strike until it hurts! Strike until the War President comes out and talks to Cindy.... Even better, strike until they bring the troops home! Don't wait for others to do it, just do it!"
Millions of Americans are fed up with the war and are appalled at the billions of dollars being thrown down the drain: money that could instead be used for jobs, healthcare, and education. Join the Red River Anti-War Coalition in a show of solidarity with Cindy Sheehan. Bring your anti-war, and pro-peace signs and banners in a peaceful demonstration to say, "I'm with you, Cindy!"
For more information, please contact Thomas Harrelson (Leftward.net) at: 701-293-2624 or firstname.lastname@example.org