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From Crawford Update Blog

It was one of those defining moments of being here in Crawford: last week I was living a normal life, and at 9 this morning I was climbing the steps of the McLellan County Courthouse in Waco-- one of those classic Southern county courthouses--- to attend a hearing on land use at the Camp Casey site. I was frankly expecting a Camp Casey supporters v.s. angry landowner showdown, but to the credit of all involved, calm and reason prevailed. They aired their grievances, we discussed our need to protect our right to demonstrate, and the county commissioners listened to both sides. After the hearing, Ann Wright, a 29 year Army veteran and Camp Casey organizer, said she thought everything went really well. She commented, "The landowners have some very valid points about the traffic jams and space challenges. They spoke eloquently about their needs. We were able to discuss our need for free speech and area for dissent. It was very helpful to meet the landowners, and we look forward to working with them in the future. We want to be good neighbors to them." Ann also spoke personally with two of the landowners after the hearing (pictured above).

Another one of our talented volunteers is Lon Burnham, a Texas State Representative from Ft. Worth. He also spoke at the hearing, and made the striking point that while the land use issue is very important, we have to remember that the reason Camp Casey participants want to protect our First Amendment rights goes far beyond public land use in McLellan County; we are here to speak out against an illegal war and the undeniable tragedy of human loss.

Luckily, it looks like we won't be forced to pack up anytime soon-- we understand that if the landowners want to lobby to change the laws of public land use at Camp Casey, they are required by law to give us a 30 day warning. Don't worry, folks-- barring George Bush growing a heart, by the time eviction orders come we'll be camping at a different address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Yes Boundaries and Sovereignty are very important issues.

A child is born with perfect boundaries and knows when these boundaries are violated. We all have a trust boundary as well. No-one likes to have their trust betrayed. Was the son of Cindy who died in the War in Iraq betrayed by lies and false pretexts ?

The Boundaries of a Healthy World extend outwards like a series of concentric circles.

Self.
Partner.
Children.
Family.
Friends.
Associates.
Neighbourhood.
State/Region/Province.
Nation State.
Planet Earth.

We can either have Peaceworld or Traumaworld. I'm pretty sure Cindy Sheehan and her supporters are trying to create the first type of world.

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