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CINDY SHEEHAN LEAVES, OTHERS STAY ON TO KEEP PRESSURE ON BUSH FOR MEETING
Mother’s Illness Won’t Change the Agenda at Camp Casey; Prayer Vigil Tomorrow Will Take Place at 12 Noon CDTFriday
Statement by Cindy Sheehan:
This afternoon around 4 p.m. Crawford time my sister DeeDee received a call that our mother has had a stroke and is in the emergency room at a hospital in Los Angeles.
As you can imagine, this is a devastating blow for my sister, my brother, my children and me.
I’m leaving Crawford temporarily to go be with my mother. While I am gone, the other mothers of fallen soldiers in Iraq, along with the Iraq war veterans and other soldiers will remain at Camp Casey and keep up the pressure on the President to meet with us and answer questions about the war.
Statement by Patricia Vogel of Military Families Speak Out
(Patricia Vogel’s son, Aaron, has served in Iraq and may be re-deployed)
We needed Cindy to start this movement and now Cindy needs us to keep it going. We are staying in Crawford until we get answers, or until the President completes his five-week vacation.
Dozens of religious leaders, military mothers, and supporters of Cindy Sheehan’s message will gather at Camp Casey to observe a moment of silence Friday at 12:00pm CT.
Religious leaders will be on hand to lead the observance and offer prayer and a moment of silence for the military serving around the world, those who have given their lives in combat, and their loved ones. They will also echo Cindy Sheehan’s calls, asking the President to meet with military families who seek his ear, and to withdraw our troops from Iraq.
Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace, and the religious leaders, have invited President Bush to attend the prayer meeting.
For Immediate Release: August 18th, 2005
Contact: Michelle Mulkey 415 987-7377
Michael Khoo (202) 669-7911