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Black Politicians Starting to Show Support for Anti-War Protesters
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2005
By: Monica Lewis, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Camp Casey, the ever-growing anti-war protest set up outside of President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch, has been compared to a mini-Woodstock, with folk singers like Joan Baez and former movie star Margot Kidder stopping by to make a political statement.
As polls indicate more and more blacks disapproving of the conflict in Iraq, some black politicians are making a point to visit the protest site in Crawford, Texas, a tiny town of roughly 700 people 18 miles outside of Waco.
Earlier this week, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee stopped by to show her support of Cindy Sheehan, the woman whose 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq last year. Sheehan, who began a sit-in near Bush’s vacation home on Aug. 6, was also visited by Rep. Maxine Waters, who, like Jackson Lee, is among a number of politicos echoing Sheehan’s plea to Bush to withdraw American troops.
Waters, who participated in organizing the Out of Iraq Caucus, had met with Sheehan, who lives in Vacaville, Calif., on several occasions before deciding to head to Crawford last week. Waters told BlackAmericaWeb.com that Sheehan’s action speaks volumes, but there needs to be more of an outcry, especially by blacks in the public and private sector, to really drive the point home to Bush.
“The African-American community, for the most part, is against this war,