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Tiny Crawford Braces for Dueling Protests


Tiny Crawford Braces for Dueling Protests
By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
Sat Aug 27, 1:23 PM ET

CRAWFORD, Texas - This one-stoplight town of 700 residents near President Bush's ranch braced for thousands of visitors Saturday, most in a cross-country caravan for a pro-Bush rally and others to support Cindy Sheehan's anti-war demonstration.

More than 3,000 people were expected at the school football stadium for a pro-Bush rally, the culmination of the "You don't speak for me, Cindy!" tour that started last week in California.

It would be the largest counter protest since Sheehan started camping out off the road leading to Bush's ranch Aug. 6, soon after his Texas vacation began. She vowed to remain unless he talked to her about the war with Iraq that claimed the life of her son Casey and more than 1,870 other U.S. soldiers.

The pro-Bush caravan was coordinated by Move America Forward, a group led by former Republican California Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian and Sal Russo, the strategist who in 2003 launched one of the two simultaneous efforts to recall California's then-governor, Democrat Gray Davis.

Meanwhile, hundreds were expected at Sheehan's camp for a somber Saturday ceremony honoring soldiers serving in Iraq. The protest, which has swelled from dozens on weekdays to about 1,000 the past two weekends, will end Wednesday.

Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., said that after the protest ends, some of the group will spread its message on a tour, with the first stop probably in the southeast Texas district of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Republican.

Bush has said he appreciates Sheehan's right to protest and understands her anguish but will not change his schedule to meet with her. His vacation is to end Sept. 2.

Sheehan and other grieving families met with Bush about two months after her son died last year, before she became a vocal opponent of the war.

Crawford has not seen this big a crowd since the scathing documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" was shown last summer on a screen at the football field, drawing about 3,000 people. The screening was organized by the Crawford Peace House, which also is helping Sheehan. Earlier that night, more than 300 Bush supporters held a rally to counter the showing of the film.

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This is a strategy to reduce our movement to the level of a high school football game.

"Never try to teach a cow to sing. You can't do it and you annoy the cow."

Our protest is to "DEMAND TRUTH" from BushCo, not to outscream a bunch of broken children. They have been conditioned to see us as a threat by those that exploit them. C'est la vie.

BushCo thinks that if they have "more people" then they will be "Right." This is typcial Partriarchal "Right Man" logic.

One candle of truth fills an entire room with light regardless of how much darkness was in the room.

"This little light of mine,
I'm going to let it shine."
- Traditional

peace.

I strongly believe that support for Camp Casey 1 and 2, and for the peace movement in general, can be sent through prayer, visualization, or just sending good vibes to Cindy and the 800-ish folks who have chosen to put their lives on the line in Crawfor for the last 3-4 weeks, for peace.

Five minutes of good thoughts, mental pictures of peaceful co-existence of the "opposing" demonstrators, even well-wishing to all involved could help . . .including Bush, et al.

OK, I just spent the whole day here in Crawford, visiting the Peace House, Camp Casey I, and Camp Casey II. And this reporter is absolutely full of crap. There were AT LEAST 2000 pro-peace people at Camp Casey II this afternoon. I have no idea how many people showed up to the pro-war rally in Crawford, but I would guess that there were many a couple of hundred of them milling about the Yellow Rose store/Fort Quall.

This is why we must be the media. The media is NOT reporting the facts. Damn it, just look at the photos from Camp Casey II! Where are the photos from the pro-war rally? (And look at them very carefully because they might have photoshopped them...)

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