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Summer of Love ‘07: On a Journey for Humanity
By Cindy Sheehan
The other day I came out of my short retirement due toyet another Bush flagrant abuse of power. We decidedthat we would walk from Atlanta to DC to gather apeople’s movement for humanity. The longer BushCo arein office the less chance we have of recovering theheart and soul of our nation, saving our soldiers andthe people of Iraq and Afghanistan, and saving theplanet from corporate and individual waste andpollution. Impeachment, removal from office, and in aperfect world: incarceration for the criminals againsthumanity, are urgent and necessary steps that need tobe taken today.Since the announcement of the Walk, circumstances havechanged. Rev. Lennox Yearwood is not going to have hishearing for Conduct Unbecoming until the end ofAugust, and we were going to begin our walk after hishearing on July 12th in Macon, GA.
So consequently, weare going to begin our Journey on July 10th inCrawford, Texas.Our Journey will take us through places such as Ft.Benning, GA, and New Orleans where Bush Crimes havehad such a deeply detrimental affect on people.Torture and the continued criminal lack of help forthe people of the Gulf States are two of BushCo’s moreheinous crimes. Our Journey will also take us to House Judiciarycommittee members’ offices where we will sit-in anddemand that they institute Articles of Impeachmentagainst Bush and Cheney immediately. On July 23rd, wewill be in Congressman John Conyers’ office toencourage him to take the lead on impeachment. Asit-in in his office is possible and likely.The US part of our Journey will end in New York Citywhere on July 27th we will stage a demonstration infront of the UN to highlight the refugee crisis in theMiddle East caused by the Bush High Crime Cabal.
Thereare millions of people displaced by the atrocity inIraq and, no matter what former US Ambassador andleading neo-con war criminal, John Bolton says: the USdoes owe the people of Iraq more than we can everrepay. The very least we owe them, though, is arelatively safe country to live in and basic humanrights like: homes, food, clean water and medicalcare.On July 29th, we will be re-creating the Summer ofLove and hold a “Gather-in of Hearts” in Central Parkwith leading activists and musical entertainment.Proceeds will go to Iraqi Refugees and for medicalsupplies for Iraqi hospitals.When we are finished in NYC, a few of us will beJourneying to Amman, Jordan to help refugees in Jordanand Syria. We will visit the camps to assess the depthof the humanitarian crisis that is causing so many children to unnecessarily and tragically suffer. Wehave so much in this country.
How can we allow our brothers and sisters to go without basics? Who can sleep comfortably at night and enjoy three squaremeals a day when other people only have moldy bread toeat and are starving? Do you think of the people ofIraq and the refugees literally dying of thirst whenyou go to turn on your tap for plentiful, clean water?Our animals here in the US are treated better thanmany humans on our planet. As MLK, Jr said in hisspeech at the Riverside Church on April 04, 1967: “Mygovernment is the biggest purveyor of violence.” Ourgovernment has killed enough people to populate manysmall states in the US and has forced millions more toflee their places of birth. Our governments will neverchange, but our hearts can and we can do much toalleviate suffering and change the world.Since I announced the Journey for Humanity, I havereceived a lot of support and encouragement, and many“I’ll be with you in spirits.”
We appreciate yourmoral support, but we need your bodies and yourdollars if you can’t participate. Our world is in anenvironmental, political and humanitarian state ofemergency at this point and participation in aPeople’s Movement for Change, Justice and Humanity isbecoming mandatory by our membership in the HumanRace. Our route and flyer for the “Gather-in of Hearts” isposted at Camp Casey Peace Institute. Donations canalso be made there. Visit our MySpace page and be ourfriend!We also need volunteers in cities along the route tohelp coordinate rallies/actions and food/ housing forwalkers. To volunteer, e-mail Dede Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 562-912-5838 (we don’t take blocked calls.)