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By Scott Galindez
Wednesday 31 August 2005, 7:19 AM
http://truthout.org/cindy.shtml

This will be my last blog from Camp Casey. The last 3 weeks were full of many fascinating moments. Will Pitt and I arrived on day 5. We were greeted by a determined group of Americans working for peace. Their resolve has never wavered. The first night, we stayed out at Camp Casey I until 2 am because of the rumors of imminent arrests. They turned out to be false. The Sheriffs turned out to be our allies here. They handled themselves professionally and did a wonderful job to help facilitate our stay in Crawford.

Cindy and Tamara gave us our first interviews. Little did we know that Tamara, whose husband is facing deployment to Iraq, would emerge as one of the leaders at Camp I. Even after Camp II was established, Tamara stayed at Camp I, vowing to stay in the ditch until the end.

Day II was marked by a powerful press conference led by Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out. They set the tone for the rest of the month. I will never forget the emotion of watching Bill Mitchell and the Zappallas in front of their loved ones' crosses.

How about the three pig farmers, the amazing offer of land from the cousin of the guy who fired the gun. Reverend Johnson of the SCLC bringing in Dr. King's confidant, Joseph Lowrey. Steve Earle, Joan Baez, and David Rovics. Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee. The dozens of roses sent after Larry Northern desecrated what is now called Arlington South. Russell Means and Dennis Banks. The list goes on and on. Eric Folkerth and Jesse the sound guy wrote wonderful songs about Camp Casey.

Ann Wright, Lisa Fithian, Whitney, Jodi Evans and the rest of the Code Pink crew kept things organized. There are so many other wonderful people that made this possible. I thank everyone at Camp Casey for making the last few weeks one of the most moving experiences of my life.

Well it's off to Austin, I will report from there tonight.

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t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Tuesday 30 August 2005
11:46 PM

David Rovics just left the stage closing things out under the big tent. He played a song he wrote about Cindy and Casey titled "Every Mother's Son" you can download the song at DavidRovics.com.

Cindy and Ann Wright honored all the volunteers that made this happen ... too many to name here.

Veterans for Peace showed a video of day one which was fitting as we close down camp. You can view the video here.

I will probably blog next from the road...

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t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Tuesday 30 August 2005
6:56 PM

Tonight Camp Casey will honor the tireless volunteers who have made this all happen. The camps are being slowly torn down to prepare for tomorrow's departure. There will be a pizza party for the volunteers and David Rovics will perform from the stage. I will be following the first leg of the Southern Road Trip before heading home. This has been the most amazing story I have covered for t r u t h o u t. The most amazing thing is that it is the beginning of the story...

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t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Tuesday 30 August 2005
1:32 PM

This morning the crosses were removed from Camp Casey II to be transported to Washington. There was a very moving ceremony in which the veterans and family members lined up and Iraq Vet Jeff Key played the National Anthem followed by Taps for the last time at Camp Casey II. Tomorrow the Bring Them Home Now Tour will leave Camp Casey I, the place where all of this began.

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t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez

Tuesday 30 August 2005
10:40 AM

In 24 hours, Camp Casey will hit the road. A movement was re-ignited here. The clarity of Cindy's message resonated with the American people. Backed by other Gold Star and military families, along with Iraq war vets and veterans of other wars, the wounds caused by this war could no longer be ignored. Camp casey will not end tomorrow. It will, instead, move to cities around the country, reuniting in Washington on September 24th.

A community was also born here - Cindy, Ann Wright, Jesse, the sound guy who captured the spirit of Camp Casey in song, Tamara, whose husband heads to Iraq next month, and many, many others have made a connection to each other that will never be broken.

The Vigil last night might indicate that a thawing of the Pro-Bush camp is under way. I would never have thought on Saturday that they would come across the street and join Camp Casey, even if only for a short time. Camp Casey has brought hope to us all...

http://truthout.org/cindy.shtml

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This is only a suggestion but instead of taking your protest to Washington why don't you try going the Gulf Coast where help is greatly needed. I would think this would be a much more productive outlet than sitting around protesting. Being a single mother with 3 children, I am unable to go & help myself. Just a thought.

Hope you are doing the same...

Here is my suggestion bring OUT the JAG officers out of VIRGINA and WEST VIRGINA...they have NEVER served in IRAQ or Afghanistan. The few 15 that have gone did sit in AIRCONTIONED tents.

Just because they all are lawyers makes them NO less equiped to serve like everyone else.

Do you realize that the government pays them 2500 a month for the reserve and the national guard.....JAG OFFICERS?

WHY AREN"T THEY IN NEW ORLEANS; IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN?

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