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Bring them Home Now! bus stops in Madison Sunday

The Capital Times (WI)
By Judith Davidoff
August 31, 2005

War protesters are expected to leave Texas today on a three-week bus tour which makes its only stop in Wisconsin at the Barrymore Theatre Sunday night.

According to organizers, the event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. They have been camping out with Cindy Sheehan near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. There will also be music at the free event. Ms. Sheehan will travel on the Southern route bus tour and not appear in Madison.

The three buses taking part in the Bring them Home Now! bus tour and caravan will meet up in Washington D.C. on Sept. 24 for a three-day anti-war protest organized by United for Peace and Justice and the ANSWER Coalition.

Rae Vogeler of the Madison Area Peace Coalition predicted Sunday's event in Madison would turn out large numbers of people because Cindy Sheehan's protest has recharged anti-war protesters.

"I think it's invigorated people to see an example of what one individual can do in terms of speaking up," Vogeler said.

She said Sheehan has also gained credibility by being so straight forward about the false claims used by the Bush Administration to go to war and for calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops.

"The fact that she's called for bringing home the troops now has had an incredible impact on the movement," Vogeler said.

Sheehan's son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, died last year in Iraq. She arrived in Crawford about a month ago when Bush retreated to his ranch for a month-long vacation.

Sheehan said she wanted to speak to Bush about his reasons for going to war and would not leave until he agreed to a meeting. Bush, however, has refused to meet with Sheehan.

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