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Bring Them Home Now Tour Report #1


Bring Them Home Now Tour Report #1
by Crawford Peace House [Subscribe]
Sun Sep 4th, 2005 at 19:44:55 PDT
This report comes from Lisa Fithian who is part of the tour that left Crawford on Wednesday:

Dear Allies and Organizers,

The Bring Them Home Now Tour is on its fifth day of the journey from Camp Casey, Crawford, TX to Washington DC. Here is a quick summary of the events on each route as of Sept 3...

SOUTHERN ROUTE

Stop 1: Austin - Aug. 31

The VFP Bus, the White Rose and the Tour RV arrived just before 4:00 and proceeded to a meeting with Congressman Lloyd Doggett's office where we met with his top aide. The meeting was overwhelmingly positive and Doggett's support for our cause was affirmed

From there our convoy pulled up before a large crowd in front of the Capitol where State Senator Barrientos welcomed Cindy to Texas. She commented how great it was to finally be welcomed. We left the Capitol in a spirited march singing " Let there be peace on earth" and chanting Bring the Troops Home Alive" " What Noble Cause" " No More War - How Many More" and "Not One More". Gathering people along the way we arrived at the City Council about 2,500 strong. There was a powerful and moving rally featuring Cindy, IVAW speaker Jeff Keyes, Gold Star Family members Brooke Beasley and her mother Julie Cuniglio of Dallas, TX who are the proud cousin and aunt of Marine SSgt Aaron Dean White, who lost his life to the Iraqi on May 19, 2003. VFP member Ann Wright also spoke along with several local politicians and prominent community members like Jim Hightower. There was great music by Joe Ely, Eliza Gilkerson, David Rovics and Amy Cook. The rally was followed by a delicious dinner for the Tour at Threadgills restaurant, donated by the owner.

Stop 2: Houston, TX - Sept. 1

We arrive in Houston about 4:00 in the afternoon where we attempted to meet with Majority Leader Tom Delay in his main office in Sugarland, TX. While Delay was in the District were only able to get the District Director on the phone for a conference call. We attempted to secure a meeting, but were told to fill out a form and there were no guarantees. We explained how three of his constituents, all mothers, had been requesting a meeting, but still have not been successful at securing one. We urged Tom Delay's office to set up a meeting as soon as possible and affirmed our ability to accommodate the Majority Leaders Schedule. We got no other answers to our questions.

At 6:30 pm we were warmly welcomed at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston, by a crowd of almost 1000. We saw a powerful film by the Arlington West group on Camp Casey. Cindy was awarded a spine award. We heard from tour participants and local Gold Star mother Amy Branham. The event was followed by a delicious dinner and a local religious university graciously provided our housing.

Stop 3: Shreveport, LA - Sept 3

We set up mid-day meet and greet where we set up a mini Camp Casey in Princess Park in downtown Shreveport. There was one counter protestor who turned up but Phil was able to talk with him and turned him around. That evening we held a candlelight vigil outside Barksdale Air Force Base. There was lots of honking and peace signs being flashed by those going in and out of the base. We were fed and house in community members homes and had all of our needs met.
CENTRAL ROUTE

Stop 1: Dallas Report - Aug 31

Central Bus arrived in Dallas at 4:00 PM at North Haven United Methodist Church. Mia Lorraine, Hart, Kelissa Stanley, and Vince George proceeded to the offices of Senator Hutchinson and had a meeting with Cynthia Hall, the representative for Senator Kay Hutchison the discussion focused on urging the Senator to work more diligently with Congress on an exit plan for Iraq. The consensus amongst the group was that the meeting was a success and Ms Hall was receptive to the ideas presented by the convoy and especially the idea strategizing for a viable plan to pull the troops out. Since the meeting the group has been discussing why a plan is necessary to pull the troops out of Iraq now. The idea has been questioned and brainstormed.

Lon Burnham and Eric Folkerth MC'ed the main event, which was a rally with the aforementioned bussers, joined by Beatriz Sandaval and her brother in law. A Q&A followed the rally, with everything wrapping up at about 9:30. Approximately 150 people were in attendance. Lon Burnham encouraged all present to write letters to their Congress people, stay involved, and go to Washington DC on the 24th.

The reception was incredibly warm from the Dallas Peace Center and the Church. The local people were hospitable and the bussers were given hot showers, beverages, and many thanks for the work they are doing with this journey to DC. Many of us had not slept in a bed for many days or weeks, and the amenities offered were appreciated and given to us with big smiles and hugs.

Stop 2: Little Rock - Sept 1

The Central Bus arrived in Little Rock at about 5:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church for a 6PM potluck dinner and discussion with what turned out to be about 100 people. We were greeted by Katie Elliot, the host from the Church, and CBS Local KTHV Channel 11, which filmed the bus pulling into the Church parking lot with the banners on the sides and the passengers cheering and flashing peace signs. There was an abundance of food, which was consumed while the speakers were behind the podium, and no MC. The audience was obviously well informed and moved by the speakers.

The audience was multigenerational, receptive and sympathetic to the message of the convoy. The questions were coming from people who were clearly well informed in public policy. The Q and A was less structured the previous evening in Dallas, inspiring many tears, rhetorical questions, and calls for action. The crowd was clearly riveted- the Q and A went on for at least as long as the speeches. The whole event ended at about 8:00 PM. This morning the speakers are accompanying the hosts to quick stop visits to local legislative reps with letters written by community members about the situation in New Orleans and it's correlation to the Iraq war.

Stop 3: Memphis, TN - Sept 2

The Central Bus Tour pulled in to the congregational Church in Memphis about ten minutes early (!) at 2:50 PM on Friday September 2, 2005. Parishioners, our host Jacob Flowers, and Sylvester Sartor, a Vietnam Vet greeted us. After some rest and conversation, Hart and Kelissa, accompanied by Jacob, went to the Leon Gray radio show for a live interview and with Beatriz Sandaval joining them from Fort Worth by phone. The show was reminiscent of a liberal Rush Limbaugh show and everyone spoke remarkably well.

The main event took place in the National Civil Rights Museum in the form of a panel presentation followed by a Q & A which carried on until 9PM. Some highlights were a seven year old boy standing up and asking the panel why people have wars, (To which Vince said "profit" quoting a movie) several audience members discussed the New Orleans disaster and its correlation, which sparked an audience member named Time to stand up and announce that he was going to help clean up and would like to be put in touch with Vets for Peace. This was done. Hart told of his conscientious objector status and the process of attaining this and brought the audience to tears. The group stayed in a really cool church, which has made an intentional community on its third floor. We all had our own rooms and some of us went out to local establishments with the local organizers.

Stop 4: St. Louis, MO - Sept 3-4

We reached St Louis at 3:00 in the afternoon for a meeting at the United Methodist Church at 16th and Olive St. There was a good press conference followed by a march to the Soldiers Memorial where we had a vigil. There were gravestones with the names of Iraqis and US soldiers killed on each tombstone. Afterward back at the church a local restaurant catered a dinner for us before a 6:00 PM forum, which lasted about 2 hours. On Sunday we will be participating in some church services... On Monday we will march in the St Louis Labor Day parade!

NORTHERN ROUTE

Stop 1: Oklahoma City, Aug. 31

Dozens of people came out for a very spontaneous and moving rally in Oklahoma City, OK on August 31st. This was the first stop for the northern routes of the Bring Them Home Now bus tour. Cody Camacho of Iraq Vets Against the War, Tammara Rosenleaf of Military Families Speak Out and Elliot Adams and Patrick Miller both of Veterans for Peace spokes to the enthusiastic crowd including a number of press from local outlets and the Associated Press. Before setting out to their next stop the tour participants were treated to dinner by the Oklahoma City Peace House.

Stop 2: Wichita, Aug. 31

The Bring Them Home Now Tour made its second stop in Wichita, Kansas. Despite the tour arriving at a late hour there was a sizable group to meet the group. Participants in the bus tour reunited with Wichita residents who were present at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas. In Wichita all took part in a press conference answering questions about their time in Crawford and presented their stories as Military Families, Veterans, and Gold Star Families. Tour participants stayed the night at the Wichita Peace House.

Stop 3: Kansas City, Sept 1

The local American Friends Service Committee and the All Souls Unitarian Church hosted a potluck dinner for the tour. A couple dozen people from the community came to share a meal with the bus. But do to a late departure from Wichita the bus didn't make it to the potluck. At 5:00pm people began to gather for a rally at J.C. Nichols Fountain in downtown Kansas City. About 100 people came out and displayed signs and banners as well as photos of soldiers killed in Iraq. In front of a big banner that read, "Bring them Home Now" was a podium where some local organizers began the rally. At about 5:15 the bus rolled in and passed the rally honking loudly. The crowd cheered and waived. Cody from Iraq Vets Against the War and Tammara Rosenleaf from Military Families Speak Out both addressed the crowds and took questions. The people of Kansas City were very generous and kind with words and donations. After the rally the bus did make it to the Unitarian Church for food and good conversation. Two reporters from the local paper, the Kansas City Star came to cover the event and chat with the tour participants.

Stop 4: Des Moines, Sept 2

We had a "mini Camp Casey" at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines that started at 10am. Right then we also had a scheduled visit to two Representatives offices. Back at the camp the local ASFC office set up the boots and large pictures of the soldiers from Iowa who have died in Iraq. At 11am had a press conference, which turned into a spirited rally.

Stop 5: Minneapolis, Sept 2-4

We had a reception on Friday night with 100 people supporters that made some very generous donations to support the tour. There was lots of good energy and everyone did a great job speaking.

On Sat. morning 9/3, there was a rally held on the steps of the Minnesota State capitol in St. Paul. Local organizers strung banners along the railings going up the granite stairs with the names of US soldiers killed in Iraq. When the Tour arrived people laid out the boots and some of the banners from Camp Casey in Crawford. The event M.C. was Barry Reich, a local Minneapolis Veteran for Peace. Tammera, Cody, Patrick, Al, Rafael, Sherry, and Stacy all spoke as did David Foster Regional director of the United Steel Workers (who turned out in force not only to rally but to volunteer and offer support), State Senator Becky Lourey and retired FBI counter-terrorism agent Colen Rowley, John Varone the President of the Minnesota chapter 27 of Veterans for Peace. There was supposed to be a counter demonstration but it never really materialized. There were about 150 people in the crowd, lots of chanting and high energy.

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Bush ain't Churchill and the Bush War is not WWII

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/0...

Cindy is a selfish attention whore!!!

Your cogent and literate argument is very impressive. I guess there's just no way to refute three exclamation points.

Initially, I am outraged and want to lash back at this version of Mr./Ms. X.

It is a holiday so I will quell my rage.

If Mrs. Sheehan is a "selfish attention whore", what does that make George Bush?

My e-mail is richschaedler@mail2.myexcel.com

Whoever, or whatever you are, e-mail me an answer, please!

Its no wonder that you didnt use your name, I wouldnt want anyone to know that I was a research retard if I were you..use your PC for something besides e-mail for once..read the Downing st memos, go to John Conyers website, Everyone likes to call Michael Moore a communist ..Have you been to his website?..Everyone loved him when he was out in front of GM or big tobacco companies etc... with a bull horn..We thought it was cool that he was working for the little people, Now because Limbaugh and the rest tell you that he is bad, You swallow there drivel, Get a clue, You have been duped, not really your fault (except for the research retard thing), but you are just in the way of GOOD Americans that are tring to get us back on track "Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism" Quote by Thomas Jefferson ... Mr Kelly

You are a selfish puppet of the the right wing extremists who only thinks of yourself. You are also un-human like Bushco. You care nothing about this country only about enriching the wealthy and creating an empire run by the U.S. just like the PNACers. How sad.

As South drowns, Rice soaks in N.Y.

Did New Yorkers chase Condoleezza Rice back to Washington yesterday?

Like President Bush, the Secretary of State has been on vacation during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, with Rice enjoying her downtime in New York Wednesday and yesterday. The cabinet member's responsibilities are usually international, but her timing contributed to the "fiddling while Rome burns" impression given by her boss during the disaster, which may have claimed thousands of lives.

On Wednesday night, Secretary Rice was booed by some audience members at "Spamalot!," the Monty Python musical at the Shubert, when the lights went up after the performance.

Yesterday, Rice went shopping at Ferragamo on Fifth Ave. According to the Web site www.Gawker.com, the 50-year-old bought "several thousand dollars' worth of shoes" at the pricey leather-goods boutique.

A fellow shopper shouted, "How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!" - presumably referring to Louisiana and Mississippi.

The woman expressing her First Amendment rights was promptly removed from the store. A Ferragamo store manager confirmed to us that Rice did shop there yesterday, but refused to answer questions about whether the protester was removed, and whether by his own security or the Secret Service.
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/342712p-292600c.html

Bush's Staged New Orleans Photo Ops
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/september2005/050905photoops.htm

Louisiana senator hits Bush 'photo opportunity'
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/september2005/050905senatorhits.htm

A Chicago grand jury has indicted the President and Vice-President of the United States along with multiple high officials in the Bush administration

BUSH AND CHENEY INDICTED

by Tom Flocco

Chicago -- August 2, 2005 -- TomFlocco.com -- U.S. federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s Chicago grand jury has voted perjury and obstruction of justice indictments to the following members of the Bush Administration: President George W. Bush, Vice-President Richard Cheney, Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, imprisoned New York Times reporter Judith Miller and former Senior Cheney advisor Mary Matalin.
http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/BushCheneyIndicted.htm

Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson Discuss The Scripted Pat Tillman Hoax

The staged death of Pat Tillman and how the military covered it up to manufacture another fairy story to support the illusion of the flagging 'war on terror'. Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson go through past examples of war propaganda in detail, from the staged Saddam statue fall to the Jessica Lynch fable.
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/250505tillmanhoax.htm

Alex Jones Interviews Christopher Bollyn on the Popular Mechanics 9/11 Hit Piece

Christopher Bollyn uncovered the fact that Ben Chertoff, the chief editor of the Popular Mechanics 9/11 hit piece, was the cousin of Michael Chertoff, the new Homeland Security Czar.
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/090305bollyn.htm

Alex Jones Interviews David Ray Griffin

Alex talks with the author of the New Pearl Harbor. David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University and one of the co-directors of the Center for Process Studies.
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/200605griffin.htm

9/11 Truth Expose

Alex is joined by three different guests for a two and a half hour 9/11 truth expose. Greg Szymanski and William Rodriguez discuss the controlled demolition of the twin towers. Rodriguez was a material witness to bombs going off in the basement of the north tower and his story has been blacked out by the mainstream media.

Also included is former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts, who recently went public with his doubts about the official 9/11story.
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/270605truthexpose.htm

Government Insider Says Bush Authorized 911 Attacks
From Thomas Buyea
9-17-4

Keep in mind when reading this, that the man being interviewed is no two-bit internet conspiracy buff.

Stanley Hilton was a senior advisor to Sen Bob Dole (R) and has personally known Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz for decades. This courageous man has risked his professional reputation, and possibly his life, to get this information out to people.

The following is from his latest visit to Alex Jones' radio show.
To hear Alex's interview with Stanley Hilton -
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/091204hilton.htm

What if:

* The Twin Towers were not hit by commercial airliners?
* The World Trade Center was brought down in a controlled demolition?
* The Pentagon was not hit by a 757?
* Flight 93 was shot down?

Four years after September 11th, the American People are left with more questions than answers. This documentary addresses those questions, as well as providing the evidence necessary to begin answering them. From the phony bin Laden tape to the lack of a 757 at the Pentagon, Loose Change wraps everything up into an hour of solid evidence.

FREE Loose Change and other 911 Downloads
http://question911.com/links.php

Bacteriologist and Government Insider Claims Oklahoma City and 9/11 Both 'Inside Jobs'
http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com/articles/article/1518131/32853.htm

LaRouche Says 'Georgie Porgie And Hitler' Running Government And Leading World Into Global Disaster

Former Democratic nominee for President and Labor Party Presidential candidate, Lyndon LaRouche, claims martial law is right around the corner if Bush, Cheney and the neo-cons aren't removed from their stranglehold on government.
http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com/articles/article/1518131/32305.htm

Former Head Of Pentagon's Depleted Uranium Project Says Thousands Of Troops Are Sick And Dying From Illegal DU Use And Military's Failure To Admit Responsibility
http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com/articles/article/1518131/31934.htm

Prominent Chicago Judicial Watch Dog Claims U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens In Chicago To Mediate Resolution Concerning Grand Jury Indictments Against Bush And Other High-Level Officials
http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com/articles/article/1518131/31163.htm

Federal Whistle Blower Claims Chicago Grand Jury Indicted Bush And Others For Perjury and Obstruction Of Justice; U.S. Attorney's Office Says 'No Comment,' Refusing To Confirm Or Deny Alleged Indictments
http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com/articles/article/1518131/30722.htm

Selfish attention whore...very interesting.

The SAW only wants to know why we went to Iraq. In light of the total breakdown of ability to take care of own in our own country, her question should have been 'Are you human?'

Imagine if Al Qaeda had bombed the levees in New Orleans. Homeland Security is obviously very effective.

Duh.

Impeach, indict, convict, condemn. The whole fricking lot of 'em.

Can we get a bus started from the West Coast???
im ready for DC......
There once was a song that changed a country.
The times they are a changin by Bob Dylan.
"Come gather round people
wherever you roam
and admit that the waters
around you have grown
and accept it that soon
youll be drenched to the bone
if your time to you is worth saving
then you better start swimming or youll sink like a stone
for the times they are a changing

Come congressmen senators
please heed the call
dont stand in the doorways
dont block up the halls
for he that gets hurt
will be he that has stalled
if your lives to you are worth saving
then you better.......
its time folks.

keep hope alive cindy and camp casey patriots
we are coming see you in DC.

It is only Hank again. See my comments under Dangerous incompetence thread.

It is only Hank again. See my comments under Dangerous incompetence thread.

Enough about the folks who write to slander Cindy Sheehan. They should be packing their bags for Bush's war, which they support.

Thanks so much for the update on the Bus Tours. We are heading to Indianapolis today to greet the Tour. With the news from New Orleans and the proof of arrogant incompetence by Bush & his band of crooks--no money for the levees, no news about the levee breach on Monday 8/29, no emergency action until the Mayor sent a desperate SOS--we will be there in force.

Bush screwed up once again and his PR coverup is in full swing. Demand that Chertoff and Brown are fired immediately. They turned New Orleans into a wet Baghdad.

I'm tired of the name calling. All I really want to say it, "GEORGE, YOU DON'T SPEAK FOR ME!" Why do the 52% of Americans have priority over the 48% that didn't vote for BUSH. I am outraged at Americans! I live here too. I have a voice, but it's not being heard. For once I would like BUSH to hear me, and all the other voices of dissent. He's the president of the UNITED states for Chrissakes! He shouldn't be speaking for just the 52, but for ALL Americans. He refuses to act like I exist, so I will do anything that my small voice can, to thwart this hierarchy, dictatorship, and christian blunder. If I'm not a Christian, does that make me un-patriotic? If so, then i'm not living in the country that i thought i was. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this country started because of religious persecution. Shame on America. I am truly, truly ashamed of where I live. I didn't feel like this 5 years ago, but BUSH has made me.

I'm tired of the name calling. All I really want to say it, "GEORGE, YOU DON'T SPEAK FOR ME!" Why do the 52% of Americans have priority over the 48% that didn't vote for BUSH. I am outraged at Americans! I live here too. I have a voice, but it's not being heard. For once I would like BUSH to hear me, and all the other voices of dissent. He's the president of the UNITED states for Chrissakes! He shouldn't be speaking for just the 52, but for ALL Americans. He refuses to act like I exist, so I will do anything that my small voice can, to thwart this hierarchy, dictatorship, and christian blunder. If I'm not a Christian, does that make me un-patriotic? If so, then i'm not living in the country that i thought i was. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this country started because of religious persecution. Shame on America. I am truly, truly ashamed of where I live. I didn't feel like this 5 years ago, but BUSH has made me.

My sentiments exactly..........

Chertoff and Brown get fired.Haaa they will be getting the medal of freedom pretty soon.If Rove did'nt get fired for TREASON do you really think these two will get fired?Time to promote if anything.Don't they just ya want to make ya puke!

Yesterday, the Bus Tour pulled into Indianapolis to a crowd of more than 80 people and 3 TV stations with live coverage. Thanks to the courageous thoughtful people who are travelling across country with the message from Camp Casey--we must hold Bush responsible for his blundering arrogance in Iraq & New Orleans. On to DC on Sept 24th.

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