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Sheehan to attend protest in Batavia
By Ed Fanselow
BATAVIA — Cindy Sheehan, the California military mom whose 26-day vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch helped make her the new face of an anti-war movement, has announced that she will join a group of protesters outside the offices of House Speaker Dennis Hastert here today.
Sheehan originally said she wouldn't participate in the visit, which is part of a series of anti-war protests being organized around the country by the group Bring Them Home Now.
A spokesman for the group said Tuesday, though, that Sheehan decided at the last minute to join the Batavia rally as well as an evening vigil in Wheaton.
"She sees the importance of being at the office of the person who is speaker of the House and third in the line of succession to the presidency," said group spokesman Michael McConnell.
"She very much wants to speak with him about this country's involvement in Iraq."
A spokesman for Hastert said, though, that the speaker will be in Washington, D.C.
, today, presiding over Congress and will be unavailable.
Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in combat in Iraq last year, has helped spark a resurgent American peace movement thanks in part to her well-publicized vigil outside Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch and her pointed criticisms of the Iraq war.
The Bring Them Home Now bus tour, which began after Sheehan left Crawford last week, will visit more than three dozen U.S. cities before reaching Washington for a Sept. 24 march that organizers say will be the biggest anti-war protest since the Vietnam era.
The Batavia protest will begin at 3 p.m. at the Riverwalk and proceed to Hastert's office at 27 N. River St. between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Sheehan will also attend a 7 p.m. vigil along the 3S500 block of Naperville Road in Wheaton.