Wednesday, August 31st Camp Casey expands to include not just the front door to Bush’s vacation home in Crawford Texas, but to the front doors of members of Congress and the Senate. Three buses left Camp Casey to head North, East and South carrying Gold Star Moms, Military Families Speaking Out, Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. On the road they will visit members of Congress in the districts they pass asking for a meeting and answers to Cindy’s questions. You can join this campaign as the buses pass through or join actions being organized in your community. Cindy sent a letter to all the members of Congress holding them responsible for taking us into war and therefore ending this war. We need you to create a Camp Casey outside the offices of those who are not agreeing to a meeting. Sign up here to join in, check in daily to see who is answered and who hasn’t, and support this effort to hold our leaders responsible and accountable. We have a short window, we want to have contacted all the members by the time Cindy and the buses arrive in Washington, DC for the mass mobilization on September 24th. We will be at the offices of those who aren’t responding on September 26th to lobby them and let them experience the pressure from citizens’ voices emboldened at Camp Casey.
Letter from Cindy Sheehan to Members of Congress
My son Casey, just 24, was killed in Baghdad on April 4, 2004. It is devastating to me knowing that Casey died needlessly, that so many other families face this same grief, and that new families are added daily. I have been sitting outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford since August 6 th in a roadside ditch we named Camp Casey, seeking a meeting and answers to our questions about this immoral war. I have been joined there by other mothers and families, many of whom have lost children in the war, some who have children now serving in the military, and still others who in one way or another have been touched by the war.
The President has not been willing to meet with me, but he must meet and listen to you. President Bush sent our sons and daughters to war in Iraq. Congress gave him the authority to do so. That's why we are now turning to you, the elected officials who have the power to declare wars -- and end wars. We come to you with grieving hearts to request that you meet with us to answer our simple questions:
President Bush has said that brave Americans like my son Casey have died for a "noble cause." What is that "noble cause "?
How many more lives are we as a country willing to sacrifice in Iraq?
How many are you personally willing to sacrifice?
What are you specifically doing to bring our sons and daughters home from this needless war?
Mothers from your district – all who share my conviction that this war must come to an end - are eager to meet with you, and pose to you the questions that the President has refused to answer for me. They will be coming to meet you with a symbol from our vigil in Crawford and will seek honest, straightforward responses to our simple questions. They are your constituents, and they will be asking you my questions, their questions, and the nation's questions. They are going to ask you, your colleagues, and the President to answer us.
As a member of Congress you have the enormous responsibility to end this tragedy and bring our sons and daughters home now. Meet with us, answer us, and show us that there need not be a Camp Casey in your district. Show us that the Crawford Camp Casey, brought on by a stonewalling leader, was all we need. Show us your compassion and leadership.
Mother of Casey Sheehan
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