Monday - August 15 - Solidarity with Cindy
Cindy Sheehan is camped out in the hot desert sun, speaking
out about the occupations of Iraq and Palestine and demanding answers from
the criminal regime that killed her son along with more than 1800 other
soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqi people. She has vowed to stay at the
roadside encampment, called Camp Casey, until she meets with the President
or is arrested.
On Monday, August 15 antiwar activists, veterans, community
organizers, and military families will gather in Union Square for a demonstration
of solidarity with Cindy Sheehan. In New York City, we will gather in Union
Square in Manhattan at 5:00 pm for a "Camp Casey - NYC." The Troops
Out Now Coalition has called on local activists everywhere to demonstrate
their solidarity with Cindy Sheehan on Monday
This will also be the day that the U.S.-appointed regime in
Baghdad is scheduled to announce its new constitution, a reactionary document
forced on the people of Iraq at gunpoint. August 15 is also the day that
occupation forces are scheduled to withdraw from Gaza. This will be an excellent
day, not only to stand in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, but to echo her
" I want him to tell me is ‘just
what was the noble cause Casey died for?’ Was it freedom and democracy?
Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died
to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We’re not freer
here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out
of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism.
There, I used the ‘I’ word – imperialism, and now I’m
going to use another ‘I’ word – impeachment
– because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be
tried on war crimes and go to jail.”
Update- Dozens of protesters from across the country have
joined Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey, the roadside encampment where she waits
to speak to President Bush about the war and about the death of her son.
President George W. Bush thought he could escape the rapidly
deteriorating situation in Iraq by hiding out on his 1,600-acre Crawford,
Texas, ranch for a five-week vacation. But the horrors of the war have followed
him to his vacation hideaway.
Cindy Sheehan--whose 24-year old son, Spc. Casey Sheehan
of Vacaville, Calif., was killed in Baghdad's Sadr City on April 4, 2004--is
determined to confront Bush. She said at a press conference today, "The
election of Nov. 2 was not George Bush's accountability moment. This is
George Bush's accountability moment, and I'm not leaving Crawford until
we hold him accountable."
Camp Casey has grown to about 50 people, including other military
families, veterans, and activists from all over the region, and there are
predictions that numbers will swell to several thousand this weekend. Organizers
are asking anyone who can to join them in Crawford, Texas.
Sheehan has vowed to stay in Texas, saying that there only
three things that would prompt her to leave, she said: "a good meeting
with the president, the end of August, or I get arrested."
Facing enormous public pressure, President Bush felt compelled
to respond to Cindy Sheehan.
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