Monday, August 08, 2005

No-one should have to camp out at the creepford ranch, much less the mother of a dead US soldier

As an ACT of Solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and CodePink, Medbh will be fasting on Tuesday, 8/9/05. Tell CodePink if you will join them.
Tell the President to meet with Cindy Sheehan
Send a letter to the media,

A Sample Letter to send to your paper, and to the NY Times
Dear Editor,
Cindy Sheehan a founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, is holding a vigil in Crawford, Texas, outside of President's Bush's ranch. She has requested to meet with President Bush, and to date, has not been able to. She has been told that she may be arrested on Thursday, as a threat to national Security, if she and her supporter do not leave. CodePink Women For Peace are joining Ms. Sheehan in Crawford, and some are going on a hunger strike as an act of solidarity.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. The bereaved mother, while walking to the Crawford ranch, was made to walk in a dirt ditch, with her supporter on the way to the the Presidential ranch. The Houston Chronicle reports "Local law enforcement officials were keeping Sheehan four to five miles away from the ranch's entrance.
"If they won't cooperate, we won't," Capt. Kenneth Vanek of the McLennan County Sheriff's Department, said of the marchers.
He said the group was stopped because some marchers ignored instructions to walk in the ditch beside the road, not on the road."
Is this how our "war" president, as he calls himself, treats the parents of dead US soldiers? He makes their mothers walk in a ditch, in 100 degree weather, rather than speak with them?
Ms. Sheehan, also according to the Houston Chronicle, gave this reason for wanting to meet with the President, "Sheehan said she decided to come to Crawford a few days ago after Bush said that fallen U.S. troops had died for a noble cause and that the mission must be completed."I don't want him to use my son's name or my family name to justify any more killing," she said."
I don't want him too, either. And I do want him to treat Mrs. Sheehan with respect. Did the Saudi king have to walk in a ditch when he went to meet with President Bush? I would like your paper to cover this story, and interview Ms. Sheehan.

from Truthout
and, from DED
Quote of the day
Air America host: "What do you say to people who say we have to finish the job we started in Iraq?"

Cindy Sheehan: "What's the job?"


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