Rev. Kathy McCallie, Okla.City, Peggy Johnson, Lexington, Serena Blaiz of Oklahoma City, Melissa Rabe of Blanchard, Mary de Julius of Muskogee.
Activists from around the nation, and news media from around the world are in Crawford, TX, to see whether President Bush will grant an interview with Cindy Sheehan.
At least five Oklahoma women are now participating in “Gold Star Mother for Peace” Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, TX, whose request for a hearing with President Bush has so far been rebuffed, according to Crawford’s “Lone Star Iconoclast” newspaper.
Oklahoma City’s Rev. Kathy McCallie, joining the vigil because her son Jesse has orders to Iraq this fall, said the world press has come to Crawford, TX, bringing questions from Germany, Argentina, Korea, England, and “other European countries.”
McCallie said the Oklahoma women have met participants in the peace vigil from states including CA, MN, MA, RI, WA, KS, NM, IL, OH, PA, and “all over Texas.”
Cindy Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq, and she has asked President Bush not to use her son’s name in justifying further hostilities in Iraq. President Bush has said those killed in Iraq died for a “noble cause” and that they will have “died in vain” unless Americans support “staying the course” in Iraq.
Sheehan wants an audience with President Bush to tell him that the US should end the war now and bring all US troops home. Sheehan has said, “This is not because it’s what the American people want, but because it’s what the Iraqi people want.”
LINK: Crawford Peace House, www.crawfordpeacehouse.org/
“When women act united, we will never be defeated.”
Crawford, Texas–Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, California, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, traveled to Crawford, Texas with hundreds of anti-war activists to confront President Bush at his Crawford ranch. Sheehan wants to ask Bush, “What did my son die for?” and demand a speedy withdrawal of troops in Iraq. During their march in the 100 degree heat, the protesters were forced into a ditch teeming with fire ants. Sheehan, who co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace, refuses to leave until the President comes out to speak with her.
Marching with Sheehan was CODEPINK co-founder Diane Wilson, along with many members of CODEPINK: WOMEN FOR PEACE, a grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action. Wilson, who continues to stand vigil with Sheehan, pledged that CODEPINK would join Sheehan in solidarity through a hunger strike. Members of are flocking to Crawford to support Sheehan’s stance, and are embarking upon vigilant fasts around the globe. Ann Wright, who resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service on March 19, 2003, in disagreement with the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq without the authorization of the UN Security Council, has joined Sheehan and Wilson in their roadside vigil.
In an open letter, Sheehan writes, “We would like for [President Bush] to explain this ‘noble cause’ to us and ask him why Jenna and Barbara are not in harm’s way, if the cause is so noble.” She adds, “If George is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately.” She asks supporters to “Bring water and hats.we plan on staying until we are arrested or satisfied with the answers.”
Aug. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ — More members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) are traveling to Texas to join the protest outside of President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is vacationing for the month of August.
Starting today, Gold Star families from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arkansas and other states whose loved ones have died as a result of the war in Iraq will be joining one of their members, Cindy Sheehan, at the protest. Ms. Sheehan, whose son Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004, has been in Crawford since August 5th, demanding a meeting with the President. These families will be joined by military families with loved ones currently serving in Iraq or about to deploy or redeploy to Iraq. All of these families are coming to Crawford, Texas to share their stories about the personal costs of the war in Iraq and add their voices to the call for a meeting with President Bush.
On August 3, 2005 President Bush, speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in early August, said “We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission… The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause.” Gold Star and military families coming to Crawford know that the cause was not noble; that their loved ones died, or are currently in harm’s way, serving in a war based on lies.
In the first 8 days of August, 36 service members died in Iraq; countless Iraq children, women and men are dying each day. All of the families traveling to Crawford will carry the message to the vacationing President: Honor our fallen and honor our loved ones’ service by ending the occupation, bringing the troops home now and taking care of them when they get here.
President Bush has consistently tried to hide, and to hide from, the cost of the war in Iraq. This August, these costs are being brought right to his doorstep.