Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Interview and Update on Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, TX

News on Cindy Sheehan at the “front lines” in Crawford, Tx. We have got to support her and her efforts. There is way to much at stake not too. There are two other pieces after this interview with BuzzFlash.-- Jack

Cindy Sheehan Gives BuzzFlash The Latest From Crawford

Direct from the drainage ditch, the intrepid protester says "Our spirits are great," but Bush "doesn't have enough courage to face someone who actually disagrees with him ..."

Cindy Sheehan and others are at Bush's Crawford, Texas, vacation location, bringing a message to Bush that it's time to bring the troops home. She is a cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, killed in Baghdad April 4, 2004.

Intrepid, courageous, and effective. Cindy Sheehan has brought the war against war to George Bush during his frustratingly insensitive 5-week-long vacation in Crawford, Texas. BuzzFlash emailed her today, and is happy to share her responses with our readers and the world.

BuzzFlash: Is it true as reported on Daily Kos that you have been warned you will be arrested on Thursday? How do you feel about going to jail? Would it be a first?

Cindy Sheehan: Yes. It would be the first time, and I am ready to go. The only way they will get me out of there is if he meets with me, [or] the end of August, or when I am arrested."

BuzzFlash: How do you see this protest ending?

Cindy Sheehan: With either our arrests, or the end of August. But if I get arrested and I am let out before the end of August, I will go back.

BuzzFlash: How many peace activists are participating with you there in the Crawford peace protest?

Cindy Sheehan: Right now, about three dozen. More are coming from all over the country.

BuzzFlash: Did Bush's spokespersons, who came out to talk to you, address your key questions: What is our "noble cause"? And how do we "complete the mission"?

Cindy Sheehan: Yes, but they gave the standard baloney line.

BuzzFlash: Why do you think Bush isn't meeting with you now, when he did in June, 2004?

Cindy Sheehan: In June my entire family was invited, along with 15 other families. I believe that back in June we were used as political tools. I believe he's not meeting with me now because he doesn't have enough courage to face someone who actually disagrees with him and would dare to call him on his lies.

BuzzFlash: How do you see the fighting ending?

Cindy Sheehan: I don't know, I just hope it is sooner than later.

BuzzFlash: How is the administration now treating you?

Cindy Sheehan: Ignoring me since Saturday.

BuzzFlash: How are you holding up? What are the conditions there (physical, emotional)?

Cindy Sheehan: I am tired and my throat hurts from talking so much. We are confined to camping in a drainage ditch, we are using the bathroom in a camping potty, it is oppressively hot or pours down rain. But our spirits are great. And we know that no matter how hard we have it, the troops in Iraq and the Iraqi people have it even harder.

BuzzFlash: Are you encouraged by this week's events? What can your supporters (around the nation, world) do to help?

Cindy Sheehan: I am so encouraged!!! It has been overwhelming and amazing, but not surprising. Our new website is www.meetwithcindy.org.

Money can be donated to help support Gold Star Families for Peace or the Crawford Peace House.



Today, Rep. Conyers sent Bush a letter signed by 15 Democrats and one Independent, (no Republicans have the guts to speak out, except one, Allen) asking Bush to speak to Cindy and to make sure that she is not arrested for exercising her right to ask to speak to the POTUS.

I just spoke with Cindy (you can listen to a tape of the phone call here). While listening to the call is probably better than my recollection, I let her know how much I support her and that I think what she is doing is so enormously beneficial to the country. To me, what she is doing in Texas has the power to change Washington.

I also told her that I am making a $500 donation today to the Gold Star Families organization.

I want to urge you to donate at www.meetwithcindy.com if you can. If you are financially unable to donate, there are many other ways to help, many are described on the website. In addition to what they suggest, I think it is important that as you take vacations this August or talk with friends and family, you spread the word about Cindy and the Gold Star Families. Most importantly, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

As more and more people make their way to Crawford to help Cindy and to stand with her in demanding answers from Bush, Cindy herself says she will not go away until he talks to her, and she will follow him to Washington when he leaves Crawford at the end of the month, followed by a caravan of people who are planning to stand with her all the way to DC.Today, more Military families are planning to join her. This is good as she cannot be said to be 'one distraught mother' acting irrationally.

Military Families to Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford; Gold Star and Military Families from Across Country on Their Way to Texas
8/9/2005 9:00:00 AM

Contact: Ryan Fletcher, 202-641-0277; or Dante Zappala 215-520-7040

CRAWFORD, Texas, 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.


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