‘Camp Casey’ actions spread across the U.S.
Published Aug 18, 2005 12:29 AM
By demanding a meeting
with President George W. Bush regarding her son Casey’s death in Iraq,
Cindy Sheehan has helped galvanize the anti-war movement here and worldwide.
Sheehan and hundreds of her supporters have set up “Camp
Casey” on the outskirts of Bush’s Texas ranch to force a
face-to-face meeting with Bush. With every passing day, more and more people who
are fed up with the war are making their way to Crawford by car, plane and other
modes of transportation.
Sheehan’s efforts go way beyond just
seeking justice for her son, Casey—a GI who was killed five days after he
arrived in Iraq in 2004. She demands that the United States get out of Iraq now,
and also that Israel get out of Palestine. She has spoken out against
“American imperialism” and also for the impeachment and jailing of
Bush for war crimes.
The Troops Out Now Coalition took the initiative to
urge the U.S. anti-war movement to quickly organize “Camp Casey”
solidarity actions to help build more momentum against the war and the economic
devastation that it is causing at home.
New York City
Hundreds of people gathered here at Union Square Park in the Village
for an impromptu rally on Aug. 15. A symbolic tent was set up during the rally,
with a sign reading “Camp Casey New York.” Activists have vowed to
stay in the park until Aug. 17.
Larry Holmes, co-director of the Inter
national Action Center, told the crowd that Cindy Sheehan is playing a role
reminiscent to the one played by Rosa Parks 50 years ago when Parks refused to
give up her seat on a segregated bus in Mont gomery, Ala. Parks’ heroic
stance ignited the massive modern-day civil-rights movement. Holmes said Sheehan
could be referred to as the “Rosa Parks” of the anti-war
Other speakers told the crowd that “no business as
usual” tactics must be deployed to shut down the war in Iraq, and also
reminded the crowd about the important anti-war demonstration in Washing ton,
D.C., on Sept. 24.
Camp Caseys nationwide
Casey Philadelphia,” held at the federal building in Philadelphia, Michael
Berg, whose son Nicholas was also killed in Iraq, spoke about the courage that
Sheehan demonstrated. “I would even go to jail if it would bring my son
back,” Berg said.
Slogans on signs included: “100,000 Iraqis,
1,800 U.S. soldiers and the Truth—all casualties of Bush’s war for
In Las Vegas, an Army recruiting station was forced to shut
down when 25 protesters, organized by the Peace Now anti-war coalition, formed a
picket line around it.
Other solidarity actions took place in Boston,
Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Kansas City,
Mo., Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., Traverse City, Mich., and countless other
cities, large and small.
On Aug. 17, an estimated 1,000 candlelight vigils
against the war are scheduled to take place around the country. On the same day,
in Baltimore, the All People’s Congress is organizing a send-off rally for
Eddie Boyd, an African American veteran who counsels homeless veterans. He will
be traveling to “Camp Casey” in Crawford.
The Los Angeles
International Action Center, along with the Filipino organization Bayan-USA and
the Korean youth organization Mindullae, will be sending a delegation to
Crawford on Aug. 20.
Other solidarity actions are being planned in
Sheehan, who has vowed to stay in Crawford until the end of
August while Bush is on vacation there, will be joining thousands of protesters
in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24.
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