Announcement by United for Peace and Justice
Cindy Sheehan to Speak at Sept. 24 Antiwar Demonstration

The following are major excerpts from a UFPJ “action alert” posted on ZNet on Aug. 17. Note that while Cindy Sheehan called last week, in an interview on “Democracy Now,” for thousands to come join the protest at Crawford, Texas, the UFPJ statement does not call for that, but instead promotes the activities called by MoveOn, a wing of the Democratic Party. But the Democratic Party is in fact for the war. The Democratic National Committee has called for 100,000 more troops. The Democrats’ leading presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, is more moderate. She calls for 90,000 more troops. For a glaring example of the Demo-Hawks being promoted by MoveOn and similar currents, see the article “Dems Field Another Pro-War Candidate: Meet Hack the Hawk,” by John Walsh, posted on the CounterPunch weekend edition, July30–31 (see the web site

Our view is this: No confidence in the Democrats—including their “let’s pretend to be antiwar” MoveOn wing! Full confidence and support for Cindy Sheehan! Let all who can do so join her in Crawford, and those who can’t, organize Camp Caseys locally.—The Editors, Labor Standard

In a way that rarely happens, the action of one woman has touched the hearts of people in every corner of the country, moving many to take some action themselves. Since August 6, Cindy Sheehan has been camping outside the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas. Her straightforward request for a meeting with the president has been met with the same arrogance this administration has shown most of the world. But while her call for an end to the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq is being ignored by the president, it is resonating with people from all walks of life.

Scores of other Gold Star Parents (people whose sons or daughters have been killed in this war) and military families (people whose loved ones are in Iraq or have served there) have joined Cindy in Crawford, and hundreds of others have stopped by for a few hours or several days. And around the country there are vigils, rallies, marches, and other actions where people are adding their voice to the simple demand: Meet with Cindy!

The encampment in Crawford will continue until Bush meets with this mother whose son was killed fighting in a war that never should have happened, or Bush leaves his vacation home and returns to Washington, D.C. United for Peace and Justice urges you to join this effort by taking action in your own community. As strong as the presence is in Crawford, the power of our movement rests in what each of us does in our own home towns. This national movement to end the war in Iraq must be as visible and as determined as Cindy Sheehan!

Here’s what you can do:

1) On Wednesday, August 17, True Majority, Democracy for America, and are organizing local vigils. Find out what’s planned near you by clicking here.

Or organize a vigil in your neighborhood and list it by clicking here.

2) This Saturday, August 20 organize a vigil, picket, rally, or other public protest in front of your local Federal Building, or any central location in your town. Even if you had a vigil on Wednesday evening, we urge you to be out on the streets and visible during the day on Saturday. Demand that the president talk with Cindy and the other Gold Star parents and military families. Be sure to list any activity you are organizing this weekend or at any time on the calendar on our UFPJ web site.

3) Flood the White House with phone calls. Let them know that we support Cindy and that we want George W. Bush to take the time out of his vacation to go out and meet with her! The number for the White House comment line is 202-456-1111.

4) Make sure your local news outlets are continuing to cover this story and your local antiwar activities. Call the editor of your paper, and contact producers of radio shows to encourage their ongoing coverage of this important news.

Cindy will be speaking at UFPJ’s massive antiwar protest in Washington, D.C. on September 24. This may be the most important antiwar demonstration yet. Make your plans now to join Cindy and thousands in D.C., and help make September 24 the largest ever demonstration against the war. Click here to receive email updates about the protest, and visit the fall mobilization section of the website for the outreach materials, bus tickets, and the latest details about the three days of action on September 24–26.