by United for Peace and Justice
Cindy Sheehan to Speak at Sept. 24 Antiwar Demonstration
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
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
is being ignored by the president, it is resonating with people from all walks
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 MoveOn.org are organizing
local vigils. Find out what’s planned near you by
Or organize a vigil in your neighborhood and list it by
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
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.
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.