Cindy Sheehan became a prominent anti-Iraq War activist after the death of her 24 year-old son, Casey Sheehan, during his service in Iraq. On April 4, 2004, Casey was killed in action, along with several other soldiers, after volunteering as part of an operation to aid other American troops.
Sheehan is a 43 year-old resident of Berkeley, California and a lifelong Democrat. Compelled by her son's death to speak out against what she felt to be an unjust war, she began organizing a campaign to end the occupation and hold political leaders accountable. In August of 2005, she created Camp Casey, a peace camp outside Bush's ranch near Crawford Texas, and refused to leave for five weeks (the duration of the President's vacation at the ranch).
The Bring Them Home Now Tour, a traveling protest against the Iraq War culminating in a rally in Washington, D.C. in September 2005, was inspired by and featured Sheehan as a speaker at many rallies. She has joined the anti-war movement in Britain and marched with anti-globalization activists in Venezuela.
At the 2006 State of the Union Address, Sheehan was forcefully removed for donning a t-shirt that read: "2,245 dead. How many more?" In March, she was arrested in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York during a protest by American and Iraqi women against the war.
Due to her efforts, Sheehan has received the labels "Peace Mom" and "the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement." Sheehan continues to take part in peace demonstrations worldwide by speaking about her experience. She is planning a hunger strike for July 4th and will release her memoir titled "Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism" in September.
"I'm finished crying for Casey. I'm crying for all the other mothers." (7 May 2004)
Wikipedia main entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Sheehan
Wikipedia support/criticism entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_and_criticism_of_Cindy_Sheehan
Wikipedia Camp Casey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Casey%2C_Crawford%2C_Texas
Wikiquote entry: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cindy_Sheehan
Wikipedia Bring Them Home Now Tour: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bring_Them_Home_Now_Tour
Videos of Cindy from Truthout A Selection:
- http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/unarrest512K.mov (arrest outside the UN)
- http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/cindyintvenezuela512K.mov (considering run for senate)
- http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/rocked2sleep512K.mov ("Rocked to Sleep" video)
- http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/cindy_in_DC512K.mov ("We Mean Business" speech)
- http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/campcasey2512K.mov (video on Camp Casey)
- http://websrvr20.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdswebsrvr2143/news_video/nobloodforoil512K.mov (response to Bush)
- See also: several videos under the heading "One Mother's Stand"
Washington post on Camp Casey: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/12/AR2005081201816.html
Rush Limbaugh is awful: http://mediamatters.org/items/200508160009
CNN story on Camp Casy: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/07/mom.protest/