Vigils For Cindy. Viewing the Volumes of Support, Hearing the Voices ©

35101475_e22345749bThis post will not be filled with my own words; it will be the sharing of thoughts, those of others.  Last evening, on August 17, 2005,  MoveOn.org organized a nation-wide vigil.  The event was meant to honor Cindy and Casey Sheehan.  People were acknowledging the lives of each, a mother and her fallen son. She is grieving and he is physically gone from this Earth.  He lost his life fighting for his country; he was an American soldier.

People attending the vigils were standing in support of the living, and eulogizing the physical passing of those slain in a questionable war.  Many persons gathered.  They mourned the loss of limbs, the loss of sight, and the physical, emotional, mental, and  spiritual toll war can take.

Crowds came to these ceremonies and each person was doing as Cindy does. They were protesting the Iraq war and American war policies.  People came in droves requesting an end to the killing; they want an exit strategy, now!  They want to be heard by the President of the United States.  Whether King George II chooses to hear their plea, well, that is another story.  His choice is his own; nonetheless, many throughout the nation chose to speak.

Words were few, visuals were plenty.  I offer these in the form of a slide show.  Please journey within.  View the Cindy Coalition in peaceful action.

Below, I am also offering some of the many thoughts and feelings of those that participated. If you would like to read more of these, please travel to MoveOn.org.

While attending this observance people were asked, “What was the best moment” for you.  They reflected and expressed what they thought the most meaningful experience of their evening.

Please share your own thoughts, feelings, and experience.  I invite you to comment so that others might understand you, why you think as you do, practice as you believe is best, and are engaging as you are.

“Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.” -Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, Texas

“Melanie House (whose husband was killed in Iraq) organized our vigil.  She spoke briefly about her grief and about her hope that other wives and families will be spared the disaster that has come to her.  She is very brave to be speaking out and I am very moved by her courage.” – Delia R., Simi Valley, California

“At the end of the period of silence our host read an editorial from this Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer by Celeste and Dante Zapata about the loss of their son and brother, Sherwood Baker. It was a moving moment and certainly encapsulated the essence of our ??not about politics, all about peace’ theme.” – Lisa L., Harleysville, Pennsylvania

“The most moving moment was when one of the military men in attendance read the names of the Michigan military deaths and included personal comments about each of the soldiers mentioned.” – Ann L., Howell, Michigan

“I met a woman with photos of family members serving in the military pinned to her shirt.  ??This is my brother and his son, both serving in this picture.  The other is my sister’s son, who’s going back for a third time to Iraq.'” – Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill, Northfield, Minnesota

“Well, more and more people kept showing up, and that was the best part.  To know that you are not alone, and that there are others in your own community who are so supportive of Cindy Sheehan, and finding a new way.” – Kate M., Scappoose, Oregon

“The best moment was probably the half hour after the vigil ended with the tolling of the old church bell in the steeple. A few people left, but most stayed, talking in small groups, not wanting to give up the feelings of friendship, common purpose and hope they found there.” – – Caroline A., Kent, Ohio

“At the conclusion of the vigil, the coordinator introduced herself and asked for a minute of silence to remember all of our fallen soldiers. It was a dignified, respectful gathering.” – Elizabeth S., Westfield, New Jersey

“Two or three Vietnam veterans happened upon our vigil and join in with love, tears and peace in their hearts. They were very grateful.  A mom whose son is leaving in 5 weeks for Iraq was there and was comforted by all the love and connections. A young woman put a photo of here brother in Iraq on our small altar.” – Katherine S., Lake Worth, Florida

“Being a new resident of a conservative Florida city I was concerned that the turnout might be miniscule; tears came to my eyes when I arrived and saw a significant number of participants with candles and signs lining the street!” – Leah F., Lakeland, Florida

Support The Troops, as Does Cindy Sheehan! ©

Peacemother_1I have written much on the wars, the war on terrorism, the war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq.  I spent much time protesting, signing petitions, writing letters, and building installations in homage.  I have since Bush began bellowing.

I recognize that my voice is, as those of others, ignored. The words are as water; they roll off the President’s back.  King George II has said, and continues to say, dismissively, that he has heard the arguments of people such as myself.  He has listened to the reasoned and rational thoughts of the millions.  Yet, he has not.

Only today, while taking a break from his five-week long vacation, the fair-haired Commander in Chief stopped to speak with the press.  The President stated his [supposed] intent was to speak “sympathetically” to the circumstances of Cindy Sheehan.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of fallen soldier, 24 year-old, Casey Sheehan.  After her son’s death her she could wait no longer for the war to end.  She decided she must meet with our savior, speak with the President of the United States of America, and ask him to stop the war, now.  Mrs. Sheehan traveled to Texas.  She is camping out at the President’s Crawford Ranch.  Mrs. Sheehan is hoping the esteemed leader will not turn a blind eye.  However, he does.

• Please listen to Cindy and hear her plea.  Look into her eyes; see her face, her tears, and her pain.  I offer the link to an advertisement paid for by the Gold Star Families for Peace.  The singular spokesperson is Cindy Sheehan.  She speaks to the President, though he does not hear her.  This message will air on Crawford cable channels near the Bush Ranch whenever the King his near his Texas throne.

This afternoon, the media asked self-proclaimed “compassionate conservative” to share his thoughts on the war, to speak to the concerns of the anguishing mother.  He spoke.  Baby Bush turned to the press and said,  “She feels strongly about her position. And she has every right in the world to say what she believes.”

The pompous President continued, “And I thought long and hard about her position,” However, we know that he has not.  He goes on “I’ve heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so.”

Would it?  It seems that our leaving would be no more an error than our entering on false premises was.  However, I digress.  Speaking of the war tends to lead me down many paths.

Though I have written much on war and peace, policy and propaganda, and I am likely to write much more, in this moment I feel, I cannot write words that express my exasperation as well as the words of Michael Ferner do.

Mr. Ferner, a writer in Toledo, Ohio and a member of Veterans for Peace shares the power and passion of Cindy Sheenan.  He offers many heartfelt quotes from the mother of Casey Sheenan.  I received this article in an email from a friend, a retired Lieutenant Colonel that has actively been working against these Bush wars for years.

I share this with you and ask you to Support Cindy Sheenan and our soldiers.  Please do not allow them to die, physical, emotional, or spiritual deaths.

If you are a Christian, or a deeply religious person, please, consider the commandments.  God did not say, “Thou shalt not kill” unless it is a time of war.  Please honor our men, women, and their children.  I ask you to respect humanity, no matter what the nationality.  I beg of you America, do not murder men, women, or children in the name of justice, fairness, freedom, or liberty.  Please consider that, vengeance by any other name is still revenge.

From: Troops Out Now Coalition

Support Cindy Sheehan!

“And the other thing I want him to tell me is ??just what was the noble cause Casey died for?’ Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We’re not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism.”

  “There, I used the ??I’ word ?” imperialism, and now I’m going to use another ??I’ word ?” impeachment ?” because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.”  Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04

In this email:
1) What One Mom has to Say to Bush
2) How to Support Cindy Sheehan
3) Call to set up “Camp Caseys” nationwide if Cindy Sheehan is arrested
Cindy Sheehan in Dallas.

What One Mom has to Say to Bush, By Mike Ferner

August 9, 2005

From http://counterpunch….

  “That lying bastard, George Bush, is taking a five-week vacation in time of war,” Cindy Sheehan told 200 cheering members of Veterans For Peace at their annual convention in Dallas last Friday evening. She then announced she would go to Bush’s vacation home in nearby Crawford, Texas and camp out until he “tells me why my son died in Iraq. I’ve got the whole month of August off, and so does he.”

Sheehan left the VFP meeting on Saturday morning and is now in Crawford with a couple dozen veterans and local peace activists, waiting for Bush to talk with her. She said in Dallas that if he sends anyone else to see her, as happened when national security adviser Steve Hadley and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin did later that day, she would demand that “You get that maniac out here to talk with me in person.”

She told the audience of veterans from World War Two to today’s war in Iraq, that the two main things she plans to tell the man she holds responsible for son Casey’s death are “Quit saying that U.S. troops died for a noble cause in Iraq, unless you say, ??well, except for Casey Sheehan.’ Don’t you dare spill any more blood in Casey’s name. You do not have permission to use my son’s name.”

“And the other thing I want him to tell me is ??just what was the noble cause Casey died for?’ Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We’re not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism,” she exclaimed.

“There, I used the ??I’ word ?” imperialism,” the 48 year-old mother quipped. “And now I’m going to use another ??I’ word ?” impeachment ?” because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.”

As the veterans in Dallas rose to their feet, Sheehan said defiantly, “My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don’t owe you a penny…you give my son back and I’ll pay my taxes. Come after me (for back taxes) and we’ll put this war on trial.”

The co-founder of Gold Star Mothers for Peace objected to hearing that her son was among the soldiers lost in Iraq. “He’s not lost,” she said tearfully. “He’s dead. He became an angel while I was sleeping.”

She railed against the notion expressed by officials in the Bush administration that bringing the troops home now would dishonor the sacrifice of those who have died. “By sending honorable people to die, they so dishonor themselves. They say we must complete our mission?¦but why would I want one more mother to go through what I have, just because my son is dead?”

The Vacaville, California resident said she first heard of Veterans For Peace in early May last year, during a CNN report about an exhibit of white crosses arranged in rows in the Santa Barbara beach. The exhibit was organized by VFP Chapter 54 to memorialize each U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. Her son had died the month before. “I decided there was only one place I wanted to be on Mother’s Day that year, and it was Santa Barbara,” she told the VFP members in Dallas.

Retired Special Forces Sgt. and VFP member, Stan Goff, today initiated a “Talk to Cindy” campaign to get Bush to meet with Sheehan. Contact information for the White House is: (202) 456-1111 or comments@whitehouse.gov

Mike Ferner is a writer in Toledo, Ohio and a member of Veterans for Peace. He can be reached at mike.ferner@sbcglobal.net

I close this treatise with my own voice.  I speak in support of our soldiers, Cindy, and Casey Sheehan.  I invite you to join me.

Me

Please read an excellent essay by Steve Soto, The Left Coaster.  He offers a comprehensive study of The Real Reason Why Cindy Sheehan Is A Threat To The GOP