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Crawford rallies against war, protesters demand "out now!" at Bush ranch check point
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net)
Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
Crawford, Texas (November 26, 2005) - Cindy Sheehan and peace activists from across the country wrapped up Thanksgiving outside the Bush vacation ranch today. Festivities included a press conference, book signing, big tent rally, secret service checkpoint protest, mass balloon release, and a evening candle light vigil.
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Crawford, Texas (November 26, 2005) - Cindy Sheehan and peace activists from across the country wrapped up Thanksgiving outside the Bush vacation ranch today. Festivities included a press conference, book signing, big tent rally, secret service checkpoint protest, mass balloon release, and a evening candle light vigil.

An early morning thunderstorm drenched Camp Casey, but residents shook off and dried out in time to host a press conference with Gold Star Families for Peace co-founder Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan announced her newly released book Not One More Mother’s Child. A book signing benefiting the Crawford Peace House followed the press conference.

The march to the Bush secret service checkpoint was cancelled due to poor weather but dozens of folks took up positions at the checkpoint anyway. Gold Star Families for Peace members, including Cindy Sheehan and her sister DeDe Miller, chanted "What noble cause?" as Secret Service SUVs passed.

Due to the presence of the protesters, the president’s convoy detoured past Camp Casey and the peace rally. After Daniel Ellsberg’s presentation, the activists jumped up and out of the tent to meet the Bush limo. Most folks only caught a glimpse of the limo as it sped by significantly faster than the posted speed limit.

Nina Nahvi, sister of Spc. Russell H. Nahvi killed in Balad, Iraq on October 19, 2005, spoke of her loss for the first time. She said her brother Russell was clearly against the war, and she noted he would never have a chance to join Veterans for Peace. Russell was 25, and Nina is a few years younger. Seven other Gold Star Families for Peace members spoke at the rally, including Amy Branham and Bill Mitchell.

Ann Wright is one of three diplomats who resigned their posts in protest of the war in Iraq. She spoke of how Daniel Ellsberg inspired her to not just resign, but speak against the war. Hadi Jawad spoke of the role of the Crawford Peace House as the hub of the movement to hold war criminals in Washington DC accountable. Not in Our Name activist, and Gulf War resister Jeff Paterson spoke in support of recent objector Army National Guard Spc. Katherine Jashinski and her courage to resist an unjust war that spawns torture and war crimes. Vietnam, Gulf and Iraq War veterans joined Gold Star Families for Peace members demanding an immediate end to the US occupation of Iraq.

Following the rally, balloons were released towards the Bush ranch. Each balloon bore a small photo of a US serviceperson killed in Iraq with the message "bring them home."
§Beatriz Saldivar, aunt of Sgt. Daniel Torres who was killed in Iraq
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Dozens gather at Bush ranch check point
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Amy Branham (left) and DeDe Miller, Gold Star Families for Peace
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§"Not in Our Name"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Peace
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Cindy Sheehan at Bush ranch check point
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Roadside
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Gold Star Families for Peace take stage at Camp Casey rally
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Gold Star Families for Peace take stage at Camp Casey rally
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Cindy Sheehan with photo of her son's coffin
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Candle light vigil
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Saturday Nov 26th, 2005 8:00 PM
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§Thanksgiving at Camp Casey
by PWW (repost) Thursday Dec 1st, 2005 5:48 PM
Outside Bush ranch, fight is for son’s buddies

CRAWFORD, Texas — The rainy weather forecasts didn’t deter the hundreds of antiwar protestors from showing up here Thanksgiving weekend. Gold Star Families for Peace co-founder Cindy Sheehan joined her sister, Dede Miller, veterans, military families and others at Camp Casey II for a Nov. 26 rally, just outside of President George W. Bush’s ranch, to demand an immediate end to the U.S. occupation and war in Iraq.

Events earlier in the week included civil disobedience and a Thanksgiving meal of Iraqi food as an expression of solidarity with the Iraqi people.

Camp Casey was named after Sheehan’s son Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. It was the scene of a peace upsurge in August after Sheehan demanded to meet with the president. Some 12,000 people joined Sheehan during her 26-day vigil, galvanizing the peace sentiments across the country and around the world to ask “For what noble cause?”

Sheehan said Casey went to Iraq because of “his loyalty to his buddies.” That’s the reason I still protest, she said, “to fight for Casey’s buddies.”

The Thanksgiving holiday events, while smaller than the August vigil, kept the struggle to end the Iraq war in the public eye.

Hadi Jawad, co-founder of Crawford Peace House, frequently finds himself acting as an unofficial tour guide as rally-goers are shuttled from the Peace House to Camp Casey.

“Coming up on the left is where he [Bush] goes to church — for photo ops!” said Hadi, pointing to a white church in the middle of a field.

Hadi, who has been at the Peace House since it opened in 2003, said, “The United States wants one thing, and that is to control Iraq’s resources. Those resources include the people.” He bristles at any notion that U.S. forces are needed to keep order. “Iraq can take care of its own.”

Inside the large canvass tent, the walls were draped with hand-sewn panels dedicated to Iraqi citizens and U.S. personnel who have died in Iraq. More than 2,070 soldiers have perished and an estimated 30,000-100,000 Iraqis have died since the U.S. invasion.

Exuding a sense of peace and grace, Sheehan beamed warmly toward all who approached her. Throughout the event her eyes frequently filled with tears. Sheehan is a woman still grieving. She listened to many personal stories and offered hugs and comfort.

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