Cindy Sheehan

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Cindy Sheehan is a peace activist and a founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Sheehan's son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, of Vacaville, California, was killed in Sadr City (located in Baghdad) on April 4th, 2004, in combat. In June of that year, President George W. Bush met with Sheehan. As she described the encounter, "He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject."

In August of 2005, when George W. Bush decided to go on yet another vacation, Cindy went to protest at his Texas ranch. Cindy has documented her stay there, dubbed "Camp Casey", in several diaries on the Daily Kos website.

Her presence outside the Bush ranch frightend a number of conservatives. On August 7, 2006 Federal Judge Walter S. Smith ruled that a ban on the camping at the protest site was constitutional.


2004 Timeline

The 2004 timeline from Attywood: April 4, 2004: Casey Sheehan, 24, and six comrades are killed in action south of Baghdad.

April 7, 2004: The San Francisco Chronicle interviews the Sheehan family and Casey's former scoutmaster, Bob Vollmer:

Now, family and friends are left to wonder about the war that took Sheehan's life -- but not about his commitment or their support, Vollmer said.

"This can hit home -- this is stupid, what's going on," he said. "(But) there's no way we're not supporting our troops."

April 19, 2004: Story in Contra Costa Times about Sheehan and two other soldiers killed in Iraq:

But the Sheehans also hope the soldiers who have come home to be buried here also raise more questions with the public about the conflict in Iraq. They watch the news and wonder why more young soldiers must die. Like Crowley, the couple said they support the military, but not the war in Iraq.

June 24, 2004: Travel to Seattle area for visit with Bush.

July 12, 2004 (just 18 days later): Cindy Sheehan and her daughter are listed on a news release from Military Families Speak Out as willing to speak with reporters about their opposition to the war. The release states:

Through their grief, military families who have suffered unbearable loss say: "not one more family should suffer what we have suffered, for a war that should never have happened, for a war based on lies. Military Families Speak Out asks the United States Senate: How can you ask a soldier to be the last to die for a lie?"

Daily Kos Diaries

Cindy Sheehan's diaries on Crawford trip

Cindy Sheehan's previous diaries

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