Monday, August 15, 2005

Standing With Cindy

A group of people working constructively on behalf of a just cause are capable of greater things than a single person working unconstructively, regardless of whether that person has a gun or not.

Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking is that President Bush sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq.

- Cindy Sheehan, August 12, 2005

By now, you've heard of Cindy Sheehan, mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq, and her vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

What you may not know is that Cindy is a regular DFA Meetup participant in Sacramento. She has held vigil outside the president's ranch for over a week now.

President Bush has refused to meet with Cindy. On Saturday, he said that there are lots of people who have "something to say to the president" and "it's also important for me to go on with my life."

But Cindy says that she won't leave until President Bush meets with her to discuss the war -- even if it means spending all of August there.

We need to show that Cindy is not alone. Cindy has asked supporters to hold candlelight vigils in their communities to remind people of the terrible price of war. Democracy for America is teaming up with MoveOn and True Majority to organize nationwide "Vigils for Cindy Sheehan" on Wednesday, August 17, starting at 7:30 PM local time.

Click below to join one in your community:

President Bush's Saturday schedule included a two hour bike ride, an evening Little League Baseball playoff game, a lunch meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a nap, some fishing and some reading. Don't you think he can take a few minutes to meet with Cindy?

Join a vigil this week to show support for Cindy and ask President Bush to do the right thing.

These vigils aren't rallies or places to give long-winded speeches. They are moments to solemnly come together and mark the sacrifice of Cindy and other families.

Thank you for standing with Cindy.

Tom Hughes
Democracy for America

Check out the vigils' co-sponsors:

P.S. After your local vigil, email Democracy for America to share a photo and description of your event:

Update 8/19 - Thank you, Sen. Chuck Hagel, for providing a voice of sanity that Bushco needs to listen to very much (buried in the story, of course).

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