Capital News - Cindy Sheehan Brings Message of Peace to Capital Region
She was camped out near President Bush's ranch in Texas. She was thrown out of the State of the Union address for wearing a T-shirt in protest. And now Gold Star Mom for Peace Cindy Sheehan brings her message against the War in Iraq to our backyard.
President Bush has announced troop withdrawals will cease come July. General David Patraeus warned the Senate that the progress made in Iraq is reversible.
"The bottom line is we can't believe anything that they say," Sheehan said.
Sheehan brings message of peace to Capital Region
You first heard her name when she made national headlines after demanding a meeting with President Bush to convince him to pull troops out of Iraq. And now, as our Britt Godshalk reports, a mom of a soldier killed in the war brings her story to the Capital Region.
Sheehan's visit comes just weeks after the death toll reached 4,000 American soldiers killed in Iraq as we marked five years in the war. But as a mother, this is a particularly hard time of year, remembering her son Casey who died in Iraq in 2004.
"This would be the week, four years ago, that we waited between hearing the news and burying him," she said.
After an exhausting anti-war effort, she said last year that she was done waging a public fight.
"We've worked so hard, we've had millions, we've signed petitions, we've lobbied Congress, and it seems like things have just gotten worse." Sheehan said. "Congress has even a lower approval rating than George Bush."
So she is now back in the spotlight - speaking at Union College and running as an independent candidate for Congress against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She supports third party candidates for the presidential race.
"I know it's not going to be them, I know it's going to be a Republican or a Democrat, but that just means we have to be as energized as possible to hold them accountable," said Sheehan.
Those who live here and are against the war say there is no better time to listen to Sheehan's message.
"I think there are people that have died in this area, that are dying in this area in the war that are over there, there are families that are concerned every single day, and we want to bring those kids home," said Joe Lombardo, a member of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.
Sheehan recommends that those voting locally in the 21st Congressional race this fall find a candidate to get behind, and get involved.
"It's not just voting, but making sure our votes count," she said.
Sheehan was the keynote speaker at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany Friday as part of the Peace and Sustainability Conference being held this weekend by the North East Peace & Justice Action Coalition.