Thanksgiving 2005 outside of the Bush vacation ranch near Crawford, Texas with Cindy Sheehan.
Daily reports and photos to come . . .


Monday, August 15, 2005


Rude Awakening

About an hour ago, wegot a phone call from our friends up at Camp Casey saying that the line of gravemarkers along the road (Arlington West) had been run over. People there said that as they were talking to a few members of the press, a pick-up truck came down the road and stopped at the fork by the edge of the tents. The driver then jumped out and attached a pipe to the undercarriage with a chain and began to "swerve into the line of crosses," said Tammara Rosenleaf from Montana. "Then we heard the pipe being dragged over the gravemarkers and the pick-up's wheels crushing them."

Out of the 800 crosses, 500 were knocked down and 100 are irreperable. However, the driver was arrested by the local authorities. This is a prime example of how the Crawford sheriff's department has helped to protect us and our freedom of speech over the past week and a half. A big thank you to them!

Regardless of who did this, the fact is that respect for this country's dead is not a partisan issue. Putting up memorials of our country's fallen is not a "liberal" act. It is an American act. Even a group of counter-protestors from Dallas last week draped flags and flowers over many of the gravemarkers, and many were moved to tears at the sight of the long line of dead soldiers. It's too bad that someone else who disagrees with Cindy felt they needed to wipe out the memory of our fallen in such an obscene manner.

Now, more than ever, is the time for us to come together. We need your voice and your help to bring America closer to an ideal that all of us hold in our hearts. Cindy Sheehan is bringing us closer to that ideal and demonstrating its power to change this country.

-Japhet Els and Emily Sharpe


Dinner for 50

As more and more people continue to filter through Crawford one thing we all pride ourselves on is being able to provide meals and snacks for everyone around. Food is everywhere and snacks are hanging on the walls (practically). The key to all this is the people showing up with bundles of food and drink, willing to donate it. Everyone has more than enough food and I have yet to leave a meal still hungry. We had the best apple pie and cheesecake the other night.

On tonight's menu is a boatload of spaghetti, garlic bread, grilled chicken, ribs, fish, salads and a pan-fried pepper and potato dish. And it's all happening out of the little Crawford Peace House kitchen. The people who are cooking? Volunteers from Colorado, Missouri, Texas and New York have arrived, taken charge and are now cooking for 50+ people. Wow. Gotta love the community that's formed here. It reminds me of the summer barbecues I used to attend as a little tike, only those were a tad smaller in size. Are you barbecuing tonight? Maybe you'd like to have a "Barbecue for Cindy?" Gotta go get some cous cous...


Stop Loss: Stuck in the Service

Lietta Ruger, a member of Military Families Speak Out of Washington state had much to say about the war in Iraq. She has a son-in-law and nephew serving right now in Germany, waiting to be re-deployed to Iraq.

"Two loved ones in our family of Iraq Veterans, served 15-month extended tours in Iraq. When Cindy lost her son, Casey, our 2 with the 1st Armoured Division, were extended. They were told that under "Stop Loss"policy they had immediate orders for second deployments to Iraq and that they wouldn't be able to come home. I came from Washington state to Camp Casey on Tuesday and have been privileged to stand with Cindy and her message to bring Iraq front and center in the American conscious. Cindy represents an ideal and the heartfelt outpouring from across the country speaks to an America that is showing support and feeling hope and yearn to stand with Cindy. It has been nothing short of amazing to stand in this moment in history with our own courageous Cindy Sheehan. Cindy, you know I love you...your west coast friend. We will bring our troops home!"
-Lietta Ruger

It's beginning to seem like this is no longer a volunteer army. If the majority of enlisted men and women are being forced back to Iraq aren't we increasing their chances of injury and death?


The Gaggle Continues

A great shot from this morning's press conference.


Separation of Church and Town

Not sure if anyone has seen this pic but it's definitley sparked some interesting comments among the people gathering in Crawford. The Yellow Grove gift store (includes "Bush Gifts") has a rather large flatbed out front with two tablets of the Ten Commandments on them. In between them is a re-creation of the Liberty Bell. It's big and lighted up with all kinds of lights at night. We weren't real sure what the overall message was (whether its liberty through God and his commandments or something else) but its the first thing you see when you roll into town. This brings up a sticky issue that I won't go into here, but it should give you an idea of where Crawford sits in our political and cultural divide.


Crawford Post Office

Apparently, the Crawford Post Office won't deliver packages to the Peace House unless they've got the entire 9 digit zip code on them. Not really sure why this is happening, whether its for our protection or simply to throw another annoying cog in the wheel here but it definitely isn't helping us get the mail through. So, if you're sending something to Cindy be sure you get the entire 9 digit zip code:



Cindy Press Conference

Cindy had a press conference this morning at Camp Casey. Most the major media was there. If you missed it, be sure to tune into Headline News or CNN in the coming hours. Cindy offered President Bush to join her and other military families in a non-denominational prayer meeting this Friday in support of our troops in Iraq and their families. Let's hope the President makes the right decision.

A gentleman from ABC News has been here since the beginning and done some great work for us. At the press conference he couldn't seem to let go of the question around whether Cindy felt as though she had become distracted from her original goal of meeting with the President because of the media circus and all the people that had arrived in support of her. "No, I love the people that have come here to Camp Casey. Last night we all had a chance to sit down and re-focus our goals and remember why we're here. But no, we remain determined and focused on the goal of meeting with President Bush," said Cindy.


In Need of Fresh Flowers

I've just been told that we're running out of fresh flowers for the memorials along the road. If you have any time today it'd be great to have flowers sent to Camp Casey via the Crawford Peace House. Here is the address:

Crawford Peace House
9142 East 5th Street
Crawford, TX 76638-3037

It's important that you include the 9 digits for the zip code as the local post office will not deliver to the Peace House unless it's addressed exactly (that's a whole other issue I'll go into later...)

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