Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Staying the course
Today (Wednesday) is going to be very special, as many of you already know. Move On, along with True Majority and Democracy for America, is helping coordinate candlelight vigils at 7:30 p.m. tonight across the country to support Cindy and call for an end to the war. So far, there are at least 1,380 vigils scheduled with over 35,000 people attending. This is the largest event Move On has ever organized! Haven't signed up yet? Go for it now at www.moveon.org. If you can't find a vigil in your area, we here at Camp Casey encourage you to start one in your own hometown by registering at the same website. Even if you're the only one who holds vigil, remember that Cindy was once standing all alone, too. And just look at the numbers who have joined her since.
Speaking of numbers, we are expecting hundreds or maybe thousands of people to show up for our Interfaith service this Friday at noon to pray for the troops. While we are praying, meditating and holding vigil here at Camp Casey, please take a moment to think about the troops and hope for peace wherever you may be. If at all possible, go one step beyond and come to Crawford!!! Everyone is invited, and we extend a special invitation to religious leaders from all faiths. So please get on the phone with your minister, priest, imam, rabbi, guru, spiritual healer, or other clergy person, and encourage them to show America that the principles of peace, tolerance and justice are common to all spiritual paths and all political persuasions.
p.s. We are holding a candlelight vigil here at Camp Casey, too. It will take place at 8 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. as we need time to set up after Anderson Cooper airs his show live from here between 6 and 7. Since we are still in the process of arranging to move to Fred Mattlage's property, our vigil will take place at the original Camp Casey site on Prarie Chapel Road. We're planning some really great stuff, so come join us if you can!
With this new, exciting opportunity comes some new needs. This site has far fewer trees than the old one, and so we're going to be baking under the Texas sun. To help us stay healthy and cool, we REALLY need the following:
1. large tents (both the camping type and the canopy type)
And remember, our much larger campsite means that we now have more room for YOU!!! Whether you can stay for a few hours, a few days or until the end of August, you are welcome at Camp Casey. People keep streaming in from all over the United States and the world, and we are so thrilled to have them.
Farmers for Cindy
Yesterday, we at Camp Casey had some unexpected yet much-appreciated guests. Wayne, Buddy and Larry, three farmers from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, respectively, wandered into the Crawford Peace House around 3 p.m. and my first thought was, "uh oh, these might be Bush supporters." But to our great relief, Wayne announced in his charming Okie accent, "Hello! We're here to see Cindy and tell her that we support her and her cause 100%." Goes to show it doesn't pay to stereotype, and even more importantly, that Cindy supporters and pro-peace people come from all different backgrounds.
Cindy was at Camp Casey, so they offered me a ride in their F-250 and off we went down the windy road towards the Bush ranch. On the way, they told me that they had driven hours in their pick-up truck to tell Cindy that they are very upset by the negative things some people are saying about her, and that they are so proud she is standing up for the truth. Wayne, Larry and Buddy are leaders in American Agriculture Movement, Inc., and they too have taken their stand for justice by participating in the Tractorcade to Washington, D.C.
When Cindy met them, she was so thrilled by their encouraging words! Wayne's daughter will be deploying soon as a nurse in the Reserves, leaving her 7 year-old son at home, and so the two of them exchanged words of comfort.
Photo by Emily Sharpe, copyright 2005.
Good fences make good neighbors
It was one of those defining moments of being here in Crawford: last week I was living a normal life, and at 9 this morning I was climbing the steps of the McLellan County Courthouse in
Another one of our talented volunteers is Lon Burnham, a Texas State Representative from Ft. Worth. He also spoke at the hearing, and made the striking point that while the land use issue is very important, we have to remember that the reason Camp Casey participants want to protect our First Amendment rights goes far beyond public land use in McLellan County; we are here to speak out against an illegal war and the undeniable tragedy of human loss.
Luckily, it looks like we won't be forced to pack up anytime soon-- we understand that if the landowners want to lobby to change the laws of public land use at Camp Casey, they are required by law to give us a 30 day warning. Don't worry, folks-- barring George Bush growing a heart, by the time eviction orders come we'll be camping at a different address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Photo by Emily Sharpe, copyright 2005.
Wow. Ask and ye shall receive! This morning over 30 dozen long-stem roses arrived via FedEx from a supporter in Florida. Simply incredible. We're still sorting through them to see who exactly sent them. They're on their way up to Arlington West to be placed over each memorial. A BIG thank you to our friends in Florida!