Supporters of war protester Sheehan to move group to Washington
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Anti-war demonstrators who protested near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, said Tuesday they are planning to shift their protests to Washington next month.
The planned protests and events, which will be known as Camp Democracy, emerged from activist Cindy Sheehan’s demonstrations near Bush’s ranch. After protesting in ditches off the road leading to the ranch, Sheehan purchased a five-acre campsite called “Camp Casey,” where she urged opponents of the war to join her.
The camp was named for her oldest son, Casey, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Camp Democracy organizers said their latest efforts will focus not only on ending the war but also on holding the Bush Administration and Congress accountable on other issues, such as health care and attention to Hurricane Katrina victims. The camp will be in Washington from Sept. 5 to Sept. 21, with a series of events to be held near the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
For health reasons, Sheehan likely will not be able to attend September’s events, said David Swanson, an organizer.