Media Reports - May 14, 2006
AMV Executive Director joins Mother’s Day rally
Ladies in Pink at the White House
War Protestor Marks Mother's Day
By William Hughes
Washington, D.C. - On Sunday, May 14, 2006, a colorful protest action, sponsored by “Code Pink: Women for Peace,” was staged directly in front of the White House. It included a mini-parade, a sing along and plenty of roses waving around. The event, a 24-hour vigil, began the day before. Its theme was “Declare Peace on Mother’s Day.” On a warm, but cloudy afternoon, it featured speeches, from 2 to 4 PM, by activists, like: Cindy Sheehan, a leader in the “Gold Star Families for Peace; and Susan Sarandon, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and a celebrated film actress.
Sheehan said that this Mother’s Day has been wonderful, but “very emotional for her.” She related how a soldier came up to her earlier and gave “her an orchid as a present.” Sheehan continued that Casey (her son who was killed in Iraq) had “brought all of us together” and had given her “so many gifts.” She added that the activist community is “making a difference” and that the day will come when the Bush-Cheney Administration “will be held accountable and that we will bring the troops home.” Cindy Shaheenan (at right) and Samina Faheem Sundas leading the rose ceremony
One of the campaigns that Code Pink, a national organization, has launched is to get the junior Democratic Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, “to listen.” (1) She’s a pro-Iraqi War Lite in the image and likeness of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Code Pink activists are pushing her to sign on to a Resolution calling for bringing all the troops home, now. Clinton continues to vote to fund the war, which was initiated by the Bush-Cheney Gang based on damnable lies. (2) In essence, pseudo-liberal politicos, such as Clinton and Kerry have acted as accomplices of the Bush-Cheney Gang. As of today, 2,439 brave American military personnel have died in the war, another 17,869 have been wounded. The cost of the conflict is now put at $280.8 billion, while Iraq, a country of 27 million, lies mostly in ruins, and its death toll may exceed 100,000. (3)
Reading an “Open Letter” to First Lady, Laura Bush, Sarandon mocked President George W. Bush as a warmonger and derided him for calling himself, “The Decider!” She reminded Laura that Americans really “don’t want their kids to go off to war and die.”….. More...
Stop This Terrible Waste, Grieving Mothers Tell Bush
Until yesterday, Summer Lipman did not know Australia was involved in Iraq. She knew that her son, Steven Sirko, planned to go there for a holiday when his tour of duty in Iraq finished. "He always talked about it," she said.
Sirko, 20, went to Iraq in January 2005 as a combat medic. He died on April 17, 2005 of "non-combat-related injuries". The army said he died in his sleep. His mother believed he was overworked, often operating for 24 hours a day on poor food. He lost 20 kilograms in his few months there. The last time they spoke, he asked her to send a video game. "He was just a boy," she said. His coffin was returned to North Carolina on a cargo plane. It was the last piece of "freight" unloaded, four hours after the dogs and the baggage….. More... CODEPINK Co-Founder Medea Benjamin cheering with the crowd.
Mothers Protest War In Iraq
NBC 4 slideshow
The mothers dropped roses onto the White House lawn in the memory of Americans who lost their lives in Iraq. They also set up signs outside the presidential mansion where President George W. Bush spent his Mothers Day. More...
Mothers protest Iraq war at White House
WASHINGTON - A group of mothers led by prominent war opponent Cindy Sheehan, who lost her soldier son in Iraq, started a 24-hour vigil outside the White House to protest the war in Iraq.
Actress Susan Sarandon was also expected to attend part of the demonstration Sunday, on Mother's Day. The protesters are calling for an end to the Iraq war and to express opposition to a military attack against Iran.
"I don't want any more moms to grieve for a child lost in this unjust, unnecessary war in Iraq," said Sheehan, who has become a leading war protesters since her 24-year-old sold was killed in Iraq. More...
Editorial: Sheehan a patriot for exercising her rights
The Delaware County Times, PA
Millions of American mothers today are being showered with flowers, candy and other gifts from their children and husbands. They are being taken out to dinner, served breakfast in bed and otherwise wined and dined in salute of their maternal status. Sons and spouses are saluting their "best girls" while daughters are dedicating the day to their ultimate role models. Grandmothers and great-grandmothers are also being honored for their parenting skills.
But for some mothers, it is a day of sad remembrance of children lost to war.For mothers like anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq two years ago, it hearkens back to the true origins of Mother’s Day in the United States. More...
Mother's Day protest over Iraq war at White House
National Nine News
A group of mothers led by prominent war opponent Cindy Sheehan, who lost her soldier son in Iraq, started Saturday a 24-hour vigil outside the White House to protest the war in Iraq.
Actress Susan Sarandon was also expected to attend part of the demonstration on Mother's Day. The protesters are calling for an end to the Iraq war and to express opposition to a military attack against Iran.
"I don't want any more mums to grieve for a child lost in this unjust, unnecessary war in Iraq," said Sheehan, who has become a leading war protesters since her 24-year-old sold was killed in Iraq….More...
U.S. mothers say "no" to war
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Xinhua) -- "Disarm! Disarm! Mothers say 'no' to the war!" -- that is the strong message of hundreds of U.S. mothers sent to the White House on the country's Mother's Day, which falls on Sunday.
Between Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of U.S. mothers and theirsupporters are gathering in the Lafayette Square in front of the White House, holding a 24-hour vigil to call for an end to the Iraq war and stand against an attack on Iran.
All dressed in the peace-symbolic pink T-shirts, mothers from all over the country expressed their willing in the placards and flags, which carry words like "No blood for oil!", "Yes to peace, no to war!", "attack Iran no!" and "Not next month, not next year,end war now!"
The event was featured by Cindy Sheehan, a Californian mother who became a leading anti-war activist after the death of her son,a former U.S. soldier in Iraq two years ago.
"This Sunday will be the third Mother's Day that I have spent without my oldest child in my life. Casey (Cindy's son) was killedin Iraq exactly five weeks before Mother's Day in 2004," Cindy wrote in a letter to all U.S. mothers. ….More...