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Greens Support Cindy Sheehan's Protest Vigil
in Crawford, TX.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
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Green Party Peace Action Committee Issues
Statement of Support
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Peace Action Committee of
the Green Party of the United States (GPAX) has issued a statement of
support for Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of Gold Star Families For Peace,
in her vigil near the vacation home of President George W. Bush in
Crawford, Texas. The text of the statement follows below.
Ms. Sheehan is the mother of Casey Sheehan, who
was killed in combat in Sadr City in 2004, a few days after arriving
in Iraq. Over 1,800 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of Iraqi
civilians have been killed in the U.S. invasion and occupation.
Greens called Ms. Sheehan's protest a unique
challenge to all Americans to speak out against the Bush
Administration's betrayal of the trust of the American people and
reckless disregard for American and Iraqi lives.
"The Bush Administration betrayed the trust
of the American people, especially those serving in the armed forces
in Iraq, when it launched a war based on fraudulent premises: WMDs
that didn't exist, forged evidence of nuclear weapons deals, deceptive
claims that Saddam Hussein colluded with al-Qaeda," said Jody
Grage Haug, Peace Action Committee member and co-chair of the Green
Party of the United States. "We must also hold Democrats
responsible, since many of them supported the war and who joined with
Republicans in surrendering Congress's constitutional power to declare
war to the White House in October, 2002."
Text of the GPAX statement:
The Peace Action Committee of the Green Party of
the United States applauds and supports the brave protest vigil taking
place at the vacation home of President George W. Bush in Crawford,
Texas by Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed in
combat on 4/4/04 in Sadr City five days after arriving in Iraq. We
insist that President Bush meet with Ms. Sheehan and other individuals
who have firsthand experienced the pain of a profound loss resulting
from the current invasion and occupation of Iraq. Our leaders should
not hide from the reality of these grave losses resulting from a war
based on unsubstantiated pretenses. The Peace Action Committee agrees
with Cindy's quote: "Bring Our Troops Home IMMEDIATELY."
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Washington, DC 20009.