Lafayette Support Cindy Sheehan
- svoravong@... August 18, 2005
Protestors show solidarity with mother staking out Bush's ranch
Meredith Richmond (left) of Battle Ground watches as Pam Burroff-Murr
of Williamsport passes a candle during a candlelight vigil Thursday in
West Lafayette. (Photo by Michael Heinz/Journal and Courier)
A group of Greater Lafayette residents joined with supporters across
the country Wednesday night to rally behind a California mother who
lost her son during the War in Iraq.
Cindy Sheehan is in the 12th day of her vigil outside George W. Bush's
ranch in Crawford, Texas, where she plans to stay until the president
agrees to a meeting.
A candlelight vigil held in the old West Lafayette Kmart parking lot
was one of more than 1,350 nationwide vigils planned at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday to support Sheehan and her demand for Bush to withdraw U.S.
troops from Iraq. About 40 people attended the vigil.
"President Bush should meet with this woman, who has come to symbolize
opposition to the war. We feel too many lives have been lost
unnecessarily," local organizer Sheila Rosenthal said. "The
candlelight vigil is part of a nationwide effort. It's to show
solidarity across the country with people who hold similar views."
Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed last
year. She met with Bush in 2004 but wants to talk face-to-face again.
Sheehan supporters in West Lafayette held signs reading "America
Stands with Cindy" and "Peace" to passers-by on Sagamore Parkway --
part of the reason why the location was chosen, Rosenthal said.
Jacob Hogan, 19, of West Lafayette was among those carrying a sign and
said he thinks America was misled into the war. He said he respects
Sheehan's persistence and attended the vigil because of the lives
being lost in Iraq.
"We need the truth because it truly is a matter of life and death,"
Hogan said. "I respect (Sheehan) ... for bringing attention to
something that I think people have forgotten."
Nationwide, vigils were sponsored by not-for-profit political groups
Democracy for America, MoveOn and TrueMajority.
Rosenthal, a member of the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, has
strongly opposed the war the last two years and has organized and been
part of both local and nationwide anti-war rallies.
She says a major concern is U.S. policy and the president's reasoning
for invading Iraq.
"People can say that there are going to be casualties in war,
obviously, and it's unfortunate," Rosenthal said. "It's frustrating
that so many, both Americans and Iraqis ... are killed and wounded. So
many people are changed now for life.