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Cindy Sheehan (b. 1957)

Cindy Sheehan gained fame in the summer of 2005 for her anti-war activism and her vigil outside of President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. Sheehan's son, Casey, served in Iraq with the U.S. Army, losing his life on April 4, 2004.

On June 18, 2004, President Bush met with Cindy Sheehan and other parents who had lost sons or daughters in the war. This meeting took place at Fort Lewis, an Army base near Tacoma, Washington. After Casey's death, Cindy Sheehan co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace, and began making anti-war and anti-Bush speeches.

On August 6, 2005, Sheehan began a demonstration outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, attracting major media coverage and sparking nation-wide discussion over her role, and the continued war in Iraq.

After her initial demonstration in Crawford, Texas ended, Sheehan participated in other protests around the nation and gave speeches against the war and against President Bush.

In the summer of 2006, Cindy Sheehan used some of the money she received from her son's death to purchase land in Crawford, Texas. She did this in order to facilitate more anti-war and anti-Bush protests and demonstrations.

On August 9, 2007, Cindy Sheehan announced her intention to run as an independent candidate for Congress against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Sheehan officially opened her campaign headquarters in San Francisco on December 8, 2007. Cindy Sheehan began a petition drive to collect 10,198 valid signatures, the requirement for her to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. House. On August 8, 2008, Sheehan officially qualified as a candidate on the ballot. Sheehan's official campaign website is at http://www.cindyforcongress.org/.

Family:

Husband-- Patrick Sheehan (who filed for divorce on August 12, 2005)

Mother--Shirley Miller

Sons: Casey Sheehan (1979-2004), and Andy Sheehan

Daughters: Carly Sheehan, and Jane Sheehan

Sources:

News articles

G. Gordon Liddy Smears Cindy Sheehan As Anti-Semitic - Newshounds.us

Rush Limbaugh compares death of Casey Sheehan to "forged documents"

Arrest In Texas Protest Cross-Up(Desecration of Camp Casey Article) - TheSmokingGun.com

Cindy Sheehan's Pitched Battle - In a Tent Near Bush's Ranch, Antiwar Mother of Dead Soldier Gains Visibility Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post 13 August 2005, Page A01

Guardian Unlimited - Bereaved mother camps outside Bush ranch

US Newswire - More to Join Sheehan

The Latest Cindy Sheehan News At Camp Casey

CNN - Soldier's mom digs in near Bush ranch - 7 August 2005

NY Times - Of the Many Deaths in Iraq, One Mother's Loss Becomes a Problem for the President 8 August 2005

NY Times - Mother Takes Protest to Bush's Ranch 7 August 2005

 


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