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News :: Organizing
Bring the Troops Home FAST! 3,000 Join Sheehan in a Fast
08 Jul 2006
3,000 people from all over the world
have joined Cindy Sheehan and
Code Pink in a fast to bring the
troops home "FAST".
The corporate media giants have ignored the anti-war movement
for over three years now, so Ms. Sheehan and others have decided
to put themselves at great personal risk by fasting for over 70
days. Humans have been known to make it through 90 days - at
the max - without sustainance.

"Now in the fast's second day, native Texan and environmental activist
Diane Wilson said she was taking this fast seriously.... WIlson plans to
continue the fast at least until September 21st, a deadline CodePink
and other groups have come up with for a call to massive civil disobedience
``and direct action, should the government not respond to the hunger
strike."" (1)

Not all of the 3,000 joining in solidarity with the fast are going to sustain
the full 70+ days.

Sheehan, who did actually get corporate media's attention for a few
weeks last year as she and a group of protesters camped out in a
ditch close to Bush's home in Crawford, Texas in the heat of the
summer, is planning to return to the ditch in August.

Then, "Cindy Sheehan and activists in the growing peace movement
plan to move Camp Casey to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,
September 8 - 21. The camp on the Mall will carry the name Camp
Democracy at Fort Fed Up. Organizers intend the camp to bring
together peace activists with activists for social justice, united in
demanding a shift of public resources from war to the needs of people.
Participants will lobby Congress to end all funding of the occupation of
Iraq, and will demand that Congress hold the Bush Administration
accountable for the falsehoods that launched the war and the abuses
of power here at home that have accompanied it. Camp Democracy
is launching an outreach effort to include organizations in the planning
of the camp's activities, which are all in the initial stages. Organizations
already on board are listed on the website:
http://campdemocracy.org

Participating organizations and guest experts and celebrities will provide
workshops and training sessions on a wide range of issues, as well as on
communications, voter registration, nonviolent civil disobedience, lobbying,
organizing, media production, and performance arts. Congress Members
and congressional candidates will take part. Local elected officials will
instruct attendees on participation in local government. Musicians will
perform concerts. New films will be shown on a large screen. Participants
will acquire useful skills while demanding fundamental change."(2)


Individuals should sign up and plan to come:
http://campdemocracy.org/user/2


And volunteer to help:
http://campdemocracy.org/about


Organizations, large and small, should sign up to participate:
http://campdemocracy.org/node/3


Organizations, trainers, speakers, educators, and performers should
propose activities that they believe would benefit thousands of citizens
who want to work for change:
http://campdemocracy.org/node/4


Internet activists, and anyone with a blog or a website, should post
this information and link to the website using this link:
http://www.campdemocracy.org

Stay tuned for more details about the fast, or visit:
http://www.codepink4peace.org


(1) Katie Heim, Houston IMC: keh1022 (at) yahoo.com
http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/07/50204.php

(2) David Swanson: david (at) davidswanson.org

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