When Cindy Sheehan made a detour to Crawford, Texas, in 2005, she only intended to ask President George W. Bush to explain the ‘noble cause’ he said her son Casey and scores of other soldiers died for in Iraq.
Though the grieving mother never received an answer from the president in her month camped outside his ranch, she inadvertently vaulted herself into the forefront of the international peace movement.
And in some sense, she found her own noble cause.
“If you think the country is off track, then you should do everything in your power to get it back on track,” she told a group of more than 100 students and area activists gathered in the auditorium at Union College’s Reamer Campus Center. “My mission is to make America that place they said my son died for.”
Sheehan, an independent candidate for U.S. Congress and the most prolific among the founders of Gold Star Families for Peace, urged the crowd to become involved in the political process in the run up to the 2008 presidential election this fall. But more importantly, she asked them to stay active and true to their beliefs, long after the election cycle has run its course.
“True democracy happens between the elections,” she said,
Sheehan is visiting the Capital Region this weekend as part of the Peace and Sustainability Conference in Albany. She was invited to Union by Campus Action, an organization that aims to support the growth of social change at the school and within society at large.
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