Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Lee Miller Sheehan is an American antiwar activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch—a stand that drew both passionate support and angry criticism. Sheehan ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008.
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Elizabeth Warren Is The New Russ Feingold Or Howard Dean And That's Bad News For Hillary Clinton, Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hillary Clinton: She might be running for president, because she once ran for president, that time before. Remember that? 2008? Lost the Democratic primary thingy? There were superdelegates and stuff? Well, before long we're going to have another presidential election, in which Hillary Clinton will play an exciting role as a Democratic candidate, unless she doesn't, in which case she won't. It's all speculation at this point. And by "this point," I mean "three years from now." So how does one take the incipient Hillary speculation and add a dash of drama at a time when she hasn't even announced her intentions? Well, it would seem that The New Republic has cracked the code, and it is "take a known policy position of Hillary Clinton's" and then "identify another Democrat who could run for president as her foil on that specific position." Then just sit back, relax and watch the predicted contest between intraparty rivals fail to materialize! Let's cast our mind back to the last time ...
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The Women Who Loved Venezuela's Ailing President
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Those who know him report that President Hugo Chavez is a Don Juan. He loves women and apparently, women love him back. Wherever he goes for his public appearances, women of all ages flock to him, hoping to get a hug or a kiss. Chavez loves to be the center of the scene but particularly when it comes to women. It’s said that he grabbed Queen Elizabeth’s arm and took her for a walk and even tried to kiss Queen Sofia of Spain and the former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet. According to international media he also tried to court CNN en Espanol journalist Patricia Janiot, American activist Cindy Sheehan and journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters. Hugo Chavez's ex wives Hugo Chavez has a long list of romances but he was married only twice. The first time he married Nancy Colmenares when he was only 23. Colmenares is the mother of his first three children: Rosa Virginia, Maria Gabriela and Hugo Rafael. According to Semana Magazine from Spain, theirs was a small, ...
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We'll Miss You, Lynn Woolsey!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Lynn Woolsey can't sit still. Over coffee at her Petaluma home, the retiring Democratic congresswoman fidgets and scolds, cusses a little and raises her arms in exasperation. She speaks passionately about her opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a position that earned the septuagenarian acclaim as the conscience of the Congress, and derision from the political right as a traitor to the nation. She's sat with Stephen Colbert, sparred with Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, been fawned over by former President Bill Clinton and been virtually ignored while speaking on the House floor. She's been lauded, arrested, mocked and emulated. Through it all, she handily beat every challenger who dared try to dethrone her. On the verge of retirement -- her replacement will be sworn in Thursday -- Woolsey, 75, offered an assessment of her career as only she could, dismissing her critics as "full of sh--," and making no apologies for being "a liberal for 20 years in an organizat ...
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Thousands Vote for Roseanne Barr
abc News - over 4 years
Comedian Roseanne Barr and peace activist Cindy Sheehan could have been president and vice president-elect if more than 40,000 voters had had their way. Thousands more online said they'd prefer that porn legend Ron Jeremy take the helm as leader of the free world.
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WATCH: TV Star Campaigns For Medical Marijuana In Oakland
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly's The Snitch. As third-party hero Gary Johnson cements his status as the most viable alternative presidential candidate in recent memory (the Libertarian challenger to Obama-Romney broke the 10 percent mark in one recent poll of Ohio voters), it appears clear to marijuana-minded voters that there's no better friend at the ballot box than the former New Mexico governor. Well. Hold your horses, cannabis users: Roseanne Barr -- yes, as in that "Roseanne" -- is on your side, too. The former sitcom star and Peace and Freedom Party presidential nominee gave a brief but memorable address at Oaksterdam University last night, during which she praised medical marijuana as a tonic for her glaucoma as well as for the government's mind control. (SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO) Roseanne's appearance was threefold: She pushed for total legalization of the marijuana plant as well as donations and voters for her newly adopted political party ...
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Odd Jobs: Sky Writing is Just as Hard as You Think It Is
Bloomberg - Businessweek - over 4 years
A husband-and-wife team of scribbling pilots recount their adventures working for clients from PepsiCo to Cindy Sheehan
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Peter Dreier: Bill O'Reilly's Right-Wing Buffoonery: A Brief Catalog
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Bill O'Reilly invited me on his Fox News show last Wednesday night to criticize me for characterizing The O'Reilly Factor as "right-wing buffoonery," in a blog post I wrote (about Stephen Colbert and Pete Seeger) for the Huffington Post the previous day. In my five-minute interview with O'Reilly, he asked, "Can I have an example of 'right wing buffoonery' so I don't do it again?" I didn't want to take his bait, because I did not want to waste my few minutes with O'Reilly talking about him. I wanted to talk about Pete Seeger and the other people in my new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. I relented once. I told O'Reilly that he had unfairly criticized Social Security. O'Reilly said, "When you said I criticized Social Security, I never have." He was lying. On his September 13, 2011, show, O'Reilly said that Social Security, "is not exactly a Ponzi scheme, but it's close." O'Reilly insisted, "You can't give me ...
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Three Occupy protesters detained as chalk demonstrations begin
LATimes - over 4 years
At least three people were detained by Los Angeles police Thursday morning during a "chalking" protest in downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square, the beginning of what is expected to be a day and night of protests by Occupy L.A. forces. There were about 60 people at the morning protest, in which activists wrote slogans with chalk on sidewalks and streets. Half of those were believed to be from an Occupy contingent from Oakland. The three people detained were "chalking," police said. [Updated at 11:05 a.m.: Police said one person was arrested.] The incident comes hours before Art Walk, a monthly event in downtown Los Angeles that was disrupted in July when protesters clashed with police after chalking political slogans on the streets. The melee prompted a citywide tactical alert and resulted in more than 15 arrests, along with injuries to four officers. The clash catapulted the foundering Occupy movement back into the spotlight and spawned sympathetic demonstrations across the nation. ...
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Roseanne Barr seeks Peace and Freedom Party's presidential nod
LATimes - over 4 years
Comedian Roseanne Barr will vie to represent the Peace and Freedom Party as candidate for president at the party’s nominating convention in Los Angeles on Saturday. Dozens of delegates gathered at a South L.A. Methodist church to hear the candidates present their cases. Voting will take place Saturday afternoon, party representatives said. Activist Stephen Durham, aspiring teacher Peta Lindsay and sales consultant and activist Stewart Alexander are also vying for the nomination. Barr, who had previously sought the Green Party’s presidential nod, threw her name into the race on Thursday. Her running mate is Cindy Sheehan, who famously protested outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch after her son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq. The Green Party nominated environmentalist Jill Stein for president at its national convention in July. The Peace and Freedom Party is struggling to maintain its ballot status under California’s new “top-two” primary system and needs ...
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Mike Ragogna: Woodyfest: An Interview With Country Joe McDonald, And Introducing The Bolts
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Country Joe McDonald Mike Ragogna: Country Joe McDonald, how are you today? Country Joe McDonald: Doing well, Mike. Thank you. MR: Wonderful. Let's just jump right in by talking about Woodyfest, which is the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Festival, where you'll be performing. CJMcD: That's right. MR: Now, this is for KNBO-New Bo Neighborhood Radio, which is a neighborhood radio station that's trying to get off the ground, and there's going to be an event on July 14th from noon to nine at which Country Joe will be performing along with Dave Moore, Rob Lumbard, Pigs and Clover, and the Evan Stock Band. Part of the benefit for this event will be helping a local, low-power radio station. Do you have any thoughts on the local, low power radio movement? CJMcD: Well, I've been involved with many causes and organizations, and what I've learned is that you can't make people get on board. If it's popular, it satisfies a need, and if people appreciate ...
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Film: Movie Review: God Bless America
A.V. Club - almost 5 years
It’s tempting to say that God Bless America, the latest from the estimable writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait, is a merciless satire, holding our debased culture in front of a funhouse mirror. But it isn’t a funhouse mirror; it’s just a mirror. The debasement on its airwaves isn’t some Ow My Balls-style future Idiocracy, but rather a straightforward reflection of what’s already present. As Frank, the film’s mad-as-hell antihero, flips through the channels, the names of specific shows have changed, along with a few minor details, but the references are clear: three judges mocking a tuneless dweeb on American Superstarz; a reality-TV star whipping a used tampon at a rival (shades of the pooping incident on Flavor Of Love); a Sean Hannity-like gasbag mocking a Cindy Sheehan type (“Just because she lost her son in the war…”); a spoiled teenager blasting her parents for not ... Read more
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Cindy Sheehan's Wild Rant Over Tax Evasion
Big Government - almost 5 years
Luke Skywalker is alive and well, but he is trapped in Cindy Sheehan’s body. Sheehan, the vitriolic anti-American who owes the government $105,000 in back taxes, was subpoenaed to appear in court in Sacramento.  On her blog, she consistently refers to the government as the “Empire.” Here are some examples from her rant: For those of you who know me and have been following my story, you know that part of my resistance to the US Empire is my refusal to pay income taxes. This morning (April 19th), a new episode unfolded in my ongoing struggle with the IRS and the Empire the agency is nestled in … I have an advisor who is an experienced tax attorney who advises the National War Tax Resister’s Coordinating Committee and he feels that the Empire may be targeting me … When I decided to be a conscientious objector to war tax, I knew that the consequence could be harassment and/or punishment, but I decided to do it long before I became well known as a gadfly to E ...
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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan vows to continue tax boycott
Reuters.com - almost 5 years
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California peace activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to meet with Internal Revenue Service agents seeking to collect back taxes she refuses to pay as a protest of U.S. wars, but she vowed on Thursday to persist in her tax boycott.
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Activist Sheehan says she has court date today for refusing to pay taxes
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
Anti-war crusader Cindy Sheehan said she will appear in federal court today to defend her decision not to pay taxes. "I refuse to fund the empire's crimes and wars," Sheehan said in a press release. "I feel a certain amount of guilt that my taxes were used to murder my own son." Sheehan, 54, gained fame as an anti-war activist after her son Casey was killed in the Iraq war. Her website says that she has been asked to appear in court by the U.S. Attorney on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. She also called for a rally in conjunction with a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the federal courthouse, 501 I St. Her hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. In October, she told an Occupy Sacramento crowd that U.S. military spending is the reason for economic misery that prompted demonstrations around the nation. She told the demonstrators that California taxpayers have contributed tens of billions of tax dollars toward "illegal and immoral wars" waged by the Unit ...
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The Weaponization of Atheism
Counter Punch - almost 5 years
In a few days time, the Global Atheist Convention meets in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, a huge building sprawling out next to the Yarra River, just south of the central business district of Australia’s second biggest city. But walk north for fifteen minutes or so to Victoria Street, Fitzroy, and you’ll find a much less imposing structure with a much older connection to atheism. From the outside, there’s little to show that what’s now called Brenan Hall, a brick building in the St Vincent’s Hospital site, was once known, rather grandly, as the Hall of Science. Few Melbournians realise that their city boasts one of the second oldest purpose-built Freethought halls in the world, a meeting place constructed by the Australasian Secular Association in 1889. As non-believers from around the globe come to Melbourne, the Hall of Science reminds us of the city’s long atheist history. But it does more than that. On this spot in June 1890, a man was shot, as a struggle ove ...
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War activist Cindy Sheehan being sued by IRS because she hasn't paid taxes since 2004
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
War activist <a class="fplink fp-50422" href="/Cindy+Sheehan+1">Cindy Sheehan</a> is now on the brink of a financial battle with the federal government because she has refused to pay taxes since her soldier son was killed in 2004.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cindy Sheehan
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 55
    Cindy Sheehan formally announced her campaign for Governor of California at a news conference Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
    More Details Hide Details Sheehan said she planned to unseat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, and to bring California "peace, economic equality and environmental sustainability," and reforms through an EPIC (End Poverty in California) program. Her EPIC campaign harkened to the End Poverty in California movement campaign of the 1934 California gubernatorial candidate Upton Sinclair. Sinclair garnered 879,537 votes in that race. Sheehan has, through her own blog, described herself as a socialist. In 2010, Sheehan changed her voter registration in California and became a member of the Peace and Freedom Party.
  • 2012
    Age 54
    Barr and Sheehan were nominated by that party as its presidential ticket on August 4, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On March 12, 2013 Marsha Feinland, state chair of California's Peace and Freedom Party, made the announcement that the central committee of the party had unanimously endorsed Cindy Sheehan for Governor of California in the 2014 election, should Sheehan choose to run.
    In the summer of 2012, television personality Roseanne Barr named Sheehan as her running mate for the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party in the 2012 presidential election.
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    Sheehan was the 2012 vice-presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party, and received 1.2% of the statewide vote in the 2014 California gubernatorial election.
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  • 2011
    Age 53
    In October 2011, Sheehan was arrested in Sacramento as part of an anti–Wall Street movement. Despite agreeing to stand as the Socialist Party USA's vice presidential nominee for the 2012 elections, the party's national convention voted on October 15, 2011, to block her candidacy, on the official grounds that she isn't a member of the party.
    More Details Hide Details The nomination went to Alejandro Mendoza, of Texas. Sheehan hosts a weekly radio show she started in 2009. She has interviewed notable activists and world leaders, including Howard Zinn, Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, and Hugo Chávez. Sheehan maintains a website "Cindy's Soapbox." In July 2007, Sheehan announced that she would run against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for representative of California's 8th District, based on Pelosi's failure to attempt impeachment of Bush. Up until her run for the U.S. Congress, Sheehan lived outside Pelosi's district, in Dixon, California; however, she moved to San Francisco's Mission District after declaring her candidacy. Earlier, in 2006, she had spoken of ambitions to challenge Dianne Feinstein for her seat in the United States Senate. Sheehan ran on a platform of single-payer health care, media reform, overturning all free trade agreements, repealing the Patriot Act, renewable energy, nationalizing oil and electricity, ending the War on Drugs, legalizing cannabis, ensuring all talks in the Middle East are fair to all parties, ending torture, closing Guantanamo Bay detention camp, overseas commitment to cleaning up Superfund sites, ending deregulation, ending No Child Left Behind, and legalizing same-sex marriage. Sheehan lost the 2008 election to the incumbent Pelosi. In a seven-way race, Sheehan came in second with 46,118 votes (16.14%) to Pelosi's 71.56%.
    On May 2, 2011, Sheehan released a statement indicating that she considers the death of Osama bin Laden to be a hoax, stating: "If you believe the newest death of OBL, you're stupid."
    More Details Hide Details She referred to America as a "lying, murderous empire" and told Americans, whom she called "brainwashed," to "put their flags away."
  • 2010
    Age 52
    On March 20, 2010, Sheehan was again arrested in front of the White House, along with seven others, after they refused to listen to orders by officers of the United States Park Police to clear the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue.
    More Details Hide Details On July 12, Sheehan and four other activists were on trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia stemming from the arrests. The government decided not to try three others arrested that day, and had their cases dismissed. Sheehan and two others were acquitted of crossing a police line, while the other two were found guilty.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    On December 10, 2009, Sheehan protested on the streets of Oslo, Norway, as President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
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    On October 5, 2009, Sheehan was arrested with 60 others at the White House protesting President Obama's continuation of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details She told CNN: "I think the mood of the country and the mood of our movement is getting a little bit more desperate, and that this will be the time to be able to translate our tireless activism and work for peace."
    In August 2009, Sheehan protested at Martha's Vineyard during President Barack Obama's stay there.
    More Details Hide Details According to ABC News: "Sheehan invoked Senator Ted Kennedy's passing as part of her message, noting that he was firmly antiwar and how he said his proudest vote as a senator was his 2002 vote against the Iraq war."
  • 2008
    Age 50
    She focused on her congressional campaign in 2008.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    However, on July 3, 2007, in response to President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence, she announced her return to activism.
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    On May 26 and May 28, 2007, Sheehan posted two messages to Daily Kos announcing that she was leaving the Democratic Party after the Democrat-controlled Congress passed a bill authorizing the continued funding of the war in Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details She also submitted her resignation as the "face" of the American antiwar movement, stating that she wanted to go home and be a mother to her surviving children.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    Several organizations planned a hunger strike to begin on July 4, 2006; Sheehan stated she would participate.
    More Details Hide Details On July 5, Sheehan appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the war and her upcoming hunger strike. On the show, she called Bush "the biggest terrorist in the world" and "worse than Osama Bin Laden," and conceded that she would rather live under Venezuela's Hugo Chávez than Bush. Later that month, Sheehan purchased of land in Crawford, Texas, near Bush's private residence.
    On March 7, 2006, Sheehan was arrested in New York "after blocking the door to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. offices" during a protest with Iraqi women against the war.
    More Details Hide Details Sheehan and Gold Star Families for Peace were awarded the 'Domestic Human Rights Award' by Global Exchange, an international human rights organization based in San Francisco.
    On January 31, 2006, Sheehan wore a T-shirt reading "2,245 Dead.
    More Details Hide Details How many more?" to Bush's State of the Union address and was removed and arrested by Capitol Police.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    Sheehan went to London in early December 2005 and was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 and by The Guardian.
    More Details Hide Details On December 10, Sheehan addressed the International Peace Conference, organized by the Stop the War Coalition. Later in the evening, she attended the London Premiere of Peace Mom, a play written by Dario Fo (Literature Nobel laureate) about her, in which the role of Sheehan was played by Frances de la Tour. On December 13, Sheehan traveled to Ireland, where she met Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern. She voiced her objection to U.S. aircraft refueling at Shannon Airport, stating, "Your government, even though they didn't send troops to Iraq, are complicit in the crimes by allowing the planes to land and refuel."
    On October 24, 2005, Sheehan said that she planned to speak at the White House and then tie herself to the fence.
    More Details Hide Details She and 28 others were arrested in a sit-in at the White House on October 26.
    Inspired by Sheehan and frequently including Sheehan as a speaker, it was a rolling antiwar protest against the Iraq War, beginning in Crawford, Texas, traveling three routes across the country (with rallies along the way) and culminating in a rally in Washington, D.C., later in September 2005.
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    Between 2005 and 2007, Sheehan attended several antiwar events in Sacramento organized by the Pearcys.
    More Details Hide Details Also in September 2005, the Bring Them Home Now Tour was organized by Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans For Peace.
    In September 2005, Sheehan moved into the Berkeley, California, home of Stephen Pearcy and Virginia Pearcy, where she lived for just over a year, during which time she wrote two books.
    More Details Hide Details Also that month, Sheehan met with Senator John McCain, and later called him a "warmonger."
    On August 6, 2005, Sheehan created a makeshift camp by the side of the road about three miles (5 km) from President Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas, and announced her intention to stay (sleeping in a pup tent at night) until she was granted a face-to-face meeting with the president.
    More Details Hide Details Sheehan started her protest the day the president started a planned five-week vacation. The encampment was publicized widely by the Mintwood Media Collective on behalf of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out. A few days later, the media began referring to Sheehan's camp as "Camp Casey." Sheehan spent most of the next four weeks in Crawford. On some days as many as 1,500 supporters visited Camp Casey, including members of the U.S. Congress, as well as several notable actors, singers, and civil rights activists. Gold Star Families for Peace, of which Sheehan is a founding member, released a TV commercial featuring Sheehan, broadcast on Crawford and Waco cable channels near Bush's ranch. The group conducted a walk to a police station just outside Bush's ranch and delivered a bundle of oversized letters written by them to First Lady Laura Bush, appealing to her as a mother to support their movement.
    Patrick Sheehan filed for divorce on August 12, 2005, citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details Casey Austin Sheehan (May 29, 1979 – April 4, 2004) was a specialist in the United States Army who was killed by enemy action while serving in the Iraq War. He was the son of Patrick Sheehan, a sales representative, and Cindy Sheehan.
    She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch—a stand that drew both passionate support and criticism.
    More Details Hide Details Sheehan ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008. She is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. Her memoir, Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism, was published in 2006.
    Sheehan attracted international attention in early August 2005, when she traveled to President Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch, just outside Crawford, Texas, demanding a second meeting with the President.
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    Sheehan was one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization she created in January 2005 with other families she met at the inauguration.
    More Details Hide Details It seeks to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and provides support for families of soldiers killed in Iraq.
    For the presidential inauguration in January 2005, Sheehan traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak at the opening of "Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War," a traveling exhibition created by the American Friends Service Committee that displays pairs of combat boots to represent U.S. military casualties.
    More Details Hide Details She also traveled with the exhibition to other locations and donated her son Casey's boots, stating, "Behind these boots is one broken-hearted family."
  • 2004
    Age 46
    She also vowed not to pay her federal income tax for 2004 because that was the year her son was killed.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Sheehan was sued by the federal government for failure to pay back taxes. "I feel like I gave my son to this country in an illegal and immoral war. I'll never get him back," Sheehan said. "And, so, if they can give me my son back, then I'll pay my taxes. And that's not going to happen."
    Sheehan gave another interview on October 4, 2004, stating that she did not understand the reasons for the Iraq invasion and never thought that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States.
    More Details Hide Details She further stated that her son's death had compelled her to speak out against the war.
    In a June 24, 2004, interview with the Vacaville Reporter, published soon after the meeting, she stated, "We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled.
    More Details Hide Details The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached." She also stated that President Bush was "sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he feels pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of God."
    Cindy Sheehan states she initially questioned the urgency of the invasion of Iraq but did not become active in the antiwar effort until after her son's death. Sheehan and other military families met with United States President George W. Bush in June 2004 at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington, about three months after her son's death.
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    Casey Sheehan was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V for Valor posthumously for his actions April 4, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The chapel at Fort Hood started a new Knights of Columbus chapter that was named the Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan Council. His mother, Cindy Sheehan, became a prominent antiwar activist after his death.
    On April 4, 2004, Sheehan was killed in action after volunteering to be part of a Quick Reaction Force to rescue American troops.
    More Details Hide Details Casey Sheehan is buried in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery in Vacaville, California. In May 2006, the tombstone that Casey's family had been designing and commissioned was finally ready and placed at Casey's grave. Cindy Sheehan paid for the tombstone herself, stating, "It is important for the rest of Casey's family to have one. I guess the pain of seeing it etched in marble that he is dead is another pain I will have to deal with." Cindy Sheehan maintains that the U.S. government "should have paid for it because of its responsibility for his death." The Sheehan family did not want the spare monument that the government provides because it didn't reflect Casey's entire life or personality. The Department of Veterans Affairs does provide such monuments upon request.
    On March 19, 2004, Sheehan's Battery C, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, arrived at FOB Camp War Eagle in Sadr City.
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  • 2000
    Age 42
    In May 2000, Casey Sheehan enlisted in the United States Army as a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, MOS 63B.
    More Details Hide Details It has been reported that he may have considered enlisting as a chaplain's assistant MOS 56M. (Sheehan had acted as an altar server during the Palm Sunday mass on the morning of his death). Near the end of his active service, the U.S. invasion of Iraq began. Sheehan reenlisted, knowing that his unit would be sent there. Sheehan's division, the First Cavalry Division, was sent to Iraq.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 19
    In 1977, she married Patrick Sheehan in Norwalk, California; they had four children, including Casey Sheehan (born in 1979), who was killed in action in Iraq on April 4, 2004.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Cindy Sheehan was born Cindy Lee Miller in Inglewood, California in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Her father worked at the Lockheed Corporation while her mother raised her family. Sheehan graduated with honors from Cerritos College and studied history at UCLA. She worked as a youth minister at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville, California for eight years, and also coordinated an after-school program for at-risk middle school children for the City of Vacaville.
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