Friday, July 04, 2008

Anti-war mom: Cindy Sheehan for Congress '08

It's the Fourth of July, Independence Day. Let us take a look at our local politics. It appears that Cindy Sheehan, the famous Anti-War Mom, is now running for Congress in the 2008 election, against Nancy Pelosi.

Here is a brief summary of Cindy Sheehan's political background, quoting her campaign website:
Cindy's world changed forever on April 4, 2004, when her eldest child, Casey Austin, was killed while serving in Iraq. He was 24 years old. Casey, who was a Specialist in the First Cavalry Unit in Sadr City, was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star posthumously for his valor in combat.
and ...
In August 2005, Cindy traveled to Crawford, Texas, with the goal of speaking personally to President Bush to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq. Other peace activists joined Cindy's efforts and the demonstrations that came to be known as "Camp Casey" began. Camp Casey was a regular gathering held whenever Bush was in Crawford, Texas, and it drew thousands of activists and celebrities from all over the world to protest the Iraq conflict.
Cindy Sheehan is a world famous figure in anti-war activism. The main stream media has referred to her as "the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement" and "Peace Mom".

It remains to be seen how much steam can this grass-root campaign go for. Whatever the outcome, it will be an interesting election coming this November.

The campaign website for Cindy Sheehan:

Their campaign headquarters is located at:

1260 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94103


Anonymous said...

She's doing very well...she needs about 10,000 signatures from the eighth district to get on the ballot, she had 3,500 at the end of June.

If you live in the eighth:

Sign the petition!
Help collect signatures!!!

Go Cindy!

William N. N. Hung said...

Joe, thanks for the info.

Not being affiliated with one of the major parties has its pros and cons. Once she get past this 10K signature thingy, the rest might be easier.

I suppose the Democratic party should stop taking the anti-war movement for granted.