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Gold Star and Military Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 19
, 2005
11:16 AM

CONTACT: Gold Star and Military Families
Andrea Buffa 510.325.3653 (for Cindy Sheehan)
Alicia Sexton 818-442-1463 (for Cindy Sheehan)
Morrigan Phillips 202-258-1822 (Bring Them Home Now Tour Media Coordinator)

 

9/18-9/20: Cindy Sheehan in NYC (updated schedule) for Build Up to Sept. 24 Anti-War March in DC

 

WASHINGTON - September 19 -

Cindy Sheehan and Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour to Stop in New York City Sunday, September 18th thru Tuesday, September 20th

Sheehan Just Back From Delivering Aid to Gulf Coast Calls for ‘Money for Hurricane Relief – Not for War’

Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets Take Message to 51 Cities in 28 States, will Converge at Major Anti-War Rally in DC on September 24

NEW YORK, NY– On September 18-20, Cindy Sheehan and the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour will stop in New York City. The 51-city, 28-stop tour is traveling the country to highlight the voices of Gold Star families, who show the devastating human cost of the war in Iraq; the voices of military families, for whom each and every day of this war brings the potential for the most devastating of consequences; and the voices of veterans, who can share the ground truth about war and the impact on those who were sent off to fight it.

UPDATED New York Schedule for Sunday, September 18th thru Tuesday, September 20th:

WHEN: Sunday, September 18th, NEW TIME 8pm
WHERE: Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church 85 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn 11217
WHO: Cindy Sheehan and members of the tour will share stories of their first hand experience of the devastating effects of the war.

WHEN: Monday, September 19th at 10am
WHAT: Press Conference
WHERE: Office of United for Peace and Justice 322 8th Ave @ 26th 9th floor
WHO: Cindy Sheehan, the Bring Them Home Now Tour, plus Dennis Rivera, president of 1199/Service Employees International Union and Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
 
WHEN: NEW Monday, September 19 approx. 2pm
WHAT: Cindy Sheehan Visit to Camp Casey NYC
WHERE: Union Square Park (Between 14th and 18th Streets) NYC

WHEN: Monday, September 19 at 6:30 pm-8 pm
WHERE: NEW LOCATION The Cathedral Church of St. John the
Divine, 112th St. at Amsterdam Ave.
WHAT: Large Citywide Town Hall meeting with the Bring Them Home Now Tour with Sheehan

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 – 10:30 am
WHAT: Meeting with Sen. Schumer staff
WHERE: 757 Third Ave. Ste.17-02 NY10017

Cindy Sheehan, the grieving military mother whose vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas focused the nation’s attention on the human cost of the Iraq war, has been traveling throughout the country, visiting the offices of members of Congress and asking them to commit to bringing the troops home from Iraq.
 
She has also joined the national volunteer effort to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, she was in Covington, Louisiana, where witnessed first hand the devastation in New Orleans as she helped deliver food and water to one of the poorest and hardest hit neighborhoods. Immediately after Sheehan’s vigil at “Camp Casey” in Crawford ended on August 31, veterans who’d participated in the vigil drove all leftover supplies from the campsite – toilet paper, medicines, water, and food – to Covington, Louisiana, for distribution to Hurricane victims. Since September 2, they have been in Covington, operating a relief operation out of “Camp Casey III.”

“My efforts for these last weeks since we left Camp Casey in Crawford have been about standing up against the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration and about helping people who are suffering because of those policies,“ Sheehan said. “That includes the US troops who are risking their lives every day in Iraq, and now it also includes the good citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. In so many ways, the devastation of the hurricane and the disgraceful federal emergency response are intimately linked with Iraq – the money that went to Iraq instead of to repair the levee; the national guard troops from Louisiana and Mississippi who are in Iraq instead of helping here at home; the botched relief operation that led to so many deaths. We need to hold the Bush administration accountable for both of these failures.”

In addition to Cindy Sheehan, the following veterans and families will give presentations and are available for interview:

Al Zappala of Philadelphia, PA, whose son Sgt. Sherwood Baker was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. He was killed in Baghdad on April 26, 2004. He is a member of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Stacy Bannerman of Kent, WA, whose husband is in the Washington National Guard and served an extended tour of duty at Camp Anaconda, the most attacked base in Iraq. She is a member of Military Families Speak Out.

Tammara Rosenleaf of Belton, TX. Her husband is stationed at Ft Hood, TX and will deploy to Iraq this fall. She is a member of Military Families Speak Out.

Michael Hoffman of Bucks County, PA, served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st Marine Division during the U.S. invasion of Iraq from March to May 2003. He is a founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Elliott Adams of Sharon Springs, NY enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Alaska as an infantry paratrooper. He is a member of Veterans for Peace.

These military families and veterans, among others, have been traveling with the three-bus Bring Them Home Now bus tour launched from Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas at the end of August. The tour will culminate at the massive anti-war march in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 24. For further information about the bus tour, including a schedule of cities and dates, go to: http://www.bringthemhomenowtour.org

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