Cindy Sheehan to Lead Rally in Charlottesville, Va
Cindy Sheehan to Lead Rally in Charlottesville, Va.
WHAT: Rally for peace, justice, and impeachment, part of Cindy Sheehan's "Journey for Humanity" march/drive from Crawford, Texas, to New York City.
WHO: Cindy Sheehan, other leading activists for peace and justice, the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, and other allied peace and justice organizations.
WHEN: Friday, July 20, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Outside, on the west end of the Downtown Mall, in front of the Charlottesville Ice Park, in Charlottesville, Va.
RAIN LOCATION: In case of hard rain, the event will be held at the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Rd.
WHY: Because Dick Cheney is still the Vice President and Iraq is still occupied.
Cindy Sheehan, mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, is co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. She is leading a march / drive from Crawford, Texas, that will pass through Charlottesville, Va., on July 20th. Other leading activists taking part in the march and coming to Charlottesville include Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Debra Sweet, National Coordinator of World Can't Wait. Also taking part is David Swanson, Cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org and a Board Member of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice (CCPJ). The route of the march can be found at http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org
Participants in the Journey for Humanity share the goals of ending the occupation of Iraq, impeaching Cheney and Bush, restoring New Orleans, and funding human needs at home and in Iraq and Afghanistan. CCPJ is collecting signatures on a petition to the Charlottesville City Council urging it to join over 90 towns and cities nationwide that have passed resolutions in support of impeachment. CCPJ has drafted this resolution: http://wwwcharlottesvillepeace.org/impeachresolution
Three days after the rally in Charlottesville, marchers will assemble on the morning of July 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery and march to the Capitol Hill office of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to urge him to begin impeachment proceedings. Participants plan to sit in, read the US Constitution aloud, and if necessary face arrest. Similar sit-ins will happen the same day in Conyers' district offices in Michigan.
Also on the 23rd, if the House has not begun the impeachment process for Cheney or Bush, Sheehan plans to announce her candidacy as an independent candidate for Congress in California's 8th District, challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On July 6, for the first time, a polling company asked Americans if they want Cheney impeached. A majority of 54% said Yes, and the poll was widely reported in the media. Articles of impeachment against Cheney now have 14 cosponsors in the House: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/cheney2 "Impeach Cheney" is the number 1 video on Youtube: http://www.impeachcheney.org
Questions about impeachment are answered here: http://www.charlottesvillepeace.org/impeachfaq