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Bring the Troops Home FAST! 3,000 Join Sheehan in a Fast

by Katie Heim, David Swanson, Code Pink Sunday, Jul. 09, 2006 at 2:25 AM

3,000 people from all over the world have joined Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink in a fast to bring the troops home "FAST".

The corporate media giants have ignored the anti-war movement

for over three years now, so Ms. Sheehan and others have decided

to put themselves at great personal risk by fasting for over 70

days. Humans have been known to make it through 90 days - at

the max - without sustainance.

"Now in the fast's second day, native Texan and environmental activist

Diane Wilson said she was taking this fast seriously.... WIlson plans to

continue the fast at least until September 21st, a deadline CodePink

and other groups have come up with for a call to massive civil disobedience

``and direct action, should the government not respond to the hunger

strike."" (1)

Not all of the 3,000 joining in solidarity with the fast are going to sustain

the full 70+ days.

Sheehan, who did actually get corporate media's attention for a few

weeks last year as she and a group of protesters camped out in a

ditch close to Bush's home in Crawford, Texas in the heat of the

summer, is planning to return to the ditch in August.

Then, "Cindy Sheehan and activists in the growing peace movement

plan to move Camp Casey to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,

September 8 - 21. The camp on the Mall will carry the name Camp

Democracy at Fort Fed Up. Organizers intend the camp to bring

together peace activists with activists for social justice, united in

demanding a shift of public resources from war to the needs of people.

Participants will lobby Congress to end all funding of the occupation of

Iraq, and will demand that Congress hold the Bush Administration

accountable for the falsehoods that launched the war and the abuses

of power here at home that have accompanied it. Camp Democracy

is launching an outreach effort to include organizations in the planning

of the camp's activities, which are all in the initial stages. Organizations

already on board are listed on the website:

http://campdemocracy.org

Participating organizations and guest experts and celebrities will provide

workshops and training sessions on a wide range of issues, as well as on

communications, voter registration, nonviolent civil disobedience, lobbying,

organizing, media production, and performance arts. Congress Members

and congressional candidates will take part. Local elected officials will

instruct attendees on participation in local government. Musicians will

perform concerts. New films will be shown on a large screen. Participants

will acquire useful skills while demanding fundamental change."(2)



Individuals should sign up and plan to come:

http://campdemocracy.org/user/2



And volunteer to help:

http://campdemocracy.org/about



Organizations, large and small, should sign up to participate:

http://campdemocracy.org/node/3



Organizations, trainers, speakers, educators, and performers should

propose activities that they believe would benefit thousands of citizens

who want to work for change:

http://campdemocracy.org/node/4



Internet activists, and anyone with a blog or a website, should post

this information and link to the website using this link:

http://www.campdemocracy.org

Stay tuned for more details about the fast, or visit:

http://www.codepink4peace.org



(1) Katie Heim, Houston IMC: keh1022@yahoo.com

http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/07/50204.php

(2) David Swanson: david@davidswanson.org

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