Greens defend Cindy Sheehan vigil, call war proponents - expected Saturday - ‘vicious
attack dogs set loose by radical right'
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Wednesday, August 25, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles) 310-270-7106,
Stuart Bechman (Ventura) 805-405-3929,
Pat Driscoll (Sacramento) 916-320-6430,
Susan King (San Francisco) 415-823-5524,
SACRAMENTO (August 26, 2005) – On the eve of the expected arrival Saturday
of a caravan of pro-war advocates at "Camp Casey" at Cindy Sheehan's vigil
in Crawford, Texas, the Green Party of California described those
criticizing Sheehan as a "baying pack of vicious attack dogs being set
loose by the radical right."
Sheehan, who renewed her vow to stay at the camp outside Pres. Bush's ranch
after caring for her ill mother much of the last week in California, is now
the target of those who support the President and the war.
"The issue here is not Cindy Sheehan, who has earned every right to speak
out, but the incompetent, arrogant, and deceptive leadership of Pres. George Bush, who
needs to answer the questions on the minds of a majority of Californians
who now believe this war is wrong," said Pat Driscoll, a GPCA spokesperson
and a former Green Party congressional candidate.
Driscoll, founder of a California Veterans for Peace Chapter, helped
organize a counter-demonstration opposing the caravan – the brainchild of a
conservative Sacramento radio station – this week when it left for Texas
Those advocating more war "refuse to acknowledge, as the majority of
Americans now have, that the war in Iraq has nothing to do with terrorism -
it is just using our troops as cannon fodder," said Driscoll.
"There is an exit strategy which will work. First, call an immediate
cease-fire in Iraq, and give U.S. troops the moral advantage that's been
squandered by President Bush. Second, immediately halt construction on
permanent bases and demonstrate a true commitment to Iraqi independence,
and third, begin a withdrawal of our troops," Driscoll explained.
Among the Greens in Crawford supporting Cindy Sheehan is Aimee Allison, an
Oakland City Council candidate earlier this year and a conscientious
objector in the first Gulf War.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437