|April 9, 2008|
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan to speak at Union
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan will speak Friday, April 11, at 1 p.m. in the Reamer Campus Center auditorium.
The talk, sponsored by Campus Action, is free and open to the public.
Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004. The California woman gained notoriety in the summer of 2005 when she staged a 26-day roadside vigil outside President Bush’s Texas ranch in a vain attempt to speak with Bush about the war. The vigil attracted thousands of supporters to Crawford, Texas, and sparked other protests and marches across the country.
Last May, Sheehan announced she was quitting her antiwar activism to devote more time to her other children. But earlier this year she filed to run as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat whom Sheehan blames for perpetrating the war in Iraq.
Campus Action aims to support the growth of social change at Union, within the community and in society at large.
In the past, the group has erected an Iraq War Memorial display, with stakes lining the walkways of campus to commemorate every American soldier killed in Iraq.