The Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour
Speakers included Cindy Sheehan, Jim Hightower, Texas State Rep. Elliot Naishtat, Brooke Beasley and Julie Cuniglio of Gold Star Families for Peace and Jeff Key of Iraq Veterans Against the War. A number of Austin musicians were there, including Eliza Gilkyson.
I was especially pleased to hear Cindy say that the 5000 lbs of supplies she has left over from Camp Casey are to be taken to the Astrodome in Houston where they will be donated toward relief for the evacuees of New Orleans. God bless her for that! I care a great deal about issues of war and peace, but the devastation of the Gulf Coast looms a little larger in my mind at the moment, as I suspect they are for many on both sides of the Iraq issue. My prayers are with the people of the Gulf Coast. Donations can be made here and here.
Some people (like the guy with the sign) think peace protesters are just chicken. Because war is what you do when someone super double-dog dares ya.
Harold of Sanity Island and his wife Donna
Harold and me, wearing the No Nonsense in November shirt I got last week. I got more comments on this shirt tonight than I've ever gotten on a shirt in one day before. Vote "No" on Constitutional Amendment 2!!!
Half the audience is off to meet Cindy's march half-way. They're actually following the guy with the black umbrella.
Protesters stream off to meet Cindy.
A good point. 35% of the Louisiana National Guard and 37% of the Mississippi National Guard are in Iraq.
"We are the land of the free only because of the courage of the brave." -- the sign makes a good and obvious point. I don't see that it helps the pro-Bush folks though.
Another pro-war banner across the street.
Cindy arrives, bringing the throngs with her.
The crowd is much larger now. I'm guessing around 1000 people, maybe more.
Ann Wright of Honnalulu, HI, a member Veterans for Pease, was a career foreign service officer with the State Department who resigned her position in March of 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. (from the Bring Them Home Now Tour website.)
Genevieve is an Austin resident who was married at Camp Casey. She also does a mean poetry slam!
Harold finds a good spot to take pictures and video from.
Jim Hightower makes an appearance. He's very well spoken. He should run for something again.
Jim Hightower introduces Cindy Sheehan.
Cindy Sheehan wants to ask Bush, "What noble cause did my son die for in Iraq?" and "How many more soldiers will have to die?" Cindy also let us in on some of her plans, which include deliverying 5000 lbs of excess supplies from Camp Casey to the Astrodome for relief for New Orleans evacuees, attempting a meeting with Tom DeLay in Houston, and moving to Austin to run for mayor.
Not one more! Not one more!
Eliza Gilkyson has such a beautiful voice! She songs a song about what a man of God would do.
This Presbyterian minister starts up the prayer vigil.
The sound of the bell ringing was beautiful. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.