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Refuse & Resist! has always seen the importance of supporting and celebrating resistance. We know that it will take a climate, culture, and community of resistance to change the course our country is on. We honor Courageous Resisters, those who step out and take a stand.
Every day in our country, people refuse to go along with the injustice being perpetrated by the U.S. government. Every day, ordinary people become resisters by saying "this far and nor farther". Often these acts of resistance go largely unnoticed. But sometimes, an act of resistance captures the hearts and minds of the people, and takes center stage on a national and even international stage.
Cindy Sheehan's decision to camp on the road to Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and remain there until he either speaks with her or he returns to Washington, is one of those individual acts of resistance that has inspired thousands of others to act. She, like the many Courageous Resisters whom R&R! has honored, gives others hope and inspiration that they can be part of creating a better world.
Cindy's son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004. Since Casey's death, Cindy has become an active and vocal protestor of the war in Iraq. She is a co-founder of an organization of families whose loved ones have been killed in action in Iraq, Gold Star Families for Peace, an affiliate of Military Families Speak Out.
Cindy first arrived on the road to Prairie Chapel, Bush's ranch, on Saturday, August 6, accompanied by more than 50 marchers. Since then, hundreds more have come from around the country to join her encampment, to bring supplies, or just to thank her for her courage. Her phone is ringing off the hook with requests for interviews from local, national, and international journalists. Her email box is full with messages from supporters. Especially important is the fact that military families who oppose the war are front and center in Crawford - people who have lost loved ones in Iraq, people whose family members are there right now, and people whose loved ones have returned to them in body but often not in soul.
With polls showing declining support for Bush and the war in Iraq, the massive outpouring of support for Cindy has the potential to have a major impact on the Bush regime. One woman's decision to act has given thousands, even millions, the feeling that they, too, can actually DO something to stand up against Bush. Rather than waiting for 2008, people are seeing The World Can't Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime Campaign that we have it in our power to change the course that our country is on.
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