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READER COMMENTS ON
"Camp Casey, Washington DC"
(20 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
... Kira said on 9/27/2005 @ 5:52 pm PT...
Brad, you are my friend.
Thank you for sharing the pictures. I wish everyone in the country would see those pictures! I'm going to include a link to your post and your site in my blog: All Things Left.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
... Dan said on 9/28/2005 @ 7:01 am PT...
The pictures just don't do it justice, but they do give you a small feel for it. Sitting at Camp Casey and looking at that field of crosses (and especially the personalized ones) just breaks your heart. Close by is the Vietnam War Memorial and that also has that impact. We do not want an Iraqi War Memorial that has one more name on it because we don't stop this illegal, immoral war NOW!
If you get the chance, please visit Camp Casey. It will really strengthen your resolve to end this insanity.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
... linda6or7 said on 9/28/2005 @ 8:27 am PT...
there is something about camp casey that unifies us. There are a lot of tears at the camp. People just lose it for a minute or two. Everyone there has done it. But the hugs are free at Camp Casey and criers may find themselves being hugged by total strangers. It's a weird phenom.
I can see all the crosses and be ok. I can see all the caskets and be ok. But once I stop to look at one of them, any one of them, it becomes personal. You see the face of the soldier and maybe some pics of the people in his life who are missing him/her, and thats when I lose it.
I saw my friends I met at Camp Casey I- while visiting Camp Casey DC. Hannah and her husband, Ann the ex diplomat, Beatrice the Latino woman who you must have seen by now talking about her nephew and the daughter that was just born a few days ago without her father, Cindy's sister Dede, Bill, the father whose son died on the same day as Cindys son, and others too. It was so great to see my fellow bitches from the ditches and the vets.
I do have a request of Camp Casey-could we do the next one in Maui or someplace? DC is so boring. lol
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
... Ada said on 9/28/2005 @ 10:29 am PT...
It was a moving experience to be in Washington DC this weekend, we need to do this more often till our troops are home and bush and cronies are in jail!
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
... hannah said on 9/29/2005 @ 7:08 am PT...
Thanks to everyone who came to dc and through Camp Casey DC. We didn't go to hear speeches. We didn't go to get on tv. We didn't go to impress our friends. We had to go. We are so happy we went, and like Linda were able to look into the dear faces which make up this way of life. All the CCI and II folks, Veterans for Peace, the MFSO families, and especially the incredible GSFP and IVAW people. I spent time behind the info tables there, just walked in and volunteered, and met people drawn there from all over. ID, NM, OR, WA, MN, WI, OH, CT, KS, NC, MA, etc etc. I know we will probably have to return, and participate regionally, too, but at least our friends will be there, sharing the poignancy and warmth that makes the struggle bearable. As our Austin friend says, "We have chosen the path of most resistance!" But like visineTM it clears the eyes.
love and peace, hannah and patrick
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
... linda6or7 said on 9/29/2005 @ 8:38 am PT...
Hi again Hannah and Patrick! What a small world. I didn't know you were one of us 6or7 on BB too.
Here is the invitation to join us in Washington, DC, from January 15 to 29, Camp Casey-style. How do we expose the reality of war so that the war in Iraq might be ended? Bring your friends and help us make the witness so clear and strong that we move quickly toward an end of the war.
I have both pasted in the appeal and attached it so you can spread it wider.
Shine the Light
A Call to Witness in a Time of War
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) invites supporters around the world to help "Shine the Light" on torture, hostage-taking and abuse of detainees in an ongoing effort to expose the shadowy scourge of war and end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Beginning January 15 -- the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- through January 29, 2006, CPT will carry out a series of dramatic processions in Washington, DC starting at key institutions which bear responsibility for war-making and ending with a brief prayer service at the White House. Each day, candle-carrying participants will walk in prayerful silence guided by a torchbearer shining the light on a hooded detainee who symbolically represents all persons held captive by war and occupation.
In 1967, reflecting on the U.S. war in Viet Nam, Dr. King exhorted those gathered at the Riverside Church in New York, saying: "I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." In that spirit CPT encourages supporters to join this effort in Washington and beyond.
COME TO DC:
Church groups, youth groups, seniors, university students, peace clubs, community groups -- join CPT's team in Washington for a day, two days, or the entire two weeks. Bring battery-powered candles and "shine the light" around the Pentagon, the State Department, the U.S. Capitol, the CIA, and other government and private institutions who share complicity in torture, hostage-taking and abuse of detainees.
Every morning, the DC team will gather for prayer and preparation. Each afternoon's two-mile procession will march around the institution chosen for that day -- mindful of the biblical encirclements of Jericho when the walls came tumbling down -- then convene at the White House for a concluding prayer service.
For more information, contact Cliff Kindy at 312-933-0546 (cell phone) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHINE THE LIGHT AT HOME:
Organize processions led by a torchbearer illuminating a hooded "captive" to expose the institutions in your community that sponsor, support, or benefit from torture, abuse of detainees and war-making. Challenge legislators, government officials, and corporate executives to change course. Highlight the devastating cost of this war sustained by victims on many fronts.
Register your "Shine the Light" actions at www.cpt.org/iraq/shinethelight.php. Sample prayers, leaflets and media releases are also available at that site.
DON'T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT:
Cindy Sheehan galvanized worldwide attention when she camped out at President Bush's Texas ranch for weeks insisting that he explain why her son Casey had to die fighting in Iraq. Throughout the fall, CPTers set up similar encampments in Northern Indiana towns as an ongoing challenge to the war. The "Shine the Light" action campaign builds on those "Camp Casey" experiences in an effort to reignite the forces of truth for building a worldwide culture of nonviolence.
While the DC portion of this campaign contemplates an ending date of January 29, local communities may wish to "Shine the Light" throughout the Lenten season or the period leading up to March 19-20 -- the third anniversary of the war. (See www.aglobalcall.org for details about "A Global Call for Nonviolent Civil Resistance to End the U.S.-Led Military Occupation of Iraq.")
We hope this campaign might provide a framework by which Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people of all faiths can continue the outpouring of supportive actions for justice which have accompanied CPT since four of our workers went missing in Iraq on November 26.
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