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The Anti-War Movement


Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Anti-War Movement
In a situation where many people would withdraw into privacy, Cindy Sheehan grieved for her son very publicly. After his death in Iraq, she became one of the most well-known faces of the movement against the war. Later, she made headlines again by stepping away from the movement. Now, 6 years later, her activism continues. We’ll speak with her and historians this Wednesday about the effectiveness of anti-war protests, and Sheehan’s personal experiences in activism.

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Sheehan Speaks on State of Affairs

Cindy Sheehan is in Louisville through the end of this week for a series of appearances. The anti-war activist will be speaking and signing books at the Braden Center, Bellarmine University and Jefferson Square Park.

Sheehan joined the anti-war movement in 2004 after her son was killed in active duty in Iraq. She’s perhaps most famous for her makeshift camp in his honor outside the Crawford, Texas home of then-President George W. Bush.

Sheehan says she publicly left so-called ‘party-based’ activism in 2007, when she perceived Democrats were not following through on campaign promises.

“I was broke. I was tired. I had a condition called frozen shoulder, where I could barely move without having intense pain,” says Sheehan, “and I was just emotionally used-up. And the same people who used me up were the people who attacked me.”

Less than two months after that declaration, Sheehan jumped back into politics for an unsuccessful congressional bid. Most recently, she protested at Martha’s Vineyard, where President Barack Obama was vacationing.

She made her comments today on WFPL’s State of Affairs.

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Anti-War Demonstration Set for Sixth Anniversary of Iraq War

Some Louisville peace activists are planning a demonstration in downtown Louisville tomorrow, which is the 6th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Louisville Peace Action Community co-facilitator Judy Munro-Leighton says it’s important to remember the date March 19, 2003.

“This date is a date we cannot forget because we can never, ever let that happen again,” she says.

Munro-Leighton says the demonstrators will meet on the Metro Hall steps Thursday afternoon and hold signs marking each year of the war in Iraq.  She says the group is calling on the U.S. government to end all military involvement there. 

The demonstration is set for three to six Thursday afternoon.