portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reposts united states

actions & protests | human & civil rights | imperialism & war

The Vigils for Cindy Sheehan - All Across America.

Last night's Vigils for Cindy Sheehan were the largest event we've ever organized. With the help of TrueMajority and Democracy for America, we held 1,627 vigils together in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Well over 100,000 of us attended, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Mississippi, Oregon to South Carolina and New York to Texas.
Images of Vigils
Images of Vigils
Vigil March
Vigil March
Vigil at  White House
Vigil at White House
Circle of Light
Circle of Light
Candles for Peace
Candles for Peace
Dear Peace and Justice Activist,

Last night's Vigils for Cindy Sheehan were the largest event we've ever organized. With the help of TrueMajority and Democracy for America, we held 1,627 vigils together in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Well over 100,000 of us attended, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Mississippi, Oregon to South Carolina and New York to Texas.

Here's Cindy's report, from her own vigil in Crawford: "Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country."

You can see pictures from the vigils, read reports, and look at a map of all the vigil locations at:

 http://www.political.moveon.org/cindyvigils/pics.html? =&id=5916-3806256-cyCAhIPbVMdyJmhZSKnB7g&t=14

The vigils were covered by hundreds of media outlets across the nation. The San Diego Tribune Union-Tribune reported 250 people on a moon-lit beach—one of six in the nearby area. The Boston Globe headline was, "Vigils across state, nation back mother of dead soldier." The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Seattle Times and dozens of other big-city newspapers, TV stations and radio stations reported on the vigils.

But small towns were also touched. WTAP in Parkersburg, West Virginia reported with the headline, "Texas Protest felt in Mid-Ohio Valley." The Joplin (Missouri) Globe reported that MoveOn member Tamara Beinlich organized the vigil because her son likely will be "in the next round of soldiers going" to Iraq." The headline in the Dallas Morning News was, "Vigils amplify mother's voice: Events in Carrollton, elsewhere echo Crawford war protest." The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel noted that "South Floridians join mother's protest against Iraq war" In Kentucky the Courier-Journal noted that, "Louisville vigil backs mother of soldier: About 150 support her protest of war" And the Racine, Wisconsin Journal Times headline was, "Mothers, others march for Cindy."

You can keep the story about support for Cindy Sheehan going by writing a letter to the editor. Click below to get started.

 http://www.political.moveon.org/lte/index.html?lte_campaign_id=29&zip=90210& =&posted=1&id=5916-3806256-cyCAhIPbVMdyJmhZSKnB7g&t=15

Better than the news reporting, though, were the reports we received first-hand, streaming into our e-mail account over night. Here are some of the best comments:

"For me the best moment was holding the candles high, and speaking with a mom whose son is in Iraq now. It was great to surround the family with support. It was great to be surrounded with sane, strong, committed people."
-Judi Mandl
Harwinton, Connecticut

"The best moment was when the sun went down and hundreds of glowing Dixie Cup candles glowed softly as we sang "America the Beautiful."
-Molly Wigand
Lenexa, Kansas

"Melanie House (whose husband was killed in Iraq) organized our vigil. She spoke briefly about her grief and about her hope that other wives and families will be spared the disaster that has come to her. She is very brave to be speaking out and I am very moved by her courage."
-Delia Rudiger
Simi Valley, California

"I met a woman with photos of family members serving in the miliary pinned to her shirt. 'This is my brother and his son, both serving in this picture. The other is my sister's son, who's going back for a third time to Iraq.'"
-Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill
Northfield, Minnesota

"Well, more and more people kept showing up, and that was the best part. To know that you are not alone, and that there are others in your own community who are so supportive of Cindy Sheehan, and finding a new way."
-Kate Murphy
Scappoose, Oregon

"When a car pulled up with a little girl about 9 years old in it who had begged her Mom to stop and she said "I know how you feel... my cousin is over there." And, next thing you know she was out of the car and grabbing a candle. She had seen my sign with my nephew's picure on it with his baby... my nephew is on his way to Iraq in a couple of weeks."
-Maure Briggs- Carrington
Turners Falls, Massachusetts

"Two or three Vietnam veterans happened upon our vigil and join in with love, tears and peace in their hearts. They were very grateful. A mom whose son is leaving in five weeks for Iraq was there and was comforted by all the love and connections. A young woman put a photo of her brother in Iraq on our small altar."
-Katherine Steele
Lake Worth, Florida

"A little girl placing three American flags in front of the shrine of candles and signs."
-Michelle Murphy
Manhattan Beach, California

"The best moment was when 6-8 veterans—asked to step forward—came to the center of the circle."
-Robert Guyer
Reno, Nevada

You can read more reports, and see pictures from the vigils (they're amazing) at:

 http://www.political.moveon.org/cindyvigils/pics.html? =&id=5916-3806256-cyCAhIPbVMdyJmhZSKnB7g&t=16

Thank you so much for helping to make the vigils a success, and for your support of Cindy. You give us so much hope that we'll be able turn this country around.

—Tom, Nita, Jennifer and the entire MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Thursday, August 18th, 2005

P.S. To stay involved, visit our co-sponsors:

TrueMajority
 http://www.truemajority.org/

Democracy for America
 http://www.democracyforamerica.com/

PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee