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July 4 Troops Home Fast with CODEPINK

Code Pink Portland Kicks off rolling fast to bring the troops home now, supporting Cindy Sheehan and hundreds of others in D.C.
We had a good showing at Waterfront Park, Salmon Street Fountain, with about 20 supporters and 8 fasters on site, and we handed out hundreds of postcards, got lots of signatures on the voters pledge, dialogued with a lot of people, some supportive, some not so much.

So what's next? If anyone is fasting the next few days, please let us know, especially if you're doing it in public. We've suggested continuing at Waterfront Park, but if you choose a different location, let us know, we'll get some postcards to you and some support.

Saturday the location is the Hollywood Farmers Market. We have at least two fasters signed up; the market runs from 8 to 1, so we'll be there during that time, on the outer edges near the entrances. We could use a support crew and of course, more fasters.

Sunday: Hillsdale farmers market. No one is signed up for that one yet.

Friday evening at 6:30 is the Living Earth first Friday potluck at Laurelhurst Park. Troops Home Fast is the featured topic -- please come if you can and share your ideas about this and other related topics. See info on their website.

protest resource 05.Jul.2006 11:22

maya

here are a bunch of resources for your protest...cindy quotes, banners,camp casey flyers, t-shirts

 http://www.benfrank.net/blog/

Starving for Attention: Troops Home Fast, Day One 05.Jul.2006 12:52

Cindy Sheehan

Starving for Attention: Troops Home Fast, Day One
by Cindy Sheehan


It is midnight of the 5th of July and 24 hours since thousands of us began the Troops Home Fast.

Some of us who will be fasting completely until the troops come home; some will be on liquids only until the troops come home; some will fast for 2 weeks, 2 days; or like me, until at least September 21st.

Hundreds of peace-loving and dedicated people joined we organizers of the fast outside of the White House during the past two eventful and event-filled days. The Granny Peace Brigade walked from NYC to DC in solidarity with the fast and with the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and our soldiers who are suffering so profoundly under the US led occupations.

People joined us from as far away as Texas and California in person, and thousands were with us in spirit from all over the world. We are starting an historic and very meaningful action. We were honored by being joined by legendary fasters Dick Gregory and Diane Wilson and historic whistle blower and patriotic giant: Daniel Ellsberg.

Standing apart from our hundreds of supporters were about a dozen Freepers who were holding various signs (which is as much there right, as it is ours) with very "clever" messages on them. A few of the signs had the very pithy "Freedom Isn't Free." Well, I'm sorry, but the very definition of freedom is that it is free. Freedom is a birthright of every American and we have the Bill of Rights to prove it. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say anywhere that our young people have to fight insane wars for greedy swine to earn anyone any kind of freedoms. If freedom wasn't free it would be called "expensivedom."

I was particularly impressed by a very slick and professionally made sign that the Freepers had. It was a large pinkish sign with white letters that read: Cindy Sheehan is Starving for Attention."

Yes, that is why I am embarking on this fast. It is not because our nation with the complacent, if not intellectual, approval of most of our citizens is waging a war crime of mammoth proportions in Iraq. It's not because our soldiers are committing atrocities on an innocent population who never asked for our lethal interference. I am not fasting because our soldiers should not be dying or killing for Exxon and Halliburton. I am not sitting here with mild hunger pangs because our leadership condones and orders others to commit cruelties on my fellow human beings in such brutal places as Guantanamo. I am not fasting because the wrongfully, illegally, and immorally detained men in Guantanamo are going on their own hunger strikes and committing suicide to call attention to the fact that they are human beings who do not deserve to be tortured and tormented. I am not fasting so no other mother has to drop to her knees screaming in agony because her child is dead for nothing.

On the contrary, I get plenty of attention and our troops are still in Iraq. I am doing it precisely for all of the reasons above. Maybe people have to ascribe nefarious motivations to our actions because they can't conceive of leaving their comfort zones for another member of humanity.

The people of Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering so miserably. Our soldiers want to come home. Our country wants them to come home. The world wants them to come home. The people of Iraq want our soldiers to leave. Generals are recommending time tables. We fasters figure that we can sacrifice something in solidarity with the suffering in the Middle East. What we are giving up is so insignificant compared to what our soldiers and the people they are oppressing are giving up. It's about time BushCo recognizes that staying a reckless and murderous course is inherently disordered and they should turn around and order our troops to come home.

I encourage everyone in America to move away from the comfortable complacency that allows BushCo to kill people with impunity. If we don't stand up and speak out against their offenses and for accountabitlity the crimes will continue even into the next administration, whichever party is in power.

How can we not fast, or march, or write, or speak, or rally, or go to Camp Casey, or sacrifice something, anything when the people of Iraq, and many of our soldiers, don't even have enough food to eat or clean water to drink? How can we numbly go shopping for groceries when unsuspecting and undeserving people in Iraq are being killed when simply going to the market to buy food for their families?

We have to fast.

Reflect and ask yourself: Why aren't I?


Next fasting 06.Jul.2006 19:25

tanta

The next fasting action I've heard about after the Living Earth event (Friday night at 6 pm Laurelhurst Park) is to be at Hollywood Farmers' Market Saturday, taking shifts 8 - 1pm.
Then to Hillsdale Farmers' Market on Sunday, taking shifts 9 - 2. (near entrances to market areas)Come on down, wear pink.
Attached is a postcard pdf you can copy onto pink paper, for handouts.

let it bleed 07.Jul.2006 06:18

devil's advocate

What a short sighted, myopic point of view! Areas of Iraq will be toxic for millions of years from Depleted Uranium and all we are concerned with is bringing our troops home!

Death squads and merceneries are doing much of the dirty work in Iraq now. Without body bags coming home, will the people of the United States believe that we aren't committing atrocities in Iraq?

The chickens are coming home to roost.

Monday Fasting Event in Vancouver 07.Jul.2006 16:06

tildie

We will be fasting on Monday, July 10th, as part of the national program supporting the "troops home fast" which began on July 4th and ends on Sept. 21st (international day of peace).

Please join us at 2:30 p.m. on Monday by the Bell Tower at Esther Short
park in Vancouver ... we plan to stay there for 2 hours. We are bringing
signs.

Hillsdale Market - Troops Home Fast 10.Jul.2006 14:30

elise

Five portland pinks showed up at Hillsdale Market on Sunday and handed out 150 pink postcards inviting all to join Cindy Sheehan and hundreds of others in the Troops Home Fast. Reception was excellent, and many people indicated they'd go immediately to the website. A lesser number signed the Declaration of Peace as well and said they'd go to the troopshomefast.org website to sign up.