the Troops Home Fast!
Your Commitment to Fast:
The Declaration of Peace:
we first decided to launch a fast to bring the troops home, we thought
perhaps a handful of people would join. To our amazement, over
3,000 people have joined in the fast, coming from all
states and 20 countries! If you haven't joined us yet, please
sign on for at least one day of a solidarity fast. Or
better yet, come join us in Washington
DC anytime between now and August 15, when we will move
the fast to Camp Casey outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Wow has it been a full week!
kicked off the fast in Washington DC with a week full of somber
and exhilarating events. On July 3
we had our last meal together -- a delicious dinner for 200 cooked
with love by Food Not Bombs and served on a huge pink
tablecloth in front of the White House. We prayed together, sang
together, broke bread together, and expressed our commitment to
fast as a way to deepen our own resolve and wake up the nation to
the need to Bring the Troops Home.
the next day, July 4th, when we tried
to march in the Independence Day Parade, we were denied entry and
two of our fasters, 25-year-old Iraq veteran Geoff
Millard and 71-year-old CODEPINKer
Chloe Jon-Paul, were arrested.
Several hours later they emerged from the police station, tired
and hungry but proud that they had stood up for free speech on Independence
around the country, 35 groups began local
fasts. At the train station near Hillary Clinton's home
in Chappaqua, 100 fasters showed up to ask the Senator to stop supporting
the occupation. Over 100 people joined in action in Chicago and
in San Francisco, CODEPINK and supporters
camped outside of Senator Diane Feinstein's house and will be fasting
in front of her office for a week. We received messages from fasts
in Rome, Germany, Pakistan and Egypt. (View our National
CODEPINK photo gallery and Local
fasters in Washington have been busy-feeding ice cream to the homeless,
greeting Canadian Prime Minister as he arrived to meet with George
Bush, having a private meeting with Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chairman Dick Lugar, hosting a Troops Home Fast birthday party for
George Bush's 60th birthday, and attending a concert by Bonnie
Raitt -- who did a shout out thanking CODEPINK
and Cindy Sheehan for their dedication for peace and adding her
name to growing
list of fasters.
seen coverage of the fast in The Washington Post, FOX News, CNN,
Reuters, The Village Voice, AP, and People Magazine online. Several
fasters were on TV -- Cindy Sheehan was on Hard Ball and Colonel
Ann Wright was on Hannity and Colmes; Diane
Wilson and Medea
Benjamin had op-eds in major newspapers and two of the
long-term fasters were interviewed on Democracy
reasons each person is fasting vary, from family members grieving
the loss of a loved one in Iraq, to soldiers losing their health
and sanity to a war they don't believe in, to outraged citizens
determined to stop our country from continuing this bloody, illegal
and immoral occupation.
the long-term fasters continue to hold vigil outside the White House
from 10am -- 7pm each day, we ask you to join us, to step in a little
deeper, to give a little more. You can fast
at home, join
us in Washington DC as a faster or supporter, send us
of encouragement or sign the Voters
Peace Pledge and get 100 other people to sign on so we
can form a strong peace bloc of voters before the November elections.
Whatever you do, we are fed by your support.
Hungry but energized,
Dana, Erin, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Katie, Medea, Meredith, Nancy,
Rae, Samantha and Tiffany
you can join in many travel opportunities this summer, from a
New Orleans work camp to Camp Casey in Crawford to a retreat/spa
in Austin. Click
here for info.
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