Cindy Sheehan Says Goodbye – Are women losing their voices, or will more attempt to be heard?
Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 29, 2007
Whether you agreed with Cindy Sheehan or not, it is very sad that she has been beaten down the way she has. But Cindy showed all women that any of us can have a voice, and have our voice heard. I think that is a very important message. Only time will tell if women got this message, or instead got the message to keep their mouth shut. I for one hope we see more Cindy Sheehans.
Please take a moment to see this video by Dan Bialek Loves Kittens
Morra Aarons has done a post — Cindy Sheehan Gives Up Her Fight
In her diary on the Daily Kos, Sheehan wrote
The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.
Sheehan’s local CBS affiliate reports “the soldier’s mother who galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush’s ranch, said she’s done being the public face of the movement.
also see post by Erin Kotecki
Cindy Sheehan in “A Mother’s Tears” (2004) Real Voices : Cindy Shehan A Mother’s Tears
Mon May 28, 2007 at 09:57:01 AM PDT
I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called “Face” of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such “liberal blogs” as the Democratic Underground. Being called an “attention whore” and being told “good riddance” are some of the more milder rebukes. — read full article
Journalism is about strong storylines and personalities, a fact that goes a long way towards explaining why journalists loved Cindy Sheehan. At least at first.
Hollywood couldn’t have cast someone better for her particular niche in the debate over the war, after all: She was a grieving mother whose son had died in Iraq. An articulate woman who had been driven to speak out as a result of her pain. A figurehead who gave a semblance of coherence to an anti-war movement too heterogeneous for journalists to get their hands around. A character who brought a flesh-and-blood presence to what had previously been only an idea. — read full article