Sheehan to march through Charlottesville
The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice announced today that activist and grieving mother Cindy Sheehan will soon march through the Downtown Mall. A rally is set to take place in front of the Ice Park on Friday, July 20 at 6pm. The event is part of Sheehan's "Journey for Humanity" march/drive, which begins today near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and will end July 29 in New York's Central Park.
The stop will not be Sheehan's first time visiting Charlottesville. In May 2006, she spoke to a crowd of approximately 200 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center. (The photo above, by Billy Hunt, came from that event.)
Sheehan has become one of the higher profile protesters of the Iraq War after her son Army Spc. Casey Sheehan was killed in action during fighting in Baghdad on April 4, 2004. A year later, Sheehan famously camped in front of the president's Crawford ranch hoping to meet personally with Bush, but the meeting never came to pass.
Recently, Sheehan's name has been in the news again after telling the Associated Press this weekend that she would run for Congress in California's San Francisco-based 8th District against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, should the Democrats fail to introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush by the time her march reaches Washington on July 23.