Cindy Sheehan brings 'Tour de Peace' to valley
Political activist Cindy Sheehan on nationwide bike tour to promote various causes
By Colin Atagi
The Desert Sun, April 10, 2013
PALM SPRINGS — An outspoken critic of war and government misspending, Cindy Sheehan stopped in Palm Springs Tuesday as part of a nationwide bike tour promoting her political party’s cause.
Sheehan first attracted national attention in 2005 after locating her makeshift Iraq War protest site, dubbed Camp Casey, directly outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch.
Her son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War.
On Tuesday, Sheehan spoke to about 40 people at Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
It was an early stop on her “Tour de Peace” ride, which continues today with a trek to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, where she and members of the Peace and Freedom Party will promote their goals and protest the base’s expansion plans.
Promoting everything from free education and health care to less dependence on fossil fuel, the effort is designed to be nonpartisan and not an attack on Democrats or Republicans, Sheehan said.
“Politics is just a small part of what we should be doing to change the country,” she told attendees.
Palm Desert resident Lorraine Salas said she agrees with Sheehan that someone doesn’t need to be part of any specific political party to understand what’s best for the people of this country.
“We are about principles,” said Salas, 31.
Sheehan and other members of the Peace and Freedom Party plan to reach Washington, D.C. by July 3, where they will deliver a petition listing their concerns to the White House.
“This is going to be like 90 Camp Caseys, because we’re going to take 90 days to get to Washington,” Sheehan said in reference to her 2005 protest.
Her efforts, at that time, sparked a movement and prompted Sheehan to run for vice president of the United States in 2012 as a member of the Peace and Freedom Party.
She plans to also run for governor of California next year.
Following Sheehan’s visit Tuesday, Desert Hot Springs resident Rosie Terry, 64, said everything Sheehan does is “her homage to her son.”
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