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Democracy Now! (6 am) – August 22, 2005

Cindy’s Crawford: Camp Casey Continues to Grow Despite Sheehan’s Absence
Hundreds
of supporters converged on Camp Casey outside Bush’s Crawford
estate this weekend. Although Cindy Sheehan had to leave temporarily to care
for her ailing mother, other military families delivered a letter to the
gates of the presidential property.

Pro-Bush Demonstrators Mount "I Give a Sheet" Campaign
Bush supporters also made their way to Crawford this weekend. About fifty
people delivered sheets with messages of support written on them, a local
business-owner started a pro-Bush camp, motorcyclists rode past Crawford to
show support for
the president, and mainstream media commentators continued to attack Cindy
Sheehan.

"If Bush Is Right, Martin Luther King Jr. Was Wrong" –
Activist Rev.
Peter Johnson Speaks at Camp Casey
We play a speech by longtime activist
and former SCLC staffer, the Rev. Peter Johnson who says, "War is not the
answer. Only love can conquer hate. If Bush is right, then Marvin [Gaye] was
wrong. If Bush is right, then Mohandas
Gandhi was wrong. If Bush is right, Henry David Thoreau was wrong. If Bush
is right, Martin Luther King Jr. was wrong. If Bush is right, Jesus of Nazareth
was wrong."

Mother of First Soldier from Georgia Killed in Iraq Also Demands to Speak
with Bush
We speak with Patricia Roberts, her son Jamaal Addison was
killed in Iraq in 2003. He was the first soldier from Georgia killed in Iraq.
She says, "[Bush]
goes about choosing which parents he talks to because I don’t know why I
haven’t gotten the opportunity to talk to him."

Former Homeless Veteran Describes How Horrors of War Continues to Plague
Soldiers at Home
We hear a speech by former homeless veteran Ed Boyd.
He says, "When the
parade ends, and the military person takes off that uniform, and the horrors
of war are still deep within them, and they can’t get help because the Veterans
Administration has got a $2 billion shortfall, they enter into a world of
real
terror, drug abuse, alcoholism, violence."

Military Wife Speaks Out on Eve of Husband’s Deployment
Tammara Rosenleaf came from Montana to join other military families
at Camp Casey. Her husband is about to be deployed to Iraq.

Brother of First Pennsylvania National Guardsman Killed in Combat in 60 years
Speaks at Camp Casey
We hear from Dante Zappala, whose brother, Sherwood Baker, was killed
in Iraq in 2004. He was the first member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard
to die in combat since 1945.

Mother of Soldier Serving in Iraq Calls Continued U.S. Troop Presence
a "Moral
Sin"
We hear a speech by Andrea Hackett speaking at Camp Casey.
Her daughter just returned from serving in Iraq. She says, "Let’s make
this a huge movement so that [Bush] has to either answer or go back to the
White House and hide.
We’ll meet him there on September 24th, though."

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