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Protester departs for ill mother - Americas - International Herald Tribune

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Protester departs for ill mother
By Elisabeth Bumiller The New York Times

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an soldier killed in Iraq and who is in a monthlong protest near President George W. Bush's ranch, said that she was temporarily leaving her encampment to be with her mother, who had suffered a stroke.

In a statement to reporters Thursday, Sheehan, 48, said that she received word around 4 p.m. that her mother, Shirley Miller, 74, was in a hospital emergency room in Los Angeles. 'As you can imagine, this is a devastating blow for my sister, my brother, my children and me,' Sheehan said.

Sheehan said she would return to Texas as soon as possible, and that while she was gone, mothers of other Americans killed in Iraq would keep pressure on Bush and continue to demand a meeting with him here. The group wants all U.S. troops immediately withdrawn from Iraq.

Sheehan's group is moving from a temporary encampment about two miles, or three kilometers, from Bush's ranch to a larger pasture, offered by a local landowner, that is only a mile from the ranch and adjacent to a U.S. Secret Service checkpoint. Sheehan has been here since Aug. 6, and on Wednesday night she inspired more than 1,600 candlelight vigils across the United States.

It is still not clear whether Sheehan's effort is the start of a lasting antiwar movement or a fleeting summertime event fueled by liberal advocacy groups who understand how to manage media relations. Republican Party leaders worry that the so-called Peace Mom has brought long-simmering unease over Iraq to a boil by galvanizing antiwar activists.


CRAWFORD, Texas Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an soldier killed in Iraq and who is in a monthlong protest near President George W. Bush's ranch, said that she was temporarily leaving her encampment to be with her mother, who had suffered a stroke."

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