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Peace groups launch 'Troops home FAST'

  |   July 4, 2006 at 12:37 PM
WASHINGTON, July 4 (UPI) -- Three peace groups, Women for Peace, Global Exchange and Gold Star Families for Peace, are going on a hunger strike against the war in Iraq.

They ate their last meal in front of the White House Monday and will be present in front of the famous residence every day at 10 a.m., Yubanet.com reported Tuesday.

"We've marched, held vigils, lobbied Congress, camped out at Bush's ranch. We've even gone to jail. Now it's time to do more," says peace advocate and mother Cindy Sheehan. "While others are celebrating July 4 with barbecues, we'll be showing our patriotism by putting our bodies on the line to bring our troops home."

There are also more than 2,700 celebrities, veterans, mothers, and concerned citizens across the country who will participate in a rolling fast over the summer, a rolling fast is where an individual fasts as long as they are able and then passes the fast onto another person.

Some will fast in solidarity from their hometowns, urging local leaders to stand for peace, including musicians Willie Nelson and Michael Franti, and actors Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.

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