Sheehan to leave Crawford, Texas

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan said Thursday she will leave Crawford, Texas, to be with her mother, who has suffered a stroke in Los Angeles.

More than 1,000 protests against Iraq war

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Anti-Iraq war demonstrators gathered at more than 1,000 locations around the United States, broadening a protest by the mother of a slain U.S. soldier.

'Camp Casey' gets closer to President Bush

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- "Camp Casey," the Texas site of an anti-Iraq war protest, is moving closer to President Bush's ranch.

Cindy Sheehan's husband seeks divorce

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The husband of Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war protester camped near President Bush's Texas ranch, has filed for divorce.

Bush protesters startled by gunfire

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Protesters gathered outside of U.S. President George Bush's Texas ranch were startled by gunfire from a neighbor who said he's fed-up with their presence.

Bush: Stay the course in Iraq

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- President Bush said Saturday the best way to honor military deaths in the war on terror is to continue the fight to see that freedom and peace prevail.

Protest in Crawford grows

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- While bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan has not yet had the meeting she wants with President Bush, she is becoming a familiar figure around the world.

Bush stands firm on Iraq withdrawal

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- President Bush for the first time publicly mentioned a woman who is camped near his Texas ranch demanding to talk to him about her son's death in Iraq.

Grieving anti-war mother dogs George Bush

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A sunburned and defiant mother whose son died in Iraq remained camped outside President George Bush's Texas ranch Monday, demanding a meeting.
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Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan (L) inspects a long sign saying "Bring them home alive" at the Crawford Peace House in Crawford, Texas, on November 25, 2005. Sheehan is back in Crawford bringing the anti war message to President Bush. (UPI Photo/Ron Russek II).

Cindy Lee Miller Sheehan (born July 10, 1957) is an American anti-war activist whose son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during his service in the Iraq War by the Mehdi Army on April 4, 2004. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch—a stand which drew both passionate support and angry criticism. She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008. She is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, saying: "I don't think much has changed since the Bush administration."

Cindy Sheehan was born in Inglewood, California in 1957. Her father worked at Lockheed while her mother raised her family. She graduated with honors from Cerritos College and studied history at UCLA. She worked as a youth minister at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville, California for eight years, and also coordinated an after-school program for at-risk middle school children for the City of Vacaville. In 1977 she married Patrick Sheehan, in Norwalk, California; they had four children, including Casey Sheehan (born in 1979), who was later killed in action in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Patrick Sheehan filed for divorce August 12, 2005, citing irreconcilable differences.

Sheehan states she initially questioned the urgency of the invasion of Iraq, but did not become active in the anti-war effort until after her son's death. Sheehan and other military families met with United States President George W. Bush in June 2004 at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington, about three months after her son's death. In a June 24, 2004 interview with the Vacaville Reporter, published soon after the meeting, she stated, "We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled. The President has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached." She also stated that President Bush was "... sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis.. I know feels pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of God."

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