Tonight I ventured out, like thousands of other Americans to the nearest corner (Studio City, CA) holding a vigil for Cindy Sheehan. The nationwide vigil event was organized by MoveOn. I haven’t had a chance to glance to much around the internet tonight but from what I have seen there were successful events all across our nation. These events speak volumes, yes VOLUMES, of the Power of Cindy Sheehan.
Cindy Sheehan has a mission. She wants to speak with our president. She lost her son to a war based on lies. That George W. Bush can’t find it in his heart to take a few moments and sit and listen to what Cindy Sheehan has to say also speaks volumes, yes VOLUMES.
As the days grow in numbers since Cindy Sheehan first camped outside of Bush’s Texas ranch, George W. Bush’s refusal to meet with Cindy Sheehan looks more foolish. Columnist Patty Davis pegged it in her Newsweek column with this question “What is this president so afraid of?”
At the rate things are going we may never learn the answer to that question, but one thing is certain, with each day that goes by that Bush refuses to meet with Cindy Sheehan, her power grows.
I was told by the a member of the Studio City, CA Neighbors for Peace & Justice, who organized the vigil I attended that they had over 600 rsvp’s to tonight’s vigil. By the time I arrived at about 8:00 pm, every one of the four corners at the busy intersection was over-flowing with people. I estimate there were over 500 people there, on a rough guess.
All of the local networks and CNN had cameras there. Studio City Neighbors for Peace & Justice has been known for attracting local celebrity activists to their weekly anti-war protests (the longest running weekly anti-war protest in Los Angeles–over 2 years). Tonight’s vigil was graced by Ed Asner, Ed Begley, Jr, Richard Dreyfuss and Mark Moses. Asner and Begley, both longtime activists, were interviewed by the local media. (I had the opportunity to interview Ed Asner by phone yesterday and we talked about Cindy Sheehan and host of other issues, look for that interview here soon.)
“Listening is powerful stuff,” Patti Davis reminds us in her column: The Power of Listening. Each day that passes by that Bush refuses to listen to Cindy Sheehan he is throwing away his power that has already been squandered on the faith of this nation.
And each day that passes by, Cindy Sheehan’s power grows. She’s become the icon of the Iraq anti-war movement, with out even trying. The simple yet poignant way that she has planted herself outside of Bush’s ranch has been the catalyst for the sleepy anti-war movement to wake up.
George W. Bush may refuse to listen to Cindy Sheehan, but tonight proved that people across this nation are listening and Bush’s failure to do so has not gone un-noticed. Bush’s silence is golden. Cindy Sheehan’s strength is unflappable. The difference between the character of the two is undeniable. Cindy Sheehan has the power of her faith and love, George W. Bush has been rendered powerless by this Gold Star mom on a mission.
UPDATE: The LA Times reports a quip on the Studio City vigil –
In Studio City, about 500 people turned out at the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Ventura boulevards for a candlelight vigil and rally. The noisy crowd, some carrying signs saying “Meet With Cindy” or “Impeach Bush,” was greeted with honking horns and peace signs from passing motorists.
Rebecca Canady of North Hollywood, who attended the rally with her husband and two young sons, said she was inspired by Sheehan’s protest in Texas and her attempts to meet with Bush.
“She’s just this average mom,” Canady said. “Cindy Sheehan is a symbol of the truth.
UPDATE – Related Post: Studio City, CA Cindy Sheehan Vigil Gets National Coverage