Al Sharpton Speaks at Camp Casey and Wedding Bells Chime for Activist Couple

The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters outside of Bush’s Crawford, TX ranch, at Camp Casey, for an interfaith service today. He said he felt compelled to meet with Cindy Sheehan, who started the anti-war rally three weeks earlier outside of Bush’s ranch.

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Sharpton joined Sheehan in laying roses at the crosses near Camp Casey today.

I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation,” said Sharpton, an activist and former Democratic presidential candidate.

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Actor Martin Sheen, who portrays the Democratic president on NBC’s “The West Wing,” also met with Sheehan and spoke to a crowd of more than 300.

“At least you’ve got the acting president of the United States,” the actor said. “I think you know what I do for a living, but this is what I do to stay alive.”

Pro-Bush tried to disrupt the day at Camp Casey…

One man was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly shoving an anti-war demonstrator, McLennan County sheriff’s deputies said.

A new beginning for one couple highlighted today’s events at Camp Casey, as “peace activists Genevieve Van Cleve and Peter Ravella got married.”

Groom Peter Ravella & Bride Genevieve Van Cleve (AP Photo/LM Otero)
The aisle was strewn with hay, and the crowd hummed “Here Comes the Bride.”

“This is meaningful. This has substance,” said Van Cleve, 34, of Austin. “We completely support what they’re doing, and we just wanted to add whatever love, fidelity, loyalty and honor that we could.”

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