Topic: Members Speak Out
Doris Kent, of Military Families Speak Out - Washington state chapter among three Gold Star Mothers interviewed on NPR at the news of Cindy Sheehan's departure. Email received from Doris Kent;
NPR Interview; Anti-War Moms Press on Without Cindy Sheehan
NPR Program - Tell Me More, May 31, 2007
Cindy Sheehan — one of the country's most prominent anti-war activists — is withdrawing. She announced this week that she is stepping away from the limelight and her role as the "face" of the anti-war movement. It is a role she assumed after her son, Casey Sheehan, died while serving in Iraq in 2004.
In an online statement, Sheehan says she has come to the "devastating" conclusion that her son did, indeed, die for nothing. Her post-activist plans are to reclaim her health and take care of her surviving children.
Other mothers who have lost children in Iraq are still speaking out against the war; listen to
Doris Kent, Bellingham, WA, whose son, Cpl. Jonathan Santos, was killed in October 2004;
Celeste Zapalla, Philadelphia, PA, whose son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was killed in combat in 2004; and
Elaine Johnson, South Carolina resident whose son, Army Spc. Darius Jennings, was one of 17 U.S. troops killed when a helicopter was shot down by Iraqi insurgents Nov. 2, 2004.
Hear more from Elaine, Doris and Celeste - click on the link to the NPR interview, then click on Listen at NPR website.
(posted by Lietta Ruger)