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Friday, August 12, 2005

Lietta Ruger joins Cindy Sheehan in Crawford

The Pacific Northwest's own Lietta Ruger, a strong supporter of NPI and Pacific Northwest Portal, has gone to Texas to join Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside Bush's ranch in Texas:
The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who started a quiet roadside peace vigil near President Bush's ranch last weekend is drawing supporters from across the nation, including the Pacific Northwest.


Dozens of people have joined her in Crawford, Texas, while others have sent flowers and food. One activist called her "the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement."

Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., says she was surprised at the response.

"Before my son was killed, I used to think that one person could not make a difference," she said Wednesday under a tent where she has slept since Saturday. "But one person that is surrounded and supported by millions of people can be heard."

Lietta Ruger is one of those supporters. The mother from Bay Center near Longview arrived Wednesday in Crawford.

"We're all Cindy Sheehan," said Ruger, who plans to stay at the makeshift encampment until Monday.

"When I left Seattle yesterday my 5-year-old grandson said, 'Grandma's going to talk to the president so Daddy doesn't have to go away again,' " said Ruger, whose son-in-law and nephew have already served in Iraq.

About 30 people gathered at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle Wednesday evening to support Sheehan's demand to speak with Bush and to protest the war.

"This mother has called (Bush) on (his reason for going to war) and we need to support her," said protest organizer Judith Shattuck, a member of Progressive Democrats for America.
NPI stands with Lietta Ruger, Cindy Sheehan, and all those in Crawford demanding answers about the war in Iraq. The chickenhawks and the 101st Fighting Keyboardists are already trying to bring Cindy down with smears and hate-filled attacks. They're calling her a liar.

We have a message for them: You are in the minority. Support for the war in Iraq is vanishing. We will not give one inch. We want answers, we want accountability, we want this unjustified, immoral war to end.

You can get updates on what Lietta's up to at the blog she writes jointly with her husband, Arthur.

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