Monday, August 15, 2005

Join Candlelight Vigil Wednesday Aug 17th at 7:30 p.m

I am reprinting an e-bulletin from from MOVEON.ORG in order to help spread the news about a way we can all link together and demonstrate the desire and strength of peace. Simple - show up with a candle and maintain a focused and peaceful gathering. Here's the bulletin:

"On Saturday, President Bush went on a bike ride. According to news reports, his schedule also included "a nap, some fishing, and some reading."1 But President Bush refused to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who lost her son in Iraq. Cindy is fast becoming an international spokeswoman against the war. But now, it's up to all of us to show that she's not alone in demanding answers from the president.

"Cindy has asked supporters to start candlelight vigils in our communities to remind people of the terrible price of war. So, MoveOn, TrueMajority and Democracy for America have teamed up to organize nationwide "Vigils for Cindy Sheehan" (and for all military and gold star families) on this coming Wednesday, August 17th, starting at 7:30 PM local time.
Since Saturday, folks have agreed to host close to 300 vigils, but we need to do better than that. Hosting a vigil doesn't take much time, but it'll offer lots of people in your community a way to connect. We've prepared a kit that walks you through exactly what you need to do. Can you host a vigil in your community?
Check here to see if there is a vigil in your neighborhood already. (if you can't click to read, simply copy and paste it into your browser and "go").
If none are presently planned, click on the link (or copy and paste into browser and "go") below to host a vigil.
When you host a vigil, you'll fill out an online form indicating where your vigil will be located. Then, MoveOn, True Majority and Democracy for America members in your community will log on to our website and be able to find your vigil and attend it. We've made it easy for you to manage your vigil, with tools to limit the size of the vigil, communicate with people who will be attending, and more.
Otherwise, you can find a vigil to attend in your neighborhood at:

Here is what Cindy said about the vigils: "I invite mothers everywhere to stand up with me so that no more of our sons and daughters lose their lives for a war based on lies and deception. Join me in demanding the truth—and an end to the war—by organizing vigils across the country, before one more mother's child is lost."

If you're an Iraq veteran, or a family member of a soldier, it'd be especially meaningful for you to join us. Bring a photo of your loved one to remind all of us what is at stake. Two great organizations, Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out, are leading the way to make the voices of military families heard loud and clear. Thousands of people are already doing a lot—organizing events and more—to help bring Cindy's stand to communities across America. Will you help too?

Hosting a vigil is really simple. All you have to do is choose the location, invite some friends and get some candles. If you can't host, it's really easy to attend one—just RSVP, get some candles and show up.
These vigils aren't rallies or places to give long-winded speeches. They are moments to solemnly come together and mark the sacrifice of Cindy and other families. We're asking people to gather for just a half hour or so. We've put together an easy way for you to sign-up to host a vigil or attend one. Once you register your vigil, we'll invite other MoveOn members in your community to join your vigil.
If you can't host, we welcome everyone to attend a candlelight vigil. Please click below to get started.
If we all join together and do our part we can show the sort of public support for Cindy the president can’t ignore. Thanks for all you do.
–Tom, Nita and MoveOn moms Carrie, Marika and Joan"