ADVERTISEMENT Antiwar mom coming to GJ Thursday, September 01, 2005 By DANIE HARRELSON The Daily Sentinel The mother of a slain U.S. soldier whose vigil outside the Western White House is winding down brings her antiwar pleas to town this month. Cindy Sheehan will speak to Mesa State College students and faculty Sept. 15. A second forum for the public is planned. Local organizers scheduled the presentation about a week before Sheehan starting making headlines. “She was a little-known name, but she was doing great work,” said Karen Sjoberg of Grand Valley Peace and Justice, one of the event’s sponsors. What’s happened since local organizers booked the little-known peace activist should bring out a bigger crowd than initially anticipated, Sjoberg said. Voice of Reason and Mesa State College Catholic Campus Ministry joined Grand Valley Peace and Justice in sponsoring Sheehan’s visit. Sheehan is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. in the recital hall of Mesa State’s Moss Performing Arts Center. A second presentation at Liff Auditorium starts at 7 p.m. Sjoberg said organizers geared the first presentation toward students and faculty. Neither presentations require tickets, but donations are welcomed. Sheehan and a few dozen antiwar activists arrived Aug. 6 in Crawford, Texas. Their followers have since ballooned and bunkered down off the main road leading to President Bush’s ranch. Critics, who accuse Sheehan of hurting soldiers’ morale in Iraq and using the death of her 24-year-old son, Casey, to push the liberal agenda of groups backing her, followed suit with their own counter-rallies. Sheehan’s supporters headed out Tuesday on a three-week bus tour of the country. The “Bring Them Home Now Tour” wraps up Sept. 24 with a march in Washington, D.C. Sheehan had pledged to remain at “Camp Casey” for the duration of Bush’s August vacation unless he agreed to meet with her about Casey’s death. The president never met with Sheehan but said he sympathizes with her and acknowledges her right to protest the war. Sheehan and other families of fallen soldiers met with Bush last year about two months after Casey died. Danie Harrelson can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe I'll see if I can make it to her speech and get in a swift kick to the twat. In case you hadn't heard, her latest speech was about how Bush caused Hurricane Katrina: Cindy Sheehan, with the sort of desperation that comes at the end of 15 minutes of fame, declared Bush was "heading to Louisiana to see the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused." On second thought, she needs two kicks to the twat.