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October 9, 2005 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
Thousands gathered in MacArthur Park on Saturday morning to advocate for peace -- but left banners and megaphones at home. Activist mom Cindy Sheehan, whose summer vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch crystallized antiwar sentiment, sat in silence with the others as Buddhist monk and longtime peace advocate Thich Nhat Hanh explained from an open stage: "We don't think shouting in anger can help. If you make people angry and fearful, then you cannot reduce violence and fear.
September 27, 2005 | Ryan G. Murphy and Emma Vaughn, Times Staff Writers
Cindy Sheehan, the Vacaville, Calif., woman whose protest this summer outside President Bush's Texas ranch became a focal point of the antiwar movement, was arrested Monday at the White House during a civil disobedience campaign.
August 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters outside President Bush's ranch for an interfaith service, saying he felt compelled to meet Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a serviceman killed in Iraq. She started the rally. Actor Martin Sheen also met with Sheehan and spoke to a crowd of more than 300. Several cars with pro-Bush signs drove slowly down the road by the protest campsite.
August 28, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Pent-up fervor fueling both sides of the national debate over President Bush's Iraq policies erupted Saturday near his vacation home, with thousands of protesters venting frustrations and using parents of fallen soldiers as icons of their dueling movements.
August 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Charges have been dropped against the "Raging Grannies," five women accused of trespassing after they tried to enlist at a military recruitment center to protest the war in Iraq, a city prosecutor said Friday. The five women tried to enlist July 13, saying they wanted to go to Iraq so their children and grandchildren could come home. Recruiters called police.
August 26, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
The mother who pitched a tent near President Bush's property three weeks ago and watched her antiwar campaign gain momentum said Thursday that her efforts would not end, even if Bush granted her the face-to-face meeting she has been seeking. Cindy Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son died in Iraq last year, said she would lead a national bus tour beginning Sept. 1 and ending Sept.
August 24, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Stepping up their response Tuesday to an antiwar movement that has gained momentum in recent weeks, President Bush and his aides said heeding protesters' wishes to withdraw troops from Iraq would "weaken" the United States' broader efforts to combat terrorism. Bush made his remarks in a surprise appearance during a vacation day at an Idaho mountain resort.
August 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Folk singer Joan Baez joined war protesters near President Bush's ranch Sunday to meet with military families who want troops pulled out of Iraq. "You know, in the first march I went on against the war in Vietnam, there were 10 of us," Baez said as she met with a group of women whose sons were heading to Iraq or had died there. "This is huge." About 500 people gathered to hear Baez play a free concert on a 1-acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war.
August 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Utah television station is refusing to air an antiwar ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted her vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch. The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, the first day of the national convention here of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which Bush has been invited to address.
August 21, 2005 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
As antiwar activists set up a second roadside tent city and scores of motorcyclists conducted a rolling counter-rally, President Bush on Saturday launched a verbal campaign to shore up support for the war in Iraq. Bush also did a little biking of his own, taking Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on a sweaty, two-hour trail ride on the 1,600-acre ranch where the president and First Lady Laura Bush are spending the month of August.
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