Camp Casey Detroit

Monday, August 22, 2005

Camp Casey Detroit established today!

Date: August 22, 2005 1:46:47 PM GMT-04:00
Subject: Action Alert: "Camp Casey, Detroit" Established Today!

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory

Monday, August 22, 2005

Event: Detroit Delegation to Return Monday
Camp Casey Established in Detroit
Report Back at MECAWI Meeting Wednesday
Contact: Michigan Emergency Committee Against
War & Injustice (MECAWI)
5922 Second ave. at Antoinette
(313) 680-5508

Detroit's Camp Casey Delegation to Return Today

Describing the atmosphere at Camp Casey One & Two in Crawford, Texas, as "electric", the delegation from Detroit which traveled to the historic peace gathering outside the vacation ranch of President Bush, will return to the city today.

The delegation has declared the formation of "Camp Casey Detroit" to further the cause of the Gold Star Families for Peace and the anti-war movement as a whole to "Bring the Troops Home Now!". "Camp Casey, Detroit" will be set up at Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit on the corner of Woodward avenue and Adams today, Monday, after 1:00 p.m.

"We are calling upon military families, peace activists, youth, clergy, people of faith, labor, educators and all others who wish to see an end to the war policies of the Bush administration, to join us at 'Camp Casey Detroit'," the Detroit delegation said in a statement.

This ongoing project will continue at least until the massive anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C., which will be held on September 24. The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, MECAWI, is organizing buses to travel to the nation's capital for this important gathering to demand that the Iraq occupation be stopped immediately.

Also on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m., the weekly meeting of MECAWI will feature a "report back" from the delegation that traveled to Camp Casey in Crawford. Members of the delegation met other anti-war activists from around the country. One delegation member, a military mother whose daughter served in Iraq for one year, addressed the mass rally at Camp Casey II near the Bush vacation ranch on Saturday evening.

The Detroit delegation were so inspired by the outpouring of anti-war sentiment at Camp Casey in Crawford, they have choosen to set up "Camp Casey Detroit". This is a nationwide movement with the establishment of other "Camp Casey" actions in San Francisco, California as well as a growing number of cities around the country.

Please come to Grand Circus Park to join in support of this historicmovement toward ending the debacle of the ill-fated war in Iraq,and help BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
More info: 313-680-5508


At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Barbara Nolin said...

I must come. My brother was in WW II, not wise enough to sign up as a conscientious objector. I am a United Methodist minister. I must come. . .

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Camp Casey Detroit Blog said...

Camp Casey Detroit Day Nine

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Last evening was Monday Night Football in Detroit and Camp Casey Detroit is located just one block from Ford Field. Tens of thousands of people flooded into the area for the game between the Lions and the Rams.

We had a captive audience and it was quite interesting to see what the response was from the professional football crowd. Many people were positive and supportive. Others gave the thumbs-up sign and even gave us a smile along with a donation to sustain the camp.

Patricia went over to the entrance of the stadium holding a two-sided sign saying "Money for our City, Not for War", and "Bring the Troops Home Now." She reported later that most responses were positive although some shouted
"Get a Job", etc.

Later an accoustic guitarist was brought down by a nice lady who introduced him as a professional musician named Chuck. He jammed for about two hours playing blues and rock tunes. He said that he had toured once with John Lee Hooker, who settled in Detroit in Black Bottom during World War II after coming up from the Delta Mississippi region.

Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality came by and discussed the new police re-organization plan which has been implemented by the city. He attended the press conference held by the Mayor earlier in the day.

On Tuesday we prepared for rain which was in the forcast. This is the third time that we have experienced showers. Saturday was the most challenging when it rained buckets around midday, however, after one hour the sun was coming back out and we continued the Camp activities in full force.

Charles Brown, an attorney and longtime activist, dropped again during his lunch hour and we soon began discussing some recent developments in southern African politics, including the current situations in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I later mentioned that the US military had bombed a border area in Iraq with Syria and reported killing nearly 50 so-called
"terrorists". Everyone knew that it was more than likely innocent families that were massacred. These developments clearly illustrate the desperation of the Bush administration in response to their losses in occupied Iraq.

Earlier Fran, another attorney who worked with MECAWI in the early days and still supports our activities, dropped by with a delicious banana bread dish as well as hundreds of leaflets describing the Camp and promoting the September 24 anti-war march in Washington, D.C., which MECAWI will be attending along with over 100 people as a delegation from Detroit and Ann Arbor.

The rain started again around 3:45 p.m. We covered our tables with literature and put up our umbrellas. The collective spirit continues.


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