Join Camp Casey Detroit: Bring The Troops Home Now!
Friday, August 26, 2005
Contact: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War &
Anti-War Encampment Continues at Grand Circus Park, Woodward Avenue at Adams, Downtown
Since Monday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m., Camp Casey Detroit has been in existence as a powerful symbol of the growing opposition to the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and the overall militarism of the Bush administration. We were inspired by the Detroit delegation's visit to Crawford, Texas during the weekend of August 19-22 which expressed solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and Camp Casey I & II located outside the ranch of President George W. Bush.
This effort has gone beyond the concept of a protest or demonstration in order to illustrate the need for creating a community committed to peace and social justice. The Camp Casey Detroit project has reached thousands of people who have driven by, walked past and joined this historic effort.
Camp Casey Detroit provides an excellent example of collective decision making and creative dissent. We have developed work shifts, divisions of labor and a support base that has sustained us over the last week. We intend to continue this effort at least until September 23 when we will take buses to Washington, D.C. for the national demonstration against the war in Iraq, demanding that the troops be brought home now.
We are requesting the support of all peace and justice loving people throughout the region. In order for the Camp to continue we need the support of everyone. If you support this alternative peace and justice project please come out and join those who are working around the clock to heighten the resistance. You can sign up to spend time staffing the Camp. If you can stay for one or two hours, bring food and water, donate supplies and other services that would advance our cause and the desire of most people in the United States and the world to end the permanent war policies of the Bush administration. We also need monetary donations to purchase food, water, paper, batteries and other supplies to maintain and strengthen the Camp and the anti-war movement as a whole.
Many people have come by to express their support. Others have agreed to join the Camp and help with the various tasks of maintaining a community of resistance. People from the surrounding community have signed our petitions and contact lists. Bus drivers have taken petitions for their riders to sign. Central United Methodist Church has expressed its support and solidarity with our efforts. Many people have reproduced our e-mails and leaflets for broader distribution. Others have called and spoken in favor of the effort and offered various forms of assistance.
In addition seats are still available for the September 24 trip to Washington, D.C. for the national demonstration. If you cannot travel to the nation's capital, donations can be made to support those who are going and to provide scholarships for people who do not have the $75 needed to purchase a ticket.
Please support Camp Casey Detroit!