Monday, August 22, 2005

Joan Baez Joining Crawford Protesters

Folk music legend Joan Baez joined anti-war protesters in Crawford, Texas yesterday, near President Bush's ranch. An anti-war landowner in the area provided a wide space of his property for a makeshift concert by Baez to be held.

"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 died in Iraq or were being deployed there.

The recent protests, spearheaded by gold star mom Cindy Sheehan, began August 6 when she camped out near Bush's ranch, demanding to speak with the commander-in-chief as to exactly what cause her son Casey died for. So far, the president has refused to meet with Sheehan.

"I think the question that nobody wanted to deal with is the question they're posing: did my kid die in vain? Because the answer is too awful," Baez said. She has never met Sheehan but said she spoke to her on the phone.

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