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Leadership Mount Allison Speaker Series concludes with the "Peace Mom," Nov. 14

November 9, 2006

SACKVILLE, NB — Cindy Sheehan, better known as the "Peace Mom" by the media, will be coming to Atlantic Canada for the first time as the final speaker in Mount Allison’s Leadership Certificate Program 2006 Speaker Series. Sheehan’s talk will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall, Mount Allison University campus. Everyone is welcome and there is no admission charge.

Cindy Sheehan first met the media spotlight in the summer of 2005, when she camped near the Crawford, Texas home of President George W. Bush in protest against the US. occupation of Iraq. A resident of Vacaville, California, Sheehan is the mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a war casualty who was killed outside of Baghdad on April 4, 2004, soon after being deployed in Iraq. In August of 2005 Cindy Sheehan announced that she would camp near the president’s ranch until he agreed to talk to her about the US policy in Iraq. Specifically, Sheehan called for the removal of US troops and railed against Bush for misleading Americans into a war.

Opponents of the war feel Sheehan’s personal tragedy gave her the moral authority to serve as the face of the anti-war movement. Her vigil in Texas drew both protesters and counter-protesters — as well as national media coverage. According to news reports, President Bush, vacationing in Crawford, refused to meet with Sheehan, explaining that to remove troops from Iraq would be a mistake and that he needed to "go on" with his life. Sheehan then moved her protests to Washington, DC, where she was arrested during an anti-war demonstration outside the White House on September 26, 2005.

Leadership Mount Allison is a comprehensive program that bridges academic and extra-curricular activities. The program is designed to foster leadership abilities among Mount Allison students, to enable them to initiate positive change in their present and future communities, by encouraging community involvement, social activism, civic responsibility, and active engagement with the issues they care about.


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