Cindy Sheehan to speak in Ashland

The mother who staged a peace protest outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch — after her son was killed serving in Iraq — is coming to Ashland to protest some more.

Cindy Sheehan, also known as "Peace Mom," will be in Ashland Thursday to meet with locals and sign copies of her books. Although she doesn't plan to stage a rally in the streets, she hasn't given up her cause and she continues to call for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she said.

"There are still two wars raging," Sheehan said in an e-mail message Tuesday. "I think we still need a movement to end them. That has been my goal and the focus of my activism since my son was killed on April 4, 2004."

After meeting with Southern Oregon University students and local peace groups such as Peace House and Citizens for Peace and Justice, Sheehan will speak and sign her books at 7:30 p.m. at Bloomsbury Books downtown.

Ashland resident Isha Haddigan invited Sheehan to stop in the city as part of her Myth America Tour. Sheehan is promoting her latest book, "Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution!"

"I think she's a really, really important voice in the country," Haddigan, a life coach, said. "I think she kind of symbolizes that inner voice that says, 'Why are we not doing anything about this?'"

Sheehan's "Myth America" book, available in electronic format only, can be downloaded for $10 at her Web site, In it she takes on political institutions, the banking industry and war.

"I was really upset about the apparent lack of concern with Obama's foreign policies that looked remarkably similar to Bush's foreign policies and I was also extremely tired of butting my head up against the Robber Class systems, so I was lying in bed one night and the title came to me, so I decided to get up and write a book," she said.

On Thursday, Bloomsbury Books will have copies of Sheehan's three other books, "Not One More Mother's Child," "Dear President Bush" and "Peace Mom," she said.

Since her protest outside Bush's ranch in 2005, Sheehan has continued to speak out against war, as well as various government practices. She ran against U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Congress in the 2008 election, but lost.

Haddigan said she wanted Sheehan to come to Ashland not just to spread her message, but to encourage dialogue between locals.

"I know for myself, and my friends — who are in our 40s and 50s — that marching on the street with 50 people just doesn't really have any oomph to it," Haddigan said. "I really want to start this conversation: How do we move forward in creating peace?"

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