Raging Mom

Cindy Sheehan — arguably the nation’s best-known peace activist — visited Santa Barbara last weekend on the two-year anniversary of her son Casey’s death in Iraq. Sheehan became famous late last year when she camped outside of President Bush’s Texas ranch, demanding a face-to-face with the commander-in-chief. Her presence drew a standing-room-only crowd last Saturday night at the Veterans Memorial building and a sizable gathering at the weekly Arlington West installment near Stearns Wharf on Sunday afternoon. Joined on Sunday by several prominent local political figures — including Congresswoman Lois Capps and Mayor Marty Blum — Sheehan warned against possible U.S. military action in Iran, condemned the Bush administration’s dishonesty, and urged the U.S. to solve its differences with “words, not violence.”

— Ethan Stewart

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