Sheehan to sell protest
site to L.A. radio host
Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2007
Cindy Sheehan will sell her war protest site near President Bush's
ranch to Los Angeles radio talk show host Bree Walker, who will
preserve it as a peace memorial and keep it open to protesters.
Sheehan, who announced on Memorial Day that she was stepping down as
the face of the antiwar movement, will sell the 5-acre site in
Crawford, Texas, for $87,000, Sheehan spokeswoman Tiffany Burns
Walker, a former TV news anchorwoman who has a weekend talk show on
KTLK-AM, planned to formally turn over a check for the property to
Sheehan during her broadcast, which airs on Saturdays.
"I'm going to have native prairie grasses planted on the plot and
create some kind of peace memorial that can include the names of
fallen soldiers and injured soldiers," said Walker, who describes
herself as progressive.
"Cindy is happy the land is going to be used for something
positive," Burns said. "But Cindy does not plan to have a continued
Sheehan initially planned to sell the land on EBay with an $80,000
starting bid but scrapped the idea after getting an offer from
Walker, Burns said.
Sheehan bought the property last year for $52,500. Her group put in
gravel roads, cleared brush, planted gardens and made other
improvements that boosted the land's value, Burns said.
Sheehan had said she would not willingly sell to Move America
Forward, an organization that supports the U.S. intervention in
Iraq, which wanted to buy the land to erect a monument. The land in
Crawford, about 100 miles south of Fort Worth, is about seven miles
from Bush's ranch.
Sheehan gained national attention from her vigil in August 2005 when
she camped in ditches near Bush's ranch for 26 days, demanding to
talk with him about her son's death. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan was
killed at age 24 in an ambush in Baghdad in 2004.
Her protest that summer drew more than 10,000 people to the small
town, which overwhelmingly supports the president. Her actions also