The Camp Casey Peace Movement, and the peace movement in general, will be
eternally grateful to the Mattlage Family for allowing us to use their land
near George's Crawford, Tx ranch. They were extremely generous and
courageous in allowing us to use their property when we were bursting at the
seams at Camp Casey I this past August and we were also being threatened by
shot gun blasts and drunken drivers plowing through our memorial. We also
are grateful for being allowed to use the site for our other two subsequent
Camp Caseys at Thanksgiving and at Easter especially since the Mc Clennan
County Supervisors passed the ordinances suppressing our 1st Amendment
rights to camp at Camp Casey I. We owe the Mattlage Family a debt of
gratitude that I don't know if we will ever be able to repay! I know that
their comfort, as well as ours, will be when our troops come home from the
illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq.
However, we have now grown out of Camp Casey II and we needed to move on to
bigger property. During Camp Casey Easter, we housed a few hundred people
that the site could barely contain. With our commitment to being in Crawford
every time that George goes on vacation (even though he seems to be skipping
out on us a lot lately) we decided to buy property in Crawford to use until
George's resignation or impeachment---which we all hope is soon for the sake
of the world.
Our new property is in town and literally right around the corner from the
Peace House. It is a beautiful, wooded 5 acres of land that will be ideal
for our expanding peace population and for hosting our growing family. We
are looking forward to being good neighbors in Crawford whenever we are
there and we are looking forward to having good neighbors, also.
I think the people of Crawford are beginning to understand that we come in
peace and love and that we just have an issue with just one resident: George
Bush. Even though we don't agree politically with many of our neighbors we
hope to enjoy a cordial relationship with everyone.
I never understood how George Bush could pick such a place as Crawford to
have his home. When I first arrived and set up camp there last August 6 th,
I had even bigger misgivingsbut now after spending an entire year there in
every season, I totally understand. I even get upset now when people put
Crawford down in any way---but these are people who have never been there.
Crawford is a beautiful place and Camp Casey has made it even lovelier. I
feel so at home there. When I am able to return, I feel a renewal and
resurgence of energy and hope. The sunrises and sunsets and star-lit nights
are breathtaking and there is nothing like a cool (if rare) Crawford evening
breeze to dry off the sweat and sweeten the soul.
Dwight David Eisenhower said that when the people of the world finally want
peace the governments better get out of their way. Well we want peace.
BushCo, so get out of our way. Come to Camp Casey and show George and the
other governments of the world that you want peace and when you say you want
peace, you mean it! It is so imperative today when violence is being born
out of violence and the world is crumbling around us. With almost 2600 of
our brave soldiers tragically dead for George's lies and greed and countless
numbers of Iraqis dead because they had the audacity to live on top of
Exxon's oil, how can we not gather together in peace and commitment to
ending this travesty in Iraq and call for those in the Bush Regime who are
truly responsible, to be punished.
We have been advertising that Camp Casey was going to begin on the 16th of
August, so George is now going to his ranch in Crawford until the 14th.
Since he didn't visit his ranch at Easter for the first time since he has
been President, we are beginning to believe that he is frightened of us. It
can't be because we are a physical threat to him: We have proven to be
peaceful and non-violent---so it must be that he is afraid of the truth and
too cowardly to, again, face grieving families and thousands of others who
adamantly oppose his murderous policies. Consequently, we will begin Camp
Casey on August 12th so we can at least share part of the summer with
Georgie. We will still run Camp Casey until Sept. 2nd. There is so much to
Here's to Crawford. Here's to Camp Casey---
but most of all, here's to peace and accountability.
Donate to the operation of Camp Casey this summer.
Camp Casey plans on running this year on its new site from August 13 th to
September 2nd. For more info such as what to bring, etc, please go to the
Gold Star Families for Peace website.