Cindy SheehanThe officers and directors congratulate Cindy Sheehan as the 2016 Debs Award winner.
Ms. Sheehan is an anti-war activist and a lifelong and public admirer of Eugene V. Debs. She gained national attention during her campaign in opposition to the Iraq War after her son, Casey Sheehan, was killed in action near Baghdad on April 4th of 2004.
Her media exposure came after she set up a makeshift camp outside of President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch to protest the Iraq War. The camp, sometimes referred to as “Camp Casey”, attracted thousands of supporters and drew tighter focus to the many salient objections to US involvement in Iraq (and to war in general).
She, like Debs, has run for office many times, including for Vice-President of the United States on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket as well as in congressional and gubernatorial races.
Ms. Sheehan has maintained her anti-war activism through the years, through efforts such as becoming a tax resister, speaking at events, planning and attending demonstrations, and speaking out against war in the media. She has authored seven books, Not One More Mother’s Child, Dear President Bush, Peace Mom, Myth America, Revolution, A Love Story, I left My Marbles in San Francisco, and The Obama Files, as well as having appeared in several documentaries.
In addition to her other work, she was a founding member of Gold Star Families for Peace an anti-war organization which brings together families who lost relatives in the Iraq War. Cindy now hosts a radio program, The Soapbox.