Camp Casey Peace Awards 2007

  The first annual Camp Casey Peace Institute Peace Awards Dinner was held Thursday night in Austin and it was a fine family reunion. The honorees have each contributed so much to the peace movement in so many ways, and it is hard to imagine this movement without them.
    — Willie and Annie Nelson were honored for help in several capacities, including the contribution of a bio-diesel generator and fuel to run it, for Camp Casey 3. Cindy honored them for their work in SO many areas, as parents, as benefactors, and as leaders in many justice movements. She honored Willie’s work for Farm Aid, for example. And Cindy and Dede noted that Annie grew up in the town next to the one where they grew up, in the LA area near the Pacific Ocean, cruising the same areas, frequenting the same places. Small world.
    — Jodie Evans and CodePink were honored for their assistance in the earliest days of Camp Casey. Needs were seen, and Code Pink filled them. Cindy was getting five phone calls a minute from the international media, could not sleep or rest, etc., in the earliest days of what became the Camp Casey Movement. She was exhausted, and Jodie arrived, offering help and assistance. And she has always been there.
    — Colonel Ann Wright and Veterans for Peace were honored for creating a disciplined organizational structure at camp. Peacemaker Ann, the former diplomat, offered all her diplomatic skills when and where they were needed, and has always been at camp, from August, 2005 through the present. She is our camp commander.
    — The Crawford Peace House, and especially Kay Lucas, Hadi Jawad, and Johnny Wolf, were honored for creating the place and hosting the multitudes that have come to Crawford through the years. Founded in 2003, the Crawford Peace House has opened its doors to the thousands of people who have come in the name of free speech to Crawford. Sunday afternoon we will celebrate the fourth birthday of the Crawford Peace House.
    –  Ava Lowery, teenager and peace activist, was awarded a $2000 prize for being the Camp Casey Young Activist. She posts incredible videos, each a political statement, but each also a poetic recognition of the horrors of the war. She came to camp in August, 2006, and she is committed. What the world needs now is more Avas.
    There were also several performances.
    — Carolyn Wonderland of Austin was the opening act. A dedicated peace performer, she drove through the night following a Houston concert, to be at Camp Casey on Easter morning 2006. In August 2006 she had only two free nights without a scheduled concert, and on both, she traveled to Camp Casey to perform. With the strength of Janis Joplin she continues to amaze us. She is so sweet; she says we are her heroes. She bolsters our faith. Good match!
    — Emmas Revolution were also Easter 2006 performers who are back for an encore. With humor and with political savvy, their songs are to the point.
    — Hank Woji of Houston, a balladeer, sang three songs, each very poignant. This was an encore for him . . . he was at camp in August, 2006. Does Bob Dylan come to mind when you hear him? Well, yes. Hank put Carly Sheehan’s incredible poem to music and it was very beautiful.
    — Jesse Dyen closed the show. Jesse is our Camp Casey sound man, going back to August, 2005, but Jesse is also our soul man. He closed the show with the beautiful Camp Casey Ballad, ‘Sons and Daughters.’ He has some new songs for the vigils and for the sunrise service Easter morning.
    The Camp Casey Family will gather in Crawford this weekend. The first event is Friday from 2 to 4 pm, when there is a demonstration at the Secret Service Checkpoint. Jim Hightower, legendary Texas politico and author of the Hightower Report, said tonight at the dinner, the place called the Bush Ranch never was a ranch. When it was purchased to create the image that Bush was a Texas rancher, the land was a pig farm. Now, George Dubya Bush raises Brush. There are no cows on the land! Nor are there pigs, or even sheep, which are also raised in the area. Dubya chops brush! It is a brush farm! He raises woody plants and cuts them down. It is so strange how the news media always covers the same damn story. “Here is the president, chopping brush!” You’d think he just discovered the land and found it needed to be cleared. Hello! Not so! It was a pig farm!
    Cindy announced upcoming events for the Camp Casey Family, who happily gather on holidays.
    –May 14, the day after Mother’s Day, in Washington, DC, there will be a Peace Mom Parade. “We won’t leave until they arrest all of us, thousands of us, OR, until they impeach the president,” Cindy said.
    — Memorial Day, at Camp Casey in Crawford, the Camp Casey Peace Farm will be dedicated. More details on this will follow.
    — July 4 in Philadelphia an event will be launched. From there it will move to the Boston Harbor, following the footsteps of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Matriots, listen up — this peace movement has Founding Mothers.
    That’s all for now from the Camp Casey Movement, Texas headquarters.
Peace, Patrice Schexnayder


One Response to “Camp Casey Peace Awards 2007”

  1. Dance For Peace » Blog Archive » Ann Wright Fights for Human Rights in Gaza Says:

    […] Patrice’s report on the Camp Casey Peace Awards in 2007 can be read here. […]

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