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Oakland Woman Continues Fast by Greeting Recruits at Military Entrance Processing Station

AUGUST 15, 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contacts: Jackie Thomason 510-332-5998
Suzanne Joi 510-540-7007


What: Oakland Woman Continues Fast by Greeting Recruits at Military Entrance Processing Station

When: August 15, 2005, 4:45am – 2pm


Long time Oakland resident, Jackie Thomason has been fasting since August 10 in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan.


Cindy Sheehan has been camping out side President Bush’s compound in Crawford, Texas since August 7. She has asked to meet with the President, to ask him what was the “noble cause” for which her son Casey died in Iraq.


Diane Wilson, who joined Cindy in Crawford, began a fast on August 7 as a statement of her support. Women across the country have joined Diane’s fast. See who is fasting.

On the sixth day of her fast, Ms Thomason joins other Code Pink activists in Sacramento for a “Call in Pink” campaign. Women are urged to “Call in ‘Pink’ because you’re sick & tired of war”, to leave their homes and jobs for the day and gather in Sacramento.


The day will begin at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Sacramento, 3870 Rosin Court, There, the women will greet recruits who are being inducted into the military. They will have signs and banners that show the “real face of war” and provide information about alternatives to the military and their rights.


They will then gather at recruitment centers to provide information to potential recruits to counter misinformation and pressure from recruiters to join the military.


At 11 am they will meet with 15 legislators, to lobby for their support of a resolution to bring home the California National Guard, followed by a rally and “Pinknic” on the Capitol Grounds.


Asked about whether it was difficult to fast and whether she got hungry while fasting, Ms Thomason said, “In Iraq the number of children who go hungry has doubled since the United States invaded their country. Worldwide, 17,000 children die every day from hunger-related disease. Unlike them, I have the luxury and the privilege of deciding when I will eat again. I think of Cindy Sheehan, whose child has been killed in Iraq and who is camping in a ditch in the dust by the side of the road, and I am fed by her courage.”

Ms Thomason is a member of Code Pink and a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline. She is on the Boards of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and the Paul Robeson Chapter of the ACLU.

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