Gold Star Mother and "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan will lead a Tour de Peace bike tour across the United States. The Tour de Peace will begin at the grave of her son Casey in Vacaville, California, and end in Washington, D.C. It will follow the historic Route 66 to Chicago and other roads from there on to D.C.
Cyclists will join in for all or part of the tour, which will include public events organized by local groups along the way. You can find the complete route at : http://tourdepeace.org/the-route.html
The tour will begin on April 4, 2013, nine years after Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq and will conclude on July 3, 2013, with a ride from Arlington National Cemetery to the White House. This year will mark eight years since Cindy Sheehan began a widely reported protest at then-President George W. Bush's "ranch" in Crawford, Texas, demanding to know what was the "noble cause" for which Americans were dying in Iraq. The Tour de Peace will carry with it these demands:
- To end wars,
- To end immunity for U.S. war crimes,
- To end suppression of our civil rights,
- To end the use of fossil fuels,
- To end persecution of whistleblowers,
- To end partisan apathy and inaction.
The offical press release is dated February 27 and can be found at: http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.it/2013/02/for-immediate-release-press-release-for.html
For the first time ever, the Innocence Project will also be participating as a bike tour charity partner at a tour held annually on the first Sunday in May. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-innocence-project-will-participate-america-s-largest-cycling-event?CID=examiner_alerts_article