Mother of soldier killed in Iraq to speak Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan will speak about "Changing the World: Students Bonding Over Common Ideals" at 7 p.m. Thursday in 228 Natural History Building.

Sheehan is one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization created in 2005 to seek an end to the occupation of Iraq and provide support for families of fallen soldiers.

She's the author of "Not One More Mother's Child," now out in paperback. A weekend of activities begins Thursday with Sheehan's keynote speech. She became an activist when her son, Army Spc. Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in action in Iraq.

In 2005, as an act of protest, Sheehan camped outside President Bush's ranch in Texas. The act drew international attention.

The speech begins the second annual Student Activist Conference. The Saturday portion of the conference will feature workshops presented by several nationally renowned activists, many with personal ties to the Champaign-Urbana community.

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