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Tour De Peace makes final Michigan stop in Detroit at Hush House

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Back row, Left to right: Dr. Charles Simmons, Cindy Sheehan and Rev. Sandra Simmons.

DETROIT — Nationally renowned anti-militarism activist Cindy Sheehan’s Tour De Peace cross-country bike ride stopped in Detroit for the final leg of her Michigan tour June 8-9.

The tour was hosted locally by The Hush House Black World Community Museum and Leadership Training Institute for Human Rights and the Green Party.

Activities included a press conference at Hush House, followed by a Neighborhood Peace Walk and peace rally with the National Action Network at the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church. The weekend activities ended with a community and panel discussion on “Whose Peace is it Anyway? Detroit’s History of Survival” at the Boggs Center.

The theme of the Tour De Peace is “The Road Less Taken.” The goal is to rally grassroots support to call on President Barack Obama and national leaders to end: U.S. wars, U.S. immunity for war crimes, suppression of civil rights, the use of fossil fuels, persecution of whistle blowers, and partisan apathy and inaction in the U.S. Congress.

Following the death of her son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, during the Iraq War in 2005, Sheehan gained national recognition for Camp Casey outside then-President George Bush’s ranch in Texas.

She has since gone on to run for a California congressional seat in 2008 and as a vice presidential candidate on the Freedom and Peace Party ticket in 2012.

The Tour de Peace began in Vacaville, Calif., on the April 4 anniversary of Sheehan’s death. It has since traveled through seven states, stopping in cities like Sacramento, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Tulsa, St. Louis and Chicago.

In Michigan, the tour visited Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor en route to Detroit. The tour will conclude July 3 with a press conference at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

In Detroit, Hush House and the Green Party link “The Road Less Taken” to the ongoing struggles for serious alternatives to the off-shoring of the auto industry, the plans of the bankers and emergency managers to privatize Detroit’s resources to benefit financial investors, and the dismantling of public education through the Educational Achievement Authority.

Hush House is located at 6179 Wabash in Detroit.

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