On Saturday, March 20th (before we were arrested for protesting the wars), my good friends, Mathis Chiroux from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Elaine Brower from Military Families Speak Out, burned an American flag on the stage at the protest rally in Lafayette Park.To Whom it May Concern:
Not only do I support this action along First Amendment lines, I also believe that the American flag represents nothing good right now.
Mathis is a war resister and Elaine’s own son had three tours in Iraq. Now, both Mathis and Elaine, spend their lives trying to right the wrongs this nation has perpetrated against others in the name of imperial greed and power.
To me, the American flag represents the flag draped coffin that was my son, Casey’s, last container home from Iraq when he was killed on April 04, 2004 in a war that has been proven to have been based on lies and one which has killed over one-million people in the seven years it has been immorally and illegally waged.
After burning the flag, Elaine and Mathis took their desire for peace even further and lay on the sidewalk of the White House and were arrested and spent two nights in DC jail.
Anyone who has a problem with burning an American flag has no concept of the human and civil rights that flag is supposed to represent.
If I knew about it, I would have been on that stage with them.
In peace and solidarity for a peaceful future,
Mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan, KIA in Iraq 04 April, 2004
Executive Director of Peace of the Action (For identification purposes only)
[DS added the video]
The Burning of an Empire – IVAW & Military Families Speak Out – National March on Washington DC
March 27, 2010