On August 3, 2004, fourteen Marines from a reserve unit in Ohio were killed in Iraq–then president, George Bush, said that they, and all of the war dead, died for a “Noble Cause.” I was sitting in my home in Vacaville, California watching the press conference where George said this, and when none of the reporters present asked him exactly what that “Noble Cause” was, I decided to go to Crawford and ask him myself.
I sent out an email stating my intention to go to Crawford, and a few hours later I received an email from one of the founders of the Crawford Peace House, Hadi Jawad, telling me that the Peace House would be at my disposal for that action. Well, that action turned into a movement. And even though on August 3rd, I had never even heard of the Crawford Peace House, the owner, Johnny Wolf, and its staff became an integral and indispensable part of the Camp Casey protests.
During the protests, the Crawford Peace House welcomed and fed literally thousands of people and managed a large team of volunteers. It took tens of thousands of dollars to keep the protests going while Bush was president.
Even though the wars haven’t ended and Bush is out of office, the “action” that turned into a movement is what changed the perceptions and attitudes of a nation.
Our vision for the Peace House would be for a Peace Museum and visitor center for people who want to come to Crawford and visit the historic sites of Camp Casey 1, 2, and 3, and store the vast amount of memorabilia, photos, and cherished mementos.
Now, my friends need help–I am copying a letter from the founder of the Crawford Peace House, Johnny Wolf.
Please contact Johnny directly if you can help!
Love and Peace
FROM JOHNNY WOLF:
The Best investment I ever made
Seven years ago, I made a down payment on a house in Crawford Texas. On Easter Sunday 2003, it became the Crawford Texas Peace House.
We committed to being there until Bush was out of the White House, and we kept that commitment. Those years were important years for me and for the peace movement.
For a little over a year we have had a new administration and the
wars we set out to stop continue and have to spread to Pakistan and still threaten Iran. The relevance of Crawford’s Western White House and our resistance has all become a significant part of history.
No, the mortgage did not get paid. I have not been able to meet my financial obligations on the Peace House, and I am five payments behind.
The Peace House is scheduled for a Foreclosure Auction
on Tuesday morning on the steps of McLennan County Court House, April 6.
There is an offer to purchase the house for 10,000.00 less than what is owed. My personal situation will not allow me to take the offer. It needs a new owner
48,000.00 is owed on the mortgage, 4,000.00 will bring it current and cover legal fees.
If you are interested in a future for the Peace House please email me at email@example.com
If an unfriendly entity purchases the house we will be served an
eviction notice and must vacate the premises
Thanks for all the Brave Souls that came here to make a difference.
In Peace and in Loving service,
Co-founder, Crawford Texas Peace House