The Occupy Sacramento movement received one of its biggest endorsements today when anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan urged demonstrators to continue their protest.
On the ninth day of the Sacramento protest, Sheehan told several hundred demonstrators at Cesar Chavez Plaza that the economy has been damaged by wartime expenditures.
“The economic and social justice we seek cannot be achieved without complete and unconditional peace,” she said.
The day was also marked by a march to the Capitol.
In an interview this evening, Sheehan, 54, said she planned to return to the downtown park later tonight in anticipation of being arrested. Police have arrested at least 39 protestors, mostly for sleeping in the park past its closing time.
Sheehan gained international fame as an anti-war activist after her son Casey was killed in the Iraq war in 2004. In recent years, she said, she’s been focusing much of her attention on the connection between the troubled economy and the government’s military expenditures.
“The war economy is literally sucking the lifeblood of our communities,” she said in an interview. …