'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan Joins New York Grandmothers Against War Vigil Today
Including Many of the 18 Grandmothers Arrested Monday at Times Square Recruiting Center

As the Death Toll of American Troops in Iraq Nears 2,000

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, October 19, 2005
4:00pm: Media Availability
4:30pm- 5:30 pm: Vigil

WHERE: West Side of Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets (across from Saks)

WHO: Cindy Sheehan and Grandmothers Against War including those arrested Monday

NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 19) Cindy Sheehan, the grieving military mother whose August vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas focused the nation's attention on the human cost of the Iraq war, is in New York City to join the Grandmothers Against the War vigil and is available for interview today, Wednesday October 19 at 4:00 PM.

Sheehan, whose son Casey, of Vacaville, CA, was killed in Sadr City while serving in the Army in 2004 is the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace ( http://www.gsfp.org,) an organization of nearly 100
relatives of those killed as a result of war, primarily, but not limited to the invasion/occupation of Iraq.

To date, 1,982 American troops have been killed in the war in Iraq. So far this month 49 American troops have lost their lives, and in September 49 American troops died in Iraq.

Eighteen grandmothers, members of Grandmothers Against the War and Raging Grannies were arrested Monday after they tried to enlist at a military recruiting center in Times Square, so as to 'replace grandchildren in war in Iraq.' The women, ranging in age from 40 to 90 year old who is blind,, sat down in front of a recruiting booth, chanting "We insist, we want to enlist." The 18 arrested face charges of disorderly conduct and spent close to 4 hours in jail before being released.