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Cindy Sheehan, Major Florian Pfaff & Others

"Camp Casey in Germany"

Mannheim, Ramstein, and Landstuhl

Friday, March 10th through Sunday, March 12th

Friday, March 10th


17:24 Cindy Sheehan, Major Pfaff, and Others arrive at Mannheim Railroad Station.

18:00 to 19:00 - Vigil at the Military Stockade, Coleman Barracks, Mannheim.

Reason: Mannheim is the sole prison for U.S. military personnel in Europe.

Prisoners there include some who have committed crimes, but others are deserters and/or war resisters, like Blake Lemoine, whom we and the local German peace movement supported last spring. According to internet research, Mannheim is also allowed to hold "foreign prisoners."

Host: German Peace Society & Conscientious Objector Organization (DFG-VK), Mannheim www.dfg-vk.de
Gabriele Weiland +49 (0) 621 793 525, cell + 49 (0) 160 845 8617 gabriele.weiland@t-online.de

Meeting point: Main entrance to Coleman Barracks, Viernheimer Weg and Tilsiter Straße

By car: get off the A6 autobahn at the Mannheim-Sandhofen exit, going in the direction of Sandhofen. Turn left into the Viernheimer Strasse, and then straight ahead for about one km.

By train: at Mannheim Hauptbahnhof or Mannheim-Waldhof station, take the streetcar No. 1 to the end of the line at Schoenau. From there, take the No. A bus to Tilsiter Straße.


Ramstein Landstuhl

(40 minutes by car, 70 minutes by train from Mannheim; we will try to provide rides.)

20:00 - Dinner & Discussion with a German Community Struggling with U.S. Military Presence

Host: Citizen Action Group Against Flight Noise, Ground Noise, and Pollution: www.fluglaerm-kl.de.

Guests: Cindy Sheehan, Major Florian Pfaff, Conscientious Objectors, AVA members, and local citizens' action groups in the Ramstein/Kaiserslautern area.

Contact: Doris and Horst Emrich, +49 (0) 631 45610, cell + 49 (0)175 59 27 327, bi-fluglaerm@T-Online.de

Location: Ramstein-Landstuhl Gasthof "Drei Steine," Kaiserstr. 90, 66849 Landstuhl, Tel: 06371 / 22 77

Cost: 8,50 per person, plus beverages.

Dinner Reservations: You should let us know by March 5th if you want to come. Contact Elsa Rassbach goava@tiscali.de or Michael McGee wind-energy@evc.net.

Saturday, March 11th

Ramstein Landstuhl

Host (for all Saturday events): Peace Initiative of West Pfalz (FIW): www.friedensinitiative-westpfalz.de/

Contacts (for all Saturday events):
Pastor Detlev Besier +49(0)63712496, cell, +49 (0)17041555 28 prot.pfarr.Landstuhl@freenet.de
Pastor Wolfgang Kohlstruck + Tel. +49 (0) 63114985, cell + 49 (0) 173 316 2218,

Info & Registration Location: Gemeinde Haus, Vordere Froehnstr. 5, 66849 Landstuhl
: there is no telephone in this building; to reach someone, call above contacts.

Directions from Landstuhl Railroad Station: cross the street in front of the railroad station, go right into Eisenbahnstrasse, then go left on Kaiserstrasse, bear right to Ludwigstrasse, further to Luitpoldstrasse, then to Vordere Froehnstrasse, find 5.

10:00 Press Conference with Cindy Sheehan, Major Florian Pfaff, and Others

11:00 Panel Session Sheehan, Pfaff, Others, and discussion with audience

Location: Meeting Hall of Stadtkirche Church, Vordere Froehnstrasse

13:00 Lunch and (optional) tour of Ramstein/Landstuhl

14:30 March from Stadtkirche Church, Landstuhl, to parking lot by Ramstein Air Base (3 km).

15:30 Rally at parking lot on the entrance road to the Ramstein Air Base, off of highway A6,

with Cindy Sheehan, Major Florian Pfaff, U.S. Iraq war veteran

Erect "Camp Casey Ramstein"

Christian crosses, as in "Camp Casey" in Crawford, and also Muslim crescents,

plus three tents, all to remain overnight (AVA members are requested to volunteer for guard duty, as at "Camp Casey" in Crawford. Contact: Elsa Rassbach goava@tiscali.de

Concluding prayer for peace by clergy of various faiths

(if possible, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish)

17:00 Departure of participants who are not staying for concert, etc.

19:00 Concert for peace in the Protestant church of Landstuhl

Objective of the action: to call on the German government to restrict the use of U.S. military installations on its territory and of German airspace to activities in accordance with international law and resolutions of the United Nations (as per ruling of German high court in the case of Major Pfaff)

Target groups: The events in Ramstein/Landstuhl are directed towards people from the peace movement from the wider region, U.S. peace activists from all over Europe, local U.S. personnel, and the wider public.

Sunday, March 12th

Ramstein Kaiserslautern

10:00 Greetings by Cindy Sheehan to the congregation of a Catholic Church service

11:30 Ceremonial removal of "Camp Casey Ramstein," i.e. crosses, crescents, tents

Ceremonial removal of "Camp Casey Ramstein," i.e. crosses, crescents, tents

12:30 Lunch

14:00 International AVA Business Meeting (mini-"Congress")

The proposed Agenda will be sent separately. A meeting room has been reserved at no cost at a nearby youth hostel.

19:00 (est.) Event with Cindy Sheehan and the American community in Kaiserslautern

Reason: With 50,000 Americans living in Kaiserslautern (ca. 15 minutes from Ramstein),

this is the largest community of U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. We wish to hold an event which is open only to Americans and which provides an opportunity for true dialogue .

Many Americans who would not feel comfortable joining with Germans in activities for peace may still want to meet Cindy, whether they admire her or even if they disagree with her.

We are in discussion with members of the American community to find the best format for this event.

Hope to see you soon...