“Beautiful Trouble is essential reading for the socially engaged artist.”Ken Krafchek, Graduate Director, MFA in Community Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art
Cindy Lee Miller Sheehan, or the “Peace Mom,” is best known for her peaceful anti-war vigil “Camp Casey.” After her 24-year-old son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in the Iraq war in April 2004, President Bush met in Fort Lewis with Cindy and other grieving parents to pay them his respects. According to Sheehan, Bush behaved disrespectfully at this meeting, forgetting her deceased son’s name and leaving her questions unanswered. In response she co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace, and in August 2005 she camped outside then-President Bush’s Crawford Texas ranch for twenty-six days demanding answers and another meeting with him (neither of which occurred). With her action, Sheehan attracted national and international support and media attention. She has since participated in anti-war protests across the nation, given speeches, written articles, and run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an independent candidate after Pelosi did not take initiative to impeach Bush.