Joan Baez Joins Peace Mom's Cause

Peace activist and singer Joan Baez performs at Camp Casey near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005. (AP Photo/LM Otero) AP

Joan Baez was against the Vietnam War and she showed it — appearing at marches, once even blocking the entrance of a military induction center.

The folk singer is against the Iraq war, too, and she showed her support Sunday to protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch.

Baez took to the stage for about 500 people on an acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war, performing such classic peace anthems as "Song of Peace," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"

Not far way is the camp started by Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq. Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., started the anti-war demonstration on Aug. 6 and vowed to remain until Bush agreed to meet with her or until his monthlong vacation ends Sept. 3.

She flew to Los Angeles last week after her 74-year-old mother had a stroke but is expected to return to Texas in a few days.

But Sheehan's absence from the growing campsite isn't deterring other protesters, CBS News correspondent Bill Plante reports for The Early Show. One woman told Plante: "This vigil is larger than Cindy. It's always been larger than Cindy."

"In the first march I went to (opposing Vietnam) there were 10 of us. This is huge," Baez told the relatives of fallen soldiers before performing just up the road from the ranch.

Over the weekend, Baez also performed "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." For Baez, an anti-war movement was inevitable.

"It was the final tear for the overflow and you can't stop running water," she said. "Cindy's was the final tear."

Cindy Sheehan has become a household name, Congressional Quarterly columnist and CBS News political analyst Craig Crawford tells The Early Show's Harry Smith.

"She's become a logo … for the leftist anti-war movement which does seem to be growing," Crawford said. "She's sort of become what Howard Dean was back in the presidential campaign, just a face and a voice for a lot of Americans who disagree with this war."

  • Sean Alfano

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