She's been called the "voice that speaks truth to power."
Cindy Sheehan made herself known internationally as an anti-war activist after camping outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She was demanding a face-to-face conversation with the Commander in Chief. And she wouldn't leave until she got it.
Sheehan had a personal reason to be there.
Her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq after only being there for five days.
"We are thrilled to have Cindy Sheehan with us today."
And Sheehan carried that message with her from Texas, around the world, making a stop Thursday morning in South Bend.
Sheehan spoke at St. Mary's College to about 250 hundred students and faculty members. She was able to connect with her Catholic audience, talking about her own Catholic faith.
Sheehan talked about her religious community, first in praise, and then disappointment.
"When I started speaking out against George Bush they started to disown me. Because, they said, 'Cindy, he's pro-life.' And I said, 'Well if he's pro-life, how come my son is dead?'"
Many in the audience appreciate her honesty. And admire her perseverance.
"How can a single woman make a difference in this world? She is a living example of that," said Meaghan Herbst, a St. Mary's College student. "And especially as a mother who lost her son, it's truly a remarkable thing that she has the strength to stand up and speak up against this."
Sheehan got the word out about a march she's organizing. It's called the "10,000 March of Mothers." It will be in Washington D.C. on Monday, May 14th--the day after Mother's Day.
Why the day after?
Sheehan says, "Who really works in D.C. on a Sunday?"