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Rep Fossella -- 5 Arrested in Staten Island, NY

5 war protesters arrested in Vito’s office
Congressman, decried as Bush’s ‘rubber stamp,’ was 200 miles away in D.C., opposing Iraq bill

Saturday, March 24, 2007
By STEPHANIE SLEPIAN
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Around 9 a.m. yesterday, the Eltingville office of Rep. Vito Fossella was “occupied” by seven anti-war protesters demanding an audience with the Republican congressman.

At the same time, he was in Washington voting against a Democratic war spending bill requiring that combat operations in Iraq end by 2008.

Denied their meeting with Fossella, the protesters refused to leave. They vowed to stay until the close of business, until Fossella granted them a meeting — or until they were arrested.

Rep Doris Matsui -- 7 Arrested in Sacramento, CA

March 22, 2007
By Maggie Coulter

The Peace-in organized by Sacramento Coaliition to End the War came to a close today as three dozen people spent 8 hours inside Doris Matsui’s Sacramento office reading the names of the dead, including all the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and names of many Iraqis.

While in the office, the Coalition was given a copy of the statement that Matsui intended to read on the House floor, supporting Pelosi’s amended supplemental that provies for at least 18-plus more months of war and an indefinite number of troops to be in Iraq indefinitely. Despite 11 weeks of having people sit in her office asking her to stop funding the war, Matsui is now poised to write yet another check to fund the death and destruction in Iraq.

At 5pm, four vets with Vets for Peace and 3 of their supporters refused to leave and were arrested.

Burlington, VT: Six arrested in protest at Welch's office

March 22, 2007
By Sam Hemingway
Burlington Free Press

Six demonstrators were arrested on trespass charges Wednesday night inside the Burlington offices of Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., while protesting what they said was Welch’s unwillingness to firmly oppose the Iraq war.

“Last November, we elected a congressman we thought would end the war but instead the war is being expanded,” said Patrick Kearney, 55, of Thetford as he emerged from the building in handcuffs and escorted by police. “We can’t get a yes or no answer from our congressman about whether or not he is going to fund the war.”

Bend, OR: Six protesters arrested at Walden's office

Mar. 22, 2007
By Tony Fuller and Barney Lerten
See KTVZ.com for photo and video news coverage.

Listen to the Interview by Scott Burgwin on the Occupation Project Radio

Six women showed up for a meeting Tuesday at Rep. Greg Walden’s Bend office, wanting to personally urge him to oppose any more funding for the war in Iraq. That began a sit-in, and nearly 12 hours later, despite an offer to chat with him the next day - if they left - they still refused to leave and were arrested on criminal trespass charges, officials said.

Charlottesville, VA: March 14th Arrest of 2 in Virgil Goode's office

March 20, 2007

Two more folks were arrested in Virgil Goode’s office this past Wednesday, bringing our total to 11; 2-3 a week for four weeks. So far all of us have court on April 6th—“Goode Friday”.

For a letter sent to the local Charlottesville paper:

Jailed Anti-War Activists Released After "Virtual" Court

March 20, 2007

March 20, 2007

By John LaForge, Nukewatch staff

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin ― Three anti-war activists were released from Douglas County jail Wed., March 14 after “appearing” in court on trespass charges stemming from a protest at the Superior office of U.S. Representative David Obey, D-Wisc.

John Heid, Michael Miles and Bonnie Urfer, all from the Luck, Wisc.-based Anathoth Community, were jailed overnight after they refused to leave unless Rep. Obey agreed to vote against renewed funding for the U.S. war in Iraq.

Portland, OR: 3 Denied Access to Senator Smith's Office and Arrested

March 16, 2007

Defund the War: Portland, Oregon

March 16, 2007, Portland, OR - Peter Bergel, Mike Glazen and Bob Projansky were all arrested for failing to leave the property at the World Trade Center. They, along with supporters, were trying to visit with Oregon Senator Smith or his Office staff.

This is a film by www.joe-anybody.com

For the journal of arrestee Peter Bergel:

CODEPINK Co-founder Gael Murphy and 10 Activists Arrested at the Public Appropriations Commitee Vote

Mar 15, 2007
by CODEPINK

CODEPINK Co-founder Gael Murphy and 10 other peace activists were arrested Thursday morning at 9:30 am while attempting to enter the public Appropriations Committee vote on the Supplemental Bill allocating $100 billion for the war in Iraq. CODEPINK has been lobbying hard against the passage of this bill and will hold a press conference today to respond to Ms. Murphy’s forceful arrest and today’s vote in the House Appropriations Committee. They will express their dismay that the Democrats, who were given a mandate for peace in the November election, but are allowing a bill to go to the House floor that will let the war drag on into 2008 instead of using their power of the purse to cut funds for the war.

Joliet, IL -- 1 Arrested at Rep Weller's Office

March 13, 2007

Yesterday approximately fifteen of us gathered outside congressman Weller’s office in Joliet. Some of us had our signs and went to the street and got a surprisingly positive response from people who blew their horns and waved. The ones who opposed our views were few but equally demonstrative. They shouted epithets and gave us the one finger salute.

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