Nonviolent Resistance Acts
Protestors Arrested at Goode’s Office
Reported by David Douglas
March 7, 2007
For the fourth week in a row, anti-war protestors have gathered outside Virgil Goode’s office in Charlottesville. For the third week in a row, three of those protestors were arrested.
By Siobhan Kolar
March 7, 2007
Tonight inside Suite 350 at 707 Skokie Boulevard there was not silence but song, prayer and chanting of names of those killed, American and Iraqi, in the last four years of the American occupation of Iraq. Representative Mark Kirk’s office in Northbrook was being occupied by the Engage Nonviolence Affinity group. Those risking arrest tonight included Dave and Barb Corcoran, Dave Martin, Bettina Perillo and John (Jack) Wentland. A staff member stayed with the group until around 9:45 pm, when they were forcibly removed, handcuffed and arrested. Dave C, Dave M and Bettina refused to provide their names to the police and were taken to the Northbrook police station for processing. A staff member at Representative Kirk’s office contacted the Northbrook police and, when he provided the names to the police all three were released. Barb and Jack provided their names to police at the office location and were released from there. All five have a court date of April 23 at 9 a.m.
March 5, 2007
March 5, 2007
On March 5, two people were arrested at Representative Peter Defazio’s office in Eugene, Oregon. They and solidarity people maintained a vigil at the office throughout the day. Two people chose to remain when the office was closed at the end of the business day and were arrested by federal law enforcement.
Updated Mar 6 2007
Ron, Joy, Erin and Jeff at Rep. Obey’s Wausau, WI Office
Joy First, Erin Cox, Ron Durham, and Jeff Leys, participants with the Occupation Project were arrested shortly after the Wausau, WI office of Rep. David Obey closed today at 5pm. Representative Obey is the Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations. It is anticipated that the Committee on Appropriations will vote on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill sometime this week or next week.
March 6 2007
Updated 5:00 PM CST
Three arrested in Grassley office occupation
From the Des Moines Register:
Three Iowa peace activists participating in a national campaign of sustained civil disobedience Monday were arrested when they refused to leave the office of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, Des Moines police said.
Lindsay Ayling, 19, and Brian Perbix, 20, Grinnell College students, and Chris Gaunt of Grinnell had delivered a 350-signature petition that urged the senator to stop the funding for the war in Iraq. They hoped to elicit a pledge from Grassley that he would vote against President Bush’s $93 billion war appropriation request.
The three members of the Occupation Project, a national civil disobedience campaign, were charged with trespassing. They were held overnight in the Polk County Jail and will be arraigned today.
The following is the press release from March 5th:
February 27, 2007
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4 arrested at Sen. Mikulski’s D.C. office
Mar 2 2007
Valerie Kelly and Tom Hastings, of the Defund the War campaign in Oregon, attempted to visit with Sen. Gordon Smith. They didn’t get to the office, but Kelly was arrested nonetheless. The following is a report from Valerie Kelly, a letter she wished to present to the senator, and a report for Tom Hastings who provided support for the day.
Michael T. McPhearson
Executive Director, Veterans for Peace
February 28, 2007
Yesterday, Feb 27th, I participated in my first open act of civil disobedience as part of the Occupation Project. I along with St. Louis local chapter President Chuc Smith, three other veterans; Jim Allen, Harry Wyman and VFP office manager Cherie Eichholz and Military Families Speak Out Member D. Ridgley Brown visited Representative Russ Carnahan’s office to continue our conversation to persuade him to vote down any bills that continue to provide funding for the war in Iraq. Jim Allen and I decided to sit-in to protest Carnahan’s refusal to pledge not to continue funding for the war. As a result, Jim and I were arrested.
Mar 1 2007
By ERICA BLAKE
Three members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition were arrested yesterday after they refused to leave the lobby of the Ohio Building downtown, where U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R., Ohio) has his Toledo office.
The arrests occurred a week after four other coalition members were charged with criminal trespassing for refusing to leave the Toledo office of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur. The protesters targeted the two legislators because they have not signed a letter agreeing to stop supplemental federal funding for the war in Iraq.
February 27, 2007
A delegation of six men and women representing Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out visited Rep Carnahan’s office this afternoon. They wanted to deliver information about permanent bases in Iraq and read letters from US soldiers. Two were committed to wait in the office to receive Carnahan’s public commitment to oppose any new funding.
At 5:00 the Brentwood police arrested two members of the group on charges of trespassing. Michael McPhearson is a Gulf War veteran, the father of a son recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and National Director of Veterans For Peace. Jim Allen is a twenty-year Army veteran and professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University.
Video of comments made by members of the group explaining why they took action today: