Nonviolent Resistance Acts
March 27th, 2007
by David Somerset
New Left Notes
Protesters occupying Rep. Vito Fossella’s office (Irving Silverstein / Staten Island Advance)
Staten Island, NY - March 23, 2007. 5 antiwar protesters were arrested on March 23, 2007 for reading the names of the US war dead aloud at Congressman Vito Fossella’s Staten Island district office - after congressional staffers refused to call Fossella to setup a meeting with the activists. Fossella, son of liberal Democrat Frank Fossella, is an ultra right wing Republican who is known for his pro-war politics and his history of voting against veterans’ benefits.
Iraq war protesters zero in on Pelosi
By Stacy A. Anderson
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2007
WASHINGTON — Chanting antiwar slogans and holding up newspaper photos of dead soldiers, members of the activist group Code Pink protested outside the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, urging the San Francisco Democrat to oppose legislation that would provide an additional $124 billion to fund the Iraq war.
About 15 protesters — wearing foam Statue of Liberty crowns and pink scarves, ties or shoes — were met by a similar number of Capitol Police officers in the hallway of the Cannon House Office Building. After 20 minutes, four were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct because they were “loud and boisterous,” according to a police statement.
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.
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.
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.”
Mar. 22, 2007
By Tony Fuller and Barney Lerten
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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.
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:
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.
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: