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Penobscot Bay Occupation Project -- 12 Arrested at Senator Collins Maine Office

March 7, 2007

Twelve people were arrested for criminal trespassing at Senator Collins office in Bangor, Maine at about 5 p.m. this evening. They had called upon the Senator to stop funding the war in Iraq. A $100 billion supplemental appropriations bill will be voted on later this month.

Bangor, Maine: Occupation Project Results in 12 Arrests - Photos and Video

Mar 7 2007

Visits to offices of Congressman Mike Michaud and Senator Olympia Snowe in Bangor, Maine to request they STOP FUNDING WAR.

For two additional videos and story:

Charlottesville, VA -- 3 Arrested at Rep Goode's Office

Protestors Arrested at Goode’s Office
Reported by David Douglas
NBC-29, WVIR-TV
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.

Not So Silent Night -- 5 Arrested at Rep Mark Kirk's Office in Illinois

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.

2 Arrested at Rep Peter Defazio's Office in Oregon

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.

4 arrests at Represenative Obey's Wausau, WI office

Updated Mar 6 2007

Ron, Joy, Erin and Jeff at Rep. Obey's Wausau, WI OfficeRon, 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.

3 Arrests Made at Senator Grassley's Iowa Office

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:

The Occupation Project: Sen. Barbara Mikulski

February 27, 2007

Maryland Occupation Project

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4 arrested at Sen. Mikulski’s D.C. office

Occupation Project, Gordon Smith, Portland OR - "arrested for attempting to visit"

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.

My Small Act of Civil Disobedience

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.

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