Nonviolent Resistance Acts

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.

3 peace activists arrested at Voinovich's office

Mar 1 2007
Toledo Blade

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.

Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out Visit Carnahan; Two Arrested

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:

Iowa: Protestors try to change Grassley's vote on war

Feb 27 2007
Des Moines Register

At least 19 peace activists were hauled away Monday after protesting the Iraq war in Sen. Charles Grassley’s offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, said activists and Grassley aides.

About three dozen activists arrived at the offices after 3 p.m. and were told to leave after asking to speak with the Republican senator. Some left without incident, while at least 12 were arrested in the Cedar Rapids office and seven were arrested in Des Moines after refusing to leave, activists said.

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