April 9, 2007
Dr. Marjorie Fujara, Katie Jean Dahlaw, and Laura Bernstein were found not guilty of failure to comply with signs at a hearing this morning. The three woman were arrested in Chicago on February 20th as they knelt in the lobby of the Kluczynski Federal Building, chanting a litany in remembrance of Iraqis and Americans who have been killed in Iraq. Rosalie Riegle, who was also arrested, was not present at the hearing due to being out of the country.
After an officer testified that the women slowed down business Judge Nolan said that people exercising first amendment rights sometimes does slow down business as usual.
Prior to their action on February 20th, ten women met with Senator Durbin’s chief of staff for the district and asked the Senator to exercise more leadership by rebutting claims that failure to approve the supplemental spending constitutes failure to support the U.S. troops.