July 9, 2007
by John Deeth
“This sucks!” said Lara Elborno, walking out of the Wells-Fargo building in downtown Cedar Rapids at about 5:30 on a Friday afternoon. “It’s so anticlimactic!” Lara’s Friday night plans had suddenly changed. She’d announced at a 1:00 rally “I’m so excited to get arrested with all you guys!” and minutes earlier she’d been in custody, jauntily flashing a peace sign at her supporters. But now she wasn’t going to get to spend the night in jail.
Elborno and eighteen others had prepared for arrest as part of an “extra-legal lobbying” effort — otherwise known as a sit-in — at the Cedar Rapids offices of Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin. But in the end, the only person who went to jail was not among the nineteen who had expected to.