Feb. 21 2007
By Jo Mannies
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Correspondent
For the past three weeks, waves of anti-war protests, sit-ins and arrests have become almost routine for Rep. Russ Carnahan’s district office in Brentwood.
And the local band of activists behind the disturbances is just getting warmed up. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., appears to be their next target — on Tuesday, the group launched a sit-in at her downtown office. Four were arrested, released and fined $75 apiece.
The demonstrations are part of a national eight-week campaign, called The Occupation Project-, that has been organized by a coalition of anti-war groups out to cut off funding for the Iraq war.
But instead of picketing officials who support the war, the protesters
primarily are targeting Democratic members of Congress seen as most sympathetic to their cause.