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Kathy Kelly on Washington Journal, in Des Moines (C-Span, Jan 2, 2008)

January 2, 2008

Interview with Kathy Kelly, co-ordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Washington Journal, in Des Moines (C-Span)

Des Moines - With 40 percent of Iowa’s Republican caucus … all » voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee’s campaign headquarters in Iowa’s capital city today with signs asking the former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

Eight members of the Iowa Occupation Project and Voices for Creative Nonviolence arrived at Huckabee’s Locust St. campaign office early Monday afternoon (Dec 31, 2007), waiting for the former Arkansas governor’s reply to a letter delivered two months ago that sought his pledge to completely withdraw from Iraq within 100 days of assuming office; halt all military actions against Iraq and Iran; fund the rebuilding of Iraq as well as health, education and infrastructure needs in the U.S.; and “…the highest quality health care, education and jobs training benefits for veterans of our country’s Armed Services.”

Video: Reverend Mike Huckabee, Who Would Jesus Bomb?

January 1, 2008

Des Moines Catholic Worker community asks U.S. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” at his Des Moines campaign office days before the Iowa caucus. Huckabee did not respond.

For more information and links to other articles about the December 31 SODaPOP action see the Des Moines Catholic Worker page

Protesters Arrested At Huckabee Office

For more information and links to other articles about the December 31 SODaPOP action see the Des Moines Catholic Worker page

By David Pitt
Associated Press Staff Writer

CBS News story
December 31,2007

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 31, 2007(AP) Three protesters seeking a commitment from Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee to end the Iraq war were arrested Monday for refusing to leave his office.

Police arrested Mona Shaw, 56, of Iowa City; Robert Braam, 51, Manhattan, Ill.; and Kathy Kelly, 55, of Chicago, around 1:20 p.m., Shaw said. They were charged with criminal trespass.

Peace Activists Occupy Huckabee’s Iowa Campaign Office

For more information and links to other articles about the December 31 SODaPOP action see the Des Moines Catholic Worker page

Protesters ask former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

December 31, 2007

Des Moines – With 40 percent of Iowa’s Republican caucus voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee’s campaign headquarters in Iowa’s capital city today with signs asking the former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

Eight members of the Iowa Occupation Project and Voices for Creative Nonviolence arrived at Huckabee’s Locust St. campaign office early Monday afternoon, waiting for the former Arkansas governor’s reply to a letter delivered two months ago that sought his pledge to completely withdraw from Iraq within 100 days of assuming office; halt all military actions against Iraq and Iran; fund the rebuilding of Iraq as well as health, education and infrastructure needs in the U.S.; and “…the highest quality health care, education and jobs training benefits for veterans of our country’s Armed Services.”

PRESS RELEASE: Citizens to pay visit to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

[Read the report of this action — Hillary’s National HQ Visited by Peace Protesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2007

Contact: Pete Perry
202-234-2000 (office)

WASHINGTON — On January 2, 2008, one day before the Iowa caucus, citizens will go to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign headquarters, at 4 p.m., to follow up on a letter requesting the Senator’s pledge to affirm the points put forth by Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Press Release: Civil Disobedience at Presidential Campaign Offices in Des Moines, Iowa - December 31, January 2 and 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 28, 2007

Contact:

Frank Cordaro: 515-490-2490
Websites: www.vcnv.org and www.desmoinescatholicworker.org/sodapop.html

Civil Disobedience at Presidential Campaign Offices in Des Moines, Iowa - December 31, January 2 and 3

Protesters guilty only of acting on their beliefs

By Bill Johnson
Rocky Mountain News
December 7, 2007

They had, in the end, absolutely no chance for acquittal. You don’t need a fancy law degree hanging on the wall to see that.

Indeed, a Denver County Court jury of four women and two men on Thursday convicted all three after less than an hour of deliberation on charges of trespassing. They were quite obviously guilty.

What was even easier to figure after two days of trial was that trespassing, alone, was never once the sole point for Rafael Eggers, Sue Gomez or Merrill Carter.

Their trial before Judge Claudia J. Jordan, besides being great theater, was a sometimes-riveting lesson in the responsibility of the governed to hold accountable those elected to govern, and on the price that is paid when the effort falls on deaf ears.

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