Clinton Campaign Office Re-Occupied by Peace Activists on Day of Iowa Voting

Action caps four days of Iowa primary protests against war in Iraq

January 3, 2008

Des Moines – Hours before voting begins in the nation’s first presidential poll, peace activists placed the Iraq war front and center again this afternoon, when, for the second time since campaigning began last fall, they occupied the Iowa headquarters of Senator Hillary Clinton.

On this, the fourth day of nonviolent “direct actions” during caucus campaigning, four members of a campaign called “Seasons Of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project” (SODaPOP) went to Clinton’s office, saying they still had not gotten a response to a letter delivered to the Senator’s campaign in October, demanding she publicly oppose any more spending for the war or occupation, and foreswear an attack on Iran.

NEWS RELEASE: Clinton Occupation Include Fierce Stand-Off But No Arrests

DATE: January 3, 2008
RELEASE: Immediately
CONTACT: Mona Shaw

Iowa Occupation Project
Des Moines Catholic Worker
Des Moines, IA


Twenty-five members of SODaPOP appeared at Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Headquarters this afternoon with the intention of occupying that office until the senator agreed to pledge to bring an immediate end to the war in Iraq and to veto further funding of that war if she is elected president.

When Clinton staff saw SODaPOP members approaching their office, the door to the building was locked and entrance was barred to all SODaPOP members as well as press who had arrived to cover the occupation.

Twelve Arrested in Des Moines as Obama Campaign Hinders Press Coverage of Protest

by Michael Gillespie
Jan 2, 2008

Josh Earnest, Iowa communications director for U.S. Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL), is running scared in the final few days before the Iowa Caucuses. He must be, otherwise he would not have risked the consequences of ejecting half a dozen media workers from Obama’s Iowa campaign headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and barring entry to several more.

Reporters and photojournalists representing news organizations in Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the USA were hindered in their efforts to report on a bona fide news event when Earnest insisted they work outside in the sub-freezing single digit cold while inside a group of eight antiwar activists from Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) and the Iowa Occupation Project questioned Obama’s positions on the war in Iraq, military spending, and U.S. Middle East foreign policy.

VIDEO: Barack Obama campaign office occupation

January 3, 2008

In a day-before-the-caucus effort to obtain from Senator Barack Obama a pledge of withdrawal from Iraq, nonviolent actors representing “Voices for Creative Nonviolence” and the Des Moines Catholic Worker community witness a spurned media and turned backs at the Senator’s Des Moines campaign office.

VIDEO: Obama and the media

January 3, 2008

Sen. Obama’s media person felt the need to throw the press out of a protest in his Des Moines campaign office.

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VIDEO: Huckabee Protest - Kathy Kelly

January 3, 2008

Kathy Kelly and Chicago based Voices for Creative Nonviolence, along with Des Moines based Catholic Peace Ministries staged a nonviolent Peace action at the campaign office of Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The peace activists asked all candidates to agree to end the war in Iraq among other peaceful actions, if elected to the office of president.

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Obama and Romney Iowa Campaign Offices Occupied by Peace Activists

Third day of nonviolent resistance to Iraq occupation during Iowa presidential primary

January 2, 2008

Des Moines – Opponents of the occupation of Iraq today occupied the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential candidates U.S. Senator Barak Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, waiting for a response to a letter requesting them to oppose any more spending for the war or occupation and foreswear an attack on Iran.

Eight people were arrested at Obama’s Iowa campaign headquarters and four at Romney’s, in this, the third day of such nonviolent “direct actions” organized by “Seasons Of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project” (SODAPOP) since the presidential primary season began in Iowa late last year.

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