4 Peace Activists ARRESTED at Capitol Building
in Washington DC in Kick Off of Massive Non-violent Civil Disobedience
Intensified Protests Scheduled for DC Monday
March 17th & 49 Cities NATIONWIDE all Next Week
- March 13 - Four people were arrested this morning on the west
steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC in an act of non-violent
direct action against the possible war in Iraq. Calling on Congress
to re-open the debate and vote against war, the four were arrested
after being denied entry into the Capitol Building.
co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, a national organization
of individuals and families with relatives or loved ones in the
military, Kelly Campbell, who helped found September 11th Families
for Peaceful Tomorrows after losing a relative in the Pentagon
Building, Bob Wing of United for Peace and Justice, and Molly
McGrath of the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition flashed
peace signs to supporters as they were taken away by police.
The four were
among a number of speakers at a press conference today announcing
the kick off a massive campaign of non-violent civil disobedience
in Washington DC and across the nation, calling for peace and
protesting war in Iraq. The "Emergency Campaign to Reclaim Democracy
and Stop the War Now" was initiated by United for Peace and Justice
and the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition, both coalitions
comprised of hundreds of organizations.
along with the Iraq Pledge of Resistance have put out a call for
peaceful direct actions starting immediately, in hopes of stopping
the war BEFORE it starts. Non-violent direct actions are set to
begin Monday March 17th and continue throughout the week in DC.
Actions are also planned for the Pacific Stock Exchange in San
Francisco tomorrow, and will take place at Congressional offices
and other locations throughout the country in the coming days.
All of those
arrested today see non-violent direct action as their civic duty,
and as a last resort in the efforts to prevent war and encourage
Congressional leaders to carry out the will of their constituents.
"Now is the
time to take action, we believe we CAN still stop the war, and
we ask people of conscious to come to Washington DC to join us
in non-violent civil disobedience on March 17th. Don't wait until
the bombs start falling to do everything you can for peace," said
Nancy Lessin, founder of Military Families Speak Out, who carried
a body bag to the Capitol action as a reminder of what war would
mean for many families in her group.
of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows commented, "A
majority of the American people and a huge majority of the world's
people continue to oppose a unilateral U.S. war on Iraq, and yet
Congress refuses to do their duty. If they won't uphold the Constitution
and represent the people, we will."
TO RECLAIM DEMOCRACY & STOP THE WAR NOW! Is a Campaign Initiated
by United for Peace and Justice www.unitedforpeace.org
& the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition www.nyspc.net
. And Cosponsored by the Iraq Pledge of Resistance and the National
Peace Lobby Project.
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