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Cindy Sheehan arrested by Capitol Hill Police!!

Cindy Sheehan has been arrested and pulled out of the gallery by Capitol Hill police just before Bush's entrance for the J31 "SOTU" (State of the Union) address.

Sheehan was the invited guest of U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey. The cause of arrest was Sheehan's action in unfurling a banner.
reposted from blog at DailyKos website, blogged by "ajc888"
Tue Jan 31, 2006 at 06:48:31 PM PDT

CNN's Ed Henry has just reported that Cindy Sheehan has been arrested by Capitol Hill police just before she was to attend the SOTU address tonight. She was present at the invitation of a California Dem congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. So far, there has been no indication of the cause for the arrest. There is no doubt that we live in a police state in America under Bush.
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News update - Ed Henry is now reporting that Cindy Sheehan was already present in the house chamber gallery when she was arrested. The cause of arrest was Sheehan's action in unfurling a banner. The contents of the banner are not yet known. Henry also stated that Capitol Hill police would hold Sheehan for at least one hour for questioning which is very convenient since Bush's SOTU speech is scheduled for approx. 45 minutes.

From blog at DailyKos.com (Democratic activist website)

 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/1/31/204831/355

Reaction there is to condemn this police state action. Some are e-mailing Representative Lynn Woolsey to thank her for inviting Sheehan.

See also, PIMC article -- <Cindy Sheehan: "Bush's Presidency Is Illegitimate!">

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/01/333095.shtml

Comment at DailyKos indicates that anti-Woolsey spin is already on-going.
Background from Bellaciao Collective 31.Jan.2006 18:55

g.d. dem

Here's background on J31 action at the Washington D.C. demo, from the Bellaciao Collective website --

 http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=10046

January Monday 23rd 2006

"Bush Administration Seeks to Squelch State of the Union Protest at Capitol on January 31"

Press Conference: Monday, January 23, 9:30 a.m. National Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Room 529 14th Street, NW Washington DC

The Bush administration has expanded the special security zone around the Capitol, effectively denying a meaningful public space for a protest called by World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime during the State of the Union address on January 31, 2006. This action, one of many held simultaneously that night at 8pm EST in cities and towns across the country, calls for symbolically "drowning out Bush's lies" and demands "BUSH STEP DOWN."

At a meeting on January 10 with the National Park Service Police, Capitol Police, and National Parks Department, the World Can't Wait was offered the area surrounding the Capitol Reflecting Pool for the January 31st gathering. This was accepted by World Can't Wait. However, on January 19, the organization received word that this area had been reclassified as part of a "secure perimeter" for that day.

In addition, the grass areas of the National Mall have been closed for "turf renovation" up to 7th Street. Thus, the proposed demonstration area is restricted to the "gravel and concrete walkways of the national Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets."

Travis Morales of World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime responded: "This so-called permit would have the effect of dispersing and disrupting this First Amendment protest by preventing a large, cohesive gathering anywhere near the Capitol. We'd have to go a mile away to 7th Street to even have a stage. We're mobilizing people to challenge this outrageous prohibition, and we're pursuing legal action."

World Can't Wait has already received a permit for a national demonstration at the Ellipse on Saturday, February 4.

Both the January 31 and February 4 actions were announced in a full-page ad in the New York Times published January 20, signed by Edward Asner, Harry Belafonte, Michael Eric Dyson, Niles Eldredge, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Martin Garbus, Paul Haggis, Jonathan Kozol, Jessica Lange, Lewis Lapham, Tom Morello, U.S. Rep. Major Owens, Sean Penn, Harold Pinter, Susan Sarandon, John Sayles, Richard Serra, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cindy Sheehan, Serj Tankian, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, and Howard Zinn.

World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime

 http://worldcantwait.org

The Unsuppressable Cindy Sheehan 31.Jan.2006 19:01

On the Titanic

It just goes to show that there are some people who are unsuppressable. Just as Molly Brown was un-sinkable (and un-suppressable in her own way), so Cindy continues to show she is un-suppressable. Quiite a role model there. Not even main stream could supress the story.

Reuters report 31.Jan.2006 19:03

g.d. dem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police at the U.S. Capitol arrested anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Tuesday, shortly before President Bush was to give his annual State of the Union speech, a police spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, said she had no immediate details.

Sheehan had been invited to be a guest at the address to a joint session of Congress by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat.

Sheehan, who became a central figure for the U.S. anti-war movement after her soldier son Casey was killed in the Iraq war, won wide attention with an anti-war vigil outside Bush's Texas ranch.

CNN said Sheehan was arrested after unveiling a banner and was being held on Capitol Hill for about an hour, which would keep her away from the address, which was set to start at 9 p.m. EST.

Sheehan and other activists were arrested in September for protesting outside the White House without a permit, a misdemeanor that carriers a $50 fine.

 link to today.reuters.com

It's AP official -- and it was for wearing a T-shirt! (not even a banner) 31.Jan.2006 19:19

g.d. dem

"Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Capitol"

As "On the Titanic" notes "Not even main stream could supress the story."

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war
movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who had been invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. Sheehan was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived. Sheehan was to be released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.

"I'm proud that Cindy's my guest tonight," Woolsey said in an interview before the speech. "She has made a difference in the debate to bring our troops home from Iraq."

Woolsey offered Sheehan a ticket to the speech Gallery 5, seat 7, row A earlier Tuesday while Sheehan was attending an "alternative state of the union" press conference by CODEPINK, a group pushing for an end to the Iraq war.

Sheehan was arrested in September with about 300 other anti-war activists in front of the White House after a weekend of protests against the war in Iraq. In August, she spent 26 days camped near Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he was spending a working vacation.

smash them! 31.Jan.2006 19:37

haha

Arrested for a t-shirt.

she rules 31.Jan.2006 20:04

cp

If you get a chance to listen to her talking, rather than just a soundbite, it's clear she is really clever. Most of what she says is really right on.

mothers make the difference 01.Feb.2006 02:31

amerika eats its young

Does anyone remember a movement in Russia during one of its wars of the past 20 years. It was either their Afgan occupation or the first Chechen War.

The Russsian people had turned decidedly against the conflict. Mothers of soldiers went to the front searching for their sons. When they found them they brought them home. I remember how the story was covered in American media--the least flattering way for the Russians.

Was this a real movement in its time or was it propaganda? Anyone remember better than me?

When the moms get riled up--look out.

"Freedom" 01.Feb.2006 13:12

Daniel Borgstrom

After Sheehan's arrest, Bush gave his speech in which he said the word "Freedom" 17 times.