We went first to the Federal Building, where Senator Smith has his office on the third floor. Neither he nor his staff were in residence, and we knew we would not be able to get to the third floor, so we had our sit-in in the downstairs lobby, and a bunch of us, including some spirited high school kids, were arrested.
We then moved on to the building that houses the offices of Senator Wyden and Rep. DeFazio. We found their doors locked, even though there were staff inside each office. There were signs posted saying they were closed for the day, on the advice of some government agency. One of us talked to people in both offices on his cell phone, asking them to come out and talk to us. They refused.
So we sat down in the hallway outside of Wyden's office, read the names of the American and Iraq dead, chanted and made a lot of noise until the building manager called the cops to come arrest us. Which was the plan from the start. I must say the cops were very civil and professional about it. They told us we were under arrest, wrote citations for criminal trespass 2, a misdemeanor, and turned us loose. We all have court dates and are expecting fines, which supporters will pay for those of us who have no money.
Hopefully we're opening a new front in the war on the war. Our approach probably puts us at odds with most of the Eugene peace movement, which appears to be run by hardcore Democrats who will not confront Democrat politicians like DeFazio, even when they vote wrong. We're going to change all that.
The attached photos were taken inside the hallway outside of Wyden's office.
The local evening TV news covered us. I believe they said a total of 17 were arrested.
Try it, feels good. Don't let them get away with ignoring us.