For Immediate Release: February 22nd, 2007Contact: CONTACT:Troy Horton 888-435-8173 www.defundthewar.comKerry Bassett541-944-9599
MORE ARRESTS AT SENATOR GORDON SMITH'S OFFICE. WHEN WILL THEY STOP?
WHAT: Wednesday afternoon Dot Lukins and Kathleen Bushman went up to Senator Gordon Smith's office to talk about their concerns about the Iraq war. They were told that there was no one in the office that could talk to them. They wanted to express their hope that the Senator would vote in a manner consistent with his statements about the war and therefore vote to defund the Iraq war. When they said they would not leave until receiving assurance that Senator Smith would agree to de-fund the war, they were arrested. Why did these two women who have never been previously arrested take this action? Dot (73) took this action because "I grieve when I see the names this week of 26 American young people killed, and when I see the young maimed in body and mind from this misbegotten war". Kathleen (61) says "I realized that if my own words mean anything, I too should take more effective action on behalf of all our fine young men and women- I would very much like to see them come home alive" Sen. Smith's constituents will continue to step forward. The "Grannies/Surge Protection Brigade" will be doing civil resistance today (22nd) and other people will continue the effort over the coming weeks. They will stop when Senator Smith does the one thing he can do to stop the war, which is to defund the war.
WHEN: Today, Thursday the 22nd at 1:20 at Senator Smith's office. If not allowed in the office, in the lobby by the elevatorsDot and Kathleen were arrested yesterday, Wednesday the 21st at 2:30 pm-3:30 pm at Senator Smith's office, 3:30 pm- 9pm in jail.WHY: Whereas Senator Smith said, "I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal. I cannot support that anymore", we are asking Senator Gordon Smith to agree to defund the Iraq war. We are simply asking him to walk his talk.
WHERE: Senator Gordon Smith's office at One World Trade Center Building, 121 S.W. Salmon St.
WHO: The Defund the War campaign in conjunction with Voices for Creative Nonviolence is asking that Senator Smith agree he will not fund the $100 billion appropriations bill that would contain additional monies to continue the Iraq war. Other groups participating in the action are, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Oregon PeaceWorks, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Peace Action affiliates and many local peace and justice groups. Local campaigns are being organized in 20 states, from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon; and from Fairbanks, Alaska to Huntsville, Alabama. FURTHER INFORMATION: May be found at www.defundthewar.com and the Occupation Project section on the websites of Voices for Creative Nonviolence www.vcnv.org.