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MORE ARRESTS AT SENATOR GORDON SMITH'S OFFICE

Arrests at Senator Smith's office yesterday and today at 1:20
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.

homepage: homepage: http://www.defundthewar.com


Arrest Smith 22.Feb.2007 14:34

jail bush

Scumbag, slime, lying sleazy opportunist Smith should be arrested. Why are they taking innocent people off of the street for expressing their right to free speech and assembly. The joke will be on smith when he runs for reelection. he has already written his political epitaph with his obvious positioning in this war. he is famous for being a sleaze that plays both sides of the fence but he can't hide from this one. GOOD-BYE SMITH. unlessl you can rig the next lesson, you will be relegated to the dinosaurs of political history. the dung heap of greedy opportunists that will stand in the stockades and weather the spit of oregonians that have had to put up with you this long. good riddance.

Arrests at Congressional Offices 22.Feb.2007 15:01

Relay kathy@vcnv.org

(*Passing this on from Institute for Public Accuracy--www.accuracy.org)

Arrests occurred in several states yesterday and today as peace
activists pushed for commitments from elected officials to vote against
President Bush's request for an additional $93 billion to fund the Iraq
and Afghanistan wars. Arrests occurred in Fairbanks, Alaska; Chicago,
Illinois; Toledo, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Office occupations were also underway at the offices of Representative
Marcy Kaptur (Toledo, Ohio) and Representative Tim Allen (Portland,
Maine). In addition, activists occupied offices in Denver, Colorado;
Charlottesville, Virginia; Seattle, Washington; Medford, Massachusetts
and Madison, Wisconsin. In Chicago, 25 people intent on visiting the
offices of Senators Obama and Durbin were locked out of the Federal
Building. Senator Obama's staff assured the visitors that they wanted to
receive them. Senator Durbin's staff abruptly ended a cell phone
conversation with the group.

The actions are part of the Occupation Project, a campaign of nonviolent
civil disobedience to end Iraq war funding. A lead group in the effort
is Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

KATHY KELLY,  kathy@vcnv.org,  http://vcnv.org/project/the-occupation-project
Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kelly has
recently returned from two months living and working with Iraqi refugees
in Amman.

BETSY BREZNICEK,  breznicek@veteransforpeace.net,
 http://occupationprojectvfp.blog.com,
Breznicek is communications and outreach specialist with Veterans
for Peace, based in Missouri. She said today: "We've had over 25 arrests
this month here in the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill, and
Congressman Russ Carnahan. These have included veterans, nuns, students
and university professors." YouTube video available at:
 http://occupationstl.net

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167


Right on Kathy!! 22.Feb.2007 16:13

Styve

Kathy is a true patriot and we have demonstrated together at a variety of locations around town. We were attacked by some right wing-nut outside the Colisseum, she would join me at the Hawthorne Bridge some weekdays, etc., but I was bummed that she missed out on the KGW protest on Monday night.

Little did I know...she had bigger plans!! I can't wait to get the low-down on what happened.

Rock on, Kathy!!

Styve

We have got to get serious 25.Feb.2007 20:47

annon

Smith has got to go!!! During the last election (Bradbury),Smith ran adds in Eastern Oregon making himself out to be right of Bush. In Portland, he ran adds making himself look left of Hugo Chavez. How does he get away with it? I know few people who read Indy voted for Smith but I'm sure some did. Smith's game is to vote with Bush, defend the war, vote for an amendment that makes same sex marriage illegal etc. Smith realizes he is weak and needs to please Portland voters. Smith then sponsers Anti-hate laws with Ted Kennedy. This is safe due to the fact he can put his name out there and it doesn't really stand a chance of passing. Smith recently threw in with our dem Gov on issues that until now he has had little interest.
Smith's son committed suicide and I really honestly feel sorrow for him. Smith sponsered youth suicide prevention laws. Smith totally ignored gay youth in any of his bills. Gay youth have a suicide rate 3 times the average of a hetro youth. One life is not worth more than another.
Smith additionally supported the war, bad-mouthed the war- then supported the war and Bush. He really has NO core. I have more respect for a total right wing idiot. Be what you are, don't prentend and politic. Smith is a very wealthy man and has nothing to lose. Yet, he sells out for votes. I can't believe a word he says. I say he should vote his beliefs and not change before an election. If he were to lose, he can always go back to being a rich business owner, and he could have some self respect.