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Impeachment Vigil Brings Arrest at Blumenauer’s Office

Three senior citizens were arrested in front of Representative Earl Blumenauer's office building on Thursday, December 20, the twenty-first week in a row that protestors have called for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Sara Graham, Joe Walsh, also known as The Lone Vet and dressed as "Santa" and Marilyn Pike were arrested after police earnestly tried to convince the group to move.
“He knows if you’ve been naughty….”
“He knows if you’ve been naughty….”
Carols were sung; words courtesy of Code Pink.
Carols were sung; words courtesy of Code Pink.
Manager:
Manager: "This is MY building!"
Outside of Blumenauer's building: “Impeach!”
Outside of Blumenauer's building: “Impeach!”
Look, the police are coming
Look, the police are coming
Week 21, same message
Week 21, same message
"Thanks for being here!"
"Let's make a deal - you can block just one door."
"No deal. We're not moving."
Impeach Bush and Cheney! (signs available $6; shirts $10)
Impeach Bush and Cheney! (signs available $6; shirts $10)
Eleven officers, plus one, make a plan to arrest 3 seniors.
Eleven officers, plus one, make a plan to arrest 3 seniors.
"Oh no!" Bad plan.
The Lone Vet initiated the protests because he feels that it is the responsibility of American citizens to challenge the illegality of the Bush administration. "George Bush has caused me to be ashamed to be an American; Earl Blumenauer has caused me to be ashamed to be a democrat. We are willing to risk arrest to send a message that Bush is the one who should face a judge."

Another of the demonstrators is Sara Graham, one of the "Grannies" recently acquitted of misdemeanor charges for a protest at the Army/Marine Recruiting office on NE Broadway, Graham believes that impeachment is necessary to restore the integrity of the United States Government. "The people of this country are going to lose what little faith they have left in our political process if our representatives in Congress won't even try to hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their crimes against humanity."

About a dozen additional people participated in the demonstration, but did not sit in front of the doorway. The group, informally known as "Individuals for Justice" holds a weekly vigil on the sidewalk in front of Blumenauer's office at 729 NE Oregon Street in Portland. They expect to be back on December 27 and invite others to join them.

released? 21.Dec.2007 09:06

gk

Were they released the same day? Thank you, peaceful people.

SANTA READS MESSAGE JUST BEFORE ARREST 22.Dec.2007 07:32

lone Vet lonevet2008@comcast.net

A message read just before Santa was arrested in front of Blumenauer's office in Portland, Oregon on the 21st Thursday of protest for impeachment:

Woe to you Bush and Cheney,
Pray that Congress calls you to account.

If and when you leave office we will wait for you.
In every speech, we will be there,
In every restaurant we will be there,
In every baseball game,
you will see and hear us,

We will point our terrorized finger, than
turn our backs on you,

We will shout as loud as possible:

There goes the torturer,
the killer of children, the assassin of the Constitution,

There goes the destroyer of hope,
For the rest of your life, you will know our anger.

Pray that you are called to account for your wicked deeds now and not later.
Shame awaits you two, and redemption will be ours.

A warning to you Rep. Blumenauer:

Stand up for the Constitution or look for unemployment in
2010.
Ho ho ho

LISTEN BLUMENAUER
LISTEN BLUMENAUER
IT'S CHENEY
IT'S CHENEY
HO HO HO
HO HO HO

Video Link to Week 21 22.Dec.2007 14:32

Joe Anybody


court ...for Santa & his helpers 18.Nov.2008 10:22

Joe Anybody

this trial is coming soon
I was informed this on 11/15/08

I thought I heard it would be within the next 30 days (?)

Charges are something like not obeying a police office
(or something similar)