Action at U.S. Capitol, March 19 (Call to action, March 16, 2003)
Here's what happened yesterday at the Capitol
Four of us met at St. Aloysius' church, as part of a larger gathering,
mainly of Code Pink people. Besides me, there was Kathy Sukites (American
U.), Jess Ballenger (Johns Hopkins) and Jude Richter (Indiana). We assembled
a banner from individual poster sheets with letters, taped together. I
read a statement during the press conference, based on something HAW member
James Livingston of Rutgers wrote on Sunday night. We marched out with
our banner, went down to the Capitol, and bannered there for quite a while,
though we got pushed off the grounds very politely by Capitol police.
Our presence was appreciated by the larger group, who went inside several
House office buildings and caused a ruckus (dressed up with fake blood
and bandages). They invaded DeLay's office and chanted shame, ordered
"French fries" very aggressively in the cafeteria etc. Again,
I note how kid-gloves were the police.
So, we flew our flag, so to speak. Thanks to all. Sorry for any confusion
over the timing.
Department of History
& Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604-3003