‘Guilty!’ — John Dear

‘Guilty!’ — Of Trying to See Our Senator
Rev. John Dear

CommonDreams.org September 9, 2007

On Thursday, September 6th, 2007, six of us were found guilty in Federal court in Albuquerque, NM by a Federal judge for trying to visit the office of our senator. We will be sentenced in a few weeks. The message? It is a Federal crime to attempt to speak to an elected Republican about the U.S. war on Iraq. Don’t visit your senator. Don’t get involved. Don’t speak out. Don’t take a stand for peace–or you too may end up in jail.

It all started one year ago, on September 26, 2006, when nine of us entered the Federal Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and tried to take the elevator to the third floor to the office of Senator Pete Domenici to present him with a copy of the “Declaration of Peace,” a national petition campaign aimed at stopping the U.S. war on Iraq, bringing our troops home, and pursuing nonviolent alternatives and reparations. Over three hundred seventy five similar actions took place across the nation that week.

The Senator‘s office manager came downstairs, said she would only allow three of us upstairs, and after forty five minutes of waiting and negotiations, we nine just decided to go upstairs, figuring we had a right as group of constituents to deliver our petition to the Senator’s office…..

As we stepped onto the elevator, a policeman put his foot in the door, and the next thing we knew, the power was turned off.


US Military Build-up in Guam – ABC Foreign Correspondent 9.30pm Sept 4th 2007

More about the current military build up going on in our region….not a good news story!  The way in which it is presented makes it all seem quite reasonable…very worrying.

see http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2007/s2019958.htm 

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