Friday, March 23, 2007

CODEPINK Protesters Arrested At Pelosi's Office

From The Hill this morning.

Way to go, Nancy...

Anti-war protesters arrested at Pelosi’s office
By Chris Good, March 22, 2007

Four members of the anti-war group CODEPINK were arrested outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Thursday afternoon, following an announcement that they would seek to take over the office.

The group’s members had planned to hold a symbolic “Pin the war on the Donkey” demonstration at Pelosi’s office to show their frustration with the Democratic leadership’s inaction on ending the war in Iraq.

However, Capitol Police prevented the taping of a drawn donkey to the wall.

CODEPINK members were crying outside Pelosi’s office. When asked why, Rae Abileah, 24, said she was crying out of “outrage that this is all we can get from the Democrats,” referring to the Iraq supplemental funding bill, scheduled for a vote Friday.

“We’re just heartbroken that Nancy Pelosi has decided to keep funding George Bush’s war, and now the war belongs to the Democrats as well as the Republicans,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. “We thought we were going to get a change when they came into power.”
So did I. So did everyone who voted them into power last November...


Jennifer said...

I am so torn. On the one hand, good on em for the pin the tail on the donkey thing.

On the other hand, I am still mad at the lot of them for the fact that they demonstrate outside walter reed. Walk in and HELP. Demonstrate outside.. Pelosi's office.

Edger said...

Yeah - I kind of feel like that too, Jen.

I think their idea and focus though is that drawing attention to what is happening at Walter Reed will help. Like - leave the doctoring to the doctors and leave the "attention drawing" to the attention drawers?

Jennifer said...

no, they aren't protesting the conditions inside. They are protesting the war, and have been for some time. Flag draped coffins and other things the wounded soldiers don't really need to see, much less the callous responses they get from the Code pink ladies.

Cindy Sheehan refuses to join them there. (another reason I love her)

Edger said...

I misunderstood you, then.

Mixed feelings too. On the one hand I understand why they are protesting the war there, visibility is necessary to protesting, and they definitely get that there.

Callousness from them to the wounded is uncalled for and can only hurt the cause, yes. And the soldiers. I agree. The coffins? They do draw attention, but probably not the support they want to draw, there. Obviously.

They want publicity, and they have you and I talking about them - so it's worked for them to some degree - and making us both question, which I think is good - but I'd rather see them trying to occupy Pelosi's office or rethug offices than setting up at Walter Reed.