Subject: Year 2007 Resistance Against the War Update
Thought some of you would like to see that many people are
risking everything to end this war. Peace, PG B
I am sending you half of a resistance report. Let me know if
you want the complete report. Kagiso, Max
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Year 2007 Resistance Against the War Update
I am of the opinion that there has never been a movement in U.
S. history with the number of arrests which have taken place
in opposition to the Iraq War. This list of appeals, arrests and
legal cases is not all-inclusive. Please send additions,
corrections and updates to mobuszewski at verizon.net.
11â€”[Tacoma, WA] Peter Ryan, Sky Ogawa Cohen, Jesus
Lopez, Jesse Schultz III and Fiona Thompson are scheduled
for trial on a charge of failure to disperse while blocking arms
shipments going to the port.
3â€”[WDC] Around 20 protesters will go on trial for crossing a
police line on Sept. 15 on the west side of the U.S. Capitol.
Close to 200 people were arrested, but the vast majority paid a
23â€”[Tacoma, WA] Wally Cuddeford is scheduled for trial. He
was arrested on Mar. 6, 2007 during public comment time in
City Council chambers after he condemned police brutality.
16â€”[Washington, D.C.] Thirty-four peace activists are
scheduled for trial on two disorderly conduct charges in
Superior Court. They were arrested in a National Campaign
for Nonviolent Resistance-organized die-in at the Crypt of the
U.S. Capitol on Sept. 20.
14â€”[Tacoma, WA] Wally Cuddeford, Jeff Berryhill and Caitlan
Esworthy are scheduled for trial on a charge of resisting arrest
during a blockade of arms shipments going to the port.
Berryhill and Cuddeford face the additional charge of
3â€”[WDC] Around 20 protesters will go on trial for crossing a
police line on Sept. 15 on the west side of the U.S. Capitol.
Close to 200 people were arrested, but the vast majority paid a
29â€”[WDC] Beth Adams, Johnny Barber, Ellen Barfield,
Michelle Grise, Sherrill Hogen, Kathryn McClanen, Joan
Nicholson and Max Obuszewski are to file their brief with the
District of Columbia Court of Appeals. They are appealing
convictions related to protests on Sept. 26 or 27, 2006.
On Feb. 16, some 30 defendants who appear before D.C.
Superior Court Chief Judge Rufus King III are convicted and
ordered to pay a $50 assessment fee. One defendant was
found not guilty. On Mar. 14, 20 defendants who appear before
Judge King facing charges from either Sept. 26 or 27 are
convicted and ordered to pay the $50 fee.
17--[Cedar Rapids, IA] Mona Shaw, Lou Hellwig, Ajax Robert
Ehl, Kathy Hall, Megan Felt, Lee Mickey, Nyssa Koons, Brian
Shearer, Gloria Williams, Brian Terrell and Renee Espeland are
to go on trial for trespass. On July 6, they were arrested in
Sen. Chuck Grassley's office. Also arrested was David
Goodner, but he pled guilty and paid a small fine.
14â€”[Omaha, NE] Peg Gallagher, Fr. Jack McCaslin and Jerry
Ebner are scheduled for trial, facing a charge of refusal to
leave on Oct. 10 during a die-in outside the Strategic Space
and Defense Conference.
12â€”[San Diego, CA] Five members of San Diego Civil
Disobedients are scheduled for trial on a charge of trespass
after being arrested in Rep. Susan Davisâ€™ office on Sept.
11â€”[WDC] Don Muller, Max Obuszewski, Perry Reeve and
Lynn Robinson are to file an appeals brief to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The activists were
arrested on the White House sidewalk on Sept. 26, 2005, and
later convicted of demonstrating without a permit in three
separate trials. The convictions were affirmed by Chief Judge
Thomas Hogan. So this appeal goes before the U.S. Court of
Appeals. Working with a public defender, the appellants have
requested a 60-day extension to file their brief.
5â€”[Denver] Sue Gomez, Arnie Carter and Raphael Egger,
who were part of a group of seven who sat in Sen. Ken
Salazar's office on Feb. 21, are scheduled for trial facing
charges of trespass and disturbing the peace. The others,
William Watts, Nelson Bock, John Scott Foreman and Claire
Ryder, pled guilty and were given time served or community
4â€”[Tucson, AZ] Betsy Lamb, Mary Burton Riseley and
Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada are to be arraigned in federal
court, facing charges of criminal trespass on a military
installation, conspiracy and failure to comply with a police
officer. They were arrested outside the gate of the U.S. Army
Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, AZ on Nov. 18 during a
solidarity demonstration with the annual protest at Fort
4â€”[Burlington, VT] Four antiwar activists are expected to be
prosecuted. They were arrested with four others on Oct. 22
while sitting in Rep. Peter Welch's office. It seems recidivists
will now be prosecuted in Burlington.
3â€”[Madison, WI] Seven nonviolent peace activists,
Cassandra Dixon, Flo Evans, Joy First, Jamie Haack, Janet
Parker, Karin Sandvik and Susan Spahn, are to go on trial after
an arrest in front of Senator Kohlâ€™s office on Sept. 7. They
were charged with obstructing a sidewalk after putting up
crime scene tape around the entrance to the office.
29â€”[Bath, NY] Five activists, who occupied the office of Rep.
Randy Kuhl on Aug. 6 and were found guilty of criminal
trespass in September, were sentenced. Mark Scibilia-Carver
was sent to jail for 30 days when he indicated he could not pay
any fine nor perform community service. Ellen Grady, Todd
Saddler, Danny Burns and Chris Tate were ordered to perform
50 hours of community service and to pay $300. However,
they informed the judge they would not pay fines or perform
community service. He will re-visit the matter after four
months. The five plan to appeal their convictions.
28â€”[Colorado Springs, Co] Officials dropped charges
against Eric Verlo and Elizabeth Fineron who were arrested
with five other war protesters while marching in the St.
Patrick's Day parade. All seven went on trial in August facing
a charge of obstructing a passage or assembly, but there was
a hung jury. Immediately afterwards, the city dropped charges
against the other five. The seven were marching in the parade
under a permit issued to Verlo, but the police removed them
because of their antiwar signs. During the arrest, police
brutalized Verlo and Fineron.
26â€”[Ann Arbor, MI] Dr. Catherine Wilkerson is scheduled for
trial facing two charges: assaulting/resisting/obstructing a
police officer and attempted assaulting/resisting/obstructing a
paramedic. The charges are a result of her intervention on
Nov. 30, 2006 after she observed a Univ. of Michigan security
guard and later a paramedic mistreating a protester. She was
not arrested during the protest. However after she filed a
police brutality complaint with City Hall, she was notified of the
charges by mail.
During a protest against the Iraq War, as well as an attack on
Iran, campus security mistreated and arrested Blaine
Coleman, Henry Herksovitz and Kathryn Babayan. The two
men were charged with resisting and obstructing an officer
and interfering with an arrest. Babayan was charged with
disturbing a public meeting and resisting and obstructing an
26--[Cedar Rapids, IA] Michael Rack, Lara Elborno, Kerry
Hofferber, Rose Persaud, Jamie Fredericksen and John Paul
Hornbeck were scheduled for trial facing a charge of
trespass. Along with Chris Gaunt and Daisy Espino, they were
arrested on July 6 in Sen. Tom Harkinâ€™s office. Gaunt and
Espino later pled guilty and were fined.
16â€”[WDC] Superior Court Judge John Ramsey Johnson
denied a government motion to jail eight peace activists
charged with contempt for refusing to pay an assessment fee.
Maria Allwine, Johnny Barber, Michelle Grise, Joan Nicholson,
Max Obuszewski, Kay Warren, Bill Wylie-Kellerman and Jerry
Zawada were convicted on charges relating to protests on
Capitol Hill against war funding on either Sept. 26 or 27, 2006.
They were held in contempt on May 11, and since then have
challenged the government to dismiss the charges. Johnson
ruled that the contempt case will be continued until after the
appeals of the conviction are completed.
15â€”Portland, OR] Peter Bergel and Robert Projansky were
found not guilty of trespass. On Mar. 16, they tried to visit,
along with Michael Glaze, the office of Sen. Gordon Smith. The
three were denied entry into the building and arrested. Bergel
and Projansky went on trial June 22, but it took almost five
months for the judge to agree their First Amendment rights
15â€”[WDC] Eda and Mike Uca-Dorn pled guilty to unlawful
assembly and incommoding and were sentenced to three
months unsupervised probation, 3 days of community service,
5 days suspended sentence and a $50 assessment fee. They
were among 60 activists arrested on Oct. 22 during the No War
No Warming actions to stop business as usual around Capitol
11â€”[Boston] Eighteen antiwar veterans were arrested as
they protested the exclusion of their message from the
Veterans Day parade. Members of Veterans for Peace lined up
in front of a podium at City Hall Plaza holding antiwar placards
during a ceremony sponsored by the American Legion. Some
protesters wore gags, which they later said symbolized the
fact that, while they were permitted to march in the parade,
they were prevented from carrying signs opposing the Iraq
War. Fifteen men and three women were charged with
disturbing a lawful assembly of people.
10â€”[Olympia, WA] Thirteen anti-war demonstrators were
arrested while attempting to block Stryker vehicles used for
weapons transports. Olympia Port Militarization Resistance
aims to end weapons transports through the Port of Olympia.
Dozens of protesters, observers and representatives of the
media have been brutalized by the Olympia Police Department.
According to a spokesperson on Democracy Now on Nov. 19,
there were a total of 66 arrests.
10â€”[WDC] Eve Tetaz was released from jail after completing
her seven-day sentence. On Nov. 2 she pled nolo contendre
to three charges resulting from two arrests. Superior Court
Judge Marisa Demeo did not want to imprison the retired
schoolteacher, despite the nolo contendre pleas to two
charges of failure to obey a lawful order and a charge of
unlawful assembly. However, the determined Tetaz kindly
explained she would not do any community service, pay any
fines or accept probation. So the judge reluctantly sent her to
On June 29, Tetaz, dressed in the ancient mourning symbols
of sackcloth and ashes, stood on the sidewalk in front of the
White House and begged for an end to war. The Park Police
arrested her and charged her with failure to obey a lawful
order. After her release, she headed to the Hart Senate Office
Building to try to petition Sen. Hillary Clinton. Again she was
arrested, but this time held overnight. This second arrest on
June 29, however, was not adjudicated on Nov. 2.
On May 14, Tetaz joined the Mother of a March from the White
House to Capitol Hill. Outside the Cannon House Office
Building, she, peace moms Cindy Sheehan and Tina Richards,
and thirty other antiwar protesters sat down at New Jersey
and Independence Aves. While most of the arrestees paid a
fine, Tetaz, facing three charges, wanted her day in court. One
charge was dismissed on Nov. 2. The only other protester
from the May 4 action who went to trial was Joan Nicholson.
She was found guilty of two charges on Sept. 4 and ordered to
pay $200 in fines, do 40 hours of community service and six
months of unsupervised probation. Nicholson does not
intend to pay the fines or do community service.
9â€”[Des Moines, IA] Eighteen activists were arrested in a
campaign to make the Iraq War the main issue during the
presidential caucus races. "Seasons Of Discontent--A
Presidential Occupation Campaignâ€ targeted the
campaigns of Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, taking over
Staffers in the Giuliani campaign office in Clive, IA waited a
mere two hours to call the police to arrest 10 activists. The
Clinton campaign waited almost eight hours before requesting
the arrest of eight activists in the Des Moines office. The arrest
honor roll is as follows: Ed Bloomer, Robert Braam, Elton
Davis, Mickey Davis, Ron Durham, Renee Espeland, Joy First,
Chris Gaunt, David Goodner, Kathy Kelly, Nick Kinkel, Chrissy
Kirchoefer, Jeff Leys, Farah Moktareizadeh, Dan Pearson,
Mona Shaw, Suzanne Sheridan and Brian Terrell. .
2â€”[Madison, WI] Seven peace activists were arrested at East
Towne Mall speaking out against the war and occupation of
Iraq. The seven were Bonnie Block, Father Jim Murphy, Jamie
Haack, Susan Spahn, Conor Murphy, Jean McElhaney and
Joy First. They were charged with unlawful trespassing and
asked to pay a fine of $424. They intend to go to trial.
1â€”[La Crosse, WI ] Gail Vaughn, Anita Zibton, and two girls,
Zoe Zibton, 13, and Katie Lamb, 12, were convicted of
trespassing in Rep. Ron Kind's office. Only the adults were
fined $95, as a result of their May 30 sit-in.
30--[WDC] Mike Ferner and Linda Wiener were scheduled for a
status hearing after being arrested on Sept. 20 for speaking
out from the gallery during a session of the U.S. House of
Representatives. They were taken into custody after shouting
"Congress! Congress! Funding the war is killing our troops.
24â€”[WDC] Desiree Fairooz confronted Condoleezza Rice
during a House of Representatives hearing, and was arrested.
She is facing several charges, including destruction of
government property. This is her fourth arrest, and she has
another pending case.
23â€”[WDC] Leah Bolger was to go to trial in Superior Court
facing a charge of unlawful assembly. She was arrested on
Sept. 18 with four others during a pro-war rally. She is a retired
Navy commander and member of Veterans For Peace.
20â€”[Great Dismal Swamp, NC] Seven peace activists, Steve
Baggarly, Beth Brockman, Mark Colville, Peter DeMott, Mary
Grace, Laura Marks and Bill Streit, were arrested at the
headquarters of Blackwater USA. While simulating the
shooting of Iraqi civilians, they were taken into custody and
charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and destruction of
17â€”[Tucson, AZ] Fr. Louis Vitale, OFM, and Fr. Stephen
Kelly, SJ were sentenced to five months in prison for
attempting to deliver a letter on Nov. 19, 2006 to then-
commander Major Gen. Barbara Fast at Fort Huachuca, AZ.
The letter denounced torture and the Military Commissions Act
of 2006. Once the judge denied the priests any possible
defense, they pled guilty to a federal count of trespass and a
state count of "Failure to Comply with Police Officer.â€
16â€”[Chicago] Responding to Sen. Dick Durbin's Oct. 1 vote
to provide another $150 billion in war funding, eight staff
members of the 8th Day Center for Justice and a friend were
arrested after refusing to leave Durbinâ€™s office. In a
simultaneous action, five people were arrested in the lobby of
15--[Wheaton, IL] Jeff Zurawski and Sarah Hartfield were to
appear at a hearing to face a charge resulting from their May
6th display of a sign reading â€œImpeach Bush and Cheney â
€” Liarsâ€ and an upside-down U.S. flag on the Great
Western Trail bridge over Interstate 355. They are charged
with disorderly conduct.
12â€”[Alexandria, VA] Eda Uca, Mike Dorn, Bill Streit, Eve
Tetaz, Start Loving and Sr. Margaret McKenna were in court
after being arrested at the Pentagon on Aug. 6. Five of them
were pinched for planting tomato plants, Loving got busted for
leafleting. Dorn and Loving had their cases dismissed. Uca
and McKenna pled no contest, and were fined. Streit and
Tetaz were found guilty and also fined.
11â€”[WDC] Beth Friedlan pled guilty to crossing a police line
on Sept. 20, which was set up on the west side of the U.S.
Capitol. She also pled poverty, but the judge ordered her to
pay $100 by Jan. 1. She does not plan to pay.
5â€”[Des Moines, IA] Frank Cordaro was given a thirty-day jail
sentence after pleading guilty to criminal trespass. Aaron
Glynn, a senior at Hoover High School, and Renee Espeland
also pled guilty and were fined $300. On Sept. 21, they were
part of a Students Beyond War occupation with Amanda
Hicks, 17, Abby Olson, 17 and Reetzi Hughes, 14, Espelandâ
€™s daughter, to urge Sen. Charles Grassley to stop voting to
fund the occupation. Charges were dismissed against these
27â€”[WDC] A bench warrant was issued for Cindy Sheehan
who failed to appear for arraignment to face charges of
unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct, related to her
arrest on Sept. 10 inside the Cannon House Office Building.
Her sister Dede Miller was also arrested when the two of them
urged the Capitol Police to stop beating Rev. Lennox
Yearwood. Yearwood was denied entry into the hearing at
which Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan
Crocker were to present an Iraq progress report to the House
Armed Services Committee. The Rev. was originally charged
with assault, but that charge was dismissed. He is facing at
least one other charge. It is believed eight members of Code
Pink, including Mona Hall and Desiree Fairooz, were arrested
inside the hearing.
25â€”[Portland, ME] Lobbyists went to Rep. Tom Allenâ€™s
office to deliver letters seeking his support for impeachment.
Eight were arrested, and seven of them paid a $40 bail bond
and were released. Kathe Chipman refused to pay the bail and
spent the night in jail. The eight were never charged with a
25â€”[New York City] About a dozen antiwar protesters,
including Ben Maurer, were arrested protesting George W.
Bush's speech to the United Nations General Assembly. .
21â€”[Chicago] Three people were arrested in Sen. Dick
19â€”[Portland, OR] Genny Kortes, Troy Horton, Reverend
Lynn Smouse-Lopez and Tom Hastings were arrested for
trying to enter the office of Sen. Gordon Smith and deliver their
message to stop funding the war. The four were later
sentenced to community service.
18â€”[WDC] U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman, John McCain and
Lindsey Graham were among the featured speakers at a rally
held in Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill. Before the rally
concluded, Leah Bolger, David Barrows, Christine Rainwater,
Anne Kitridge and Anne Katz were arrested. Barrows spoke
out while Lieberman was speaking. While in custody, he
discovered one of the charges was for assault of a Gold Star
mother, which he denies. Katz was reading the Constitution,
and this caused her arrest.
17â€”[Sacramento, CA] Ten constituents, including four vets
and a mother of a soldier in Iraq, are arrested in the office of
Rep. Doris Matsui, where they had gone to urge her to sign a
Declaration of Peace.
14â€”[Bend, OR] An antiwar rally outside the office of Rep.
Greg Walden ended with a street blockade. Police ordered
protesters to leave the street. When Betsy Lamb did not, she
was arrested for disorderly conduct.
11â€”[Fairbanks, AK] Rob Mulford found the courtroom door
locked. It was eventually discovered his case had been
dismissed. Rob, Seth Warncke and Don Muller had been
arrested on Feb. 20 for trespass in Sen. Ted Stevens' office.
While Warnckeâ€™s case would also be dismissed, Don
would be convicted on Apr. 19 and jailed.
7â€”[East Hampton, NY] Misdemeanor obstruction and
disorderly conduct charges were dropped against five people
arrested on Apr. 17, 2006 during an anti-war protest on Tax
Day. There were 13 postponements in the case. The
defendnats agreed not to sue the township after changes
were made in the issuing of protest permits.
6â€”[Santa Fe, NM] A federal judge found six citizens,
including Rev. John Dear, guilty for trying to visit the office of
Sen. Pete Domenici on Sept. 26, 2006. They were to be
sentenced a few weeks later. The judge ignored the fact that
the police shut off the power to the elevator in the federal
building to prevent citizens from lobbying an elected official.
6â€”[WDC] A police officer rode a horse into the middle of a
press conference in Lafayette Park. Several activists were
speaking to the media about the urgency of coming out to
protest the war on Sept. 15. When Tina Richards and Adam
Kokesh pasted up a poster advertising the demonstration,
they were arrested. Also arrested was Ian Thompson, an
5â€”[Juneau, AK] Rob Mulfordâ€™s charge of criminal
trespass was dismissed. He had been arrested on Mar. 13 at
the entrance of the federal building before he could go to Rep.
Don Young's office to lobby against the war.
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject
class has always fought the battles. The master class has had
all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had
nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives."
Eugene Victor Debs