Barbara Cummings>Notes > D.C. & Die-In PICS! http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/sets/72157602102610837/
From: Barbara Cummings
Date: September 21, 2007 8:56:02 AM PDT
Subject: more pics
amazing photos of Laurie Arbeiter and Ann on this b&w link below
Here are just a few photos from the die in yesterday. Carol Ezell, Leslie, and I all participated in it. Thousands of tourists were there to see how our capitol was closed to it's citizens. The standoff lasted for over an hour, in the end no one was arested. A few of the very beautiful ladies decided to go up against the capitol police. They were chest to chest for 1/2 hour, again ending in ni arrests. Many of the younger oficers were clearly moved by this demonstartion. A few were just itching to drag us across the sidewalk. It was tense and emotional.
44 people went into the gallery and as they attempted to reach the people's rotunda they were forcefully arrested.
Later in the day, at the WH, a man approached us in such a way that we did not know if he was friend or foe. He talked to us for a long time about Bush and why we were against the war. Finally, he thanked us for all our work and said his son, Brian Medina was killed in Falluja. He also said he wanted ot honor us for our work and that we were representing his son by being at the WH. Needless to say, it was the end to a very emotional day from start to finish.
Right now, 6 of us campcasey alumni are at the Harrinton Hotel, rm 622. We will stay through the end of the month, maybe longer. Troops out Now encampment is starting tomorrow and then we are going to NYC for the UN appearance of Bush.
in case you missed the earler email, if you wanted to come but couldn't, please consider a small donation so that more people can come and stay here. There will be a big march and civil disobedience on the 29th and we will be in congress every day we are here. Thanks to all of you who have given us such encouragement and support. Those emails at the end of a long day really make us happy.
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***On Sep 10, 2007, at 3:29 PM, Barbara Cummings wrote:
I went incognito today so that I might move easily through security and blend in . It helped me get in the hearing as they limited "pink" people and those with them to 7. You see me sitting next to David and Ann.
The hearing went as expected, lies and spin. Lots of talk about Iran nothing about Saudi Arabia. One of the big economic gains Betratus spoke of is the Iraqi government is buying millions of $ of hi tech weapons from us. Nothing of the humanitarian crisis, nothing of eletric, water or schools and hospitals.
Much trashing of the Iraqi government by both sides.
Several people got arrested. Rev Yearwood got jumped on and I understand his leg was broken. Ann, Geoff, David and I remained silent today.
2,5000 people have signed up to get arrested at the die in on SAT. I plan to do that action. I will be very surprised if that many actually do it but if they do, it will be amazing.
We have been told that the police have been instructed to get rough to discourage any resisting or dissent.