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Occupation Project STL Occupies Carnahan's Office, Similar Demos Nationwide

The St. Louis delegation of the nationwide nonviolent anti-war campaign Occupation Project staged two demonstrations [1, 2, 3] this week at US Rep Russ Carnahan's office in Brentwood, just days after the project was launched. The latter rally this afternoon lead to arrests of 7 members, and all were released on bail by the evening [AP story]. As per their press release, the protesters returned to the office (located at Manchester and Brentwood) to secure a public commitment from Rep. Carnahan to vote against all future funding for the Iraq war. While in the office, the protesters read aloud the Litany of the Dead, names of Iraqis killed by violence under the US occupation.

 

More: IOW Page | Occupation Project STL | OPSTL Affinity Meeting 2/10 | Flyer | Video: 1, 2

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The protesters are specifically seeking Carnahan to vote against the $93 billion supplemental funding bill that President Bush submitted for Congressional approval on Monday (2/5/07). They are appalled by Bush's disregard for the welfare of US troop in escalating the war Iraq while also making ominous threats against neighboring Iran. From IOW: “The St. Louis Occupation Project began on Tuesday, February 6, with a morning press conference, an afternoon rush hour rally, and a 14-hour visit to Rep. Russ Carnahan's office by the five women of the CTSA Affinity Group. The day included several hours of discussions between the affinity group and the Carnahan office, including a one hour conversation with Representative Carnahan by phone. During those discussions, Rep. Carnahan stated his opposition to Bush's escalation plan and the funding for it, and he said he favors an 'orderly, safe and prompt' phase-out of American troops. However, he has so far refused to make a public commitment to vote against any further Iraq war funding.”


From their press release: “The presence in Rep. Carnahan’s office is the initial action of local peace groups participating in the national Occupation Project, an eight-week project which is based on a simple message to Members of Congress, 'Until you make a public commitment to vote against any further war funding, we will occupy your offices.' Local war opponents plan to return to the local offices of area Members of Congress over and over again, seeking the only action by Congress that can put a speedy end to the war, chaos, and death that have plagued Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003.”


Similar demonstrations or sit-ins have occurred this week nation-wide, with more planned or currently underway:


…and more coming.


Media:

Quicktime videos of sit-in at Carnahan's Office: 1, 2

Occupation Project 2/8/07 Press Release

Occupation Project Flyer

St. Louis Instead of War Coalition page

Veterans for Peace

Democracy Now! coverage

Common Dreams coverage


Get Involved:

Occupation Project St. Louis

Affinity Group Formation and Training, 2/10/07

Occupation Project (national)

Occupation Project St. Louis Calendar


 
 

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"Occupation Project" at Congressman Sam Farr's Office in Santa Cruz

"Occupation Project" at Congressman Sam Farr's Office in Santa Cruz
www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/02/16/18364631.php
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"Occupation Project" at Congressman Sam Farr's Office in Santa Cruz
www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/02/16/18364631.php
 

Re: "Occupation Project" at Congressman Sam Farr's Office in Santa Cruz

Do you really think throwing a temper tantrum will make people take you seriously? Why not organize a letter writing campaign? A deluge of mail will have more effect than the unwashed masses showing up and shouting down (copy denying others their first amendment rights) all others. Makes sense, huh?
 

Re: Occupation Project STL Occupies Carnahan's Office, Similar Demos Nationwide

get a job you fuckin losers
 

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