Stout Hearts

(crossposted from Cobalt6)

I wanted to get some stuff together here to show those of us who plan to march from the White House to the Capitol this Saturday the things that have been happening there as the day approaches.

First, though, is a website set up to coordinate contacts and activities for that day. The group the people I am traveling with and I are joining will meet at the site of the National Christmas Tree at 11 am. We will be wearing orange.

The actual coordination is taking place in the Forums section.

That said, I have some things I’d like you to see below the fold.

Police break up anti-war meeting in Washington

  WASHINGTON (AFP) – Mounted police charged in to break up an outdoor press conference and demonstration against the Iraq war in Washington on Thursday, arresting three people, organizers and an AFP reporter said.

  “The police suppressed the press conference. In the middle of the speeches, they grabbed the podium” erected in a park in front of the White House for the small gathering, Brian Becker, national organizer of the ANSWER anti-war coalition, told AFP.

  “Then, mounted police charged the media present to disperse them,” Becker said.

The police’s entire beef? The wrong kind of glue had been previously used to affix posters. Watch as a cop puts a wrist hold on a woman for no good reason whatsoever, then a mounted police officer uses his horse as a weapon of intimidation to attempt to break up the press conference.

Three people — Tina Richards, the mother of a marine who did two tours of duty in Iraq; Adam Kokesh, a leader of the Iraq Veterans Against the War group; and lawyer Ian Thompson, who is an organizer for ANSWER in Los Angeles — were arrested…

Fast forward to yesterday, when Rev. Lennox Yearwood was arrested by Capitol Police……for standing in line to enter the Petraeus hearing.
edgery at Daily Kos:

When the line started moving shortly before the scheduled hearing time of 12:30 pm, Capitol Police stopped him from entering while let others in behind him. They told him they were only letting 7 “peace people” in and that there was no more room for him.

Understandably and correctly, Rev. Yearwood argued with the Capitol Police that he had as much right to be in the hearing room as any of the others in line. They refused to let him enter, and began moving him away from the hearing room door – at which point, all hell broke loose.

Not in MY America, you don’t.
All the more reason to turn out in force this Saturday to show we will not be intimidated, and we will not be silent while the American people are sold a corrupt bill of goods and an illegal, unnecessary occupation by Petraeus, Crocker and the BushCheney administration.

See you Saturday.


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    • pico on September 13, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t own anything orange.  I hope my card doesn’t get revoked!

  1. if i was still living in d.c., betcher ass i’d be there too.

    i hope you and everyone have an empowering and safe day standing up and speaking out in the face of our inching ever closer to an america that is wholly unrecognizable when measured against the content of our core values and the promise of the constitution.

    go git ’em.

  2. who say fascism can never happen in America.  WTF?  It’s already here and if we don’t root it out, it won’t ever go away.

  3. Make sure to bring some extra beer! My spirit is going to be hanging out with you a lot and it gets VERY thirsty!

    jlynne and the folks at Road2DC have done a great job, thanks for pimpin them!

  4. … wish I could be there.

    Just one comment about this.  I have read too many folks bashing Code Pink, ANSWER, etc.  I’m not a fan of every organization that is protesting, but that is no longer the point.

    This crew of criminals have committed acts so heinous that anything protesters could do pales in comparison.  And I include the MoveOn ad in that description as well.  There simply is no comparison.  It is no longer time for any decorum — decorum has gotten us to where we are now.

    If I hear one more Senator or Congressional rep. thank Petraeus for “his service,” show courtesy to assholes undergoing investigations, or spew forth more of this meaningless “courtesy,” I think I shall scream.

    It’s way past time for that kind of bogus civility.

    Good luck and thank you to all of you who are going to the protest — my thoughts and love will be with you.

  5. and Skipper and OPOL and son and all those who will be there. If I didn’t have to be in DC the following month on biz I’d be there too. Maybe something will be happening then that I can join.

    Anyway, those videos are so maddening. DC is in a Police State of mind.

    Be careful all of you. Be safe. Be loud. Be proud. Most of all know that you will have the strength of many many spirits both present and those long gone to join you. Think of all those who have marched those same paths for justice and peace before you. Think of the millions of footsteps and chants that moved and cried out for change. Let those spirits infuse you.

    Again, blessings and THANK YOU!

    • Caneel on September 13, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    truth to power, y’all. Thanks, K.

    • escapee on September 13, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I’ll be the one limping (bad feet), crocheting (you can never hear the speakers), and taking pictures of signs from alllll over.

    I’ll try to find you all, but I have no idea where the Christmas tree is, so I may just end up randomly accosting people in orange.  I’ll be wearing an orange polo shirt.  Best I can do.

  6. today on Democracy Now. Wish I could walk with you on the week-end but know I am with you in spirit. Good luck to you all.

  7. but I’ve got a chemo party set up for Friday.  Would one of you please take my spirit with you for the day?


  8. These guys will attempt to provoke violence, dressed as anarchists.
    They will gravitate to the most edgy part of the crowd and try to instigate something.

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