And Your Television Says There’s No Resistance Movement? By Max Obuszewski

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By Max Obuszewski
After Downing Street
Tue, 2007-12-04 00:26

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.

FEBRUARY, 2008

11—[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.

3—[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 citation fine.

JANUARY

23—[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.

16—[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.

14—[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 assaulting police.

3—[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 citation fine.

DECEMBER 2007

29—[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.

14—[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.

12—[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 Davis’ office on Sept. 20.

11—[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.

5—[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 service sentences.

4—[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 Benning,

4—[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.

3—[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 Kohl’s office on Sept. 7. They were charged with obstructing a sidewalk after putting up crime scene tape around the entrance to the office.

NOVEMBER

29—[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.

28—[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.

26—[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 officer.

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 Harkin’s office. Gaunt and Espino later pled guilty and were fined.

16—[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.

15—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 were violated.
15—[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 Hill.
11—[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.

10—[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.

10—[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 jail.

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.

9—[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 Campaign” targeted the campaigns of Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, taking over their offices.

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. .

2—[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.
1—[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.

OCTOBER

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. Please stop.”

24—[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.

23—[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.
20—[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 property.

17—[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.”

16—[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 Durbin’s office. In a simultaneous action, five people were arrested in the lobby of the building.

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 “Impeach Bush and Cheney — Liars” and an upside-down U.S. flag on the Great Western Trail bridge over Interstate 355. They are charged with disorderly conduct.

12—[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.

11—[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.

5—[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, Espeland’s daughter, to urge Sen. Charles Grassley to stop voting to fund the occupation. Charges were dismissed against these three students.

SEPTEMBER

27—[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.

25—[Portland, ME] Lobbyists went to Rep. Tom Allen’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 crime.

25—[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. .

21—[Chicago] Three people were arrested in Sen. Dick Durbin’s office.

19—[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.

18—[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.

17—[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.

14—[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.

11—[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 Warncke’s case would also be dismissed, Don would be convicted on Apr. 19 and jailed.

7—[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.

6—[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.

6—[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 attorney.
5—[Juneau, AK] Rob Mulford’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.

“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

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One thought on “And Your Television Says There’s No Resistance Movement? By Max Obuszewski

  1. Michael, I think you are right about the statistics although I haven’t done any research on this. I think the point is that many people are doing civil disobedience/resistance but the news (MSM) isn’t doing their job of reporting it.

    I remember seeing lots of news reports of protests (and probable arrests) when I was a child during the Viet Nam conflict (they didn’t call it a war back then).

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