Fri Sep 22, 2006
Declaration of Peace to Oregon Senator Gordon Smith's office
On Thursday September 21, 2006, 9 people attempted to deliver a petition to congress, The Declaration of Peace, which calls for an end to the war in Iraq, to Senator Gordon Smith's office in Portland, OR. They were stopped from entering the building by police and security, so they sat down, refusing to move until they were all allowed in.
As the building that Senator Smith has his office in is on private real estate (The Portland World Trade Center), they were able to be charged with trespassing when they sat down. So much for being able to petition our representatives.
I made this movie with my little Nikon camera, and thought I'd upload it to youtube.com. It's a couple shots of the people sitting down in front of the elevators to the building with security and police barring their way. Singing, then getting arrested. There was a flower vendor 15 feet away from the sit-in people that gave roses to everyone, and drew a sign on her cart 'stop funding war' - it's at the end. Ordinarilly I don't like chants, songs, and usually am the one cringing at rallys or marches everytime someone starts a sing-along of John Lennon's 'Imagine' or 'Give Peace A Chance', but I thought this use of 'Frère Jacques / Are You Sleeping' was actually kinda good:
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