131 Veterans and others were arrested December 16 in front of the White House.
Nine min video of arrest of 131 Vets and friends at White House
After a 10 am rally in
Pentagon Papers fame, retired CIA officer Ray McGovern, Dr. Margaret
Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program, and others,
activists formed a solemn single-file process to the White House,
silent except for a drum beat. There, they encountered police
barricades. Some veterans began climbing over the barricades, until
the police opened them up, allowing people to approach the fence in
front of the White House.
As the light snow increased to heavy and began accumulating, activists
kept warm by singing and chanting. At about 12
arresting protesters who remained along the fence, while supporters
who did not want to risk arrest were moved across the broad street.
Some of the demonstrators stood in the snow and freezing temperatures
for nearly four hours before being taken to Anacostia processing
center and released. They have all since been released. Some have
elected to pay a fine, while others, including Ellsberg and McGovern,
will go to trial on the charge of disobeying a lawful order.
Link to photos from White House demo
For more info nationally contact
Mike Ferner, 419-360-3621;
Elaine Brower, 917-520-0767;
Leah Bolger, 541-207-7761
Veterans For Peace, 314-725-6005,
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 8
Eleven Arrested in Times Square Antiwar Action
Cathy Breen, Carmen Trotta, Matt Tessitore and I joined Dorothy Day's
grand-daughter Martha Hennessy, two local members of Veterans for
Peace, Professor James Marsh of
in a symbolic blockade of
We were all taken to the midtown south precinct, and released later in
the evening with summonses for Disorderly Conduct. We'll be going to
court on March 1st for this arrest. We certainly appreciate the
support we got from over a hundred people who chained themselves to
the White House fence, and look forward to sharing our stories with
them, in the hopes of a rekindled antiwar movement in the days to come.