Citizen Sit-In and Call-In at Senator Bernie Sanders' Office to Protest War Funding
Meet in front of Burlington City Hall on Church Street at 2pm Tuesday, March 27 to plan
Walk to Bernie's Office, 1 Church Street, between 2:20 and 2:30 pm
As they say in Vershire, I'll be there if the creeks don't rise!
From the press release I received --
Inspired by a national movement called The Occupation Project and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, participants from all over the state will be asking Senator Sanders to vote no on the funding approved by the US House on Friday. Iraq Veterans Against the War, college students, members of local peace organizations, and concerned citizens are all planning on participating either by visiting Sanders' office or calling the office. They will meet in front of Burlington City Hall on Church Street at 2pm Tuesday, March 27 to plan.
They will then walk to Bernie's Office, 1 Church Street, to arrive at 2:30 pm. Participants will each decide for themselves how long they would like to stay at the office.
Last week 30 people occupied Rep. Peter Welch's office in Burlington for five hours. Despite a 35 minute conversation on speaker phone with the activists, Welch voted for the war funding. The sit-in helped bring public attention to the vote and mobilized peace activists who feel it is time, in this 5th year of occupation, to begin a nonviolent, direct action campaign to bring each and every one of the soldiers home now.
Many people in the peace movement say the supplemental funding restrictions do not go far enough to ensure the end the occupation of Iraq. As Representative Dave Zuckerman said at the Burlington peace rally on Saturday, 'half the troops home in a year and a half' was not the rallying cry of campaigns last fall. The American electorate was promised something better. We will ask Bernie to be a strong voice for Vermonters and to vote no on the supplemental.
Many of the speeches on the floor of the US House last week began with, "If only we knew then what we know now, we never would have approved the war." That is a poor excuse and we will not tolerate that same excuse in regards to this funding vote. We know now that with this supplemental funding, a thousand more US soliers will be killed and thousands more wounded. We already know that with this supplemental funding tens of thousands of Iraqis will be killed. We already know there will still be many US troops in Iraq come September 2008. Let's vote against it now.
If you would like any more information on the Sanders Office Sit-In and Call-In please contact Liza Earle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-434-2054 or 802-310-1943.