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Antiwar Activists Detained At House Appropriations Committee Hearing
By Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Washington, D.C. - March 8 - Two activists were arrested today after
disrupting the hearing of the House Appropriations Committee. The
Committee is considering approving nearly $65 billion in supplemental
spending to fund the war in Iraq. The two activists were arrested
after they read the names of Iraqi citizens and U.S. soldiers who have
died in this war. The action was part of the "Winter of Our
Discontent" actions organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
"We act today to stop the death and suffering this war is causing in
Iraq, and to urge others in the peace movement to raise the ante" said
Mike Ferner, a member of Veterans for Peace and Voices for Creative
Nonviolence, and a former member of Toledo City Council. "Over 2300
U.S. soldiers and well over 100,000 Iraqi citizens have died in this
war. It is time to end the occupation; to bring our troops home; and
to pay so that Iraqis can rebuild their country after 15 years of
brutal economic and military warfare waged by the U.S."
Since February 15, VCNV members have participated in a liquids-only
fast and vigil at the U.S. Capitol. Four have gone without food as an
act of solidarity with Iraqi citizens and as a call to the U.S.
government and citizens to end the war against Iraq. This action is
the second action of civil resistance carried out during the Winter of
Our Discontent campaign. The first occurred on February 27 in which 7
people were arrested at the White House.
Key demands of the campaign include: 1) an immediate end to the U.S.
occupation of Iraq; 2) full funding of the reconstruction of Iraq by
the U.S.; 3) cancellation of the odious debt incurred by Saddam
Hussein's regime, without any International Monetary Fund conditions;
and 4) cancellation of the war reparations charges imposed against
Iraq by the U.N. for Hussein's invasion and occupation of Kuwait in
Those arrested and currently in custody include: Mike Ferner, member
of Veterans for Peace and VCNV (from Toledo, Ohio); Ed Kinane with
Voices for Creative Nonviolence and present in Baghdad at the time of
the U.S. invasion in 2003 (from Syracuse, NY)