Saturday, January 19, 2008
Rivers of Blood in Capitol crypt action Post court
Yesterday Friday 01.18.08 it was our pleasure as
CODEPINKERS to show up at court to 500 Indiana street in
support of the Rivers of Blood Action in the Capitol Crypt!
This was an action on September 20th 2007 in which over 30 activists from all over the country convened to depict where the Rivers of Blood started in the Hub of worldly power here in DC. This group of morally just folks had shirts with blood stains and various anti-war messages!
The activists laid down in the Crypt and were subsequently arrested!
They had more than one day in court it was more like 3days. The judge gave out several different sentences depending on past acts of nonviolent & peace resistance type actions. The most harsh 10 days suspended, 6 months probation, $100 fine to victim fund,Stay-away from Capitol Crypt. Another group rec'd 7 days suspended, 6 months probation,$50 toward victims fund, Stay away from Cap Crypt. Joan Nicholson 74 year young activist from Pennsylvania mentioned her age & it appeared the judge gave her a lesser penalty 3 days suspended, 6 months prob,$ 50 fine, stay away from the Crypt~
Each person had an opportunity to speak to the court at sentencing. It was thought provokingly very powerful!! Each made a point to say we are not trying to do this for attention but to relay our peace messages WITH EDUCATING THE VISITORS TO THIS IMMORAL WAR/OCCUPATION IN IRAQ. It was fascinating to listen to each person make the case for the unjust sentence........These peace warriors were shocked the judge thought this beautiful action could possibly incite violence!!!!!
This was the outrageous claim made by the government and the judge took it as reason to convict!
WE TOOK THIS AS THE BIGGEST INSULT. WE MUST DO SOMETHING EVERYDAY TO KEEP OUR MESSAGE IN THE MAINSTREAM.
END THE BLOODSHED, STOP THE KILLING, AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW!