Day by Day
A Continuing Chronicle of War Resistance
The following continues our effort to bring the chronicle of
contemporary war resistance in the United States up to date,
following our 15-month publishing haitus from April, 2003 to August,
2004. We know there are still some gaps in this coverage,
particularly regarding legal updates and final disposition when
charges were not simply dismissed.
This chronicle is a supplement to the Day-by-Day record of
war resistance appearing in the Nuclear Resister #132-133, April 24,
2003 (available online at
as backissue for $5 postpaid.)
The first section includes all new arrest reports from
2003 and 2004.
The second section updates some of the arrests first
reported in that issue.
Despite the late date for publishing some of this news, we
believe it is important to bring it all together in one place. How
else will we come to understand the breadth of our struggle, and
learn from each other's experience?
Our tally of anti-war
arrests began in the fall of 2002, when the selling of the war against Iraq
began. In late September of that
year, police rounded up more than 600 antiwar marchers in Washington,
DC, on the occasion of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
meeting. At the same time, activists in more than a dozen states
targeted congressional offices for civil disobedience actions
directed at preventing congressional approval of the "use of force" resolution
that the administration considers to be its declaration of war.
From that time until the present, more than 9,500 anti-war
related arrests have been reported. In many cases, our information
about the legal consequences of these arrests is incomplete, and in a
handful, the number reported arrested varies a little between sources.
The following chronology is in two parts. First, new
actions, previously unreported here, followed by updates on arrests
reported in the Nuclear Resister #132/133, April 24, 2003.
VA - 1 arrested
Jack Payden-Travers arrested for protesting in a group of
more than five people without a permit. Convicted 12/1; charge
dismissed on appeal as violating First Amendment.
10-24-2002 Columbia, SC - 1 arrested
Brett Bursey arrested with "No War for Oil" sign, outside
designated protest zone. State drops baseless trespass charge; feds
pick up prosecution for "threatening" the president and being in
restricted" zone. In his defense, Bursey, the director of the South
Carolina Progressive Network, challenges Secret Service policy
permitting such zones. Tried in November, 2003, Bursey was found
guilty in January, 2004, and fined $500. He is appealing.
2-12-2003 Chapel Hill, NC - Dean Dome arena - 4 arrested
Four people ran onto court during prime-time broadcast of
UNC-Virginia basketball game with anti-war banners. Two acquitted,
two sentenced to community service, suspended jail term. One
2-24-2003 Boston, MA - 11 arrested
Arrested for blockading the downtown military recruiting
center. Eight accepted probation sentence for their plea.
3-6-2003 Spokane, WA - Fairchild AFB - 7 arrested
Holding a banner reading "OPPOSE THE WAR - SUPPORT OUR
TROOPS", activists blocked the entrance to Fairchild AFB, and were
charged with disorderly conduct.
3-9-2003 Washington, DC - 23 arrested
Members of Iraq Pledge of Resistance held memorial service
for Iraqi victims on the mall, then processed to the Capitol where
arrests occurred. Eleven convicted at trial May 30, fined $50.
3-15-2003 Boston, MA - 1 arrested
Woman arrested blocking traffic on Massachusetts Avenue
bridge during anti-war Stand Out.
3-17-2003 Brattleboro, VT - 8 arrested
The downtown National Guard recruiting station was occupied
by the Peace Guard, who hung their own banners and placed their own
literature on the tables while engaging the Guard recruiters in
conversation. Arrested later for trespass as they held a banner
proclaiming "Love Your Enemies - Refuse to Kill." Released pending
3-19-2003 Austin, TX - 3 arrested
Members of Campus Coalition for Peace & Justice cited for
criminal mischief while chalking demonstration announcements on
University of Texas sidewalks - a long-standing tradition. One, PhD
candidate Jonathan Bougie, was slammed against wall during arrest,
requiring stitches to close wound.
3-19-2003 Plattsburg, NY - 1 arrested
Michael Bedoian left a bushel of composted manure at door of
army recruiting office. Pled guilty March 29 to illegal disposal of
solid waste; fined $200.
3-20-2003 Alexandria, VA - 1 arrested
Matt Smucker arrested for intersection sit-in; fined $100.
3-20-2003 Bennington, VT - 12 arrested
Rosemarie Jackowski, convicted in September, 2004 of "
disorderly conduct with intent to harass and annoy", for stopping
with her sign mid-intersection, head bowed, during peace march.
Short jail sentence (suspended) and probation. Eleven others pled
out before trial.
3/21/2003 Chicago, IL - 69 arrested
Most charged with trespass for blockading the Kluczynski
3-21-2003 Santa Cruz, CA - 13 arrested
In May, district attorney elects not to prosecute for
trespass at recruiting center.
3-22-2003 Camden, NJ - federal building - 11 arrested
Cited and released same day. Tried and convicted April 7.
Sentenced to 12 hours community service and court fees.
3-24-2003 Salt Lake City, UT - 9 arrested
Three federal building entrances blocked. Four no contest
pleas, four convicted on July 21, 2003. All fined $50.
3-29-2003 Tucson, AZ - 1 arrested
Ken Erickson drove his truck, mounted with large speakers and
sound system broadcasting homemade "sounds of war" CD to a military
academy recruiting event at high school. Parked outside with the
sounds blasting, he later entered the auditorium to demand of the
congressmen hosting the event why they're spending so much on war,
not education and health care. Arrested as he drove, and cited for
trespass and noise violation. Jailed six hours, convicted September
12, 2003, and fined $310.
3-30-2003 Tucson, AZ - 1 arrested
Videographer Jeff Imig arrested as he stepped off crowded
sidewalk during Cesar Chavez birthday and peace march.
4-1-2003 Portland, ME - 4 arrested
A 24/7 vigil that began March 19 in downtown Monument Square
is evicted. Those arrested refuse bail, released 36 hours later on
their own recognizance.
4-3-2003 North Andover, MA - 1 arrested
Jonathan Leavitt arrested for trespass during protest of
unbalanced war coverage in front of local newspaper office. Found
not guilty at September trial.
4/9/2003 Springfield, MA - 14 arrested
Following an interfaith worship service, defendants knelt in
prayer where a police line stopped them, ten feet from the doors of
the federal building. They were asked to leave after 45 minutes, and
arrested for trespass when they refused . At their October, 2003
trial, the state court judge asked: "When do citizens become
trespassers on federal property, which constitutionally they own?" Dissatisfied
with the prosecutor's answer, the judge acquitted the eleven defendants in
court that day.
4-11-2003 Portsmouth, NH - 1 arrested
Paul Pat Morse and about a dozen other protesters blocked the
street in Market Square in April. Others left the street when
ordered by police to do so, but Morse refused. He was convicted of
disorderly conduct in September and served 12 days in jail. Morse
wrote, "I am a former sergeant in the United States Air Force and a
Vietnam veteran, and as I watched yet another war unfold I felt it
was time for me to go beyond vigiling in Market Square and make a
symbolic gesture to slow down the killing in Iraq ... As I lay in the
street with a steady rain coming down on my face the scene turned
somewhat surreal. I heard car horns, police sirens, people yelling.
One of the reasons that I was lying there was to be in solidarity
with the people in Iraq who were being killed ... I knew that I would
be arrested shortly and was no longer nervous, as I had been all day."
4/12/2003 Ashland, OR - 3 arrested
Davis Stone and Alyosha Witness were charged with disorderly
conduct and reckless endangerment after burning an American flag at
an anti-war rally, and held on $25,000 bond. Another person was
cited a few days later for illegal burning at a "somber and
dignified" flag burning held in support of the two men. Stone posted
bail after 6 days, and Witness after 10 days. Nearly one year later,
the charges were dismissed, and the police chief admitted to a
misperception of the actual danger in the situation.
4-12-2003 Las Cruces, NM - 1 arrested
At peaceful anti-war vigil, NMSU professor David Boje
arrested for refusing to identify himself when confronted by
University police. Police were acting on complaint of a nearby
sorority that the small group rallying for peace would not move off
the public sidewalk by their house. Boje was in chains one hour,
then released, and later given as apology.
4-14-2003 Pentagon - 1 arrested
Art Laffin arrested at weekly Pentagon vigil for "
solicitation of pamphlets" and released pending court June 6.
4-16-2003 St. Charles, MO - 1 arrested
Christine Manes arrested outside "protest pen" as President
Bush addresses workers across the road at Boeing missile and bomb
factory. Her 5-year-old daughter was pulled from her arms and held
separately until claimed by her father. Four charges include child
endangerment; released on signature.
4-17-2003 San Francisco, CA - 8 arrested
Action at the federal building.
4-22-2003 Sunnyvale, CA - 52 arrested
Several action groups converged on weapons giant Lockheed
Martin; hundreds block three entrances for hours.
5-3-2003 Crawford, TX - 5 arrested
Activists stopped at roadblock en route to protests at the
President's ranch are initially convicted of violating the city's
parade law, and fined. In July, 2004, a county judge overturns the
conviction and local ordinance on Constitutional grounds.
5-4-2003 Kent, OH - 14 arrested
On the 33rd anniversary of the National Guard shooting four
Kent State University students dead during Vietnam War protests, over
300 people marched on campus against the latest war and occupation of
Iraq. Without a permit, they turned to city streets. Police had
blocked traffic, but as the march filled the street police emerged to
surround the marchers. Most moved safely to the sidewalks, but
police picked off the pokey ones while commanders pointed out
organizers and photographers. Fourteen people were arrested, most
for misdemeanors. One woman being moved from one van to another
reached down to fix her shoe. Police assaulted her and threw her
against the bus window, breaking it. A charge of felony vandalism
was later dismissed, as were some of the others.
5-5-2003 New York City, NY - 50 arrested
Operation Homeland Resistance, a coalition of racial justice
and immigrant rights groups, organizes three days of 'No More
Profiling - No More War' sit-ins at Javits Federal Building.
5-6-2003 New York City, NY - 30 arrested
More Operation Homeland Resistance actions.
5-7-2003 New York City, NY - 3 arrested
More Operation Homeland Resistance actions.
5-15-2003 Indianapolis, IN - 1 arrested
Carl Rising-Moore charged with punching police who tackled
him as he "violently" waved a United Nations flag when Bush's
motorcade passed by. Refused to post $20,000 bail, and a week later
refused $1,000 bail. Jury found him not guilty at July trial.
5-17-2003 Andrews Air Force Base, MD - 2 arrested
Gary Ashbeck and Max Obuszewski arrested while picketing air
show at base, from public area near gate. Judge acquits both at
6-7-2003 Portland, OR - 2 arrested
Amy Harwood and Josh Raisler Cohn arrested on bridge facing
docked warships where sign hangs: "WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION, NOTHING TO
7-4-2003 Ft. Meade, MD - 3 arrested
Pledge of Resistance activists arrested as they approach
National Security Agency. Released later without charges.
8-5-2003 Mesa, AZ - 5 arrested
" Shadow Project" event leads to arrests for violating a city
graffiti ordinance. Charges are later dismissed with an apology from
the police chief, acknowledging officers had overreacted to the
chalked outlines of nuclear war victims intended as a Hiroshima Day
8-14-2003 San Diego, CA - 4 arrested
Four man sit-in blocked road outside Bush fundraiser at
8-16-2003 Groton, CT - Gen. Dynamics shipyard - 5 arrested
At the launch of the first "most versatile ever" Virginia
class attack submarine, five men knelt at the curbside pedestrian
entrance to the ceremony. They implored those attending not to
celebrate a weapon of mass destruction, and instead join them to
create a world that is safe for children. Police arrested them on a
charge of obstruction when they refused to move from the sidewalk.
In September, they pleaded no contest and were fined $35, suspended.
10-4-2003 Ft. Meade, MD - NSA HQ - 5 arrested
Fourteen members of Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, after
fruitless written requests for a meeting with the head of the
National Security Agency, presented themselves in person. At least
40 police kept them from even the visitor's parking lot, and arrested
five who persisted in their right to petition the official.
Videotape review of the encounter led to dismissed charges for three.
Marilyn Carlisle and Cindy Farquhar were found not guilty of
disorderly conduct, guilty of trespass, and fined $260.
10-28-2003 Honolulu, HI - 4 arrested
Army plan to train Stryker brigades in Hawaii brought
opponents into exclusive country club where environmental impact
hearing was held. Security forces forbid their signs, leading to
trespass charges that were dismissed before trial.
10-29-2003 Honolulu, HI - 3 arrested
Phalanx of private security guards faced off with opponents
seeking to bring signs into a different exclusive country club for
EIS hearing held there (see 10/28, above). Trespass charges
dismissed before trial.
11-14-2003 Baltimore, MD - 8 arrested
Fifteen Pledge of Resistance activists, rebuffed by their
requests for a meeting with their Senator, visited her office. Sen.
Mikulski spoke with them by speaker phone from Washington, but after
refusing their request for hearings on Bush's fabricated pretexts for
war, she hung up. Eight of the group remained past closing time, in
dialogue for six hours with two members of the Senator's staff.
Around midnight, after they refused a request to leave, police were
called and arrested them all. They were released within 12 hours,
and no charges were filed.
12-22-2003 Nashua, NH - 11 arrested
A dozen activists, ranging in age from 17 to 88, chained
themselves together to block the driveway into BAE Corporation's
Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems Division. Charges of
disorderly conduct and trespass were negotiated, and a no contest
plea led to sentences of 20 hours community service.
2-24-2004 Boston, MA - 11 arrested
Blockade of downtown military recruiting center by Friends of
Haley House Catholic Worker community. Sentenced to probation.
3-19-2004 Milwaukee WI - 9 arrested
Arrests as some of 30 demonstrators in Reuss Federal Plaza
crossed police lines. Police refused to arrest Verdell DeYarman, 84,
because of her health problems. She told the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel, "I want to be arrested to make a statement. If I die
today, I die for a purpose, to say no to war."
3-19-2004 San Francisco, CA - 25+ arrested
Five hundred marchers converged on the anniversary of the
invasion of Iraq at the corporate offices of Bechtel, a major
profiteer from the occupation. Entrances were blocked and some were
arrested before the march moved on to a related housing demonstration
where more arrests occurred. Most charges dismissed at arraignment.
3/20/2004 San Francisco, CA - 80 arrested
Mass arrests of the round-up fashion, confining hundreds in a
break-away march from 50,000 in the streets. Charges all dismissed
5-7-2004 Washington, DC - 8 arrested
Eight Code Pink activists removed from Senate committee
hearing on prisoner abuse in Iraq, after standing to demand the
witness, War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, resign.
5-19-2004 Houston, TX - 5 arrested
In the hotel lobby just outside the Halliburton shareholders
meeting, five "Corporate Pigs in Paradise" in snout-faced masks and
business suits threw fake money around, then chained themselves to a
railing. This gave them time to question and dialogue with
shareholders until police could arrest and remove them. Charged with
trespass, they posted bond on $5000 bail that night. They later
pleaded guilty and were fined.
5-26-2004 Boston, MA - 1 arrested
College student Joe Previtera was charged with disturbing the
peace and two felonies: making a false bomb threat and using a hoax
device. His street-theater reenactment of the notorious Abu Ghraib
photo showing a hooded prisoner, standing on a crate and wired for
torture, was carried out for an hour in front of a downtown military
recruiting center. The charges were later dismissed after widespread
protest and derision.
6-5-2004 Groton, CT - 6 arrested
Protesting outside the shipyard at the christening of the USS
Jimmy Carter, the third Seawolf class nuclear submarine, four were
cited for obstructing free passage, and two for disorderly conduct.
7-3-2004 Ft. Meade, MD - 3 arrested
While attempting again to deliver a letter to the director of
the National Security Agency, three people were charged with
trespass, and released pending a federal court hearing 10/22.
7-10-2004 Highland Park, NJ - 1 arrested
The Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War's weekly
peace vigil was disrupted by police, who cited serial peace chalker
Leigh Davis with criminal mischief. The offending markings had been
on a nearby public wall since shortly after the vigil was started.
Charge dismissed in court July 21.
7/13/2004 Duluth. MN - 5 arrested
Bush in Duluth drew two Catholic Workers into the path of his
motorcade, bearing a banner reading "The Poor Can't Eat Your
Weapons." The judge dismissed the charges of "obstructing the legal
process" because the state failed to prove aggressive behavior, a
necessary element of the crime.Michael Larson interrupted Bush's
speech by shouting "Shame!", and pled not guilty to disorderly
conduct. He will stand trial October 21, alongside Beth Olson and
Angela Nichols, gay rights advocates arrested at the door as they
tried to enter.
7/28/2004 Edina, MN - 4 arrested
At the weekly peace vigil outside the ammunition factory
operated by Alliant Tech, Wisconsin Green Party congressional
candidate Mike Miles and three others from Anathoth Community were
charged with trespass. They crossed the line to talk to the company
brass about soldiers and depleted uranium, a product of the plant.
8-17-2004 New York City, NY - 4 arrested
While the current and two former mayors rolled out the
welcome mat for Republican National Convention protesters with offers
of museum and restaurant discounts, Code Pink women unrolled a huge
pink banner from a window of the Sheraton Hotel, across the street
from the mayors' press conference. The banner read: "They Say
Welcome, We Say Where? 8/29 Central Park?" to point out the hypocrisy
in "welcoming" the RNC protesters while refusing to give them a rally
permit for the huge event on August 29.
8-18-2004 Edina, MN - 3 arrested
At the weekly vigil, Joel Kilgour, Rachel Johnson and Michael
Larson attempted to deliver a platter of bloodied money to Alliant
Tech chairman Paul David Miller in Edina, MN. They were stopped at
the door and cited for trespass after police had to remove them from
the area. They await a trial date.
9-16-2004 Hamilton, NJ - 1 arrested
Sue Neiderer was arrested for trespass after interrupting
First Lady Laura Bush at campaign event to ask why her Army son was
killed in Iraq. Charge later dismissed.
10-2-2004 Washington, DC - 28 arrested
On Gandhi's birthday, the National Memorial Procession walked
from the Pentagon, past Arlington National Cemetery, to rally at the
White House. Last-minute permit change moves rally and
thousand-coffin display farther away; Military Families Speak Out
leads delegation past police line. Two fathers of Iraq war
fatalities are among those charged with violating park closure rules
and released pending court date December 15.
9-25-2002 Seattle - Senate offices - 12 arrested
On March 24, 2003, Jean Buskin and Anne Hall went to jail,
serving 19 and 5 days, respectively. Probation sentence for 10 others.
12-5-2002 Englewood, CO - 8 arrested
Found guilty of trespass at Sen. Allard's office, 7/25/03.
12-10-2002 Nashua, NH - BAE Systems - 3 arrested
Charges of trespass at arms plant dismissed at trial.
12-20-2002 Duluth, MN - 2 arrested
For recruiting office protest, Joel Kilgour and Michele
Naar-Obed each served 30 days in jail, May - June, 2003.
1-16-2003 Tucson, AZ - federal building - 6 arrested
Convicted in city court of trespass, 6/14/04; sentenced to
1-19-2003 Washington, DC - 16 arrested
All "Friends of Phil Berrigan" who crossed a barrier at the
White House were convicted in April, $50 fines suspended.
2-4-2003 Boston, MA - 2 arrested
Ninety days probation for sit-in at Sen. Kerry's office.
2-21-2003 Tucson, AZ - 5 arrested
Die-in defendants convicted of trespass at Sen. McCain's
office and sentenced to fine or community service.
2/27/2003 Somerville, MA - Tufts Univ. - 6 arrested
Bush Sr. hecklers removed from auditorium at Tufts
University, but no charges filed.
3-1-2003 Towson, MD - Shopping Mall - 8 arrested
Nearly one year later, mall drops "ban for life" against
leafletters and prosecutor declines to prosecute, leaving first
amendment issue unsettled.
3-8-2003 Phoenix, AZ - Peace march - 6 arrested
Judge irritated by police provocation acquits one; last
charge dropped when arresting officer unable to testify because his
license had been revoked. Other charges dismissed earlier.
3-12-2003 Los Angeles, CA - 7 arrested
L.A. Catholic Workers Catherine Morris and Martha Lewis
served 15 days in federal prison beginning late January, 2004, for
trespass at federal building.
3-13-2003 Chicago, IL - Boeing headquarters - 11 arrested
Seven were convicted October 5 and sentenced next day to
conditional discharge or supervision. In the case of David Corcoran,
released October 1 after six months in prison for trespass at the
School of the Americas, he must wear an ankle-locked monitor for one
month, beginning in January. Four others had earlier entered pleas
and served no jail time.
3-14-2003 Vandenberg AFB, CA - 1 arrested
Dennis Apel served two months in prison for pouring blood on
the main gate sign.
3-15-2003 Aurora, CO - 19 arrested
In April, 2003, a jury acquitted four and convicted 13 on
misdemeanor charges from sit-in at Buckley Air National Guard. A
juvenile's prosecution was deferred. Two Aurora police officers,
posing as a couple, had infiltrated the action group. According to
the Rocky Mountain News, 12/27/03, Sgt. Tim O'Brien of the Aurora
Police Department's intelligence unit, "testified the agents were
planted because the demonstrators had announced they were going to
commit a crime, namely the acts of civil disobedience. But [O'Brien]
said he had no way of knowing if the demonstrators were telling the
truth. 'We wanted to make sure that their real plans weren't to
suddenly stage a riot and start throwing bricks and bottles and stuff
like that,' O'Brien said, and pointed to demonstrations in other
parts of the country that did get out of control. 'Who's to say that
a member of a very violent faction joins this organization and starts
to preach violent protest and-or turns it into a violent protest
while it's going on - that we don't know,' O'Brien said."
3-15-2003 Tucson, AZ - No War March - 3 arrested
Charges dismissed, prosecution diverted.
3-17-2003 Ithaca, NY - 4 arrested
After 20 hours of deliberation during the April, 2004 trial,
the jury was deadlocked - three for conviction, nine for acquittal on
felony criminal mischief charges resulting from blood-pouring
throughout a recruiting office. The defendants, all Catholic
Workers, had been denied all motions to introduce expert testimony
about international law and the effects of invasion. Acting as their
own attorneys with eloquent effect, however, they used their jury
voir dire, opening statements and sworn testimony to persuade most of
the jury of their conviction that they had a right and a duty to be
in the office taking nonviolent measures to stop recruitment for the
imminent war, and they strongly felt they had reasonable belief that
their action was right, justified and legal.
3-17-2003 Salt Lake City, UT - 10 arrested
Eight came to federal court in July, 2003. Four pled no
contest, and four were convicted of blocking access to federal
building. $50 fines.
3-19-2003 Milwaukee, WI - 9 arrested
Corrected date (from 3/20) and # arrested (from 2) at federal building.
3-19-2003 Washington, DC- 26 arrested
Gary Ashbeck refused to pay $50 fine or do community service,
so served 30 days in July, 2003.
3-20-2003 Albany, NY - street blockade - 21 arrested
Correction: 21 not 15 reported arrests.
3-20-2003 Albuquerque, NM - 17 arrested
Complaints of excessive force by those arrested during a
march prompt civil rights lawsuit by 14 plaintiffs, including two
3-20-2003 Bangor, ME - 16 arrested
Justice Allen Hunter of the Maine Superior Court had this to
say, upon sentencing Nancy Galland, 60, and Richard Stander, 71, to
20 hours community service:"I remember that in the 1960s there were
actions of civil disobedience that, eventually, made our life
better," he said. "We all have derived benefits from acts of civil
disobedience like the Boston Tea Party. That act of civil
disobedience has played an extremely important and vital political
role in our history. From time to time in our history, we see
events that involve civil disobedience that make us all
uncomfortable," said Hunter. "I'm not sure that's a bad thing." (Bangor
Daily News, 11/1/03) A jury had earlier convicted them both of trespass during
protest at U.S. Senators' offices.Earlier in the
year, fourteen others were sentenced to suspended 2-day jail terms,
fines and/or community service.
3-20-2003 Berkeley, CA - 120 arrested
Criminal charges from university sit-in were quickly dropped,
but three UC Berkeley students were convicted in absentia of "
disturbing the peace" by a university disciplinary panel.
3-20-2003 Binghamton, NY - 12 arrested
Twelve were arrested at federal building (originally reported
as 6). Some entered pleas, others convicted for trespass. Fines
paid and community service done.
3-20-2003 Chicago, IL - mass arrests - 900 arrested
All charges were eventually dropped or thrown out of court.
Civil rights suit filed against city by National Lawyer's Guild; city
countersuit seeks reimbursement for costs under rarely used law.
3-20-2003 Philadelphia, PA - 104 arrested
Eighty refused to pay $250 for "summary offense" and went to
trial. Several small groups were convicted and 27 people served
seven days in jail for their refusal to pay a fine. On October 20,
six more people, including Quaker peace activist, Lillian Willoughby,
age 90, will go to jail for 7 days.
3-20-2003 Pittsburgh, PA - mass arrest - 122 arrested
Most pled no contest, had record cleared after 80 hours
community service. One charge dismissed, and three people convicted
at trial of obstruction and failure to disperse, sentenced to 100
hours community service and $150 fine.
3-20-2003 San Francisco, CA - 1500 arrested
Correction from 1,200 reported arrests. Reports varied, but
the National Lawyer's Guild estimated that in the two days, March
20-21, at least 2,300 people were arrested throughout the city as
widespread anti-war protest disrupted much of normal commerce and
traffic. In late June, 2003, citations issued these days were all
3-20-2003 Tucson, AZ - federal building - 8 arrested
Charges dropped for 7 people arrested for die-in on street
already blocked by police. Keith McHenry convicted of assault and
criminal damage after Marine with bullhorn, one of many who barged
into crowd of demonstrators, accused the Food Not Bombs co-founder of
pushing him into a fountain. One police "witness" acknowledged he
did not see the alleged assault, because his attention was taken by
another demonstrator demanding the officer do something about the
Marine who had just shoved him aside. Sentence: 40 hours community
service, one year probation and $119 restitution for the bullhorn.
3-21-2003 Allentown, PA - 11 arrested
Community service sentence in May, 2003, for all who sat-in
at Rep. Pat Toomey's office, in return for guilty or no contest pleas.
3-21-2003 Belfast, ME - street blockade - 3 arrested
Maureen Ostensen and Nan Stone pled no contest in May, 2003,
and were sentenced to time served after their arrest - two days in
jail. Larry Dansinger pled guilty and was fined $100.
3-21-2003 Duluth, MN - 10 arrested
One pled guilty, seven others convicted in September, 2003,
and fined $100 for trespass at federal building.
3-21-2003 Prescott, AZ - street blockade - 7 arrested
Five people were convicted of failure to heed an order from
an officer, and one, who the judge doubted could hear the order, was
acquitted. Sentenced to probation and 16 hours community service.
Another had earlier pled guilty and did 2 days of community service.
3-21-2003 San Francisco, CA - 800 arrested
Responding to the National Lawyer's Guild tactic of
supporting everyone's right to trial or dismissals for all charged
during these two days of mass arrests, city supervisor Tony Hall
groused: "Destroying the economy of San Francisco and other parts of
the country, that's the real mission of the NLG. They know it costs
a lot to prosecute these people and they want to make it tough. It's
not playing within the rules."
3-22-2003 Johnston, IA - Nat'l Guard - 16 arrested
Thirteen found guilty of trespass in August, 2003; fined $200
3-22-2003 Los Angeles, CA - blockade - 78 arrested
Most charges from march on CNN to protest war cheerleading
are dismissed as part of diversion from prosecution agreement.
3-22-2003 San Francisco, CA - 40 arrested
See San Francisco, 3-20-03.
3-22-2003 Tucson, AZ - 1 arrested
Keith McHenry was acquitted of anti-war "tabling without a
permit" at major arts & crafts fair.
3-22-2003 Vandenberg AFB, CA - 3 arrested
Sanderson Beck served 4 months in prison; Sister Mary Pat and
Sheila Baker are on 3 years supervised probation.
3-24-2003 St. Paul, MN - 28 arrested
Sen. Colman requested the charges of trespass at his office
be dismissed, and they were.
3-27-2003 Madison, WI - 2 arrested
Inflated charges against demonstrators peppersprayed at
recruiting center protest are dismissed.
4-1-2003 Saratoga Springs, NY - 1 arrested
Michael Bedoian pled guilty in August, 2003, to two counts of
disorderly conduct and one of resisting arrest. Felony assault
charges were dismissed, and for three years Bedoian is to keep clear
of the navy housing project where the altercation with police ended
his anti-war leafletting of incoming traffic. He was also fined $220
and agreed to a psychological evaluation by a doctor of his own
4-7-2003 New York City, NY - 100 arrested
Two arrestees were acquitted of disorderly conduct, all
others' charges were dropped, and the activists are now suing the
city over their illegal arrests during day of action outside war
profiteer Carlyle Group offices.
4-7-2003 Oakland, CA - Port - 31 arrested
In late April, 2004, all criminal charges were dropped.
4-12-2003 Washington, DC - 3 arrested
The Partnership for Civil Justice filed Frucht et Morales v.
District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court in April, 2004. The
lawsuit seeks to recover damages (Frucht's beating was caught on
videotape) and also asks for an injunction against the police's use
of motorcycles and bicycles as weapons against peaceful marchers, the
use of police and cycle lines to flank marchers and prohibit persons
from leaving or joining demonstration activities, and the use of the
rush tactic, in which police officers charged and assaulted assembled
4-14-2003 Englewood, CO - 6 arrested
Guilty of trespass at Sen. Allard's office, fined $50. Sixth "
defendant" Darren Christensen was in fact an undercover sheriff's
deputy, who testified that most of such work he did involved being
solicited on-line for deviant sex. Defendants were outraged. "We're
lumped in with pedophiles . . . it was like, whoa," defendant Sara
Jane Gerardi told the Rocky Mountain News. Christensen attended
nonviolence training with the others yet testified he remained
concerned about weapons until the end, simply because they were
visiting a Senator's office. As reported in the News, supervising
Sgt. Al Holstein told the court he "wanted Christensen to build up
rapport that could be useful in monitoring the group in the future.
'Yeah, in case, down the road we would do that again, and he could go
to other protests, organizational meetings, or whatever, just to
gather intelligence in the future,' Holstein said."
4-14-2003 Lexington, MA - Raytheon - 3 arrested
Judge ordered "unsupervised pretrial probation" leading to
dismissal of charges.
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