Ten Arrested in Rep. Doris Matsui’s Office…

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Civil Disobedience Sept. 17. A staffer (standing) tries to convince vets, others to leave as they lay down directly in front of Matsui’s personal office. They were arrested an hour later.
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Ten arrested, including four vets, mother of soldier in Iraq, inside Doris Matsui’s office. Matsui refuses to sign their “Declaration of Peace.”

SACRAMENTO – Ten anti-war activists – including four veterans and the mother of a U.S. soldier now in Iraq – briefly occupied Rep. Doris Matsui’s office (D-Sacramento). The ten were arrested Monday inside the office as they attempted to get her to agree to their “Declaration of Peace.”

The ten were handcuffed about one hour into the demonstration around Noon Monday, and charged with a “disturbance.” Outside the 12th floor office, dozens of other activists held a “Die-In” to protest the war.

“For the past several years we have repeatedly and politely met with the representative’s staff, and asked her for a meeting, but it has not worked. She still supports the policies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which includes providing more money for the war,” said Cres Vellucci, a Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace and Coalition to End the War.

“Nearly 4,000 U.S. troops have now been killed and tens of thousands horribly wounded, along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi killed… it is past time for the voters of her district to not only ask, but demand, that Rep. Matsui officially declare her desire to end the war now,” he added.

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Walking Into Federal Building Sept. 17

Vellucci says Matsui refused to sign the “Declaration of Peace,” which simply states that she supports legislation to end the war now and won’t vote for any money for the war.

At a similar demonstration in March – on the 52nd day of a “peace-in” at Matsui’s office – seven people were arrested inside Matsui’s offices, including five veterans, as they read the names of U.S. and Iraqi civilian dead. It was the longest such sit-in of the Iraq War.

This month Congress is expected to vote on another war-funding measure – $148 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including $116 billion for Iraq. Monday’s action coincides with similar Die-In protests across California and the nation week, and a Monday People’s March to Congress in D.C..

Alan Gray is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NewsBlaze Daily News and other online newspapers. He prefers to edit, rather than write, but sometimes an issue rears it’s head and makes him start pounding the keyboard. Alan has a fascination with making video and video editing, so watch out if he points his Canon 7d in your direction.