One More Death, Not One More Dollar
A movement is growing in the US to
prevent citizens’ representatives in Congress agreeing to continue funding the
war in Iraq. The Occupation Project aims
to obtain commitments from Senators to vote against providing any more money
for the Iraq war, with a promise to occupy their offices until a pledge is
received (or until they are arrested, whichever is the sooner).
Over 440 arrests have been made so far, as
a result of 90 occupations, nearly all of which have ended in arrests. Only a handful of occupiers have been jailed
beyond an initial overnight stay.
The public challenge has proved
effective. Jeff Leys of Voices for
Creative Nonviolence says: ‘Fifteen of
the 39 [districts where arrests had occurred] voted against the final Iraq war
Supplemental Spending Bill that Congress passed in May’.
Appalled by the acts of the present US
administration, it is easy to forget that not all Americans are like George