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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:43 PM
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The story of my White House Arrest
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 02:47 PM by meganmonkey
I'll start my story on Sunday, the day before the arrest. The weekend thus far had been a blast - I had fun partying with DUers, marching, yelling, celebrating the solidarity of the movement. But Sunday, I woke up in a very different state of mind. I went into the city at around noon, and my first stop was Camp Casey. As soon as I got there I started weeping. It was as if I finally remembered why I was there in the first place, and it hit me that every one of those crosses in the field represented not only a soldier, but also hundreds of Iraqi citizens, and I wept. A very kind stranger approached me and held me and said 'You are too young to feel this way' and wept with me. That moment has stayed in my heart since then - I am typing through tears now and I am only on my first paragraph. This is going to be a long story....but this is my personal permanent record of it, so forgive me.

I went to the United for Peace and Justice encampment where the training was being held. I had attended a general training before on peaceful civil disobedience before, so I skipped that part, and arrived in time for a couple speakers from Clergy and Laity Concerned About Iraq, a group which would be playing a crucial role in Monday's action. I only want to point out one thing, which I found extremely interesting. A Christian minister gave an interpretation of the whole 'turn another cheek' thing, which for centuries has been used to make battered wives or abused children silent in their pain. He explained in great detail the norms of the time it was written, and showed that it was really a subversive act, not a submissive one. Due to rules about how a man could only use his right hand to hit someone (because the left hand was used to wipe one's ass and so could not even be used to gesture, let alone touch someone) and how a master can only hit a servant with an open hand, not a fist (because only equals can punch each other with a fist), turning the other cheek meant that the servant was forcing a situation in which the master had to back down, or treat him as an equal. With that in mind, I had a new perspective on Civil Disobedience.

Next was the legal briefing by a member of a legal collective in DC that defends the rights of protestors and represents them in court. While the attorney couldn't guarantee our same-day release, or that we wouldn't have to come back for a court date, he was very reassuring. Everyone had a million questions for him, one of the most important points he made was if you have any open warrants or anything, DO NOT participate. My record was clean, in fact I have made it to age 30 without ever getting arrested (and believe me, I probably deserved it once or twice) so I figured this would be a perfect chance to try something new. The best part of the legal briefing was when this cute rosy-cheeked curly-haired kid asked if minors could participate and what would the legal results be, and everyone went 'Aaaawwww' and someone told him to bring a note from his mom saying he was allowed to do it. He was such a sweet kid, and I know he went through with it, I saw him and another teenager get taken into a back room at the jail.

Then it was time to split up into 'affinity groups'. Most people who do this show up with a group of people to get arrested with, and each group includes at least one person who isn't getting arrested and will follow up to be sure everyone gets out of jail, and can call people's family etc. Well, I was among the 20 or so freaks who showed up to do this alone, so we formed our own groups. I actually knew one of the other people in my new group, I had met her years ago at a rainbow gathering, so I had affinity with her and her boyfriend who were both from Ann Arbor, like me. At first it was a little odd, because we were all strangers who needed to be able to trust each other and rely on each other, but it didn't take long before we had a good rapport. We all wanted very much to keep it peaceful, and I think the fact that we all showed up for this with enough faith and trust to do it alone - well, that was our affinity in and of itself. We were all determined to participate. A very kind woman named Katie, who was from the DC area, offered to be our main support person, and 2 others who had questionable arrest records also chose to be support. So we had 6 getting arrested. We needed a name and one member said "Revolutionary Affinity" and we all liked it. I noticed that our initials were 'RA!' so that became our battle cry, if you will. It took a while but we got one very powerful 'RA!!!!' shout and decided we were ready :P We all parted ways and planned to meet at the church Monday morning.

Meanwhile, DUer Joan Alpern moved into my hotel room for Sunday and Monday night. She had done security at the Saturday march and was familiar with the process of Civil Disobedience, so she became my own personal support person. As well as a very good friend (I love you, Joani!!!). It was wonderful knowing that if I did get stuck in jail, she could clear out my hotel room, and she had my car keys and my parents' phone numbers. Monday morning we got ready to go, and I put on my Supergirl panties, which seemed appropriate ;) . Joani handed me a fine-tipped sharpie to write her phone number and a few others on my thigh - she's a genius! I had been warned that while, in theory, I would get all my property back after the arrest, it was better not to bring much with me. So I had $100 cash, my ID, my hotel key, my cigarettes and lighter, a sweatshirt, a small bottle of water and an energy bar, and a bandanna. That was it. No cell phone, no lip balm, no jewelry or belt, no bag, just stuffed pockets. I felt naked after 3 days of traipsing around the capitol with every possible supply in a bag.

We ate a big breakfast at a cafe which is unusual for me - I am never hungry at 8am, but it was the best advice I ever followed. I was tempted to get a mimosa but I figured that even if it calmed my nerves a little I would regret it in the long run so I stuck with fresh-squeezed OJ. I barely even drank any coffee, which is unheard of for me, but y'all know what coffee can do to a girl, especially a girl whose stomach is already in knots!

We headed over to the church where everyone was meeting and getting a final briefing. The organizers had worked very closely with the police in planning the event and there was really only one detail that was uncertain, but it was a very important detail that could have ruined the whole thing. As many of you saw on Saturday, the sidewalk directly in front of the White House was barricaded for the Saturday march so people would stay on the street instead of the sidewalk. Those barricades were still up on Sunday, and the police said they would remove them Sunday night. But if they didn't, the whole plan was shot, because the specific rule we were planning break involved the sidewalk immediately in front of the WH, where the postcard-pretty view is. At the church they announced that the barricades were still there, but with an opening of about 50 feet. The police said that they would close the barricade at some point, the message being - you better have made up your mind because you only have one chance to cross the line from the street (legal) to the sidewalk (illegal). There were a few speakers at the church talking logistics and inspiration. There were small signs with the names of the dead - soldiers and civilians - for us to wear around our necks. Some of them had the ages of the civilians on them, including infants.

The most powerful moment in the church, to me, was when a woman took the mike and said she had just talked to her brother who is stationed in Iraq. He wanter her to tell us the WE were the ones fulfilling the Noble Cause. :cry: <--- me weeping. again.

Then we gathered in front of the church and started marching toward the ellipse at about 11AM. We were probably about 400 people at that point (many others met us at the Ellipse and at Lafayette Park). Obviously we were much smaller than Saturday's march, but we were a force to be reckoned with. We were inspired and loud and purpose-driven, knowing what we would be doing later. Since it was Monday, the city was at work, and the police were stopping traffic for us as needed. People from all walks of like, from business suits to hotel doormen to cab drivers and bus riders were waving, cheering, flashing peace signs. We saw some people who were clearly not amused, but they were few and far between. It would really suck to be a Republican in that town, must be why they're so uptight. I knew for certain that I was doing the right thing when I saw the people in the windows of the Veterans Administration building clapping, waving, showing their support. We also seemed to have the support of the Washington Post building, I wish they expressed it more in their paper! At one point we went under an overpass and the cheering went crazy, echoing and drumbeats bouncing off the walls - that concentrated energy really intensified the mood. We got to the ellipse, and there were a couple short speeches there, although I didn't hear them. My affinity group just sort of used the time to bond some more, and that is when I got interviewed by the Truthout guys. I think they only put me in the video because when they offered me a business card I said 'Oh please, I don't need one of those, I have you bookmarked!' (I'm right at the beginning, saying "Hi mom - I'm almost in jail!" or something to that effect)
Click on the topless woman for video:
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

From the ellipse we split into 2 groups and went around the park on both parallel streets so we could fully surround the WH. We went to the far side of Lafayette Park and met up with the other side on the way into the park and walked through the park to face the WH. There were a few speakers there, but all they had were bullhorns for sound so it was hard to hear anything. At that point I realized Cindy Sheehan was there, but I didn't know if she was planning on getting arrested. I believe Joan Baez was there too but I may be wrong. It felt very chaotic when we got there, and I was starting to get nervous. I finished my water and ate my energy bar and gave Joani my cigarettes.

The lead group of clergy, Iraq vets and families, including Cindy, approached the guardhouse to request a meeting with the President. The goal was to present him with a list of the names of all the dead from the war - including the Iraqi civilians. Many of us had requested a meeting beforehand by fax or email. The theory was that if we had trouble and had to go to court it would work in our favor that we had tried to use a formal process to get a meeting and were ignored. Surprisingly, the meeting was NOT granted. There was TONS of press there, I think partly because Cindy participated, and I am very grateful for that. It was hard to tell what was going on, and we weren't sure when we supposed to move past the barriers onto the sidewalk, but I think most people were afraid of getting shut out so we all moved forward. People started hanging their neck signs of the names of the dead on the fence posts, along with the eviction notice and several other signs. In theory the police (who by now were all over the place) could have arrested people on the spot for that, but they let it slide. There were DC Park police and SWAT members on the street and sidewalk, and there were federal marshals (I think that's what they were) and secret service on the WH lawn, and snipers on the roof watching us through binoculars and the sights on their rifles.

Soon the barricades were moved by the police, and everyone who had wanted to cross over had done so. We had been told that there was a new law that the cops had to give us 3 warnings before actually arresting us. This is to avoid the sweeping arrests that have happened in the past where just being in the vicinity of illegal (or even not-so-illegal) activity can get you arrested at protests (think RNC convention). We were sort of a test case to see if they would follow the new rules. Meanwhile we are all on the sidewalk, mostly sitting, I was holding hands with my affinity group, and we were all taking our final sips of water, smoking a last cigarette, etc. Hundreds of voices singing and chanting...Sometimes we would be singing a mellow peaceful tune like 'This land is your land...' but they always got drowned out by more intense chants "Show me what a police state looks like - This is what a police state looks like", or, my personal favorite, the simple "LIAR, LIAR, LIAR" chant. Then our organizers would make us shut up so Mr. Policeman could announce that "In accordance with section blah blah blah of the blah blah blah, you are risking arrest. You will receive 3 warnings. This is your first warning". Then, the spontaneous things that are always better than anything planned ahead started working their magic and in one huge voice we started chanting "ARREST BUSH! ARREST BUSH!". It was awesome, simple, and it pointed out how absurd it is that we were about to be arrested for sitting on a sidewalk while Bushco gets away with destroying our country and others along with it...Perfect.

After 10 minutes or so, we got our second warning, and the same chant broke out again "ARREST BUSH!! ARREST BUSH!!!". And then the third warning.

There was no turning back. The cool thing was, I don't think any one of us had even thought about backing down. I spent 3 days practically talking myself out of this but when the time came there was NO QUESTION IN MY MIND about what I was going to do. I was going to get arrested. And I was really happy about it. How absurd!

Meanwhile, 3 paddy wagons pulled into the street between us on the sidewalk and the supporters and press in the park. This made it tough for the press to get a good view, but they managed. As you probably know, Cindy was the first to get arrested. She was grinning the whole time, and the cheering was monstrous. They handcuffed and processed her just like they would the rest of us (I'll get into the details soon) but she was put into a police car and driven away, rather than a paddywagon.

They announced that the males and females would be seperated, and my affinity group was 3 males and 3 females getting arrested, so we started talking about what we wanted to do. Patty from NYC and I wanted to get in there and get it over with, I guess, while Courtney, our other female, wanted to stick around on the sidewalk. Her theory was that they would cuff us and take us somewhere and we would all have to wait until everyone arrived before getting processed and let out. Patty and I figured the first people in would be the first people out, and we were ready to go. It was hot and sunny by this point, I could feel myself getting a little burned and I wanted out of the sun. It had been cloudy all weekend, but the sun started shining when we left the church way back when. I was sweating like mad and I wanted to conserve my water, since I didn't know when I'd get more. As a group, we determined that it was okay to split up, Courtney said she was comfortable with it. Patty and I hugged each of our affinity group members, I shed a couple more tears (I'm such a cheeseball), and we did a final 'RA!!!' Patty and I went to the curb where they were starting to take people. The first three paddy wagons were all for females, and there were cops at each one arresting people and getting them put inside. I stepped up and an officer came and took me by the arm. I could have gone limp and made them carry me, but they were really being so cool about it, and I knew that they had probably been working overtime all weekend for us so why make it more difficult for them? So I walked forward.

They put me up against the paddy wagon, on display for the people on the sidewalk but hidden from the press and support protestors. They cuffed me immediately, and this was where I made my one mistake for the day. Someone had told me that if you flex your wrists when they put on the cuffs then you will get more slack. Makes sense, but the officer cuffing me didn't like that, and he made me go linp and pulled them extra tight. I didn't realize they were tighter than most people's cuffs until later, and I didn't want to be a whiner so I just dealt with it. Officer Laura pulled everything out of my pockets, including a cigarette butt. I apologized for having that in my pocket, and said "I just didn't want to get arrested for littering today". Officer Laura laughed, I laughed, good times...good times...She was actually very nice. She put my cash back into my pocket, took everything else, and another cop took a polaroid of me to put in the bag with my stuff as added ID for when I got my property back. I was asked for information - name, address, birthdate, SS#, etc. By this time, my pants were falling down a little (damn low riders) and I really couldn't do a thing about it with the cuffs on. Good thing I put on my Supergirl panties!

Officer Dillon walked me around to the back of the paddywagon and helped me climb in. The crowd was cheering for me, cameras were clicking, videotapes were rolling - I really hope I find a picture of my ass getting on the wagon! It's got to be out there somewhere. I was greeted with "Welcome sister!" by my paddy wagon mates. I was the 5th person to get arrested on that wagon, so probably about the 15th overall. By this time it was about 1:45pm. We had a great time back there - we were still in pretty good shape, although it was incredibly hot and stuffy in the back of the wagon. Officer Dillon told us that if we felt faint or sick to tell him. He was so very kind, and kind of adorable (can you say 'Stockholm Syndrome'?). In the back of the wagon we sang songs, chanted, and they left the back door open so we could yell at the crowd and they could yell back...It took another 30 minutes or so for the paddywagon to get full with 16 women, meanwhile we were sweating our asses off and starting to get uncomfortable. My shoulders were spasming a little from the position the cuffs put me in. But we were still in good spirits, that's for sure. When Officers Laura and Dillon brought in the last woman I said "Hey - weren't you supposed to bring the margaritas?". We all laughed, and Officer Laura started calling me 'Margarita girl' after that. Hee hee. Finally the wagons started moving and the crowd outside went wild. It was awesome.

Took about 15 minutes to get to the Anacostia holding facility. (Time was hard to follow, so I am estimating). When we got there, the backdoor of the wagon was opened but we weren't allowed to get out for a while. Apparently we were waiting until a previous group was done processing. It was still really hot, we were parked in some sort of garage. A 2 paddy-wagon garage, to be precise, although I didn't know that until they let us out. After awhile, maybe 20 minutes, we were let out of the wagon, and there was a huge industrial-sized fan which felt GREAT. We stood at a table and had to give our information again to a different officer, we were shown our property and had to verify it was ours and then it was put in a box. The garage was split in two with a cage-like structure, and another group of women - including some clergy - from one of the other paddy-wagons was in the other side. We had to hang out in the garage for quite some time, still cuffed, until the first paddy-wagon got processed. It seemed to take forever. It was then that I realized my cuffs were tighter than most people's since a few them had even been able to slip one or both of their hands out. There is no way I could have done that, even right at the beginning, and by now my hands were swelling a little. Ouch. But I kept in mind that my temporary discomort was a small sacrifice compared to what the soldiers and the Iraqis were suffering through, and that made it much easier. One woman in my group had MS and her hands were really swelling. As soon as she mentioned it to Officer Dillon he got her cuffs cut off. After awhile she offered to let them re-cuff her butOfficer Dillon said it was okay to leave her hands free. The cops really were very kind and gentle with us, aside from just a couple power-trippers with bad attitudes.

We spent another hour or so in the garage, and this was the only time when I felt like this could be bad, it could take forever - we were hot, dehydrated, uncomfortable, hungry, tired, and while the officers were nice they weren't really giving up any info. We didn't know how long it would take, or if we would even get released. But finally my group was let inside. There were 4 desks set up for the next step of processing. When it was my turn, I went to the desk and had to confirm my information one more time - address, SS#, etc. The officer filling out the paperwork used the previous paperwork - by this time I had an actual file folder with my name on it. The form he was filling out was a triplicate carbon form, and it was double sided so after filling out one side he had to flip all the carbons between the pages to fill out the other side. Meanwhile, some magic hands came up behind me and cut off my handcuffs. Free At Last! I couldn't turn around to see who it was but I said "I love you, whoever you are!" which would later come back to haunt me :) . My wrists were red all the way around. I still have a couple small bruises. It felt soooo good to move my arms around and stretch out. Aaaaahhh.

Then I was put into a cell with a few other women from my paddywagon. It seemed a little disorganized, there were so many steps to the processing and there was a lot of waiting in between. I peed in the little toilet in the jail cell. I don't remember the exact sequence of things, but I got called out of the cell to get my mug shot, and I hope I can get a copy of it somehow. I knew the end was near so I was just grinning from ear to ear, and I was holding the board with my name on it in front of my chest and with my left hand I was flashing a peace sign. Even the officer taking the picture laughed, and the other women standing in the room. The whole mood was pretty lighthearted again by this point now that we had our cuffs off and it really felt like we wouldn't be there much longer.
Then it was back into a cell for a while, and then it was time to get fingerprinted. Both hands, on two cards, there is just no fast way to do it. It took a while. At some point during all this I think they were running checks on all of us to see if we had outstanding warrants or anything. Then back in the cell, wondering what was next, wondering if we would be there forever or if it was almost done. Eventually I got called out again, and went through a door into a hallway where I could see outside, and there was a DC city bus outside full of males who had been arrested. An officer came through the door with the teenager who had asked a question at the legal breifing, and another young kid with him. As they went by me I said "I wish I had been as cool as you at your age!" They just sort of blushed, so sweet. And so sad that they have to lose their innocence so young... At this point I had to go over all my property and make sure it was all there, even the stupid cigarette butt that had been following me around all day. The officer also filled out my actual citation, and explained that it was a $50 fine with a $25 processing fee and I had 30 days to pay it or I could come back in November to fight it in court. I told him 'thank you' for everyone treating us so well and being patient with us, and I told him to tell Officer Dillon that there are 16 criminals out there with a crush on him. He said - "Wait a minute, I heard you say you loved the person who took off your cuffs!" I said "Oh, I do!" and he said "That was me!" I wanted to hug him but it didn't seem appropriate so I shook his hand and walked out the door. Walked out the door. Whew! This was around 6pm.

Once outside, the cops weren't so nice anymore. I had no idea which direction to walk, I just stood there for a second waving at the guys on the bus and telling them through the windows that it wasn't so bad. Then a cop started yelling 'You can't stand there! You must leave the premises! You can't stand there!". Dude, all I see is a parking lot - I haven't eaten or had water in hours, I can barely see, at least point me in the right fucking direction!!! Of course I didn't say that out loud. I just started walking and eventually saw a gate with a few people outside it so I went out there. Shortly after, Patty from my affinity group came out too, and we had a little reunion. I bummed a smoke, and I borrowed a cell phone to call Joani. I told her I'd make my way back to the room.

A group of us walked to the Metro station together, and it was a horrible neighborhood. Nasty dogs barking at us through fences, broken glass and trash everywhere. Yuck. But there were 7 or 8 of us, so we did just fine. I got on the train with a couple others I had walked with, but I got off soon after to transfer. So here I was on the Metro with fingerprint ink all over my hands, red wrists, and a police property bag. LOL - I wonder what the other people on the train thought of me?!

I splurged on a cab from the station to my hotel, and there was my angel Joani waiting for me! I smoked a cigarette (and to be perfectly honest I smoked a little something else in clebration ;) ) I took a shower and poured a glass of wine and marvelled at how good I felt! Ate about 10 pounds of Thai beef and veggies and chicken satay and a bunch of hershey bars.

I was one happy criminal. And I slept like a baby that night.

I would like address the whole thing about people being held all night. I want to stress at this point that I do NOT believe that the cops deliberately made this process take long. Their system is sadly rudimentary and that is the ONLY reason it took all night to get everyone processed. They weren't stalling. While I was stuck on the paddywagon and in the garage I wondered if they were making it take longer, but once I got inside and saw what they had to work with I understood. It really took that long to process people. They didn't have computers, and like any city police force they are underfunded and overworked, and they were doing their best. I truly believe that. The people weren't being held on the buses just to make them suffer, they were being held on buses because there was no place else to put them. I am guessing that's why they took the paddy wagons first, because relatively speaking we weren't on them for long and the buses are much more comfortable than the paddy wagons. I was shocked at the conyersblog stuff - it seemed to describe something far different than I experienced. I just got an update from my affinity group leader this morning and she says that everyone in my group feels the same way as I do. As someone who is active in Election Reform, Conyers has always been a hero of mine. I am very disappointed in what he wrote and I plan to let him know that. I was glad that I made that decision to get it over with, because I got out relatively quickly - but processing 370 people cannot be done quickly, not with the resources the park police had to work with. Even as the 3rd paddywagon it took us over 4 hours from arrest to release. Once it started to back up at Anacosta...well...I truly believe they did their best. I know for a fact that if people told the cops they had medical concerns they were processed immediately - one of the men in my affinity group had been injured a few days before and had stitches and was taking antibiotics. I found out the next day that he was pushed quickly through the system because of that. I also know that one of my affinity group members who didn't get out until the morning said that yes, it was uncomfortable, but that is what he signed up for. That is what we all signed up for. He referred to the pleasant rapport with the cops as 'surreal', given our general dislike with authority. No one I know of had a bad experience.

Would I do this again? Absolutely. As long as I am able to get time off work, I will participate in more civil disobedience. What happened last Monday was really a best-case scenario. Easy for me to say, since I got out after 4 hours, I guess. But the cops were really nice, things went as planned, and keep in mind that everyone who volunteered for this event did it knowing that they could be held longer, that things could go wrong. And we were lucky because nothing went wrong, it just went slow. And the fact that it took so long is a testament to its success - 370 people got arrested! If I do this again, will I be so lucky? Maybe, maybe not. But I am willing to take the chance. As I said before, it is a small sacrifice to make compared to what it is we are fighting against. Shit, I would retire next week and do this full time if I could afford it! And it makes me wonder, too, can we afford NOT to do things like this? There was one cop who seemed amazed that I took a vacation from work to get arrested, you know, he said 'Don't you have something better to do for a vacation? Why don't you just go see a movie, a lot of good movies came out this weekend'...seriously. Some people just don't get it. Something better to do? There was NOTHING I would have rather been doing that day. Those of us who DO get it, we need to keep vigilant. We can't let this momentum fade. It is too important. THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE WON'T STOP!!!!

Anyway, it is a long story, and again I apologize for being so detailed but this is my only diary of what happened, and I want to remember all the details. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

Here's me, post-arrest (thanks to Joan for taking the picture!):

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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:44 PM
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1. Thanks for your story you really do rock....n/t nominated
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:48 PM
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2. nominated
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:48 PM
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3. Way cool! *hugs* I just added it to the rally super thread
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:58 PM
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8. Thank you for putting that thread together!
It saved me from mad searching when I finally got back online the other day.

:toast:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:00 PM
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9. Thank Sydnie, too. It was her idea. *g*
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:50 PM
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4. Thanks so much for this
it's such a badge of honor to have been arrested! Wish I could have been there for more than the march.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:51 PM
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5. Nominated. You're a brave woman and a true patriot!
Thank you for representing DU in Washington, DC. :patriot:
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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:53 PM
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6. Bless you, what you did was something I don't think I could ever do.
With my lousy luck, one day I WILL be arrested in a similar action, not for civil disobedience, but for disorderly conduct and verbal assault. Sorry, but that's my personality.

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mattclearing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:57 PM
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7. Yeah, Anacostia is a horrible neighborhood.
Sounds like you had a hell of a time. Congratulations.
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KyndCulture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:01 PM
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10. Wonderful story!!!
I do have to say the cops won't always be so nice, just be careful if decide to do it again. Ok, mom mode off!

Big KUDOS!!!!! Thanks for representin' DU!





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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:03 PM
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11. Very cool!!!
Maybe someday.... it hasn't been the right time for me yet, but maybe someday.

:yourock: :patriot:
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:05 PM
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12. You rock Megan!!!! thanks from a mom w kids!
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Yuugal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:07 PM
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13. way to go!
nominated :)
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spuddonna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:08 PM
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14. What an awesome story! Thanks for all the details, too!
Seriously, maganmonkey, you ROCK!!

"I wanna get arrested, too!" (whine) :)

I really believe these marches and civil disobedience will make a difference! I see the changes in my own extended family... :D peace!
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:09 PM
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15. Congrats on your first arrest! Wish I could have stayed for Monday.
I'm very proud of you, the police, and everybody that attended the march.
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:13 PM
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16. Great story! How awesome of you!
A big THANK YOU from those of us who weren't there!!!!!!

:yourock:
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:13 PM
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17. Thanks for the story and your actions.
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movie_girl99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM
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18. what a great story. Thank you for posting this.
there were so many of us there in spirit with you all.
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM
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19. Thanks for sharing, Margarita Girl
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM by Synnical
Well told. We're proud of you. :yourock:

:kick:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM
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20. Outstanding!
Thank you for posting this. I wanted to be there, I soooo wanted to be there.

LOL I do understand your reaction to Camp Casey. In Crawford I broke down like someone on Jerry Springer's show. It was instant and unstoppable. My family and friends all call me "the rock" because I can handle anything but this I could not, not without major tears and I rarely cry.

You rock. You really do. Thank you for recording it and letting us share it. I am so happy you are safe and feel good about it.


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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM
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21. meaganmonkey, that was a great read!
You done us proud, friend! And thank you for the detail; it made me feel like I was right there with you! You and Joani rock!
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:14 PM
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22. Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!
On so many levels, megan... THANK YOU!!!!

Take care of that sunburn, Margarita Girl!! :-)
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bigbrother05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:17 PM
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23. Thanks, for being there, and sharing
your really well written account of events, sounds like it was fun and intense.
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:18 PM
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24. What, no pictures of the Supergirl panties?
:evilgrin:

You rock!!!!!

You did a hell of a job (both living the story and recounting it for us) :)
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:22 PM
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25. Nominated. Thank you for being there!
You go girl!
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:25 PM
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26. Awesome!
:thumbsup:
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:34 PM
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27. I sit here, I read this, I cry, I laugh, all at the same time
You are a princess. a real gladiator and a true patriot.
Thanks for sharing
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:35 PM
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28. Was that you on Randi?
On the cell phone as the arrest were occuring?
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:22 PM
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42. Nope, not me
but kudos to whoever did it...what a great idea!
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kcass1954 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:39 PM
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29. You're aware that this is going in your permanent record?!?
(Whatever that is...)

Thanks for the details, and thanks for being there for those of us who couldn't be!

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:39 PM
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30. The world needs more people like You - Megan!
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:23 PM
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43. It wouldn't have been so easy if I hadn't known that you were out there
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 04:24 PM by meganmonkey
taking care of things!

:hug: :loveya:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:36 PM
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47. I got your back! I will always be there when you need me!
That's what your support group is for.



BTW - next time hopefully there won't be any bloodshed!
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:40 PM
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48. Bwaha!
:+

How ya doing there anyway? Everything healing up okay?
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:43 PM
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50. :-(
there may be scars
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:51 PM
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55. No way!
I'm so sorry, honey. Well, at least you can call it a battle scar :shrug:
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:01 PM
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60. I'm doing what I can - but the scrape on the bridge of my nose was deep.
I'll know more in a few days. The original horseshoe shaped scab hasn't lifted off yet.

But - as I said - I'll be there to help again - next time!
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:40 PM
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31. great story!! it was nice meeting you btw...
hanging out with that joani_alpern will get you in trouble every time, I tell ya.. :D :hi:
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:42 PM
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32. Yep - she's a real troublemaker, that one!
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 03:43 PM by meganmonkey
;)

Nice meeting you too! :hi:
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:43 PM
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33. yep...she sure is..
:smoke:
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:44 PM
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34. Great story.
I'm really glad I know you. :hug:
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:25 PM
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44. I'm glad we had a chance to hang out!
:hug:
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One_of_8 Donating Member (289 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:47 PM
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35. Thank you for sharing
I'm on the west coast without the resources or time off to attend the rally in D.C., so the next best thing is hearing first person accounts like yours. I loved all the detail, hearing every minute of it. I'm glad it wasn't a horrible experience.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:47 PM
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36. Thank You
:patriot:
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:50 PM
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You are very brave
And a wonderful story teller.
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ernstbass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:50 PM
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37. Great reporting and damn good work!!!
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:54 PM
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38. Thanks for that!
Thanks for the act and for telling the story. If more people were willing to lay it on the line like that, we could probably force the end of this war.
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:57 PM
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39. posted it at DailyKos for you, Megan
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:55 PM
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57. Thanks!
:hi:
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:00 PM
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40. Hi Megan
I'll read your post in full later, but for now I just wanted to thank you for taking this action and to let you know I enjoyed talking with you Friday night.

:hi:
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:27 PM
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46. Me too!
There were so many wonderful DUers around - can't wait till the next meetup, and the next...

:hi:
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:18 PM
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80. Yeah, as Bob Dylan once sang, there's revolution in the air
At least the faint aroma of it, anyway.

At the very least, a hard rain is gonna fall...I think the first drops are beginning to drop on this dry, barren landscape.

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:15 PM
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41. 'If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.'
Will you marry me? :loveya:
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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:25 PM
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45. Thanks for your inspiring story
I am hoping that this is the beginning of the end of this horrible horrible administration.

Thank you for the sacrifice that you made to get the message across.

Thanks to the police who treated you well.

And a special thank you to Joani, she was there for you and in turn was there for all of us.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

:) :loveya:



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Marleyb Donating Member (736 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:41 PM
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49. Thanks for your report
It is great to read how much planning you all put into it, and even better to know that the cops treated you with kindness and respect. How refreshing.
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indigo32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:46 PM
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51. Thx Megan
:yourock:
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indigo32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:46 PM
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52. Thx Megan
:yourock:
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:50 PM
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53. You are my hero meganmonkey!
And joan and cindy and those youngun's, bless you all, we are lucky to know you and hear your story. when we got home to upstate ny sunday night i was already regretting that i didn't stay to participate in the civil disobedience on monday. THIS from the woman who was scared to go at all and needed a pep talk!
I watched the 60's last night and PBS and thought, hmmm, this is why I was scared to go, I remember watching all this unfold when I was young. It was scary stuff! Glad your experience was relatively pain free and thanks so much for putting the story down in such detail!
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:50 PM
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54. You definitely rock
I'm so glad I got to meet you & Joani Saturday night. If and when I ever get to see you gals, the margaritas are on me.

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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:52 PM
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56. I am SO Proud of you Megan!
:yourock:

:hug:

:hi:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:55 PM
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58. Way to go meganmonkey!
:bounce: :bounce: Thanks for sharing this with us and thanks for being arrested for us! :patiot: :loveya:

:hug:

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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:58 PM
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59. great post, meganmonkey, threw my 2cts in for the recommend...
thanks as well for your sense of detail in remembrance :patriot:
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:13 PM
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61. great post
thanks
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jarnocan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:48 PM
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65. thanks had not seen those-also LINK toll free # call congress!
I also used posting your Truth OUT link as a way to bump this on another thread- hope lots of people see it and ACT. I also have it linked and pics at http://jarnocan.blogspot.com I lobbied that day,got back just as busses - with those arrested later were leaving. but hmmm- NOV. 2nd???? www.worldcantwait.org Maybe?????

TELL them End the WAR TOLL free #
------------------------------------

Please call your members of Congress toll-free;
888-818-6641 or 888-355-3588. There are operators on duty 24 hours a day. Just ask to be connected to your one of your senators or your house representative and they'll put you through. If you don't know who they all are, or want all their direct phone and fax numbers, just submit the simple form on the right, to get all their numbers right down to their district offices, right here on this page: http://www.millionphonemarch.com /

"The war in Vietnam almost destroyed our country, until enough people finally spoke out to stop it. You can stop the war in Iraq NOW, if only you will speak out now.

If you want to make sure your message gets through, the one click form below will send your personal message to both of your senators, with the subject "Support our troops, bring them home now." At the same time you can send your personal comments only as a letter to the editor of your nearest local daily newspaper if you like. "

this link is to na interesting letter from Rep. Russ Holt in NJ -they protested Condi's visit today there. http://www.peacecoalition.org/news/letter_to_the_editor...
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:12 PM
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69. Oooh - thanks for doing lobbying day!
I had a hard time deciding between that or the WH protest. I hope lobbying day went well, I heard there were a lot of people involved.

Thanks for the links too!
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jarnocan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:32 PM
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105. me too
I missed Cindy and Cornel West and some other cool folks but saw hundreds of thousands of others.
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TheProphetess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:24 PM
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62. You're my hero!
Seriously, I'm in awe of you. It was great to meet you and to march with you on Saturday. Thank you for your braveness on Monday.
:yourock:
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:33 PM
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63. Great job, megan! Much admriation for your actions!
:toast:
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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:40 PM
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64. Great post meganmonkey!
It wasn't too long at all. I enjoyed reading every word. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, and for going through it as well. I'm glad you're ok, and the experience wasn't as unpleasant as it might have been. You will remember this for the rest of your life, and feel a sense of pride for your patriotism. Give yourself a huge pat on the back, and a hug from me!
livvy
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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:56 PM
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66. 370 arrested... compare that to the ~400 at the pro-war rally
We're not only the majority, but we have the seriously committed folks on our side as well!

Thanks Megan - for getting arrested as well as for the story. You are all true patriots and humanitarians!
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nostalgicaboutmyfutr Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:01 PM
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67. meganmonkey = Patriot
Thank you for taking a stand.
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datadiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:06 PM
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68. Thank you!
Thank you very much, thank you very much, that's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me!

:yourock: :patriot:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:17 PM
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70. Thank you!
:yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock:
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:23 PM
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71. Thanks for telling your story, Megan
It made me feel like I was right there with you.

It was so great meeting you -- we really do have to plan a big local meetup soon.

Sharon
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nomatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:37 PM
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72. Thanks for sharing your history with us.
As the years go by, you'll probably share it with you own children others younger than yourself when they reach crossroads of indecision and come to you for advice.
You know how important it was to stand for what you believe is right even when it will leave a mark on your record.

Nobody can ever take that away. Glad you came out of it A.O.K.
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:37 PM
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73. Please marry me NOW
OK, just kidding.

But thanks for posting your amazing story, I don't think I'll ever forget it.

That's exactly what we need, and I'm humbled by your commitment to acting on your beliefs.

Great job.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:42 PM
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74. could that liberal minister have been Walter Wink?
or perhaps he is familiar with Wink's writing. My mother has a book by Wink that I started reading - and it begins with this very point - of the "turn the cheek" as an act of subversion/resistance. Very interesting read.

Have to get back to reading your whole post - I just stopped at that second paragraph - having so recently read, and been moved by, that very idea.
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:50 PM
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75. I did some googling, and I think it may have been
He definitely works with group that put it together.

Cool!
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:02 PM
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78. Just finished reading - FANTASTIC post
what an experience! :thumbsup:

Btw, for what it is worth, I lived on the A2 Ypsi border for about three years in the early nineties. Cool area.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:03 PM
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79. dupe post
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 07:04 PM by salin
oops!
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:56 PM
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76. Damn, that's an amazing story!
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:57 PM
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77. !!!
Thanks for sharing your story.

Interesting about the "turn the other cheek" thing.


:yourock:
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:19 PM
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81. You know what is so great about you?
It's that you told your story with zero hyperbole, zero hysteria, zero hate. Beautifully told. Your story is deservedly on the front page of DU right now. Thanks for doing what so many of us wish we could do!
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:21 PM
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82. Megan, you're my freaking HERO.
I love the way you handled yourself- before the arrest, during and after. You wrote so beautifully about the sympatico nature of our protesters I was very stirred. You are an amazing woman.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:49 PM
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83. Yay, monkey! Great to hear the complete story. In the tradition of Thoreau
"Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?"

"It will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."

:patriot:
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:52 PM
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84. I applaud your courage and determination. Thank you.
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smartvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:04 PM
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85. This just made my weekend. nt
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:11 PM
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86. Herstory!!
What an amazing day you had. This will be a story to share with your grandchildren someday!
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:13 PM
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87. Fantastic Post! And NO apologies for the detail are necessary.
I devoured every word. :) The same can't be said of many long-winded posts on DU.

This is informative, educational, uplifting, and entertaining, too!

:applause:

Thank you for your service in Civil Disobedience. You stood for thousands.



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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:18 PM
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88. Great going, Megan!
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 09:10 PM by hippywife
Loved reading all about your experience. It made me wish even more that I could have been in DC this weekend with everyone. :(

If you are interested in continuing civil disobedience, check out Fr. John Dear if you haven't already. He is really incredible and his whole life has been involved in civil disobedience. He's fun to listen to, too. A friend of mine uploaded an audio file one of his speeches here:

It is about 23MB, so it would be best to use a highspeed internet
connection to download it. You can get it by clicking on

<http://rapidshare.de/files/5652042/John_Dear_-_In_Troub... >http://rapidshare.de/files/5652042/John_Dear_-_In_Troub...

After getting to this page, scroll down and click on the
"Free" button. You will then need to wait about 45 secods or so, and
then a link for the download will appear. You can then right click on
that, and choose "Save Target As" (or the equivalent if not using
Internet Explorer) to copy it to your hard drive.

It's 65 , minutes long and make sure to listen all the way thru. For some reason, the makers of the file saw fit to put an announcement in about how to order more at about the 60 miunte mark and then the session continues.

I don't know what your belief system is but bear in mind if you listen to this that he is addressing a Catholic audience. It's still very much worth listening to regardless because of his experiences as a troublemaker for peace and justice.

He also has a website: www.johndear.org

I also got this report forwarded from my pastor this week which confirms that Walter Wink was there:

Dear friends,

Prisoner # 151 reporting out of the 370 arrested in the White House protest Monday by the US Park Police.

According to the US Park Police who arrested us, the LARGEST number EVER arrested by the Park Police. More than 3 x what they had expected.

Cornel West among those arrested _-- I had a warm and interesting conversation with him as we marched toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- and Cindy Sheehan -- and Marie Dennis of the Maryknolls -- and many other clergy and religious leaders, Unitariuans, Quakers, Protestants, Buddhists, Catholics.

Since the police were not ready for so many of us, we were in custody from about 1pm (still on the streets) till about 4 pm (then they handcuffed us, arms behind backs, and stored us on buses the Park Police had to requisition from DC Metro; then ultimately we were driven to the lock-up in far Anacostia. Releases, beginning about
11 p.m, went on far far into the night.

The whole weekend was extraordinary for us all. And for me, though I have lived an intense life, this weekend capped the most intense two weeks I have ever shaped a life in.

Friday afternoon, I keynoted a gathering-for-reflection of religious leaders and teachers who had been working on issues of international finance & globalization suggesting how to integrate the war and the danger of global scorching and the lightning-flash of Katrina into their work.

That evening, Rabbi David Shneyer led a strong, sweet, engaging service to welcome Shabbat. When he asked me to lead Kiddush, I retold the story of how the Prophet Natan confronted King David about his cruelty in sending the soldier Uriah to his death in battle for no "noble purpose," only in order to cover up his own arrogant
lust affair with Uriah's wife Bathsheva and how what made David, despite this disgusting deed, worthy of being the ancestor of Messiah for both Jewish & Christian tradition, is that he did not refuse to see Natan but heard him out and then repented.

Compared to what? You know!

Our own Shalom Center Shabbat service on Saturday morning on the theme of "Seek Peace & Pursue It," deeply moved about 250 people, including a number of Christians who chose opur service rather than ANSWER'S diatribes.

Spiritually, through chant, prayer, and music (much of it led by Rabbi Leila Berner and a number of the resident staff of Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center, led especially by Mia Cohen and Rabbi David Ingber), we drew on the deepest roots of Jewish passion for peace.

The service also surfaced our concern both about demonization of Israel in parts of the Left and about the profound abandonment of Jewish values by the large Jewish organizations that have refused to speak out against the Iraq War.

Two aliyot, readings of the Torah one welcoming up into the reading those who seek to come through constriction into rebirth, turning the Tight & Narrow Place (MItzrayyim, Egypt) into a birth canal; and one about sharing our fullness (material, emotional, intellectual, spiritual) with those who have been cut off from it.

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz's powerful words of Torah about dealing with efforts to demonize Israel, yet not silencing our opposition to the war or cutting our selves off from the more decent impulses of the antiwar movement.

The march on Saturday afternoon -- both deeply serious and deeply humorous, wonderfully varied and good-humored.

The gathering on Sunday of folk of many religious traditions to hear Walter Wink, a world-renowned Christian theologian, & me speak on the traditions of nonviolence in Jewish and Christian thought and practice, with many rich responses in discussion.

Then the Tent REVIVAL MEETING -- a multireligious version of the classic evangelical Protestant revivals -- was WONDERFUL. The different traditions and teachings meshed brilliantly, and people were indeed moved by the Spirit. I was asked to give the "invocation" -- so I invoked the One God Who unfolds and is unfolded by all our traditions and who is present in all the life-forms of this planet. The God Who erupts like a volcano, like a lightning-flash of truth, when we dare to demand that a king, a ruler, meet with us face-to-face.

There were singers galore -- including gospel singers, a Buddhist monk who sang Go Down Moses in such a way as to channel Harriet Tubman, the Elat Chayyim Jewish renewal staff who had sung at our Shabbat service, and many more; an amazing sermon by Rita Nakashima Brock -- a scholar who brilliantly brought the crowd into roars of passion with her litany: "Mr. President, if you learned in Sunday school as I did
that God is love -- WHERE IS THE LOVE in your war? WHERE IS THE LOVE in your hostility to gay marriage? WHERE IS THE LOVE in your contempt for the poor?" --

And Cornell West, and Imam Talib al-Rashid of Harlem, and Michael Lerner (who challenged people to look at the past failings of both the religious community and the Left), and Cindy Sheehan, and Celeste Zappala, and -- and -- and --

Rev Sekou deserves ENORMOUS applause for pulling it together. And for his own impassioned sermon. And for his leading people again and again in singing "This little light of mine."

And then -- Sunday. The "White House 370," led by Clergy & Laity Concerned About Iraq (again, Sekou's organizing) and at least a thousand people backing us up with songs, chants, bottles of water, as we crossed the line from dissent to resistance. The brilliantly creative and down-to-earth practical work of the Pledge of
Resistance and the Nonviolent Civil Resistance Committee bearing fruit.

Radical amazement. Love. Unity.

This must not be the culmination, but only the next step, in our journey to peace, to healing of the earth, to empowering the poor, to broadening social justice. What next? Another day for that.

Today, just for a moment, dayenu! (It is enough.) -- To celebrate a spiritual victory.

That joy is enough for us.

Today.

Now --

Shalom, Arthur

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director
The Shalom Center www.shalomctr.org voices a new prophetic agenda in Jewish, multireligious, and American life. To receive the weekly on-line Shalom Report, click on --
http://www.shalomctr.org/index.cfm/action/subscribe.htm...

And remember.... :yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock:
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Snoogoo Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:22 PM
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89. awesome
I heard you guys on Randi I think. That was pretty cool. I'm glad the cops were relatively nice. This is my first post. I signed up so I could say thanks, 'cause I'm going to Iraq in Feb and I totally owe you guys! :D

Love,
Z
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ncrainbowgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:23 PM
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90. Welcome to DU, Snoogoo!
Glad you're joining us! :hi:
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:44 PM
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91. straight up welcome to du, Snoogoo...
here's hoping you stick around for a time or two :hi: :kick: :patriot:
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:05 PM
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92. I'm proud to cast the 83rd vote for the greatest page.
Thanks Megan for being an awesome young lady, and a kick ass American citizen!

:patriot:
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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:16 PM
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93. Henry David Thoreau and I both thank you heartily. (nt)
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ToolTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:50 PM
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94. Thank you. You're a hero and a great reporter. We are all proud of you.
n/t
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:00 AM
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95. Great read, MM !!
Thanks for letting us live vicariously through your experience. You are a great Patriot!!

:toast:



:yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock: :yourock:
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Boo_Radley Donating Member (280 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:01 AM
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96. Fantastic
Haha. Great story. The affinity groups are a smart idea, too. I'm glad it went reasonably well for you.
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ms liberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:33 AM
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97. Wow - thanks so much for posting this...
I wish I could have been there this past weekend. I admire you a lot for putting yourself in the slammer for peace!
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:38 AM
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98. Welcome to the Fingerpint Ink Club, MM !
:patriot: You did just great! :hippie:

:hug: G.G.
Fingerpint Ink Club, Class of '69
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jbnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 01:06 AM
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99. Thanks. Your report
was the next best thing to being there.

I am glad to hear how cool most of the police were too.

And I can see why you'd all be smiling as arrested.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 01:14 AM
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100. Wooohoooo Meganmonkey!
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 01:30 AM
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101. I can't stop kickin'!!! DU story of the year, if you ask me.
:kick:
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 04:50 AM
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102. You are an awesome person
and I am happy to remember this moment in your life with you.

It's a very hopeful story in the midst of so much pain.

:hi:
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FizzFuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 11:58 AM
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103. So Cool!
(((((((HUGS))))))))
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:04 PM
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104. You fill my heart with joy and gladness
Edited on Sat Oct-01-05 12:18 PM by Solly Mack
It's just bursting.

Thank you for being so brave!!!

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jono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 10:12 PM
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106. So awesome!!
Absolutely a beautiful, emotional, inspiring read. Thank you!
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