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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:15 PM
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War protesters close federal building (Oakland),1413,82~1726~20...

Sixteen anti-war protesters were arrested Thursday after staging a "die-in" inside the lobby of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building to protest spending tax money to pay for the Iraqi occupation and aid to Israel.

Following a rally featuring speeches, slogans and colorful banners outside the federal building in downtown Oakland, a group of protesters chanting slogans and clutching tax forms smeared with red paint locked arms and laid down in a circle inside the lobby.

As private security guards rushed to lock the doors to the federal building on Clay Street, the crowd, which swelled to about 300, pounded on the glass entryway chanting, "Occupation is a crime from Iraq to Palestine."


"This is an awful, messed-up day to do this," said Robyn Hubbard of Oakland, who came to the federal building to file for a tax extension. "It's very inconvenient, very frustrating."

That was the point, protest organizers said. People need to stop and think about how the Bush administration spends their money, especially on April 15, the deadline for filing income tax statements, said Jay Sordean of the Northern California War Tax Resistance.

"It is your solemn and patriotic duty to ask today whether you want your hard-earned money to pay for war and occupation in Iraq and Israel," Sordean said.

a thank you to the protesters. power to the people.
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:23 PM
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1. We must protest this war to save our own skins.
Under another thread, did you read that Iraqi occupation resisters will take the war to US shores for revenge!
I feel fighting US terror in Iraq in the streets of America is saving our own skins...Telling the Iraqi people,not all Americans are hoodwinked or fooled or fools..
We show them international solidarity within US shores for the occupation and usurption of thier sovereignity and resources, just might get the Iraqi's to forgive the American people for the illegal actions of the US government.
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markomalley Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:26 PM
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2. Who cares about your skin? War is wrong no matter what the reason
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