CodePink to Shutdown
San Francisco Federal Building
Speaker Refuses to Speak to Peace Community
Speaker and San Francisco Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi
refuses to speak with her anti-war constituents. A protest, organized
by members of CodePink, will symbolically shutdown the San Francisco
federal building tomorrow to draw attention to Pelosi's reluctance
to answer questions about her tacit support for the war in Iraq.
August 22, 2007
What: Press Briefing, Protest, Civil Disobedience, Symbolic
shut down of the Federal Building
When: 1 pm, Thursday, August 23
Where: SF Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave., SF
Today CODEPINK women who have been fasting for 11 days to meet
with Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the war received word from Pelosis
SF Director Dan Bernal that the Speaker does not have time to
meet with them or any of the peace groups in her district anytime
during the August recess. Shut out and silenced by the Speaker,
CODEPINK women will symbolically shut down the Federal Building
on Thursday in protest.
Women with CODEPINK: Women for Peace have been fasting and camping
outside Speaker Pelosi and Senator Feinsteins offices for
11 days asking for meeting about the war. In response to the tents
pitched outside her Pacific Heights mansion, Senator Feinstein
held a meeting at the encampment with the fasters on Tuesday,
August 21, after which the group agreed to end their camp at her
home. Speaker Pelosi, however, has refused to meet and called
the hunger strikers nuts. The fasting activists presented
a letter to the Speaker asking for a meeting. The letter was signed
by 30 prominent peace and justice groups in the Bay Area, including
Iraq Veterans Against the War, the San Francisco Labor Council,
Jewish Voices for Peace, American Muslim Voice and MoveOn.
Pelosis SF director, Dan Bernal, said the speaker
refuses to meet with any of us, but wont give us a reason
why, said hunger striker Nancy Mancias. We will block
the entrance to the Federal Building to symbolize our lack of
representation by our elected representative.
With the August recess and Congresspeople all over the country
meeting with their constituents, CODEPINK and a coalition of San
Francisco peace groups have sent multiple requests for a meeting.
All their attempts have been rebuffed.
The speaker has plenty of time for fundraisers and luncheons
with donors. She even made a surprise appearance at a Democrats
and Donuts coffee klatch gathering in Ahwatukee, Arizona, and
the organizers gushed about how much time Pelosi gave them,
says CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin. Its outrageous
that she has time for everyone but her constituents who want to
talk about the most pressing issue facing this nation.
Several members of the group, including the hunger strikers,
will risk arrest at the Federal Building action.
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