Four arrested after occupying Senator Feinstein’s LA office to protest military aid

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This is great. Another civil disobedience action in solidarity with the bombed people in Gaza. Folks who were appalled when Senator Dianne Feinstein voted to send $225 million to Israel in the middle of a massacre occupied her Los Angeles offices yesterday to protest. Four people were arrested. They’re still in jail.

The action was co-organized by a splendid coalition: Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, with support from Code Pink and Friends of Sabeel, North America.

I am told that these people are subject to the maximum bail figure: $5,000, for a misdemeanor: unlawful assembly/failure to disperse. Here are photos and videos:

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occupation of Feinstein’s office

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Quite a group, assembling in Feinstein’s office, opposed to US funds for a massacre

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Occupation of Feinstein’s office; getting comfortable

Now here are some videos. First, here Feinstein’s state manager, Trevor Daley, orders folks to leave the office. Some say they ain’t going anywhere.  
Here the interfaith leaders are arrested and put on the bus: 
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more from this great action. Some Americans are not going to take human rights abuses sitting down.

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  1. just
    August 19, 2014, 11:22 am

    So there was also action @ Senator Boxer’s office, and I’m guessing no arrests there.

    These activists were so threatening that their behavior deserved arrest/not. It makes the Senator look even worse. Why are they so afraid of facing real, concerned and peaceful people?

  2. Annie Robbins
    August 19, 2014, 1:01 pm

    estee in the video as she was being arrested “if you could send this to mondoweiss” ;)

    jvp also send out an alert while this was going on for everyone to call and tweet boxer and feinstein. i did!

  3. DICKERSON3870
    August 21, 2014, 6:24 am

    RE: “Four arrested after occupying Senator Feinstein’s LA office to protest military aid”

    MY ATTEMPT AT REPARTEE: Can’t we all just get along? These disruptive dissidents need to learn to BEHAVE and mind their Ps and Qs instead of challenging AUTHORITY! When the plebes of ancient Rome began to go astray instead of giving their unabashed, enthusiastic devotion to their emperor Caligula (possibly a bit eccentric, but certainly not nearly so much as the dilettantish firebug Nero), the greatest empire the world has ever known went straight to hell in a handbasket*!

    * OSCAR WILDE’S GRAND TOUR OF AMERICA (1882):

    In 1881, Oscar Wilde took to the Atlantic Ocean to embark on year-long lecture tour in the USA. It was on the outward voyage to his year in an alien land where the great writer may or may not have told a customs officer; “I have nothing to declare but my genius”. We wouldn’t put it past him – the man’s silver tongue has produced its fair share of classic one-liners.

    An oddity at the best of times, Mr Wilde made quite the scene when he arrived in some of the more provincial towns of the US. Decked out in his fabrics and furs, satins and silks, turban standing proud and cane trailing elegantly behind, Oscar was a peculiar sight for America’s humbler folk. On arrival in Leadville, Colorado, a small mining town in the Rocky Mountains, you’d think the great writer would be out of his depth. We can only imagine the looks he got, and the nudges and winks aimed his way. The locals thought they’d have some fun with this odd Irishman, and invited him down the town’s silver mine to have a little fun with him. Firstly, they told him that to get down the mine, he had to use a transportation basket – basically, a rickety old bucket on a chain. Expecting him to back out with his tail between his legs, the locals misjudged the great writer. Never one to shirk a challenge, Oscar jumped into the bucket [basket] and down he went (“to hell in a handbasket), even managing to look classy in the process – “I of course true to my principle being graceful even in a bucket.”

    Down the mine, Oscar really kicked off the party. The locals gave him a tour, expecting him and his fine silks to have an aversion to dirt and dust, but Oscar endured, and after the tour, Wilde made himself at home and cracked out his whiskey, his cigars and sat down to a hearty meal. The cave walls rang with laughter, the locals starting to warm to Wilde and his razor wit. A man at ease with himself, Oscar took the Irish approach to welcoming himself into the company of his new neighbours – through the Irish method of good spirit, banter and the drinking tale, Oscar earned his miner’s stripes. They drank and drank, and Oscar was the last man standing, going from target to a bit of gentle ribbing to miners hero in one fell swoop.

    It goes to show, at the end of the day, a bit of wit and charms wins over all else.

    SOURCE – link to tullamoredew.com

    Company of Thieves: Oscar Wilde (Live From City Winery) [VIDEO, 05:33] – link to youtube.com

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