Although not a single mainstream media outlet covered the groundbreaking event, four local folks from the Saratoga Peace Alliance were arrested Monday after occupying New York Senator Hillary Clinton‘s office at the Federal Building in Albany New York to protest Clinton’s continued support for the Iraq War.
At 3 pm, sixteen members representing various area peace groups met (for a third time since last fall) with Tracey Brooks, Clinton’s regional Political Director. This was the third time they had met with Brooks since last fall. Several weeks ago local citizens had asked that Clinton vote against the appropriations bill to fund the Iraq War and vote to de-fund the war more generally. Clinton refused and vowed to continue to fund the war.
After the initial meeting in a conference room ended, five local people entered Clinton’s office, handed out copies of non-violence guidelines, and began to explain to Brooks why they could not accept Clinton’s continued voting to fund the war. They then began ringing a bell and reading names of children and soldiers who have died in the war.
Shortly after five pm, four from the group (Elliot Adams, the Green Party’s Pete Looker, Linda Letendre, and Jeffrey Halpern) were arrested by federal police. Their court date will be April 10th.
According to Clinton’s office, no group had ever attempted to occupy any of Senator Clinton’s New York offices.