Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Local Peace Activists Arrested Hillary Clinton’s Office

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.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.

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