Anti-War Activist Arrested Inside Michigan Congressman's Office

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested at the Capitol for disorderly conduct, shortly after saying she would run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the California Democrat's refusal to try to impeach President Bush.
Sheehan on Monday was taken into custody inside Rep. John Conyers' office, where she had spent an hour imploring him to launch impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Conyers, D-Mich., chairs the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment effort would have to begin.
"The Democrats will not hold this administration accountable, so we have to hold the Democrats accountable," Sheehan said outside of Conyers' office after the meeting. "And I for one am going to step up to the plate and run against Nancy Pelosi."
Sheehan and about 200 other protesters had walked to Conyers' office from Arlington National Cemetery. She said Conyers told her there weren't enough votes for impeachment to move forward on the issue.
Forty-five of Sheehan's fellow protesters also were arrested. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said that after they are processed, the arrested activists could each pay a $50 fine to be released.
"Impeachment is not a fringe movement, it is mandated in our Constitution. Nancy Pelosi had no authority to take it off the table," Sheehan told her group of orange-clad activists before they began their march from the national cemetery.
Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Iraq, has been saying for two weeks that she would seek to oust Pelosi from office by running against her as an independent in her San Francisco district if Pelosi didn't change her mind by July 23 on trying to impeach Bush.
Conyers introduced a bill last term calling on Congress to determine whether there are grounds for impeaching Bush. Pelosi has steadfastly dismissed any talk of impeachment, saying Democrats should focus their efforts on ending the war in Iraq.

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  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Jul 25, 2007 at 05:01 AM
    I hope that she's locked up and forgotten about. Puppets like her can't seem to see that there is no difference between quitting and losing. Defeat is defeat, and for the life of me I can't understand what they have to gain by our losing this war. Their efforts would be far better spent on working tword winning, and REAL support for our troops. Instead, they clog up the news with being stupid! I say, "If we're going to have to lose something, it should be her cell key."
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Jul 24, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    To bad Sheehan isnt in my district and I dont have a chance to vote aginst her. If she thinks that she can do better then Mr. Bush Id like to see her try, and by the way cindy thanks for helping with the buget problem in Mi. lets see 200 times 50.00 $ is 10,000 dollers you just payed for Granholms trip to Sweden or at least some of it. Please come back so the LPD can arrest you agin and agin and agin maybe if you do it more we the state of Mi. can get solve our mony problem.
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