As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State
of the Union Address tonight.
I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what
we have lost in our country.
There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press.
(Shocker) So this is what really happened:
This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was
joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim
and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address.
At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2245 Dead. How many more?
After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about going
to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn't feel comfortable going. I knew George Bush
would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn't
disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the ticket and I didn't want to
be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in fact, had given the ticket to John
Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans Against the War. However, Lynn's office had already
called the media and everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up
I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's
staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we went to the Capitol
via the undergroud tunnel. I went through security once, then had to use the
rest room and went through security again.
My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person who
in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat.
I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs
back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to
take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled; "Protester."
He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands
behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like "I'm going,
do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his name is Mike Weight.
The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of
the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await
a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, "That's Cindy Sheehan."
At which point the officer who arrested me said: "Take these steps slowly."
I said, "You didn't care about being careful when you were dragging me
up the other steps." He said, "That's because you were protesting."
Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House because I was, "Protesting."
I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never
asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any
of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom
of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle
spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct."
After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice Sgt.
came in and looked at my shirt and said, "2245, huh? I just got back from
I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss hit
me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the
country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.
What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for?
What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for still? For this?
I can't even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush
and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.
I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there
and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt
on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during
George's speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that
make the neocons uncomfortable that I would be arrested...maybe I would have,
but I didn't.
There have already been many wild stories out there.
I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the
government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our
freedoms and our country back.
I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she
has paid the ulitmate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing,
or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That's why I am
going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That's why I am not going to let
Bushco take anything else away from me...or you.
I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to the
jail while I was locked up to show their support....we have so much potential
for good...there is so much good in so many people.
Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so
upset and sore it is hard to think straight.
Keep up the struggle...I promise you I will too.
Love and peace soon,