Re: News Flash: Cindy Sheehan Arrested at State of Union Speech
- Well, it turns out it wasn't an anti-war "banner" that got Cindy Sheehan in
hot water with the Capitol Hill police -- merely a tee-shirt with a question.
This AP wire story was the only "print" account of Sheehan's arrest, and
most of the few papers that picked up the story only ran it on their website.
But I did catch a couple of short video clips on overnight tv news -- which
plainly showed the offending anti-war message on her black tee-shirt:
"2,248 DEAD / How Many More?"
Bravo to CA Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey -- one of the few who have
really put themselves on the line to get the troops home from Iraq.
Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Capitol
By LAURIE KELLMAN
Associated Press Writer
1:12 AM PST, February 1, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Cindy Sheehan finally got her invitation to see
President Bush again, but before she set eyes on him at the State of the
Union address, Capitol Police removed her from the gallery overlooking
the House chamber.
The offense: her shirt, bearing an anti-war message and other "unlawful
conduct," police said.
Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the
anti-war movement, was handcuffed and charged with unlawful
conduct, according to Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. The
charge was a misdemeanor and Sheehan was being released on her
own recognizance, Schneider said.
Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to
Tuesday night's speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police
warned her that such displays were not allowed in the House chamber,
but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., gave Sheehan her only ticket earlier
in the day -- Gallery 5, seat 7, row A -- while Sheehan was attending
an "alternative state of the union" news conference by CODEPINK,
a group pushing for an end to the Iraq war.
"I'm proud that Cindy's my guest tonight," Woolsey said in an interview
before the speech. "She has made a difference in the debate to bring our
troops home from Iraq."
Sheehan, wrapped in a bright pink scarf against the cold, protested
outside the White House with a handful of others before heading to the
Capitol for Bush's speech. There were no cameras around, but the small
band faced the executive mansion and shouted repeatedly, "You're
evicted! Get out of our house!"
From: "CraigGingold" <gingold@...>
Date sent: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 18:27:49 -0800
Subject: [EF!] News Flash: Cindy Sheehan Arrested at State of Union Speech
Both CBS and ABC network news are reporting that anti-war activist
Cindy Sheehan was arrested by capitol hill police and removed from the
Capitol building prior to the start of Bush's State of the Union speech.
Sheehan had been given a front-row seat for the speech by CA Rep.
Lynn Woolsey, but she was ordered arrested in anticipation of a
possible disruption of Bush's speech. One unconfirmed report said
that she may have smuggled an anti-war banner into the building.
The police are said to have indicated that she would be held in
custody for about one hour and released, after the S.o.U. speech