Last week six antiwar activists were arrested for refusing to leave Representative Loretta SanchezÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office overnight (read Andrew’s post here). The group Military Families Speak Out and Code Pink sought to ask Loretta Sanchez to sign a pledge to stop funding the Iraq Occupation.
This blog was buzzing with debate after the arrestsÃ¢â‚¬â€with most commenters falling into one of two categories. Some thought that Sanchez (a member of the majority party) should sign a pledge to stop funding the occupation. Others thought that activists should focus on a congressperson that has voted in favor of this war (unlike Sanchez).
Again this afternoon, local activists were focusing on the 47th Congressional District. Members from MoveOn.org released a report called Ã¢â‚¬Å“War at HomeÃ¢â‚¬Â that highlights the cost of the Iraq War to residents in every congressional district, and they held a protest in the 47th and gathered signatures on the report.
I stopped by the MoveOn protest to snap a few photos and I ran into a friend of mine that was arrested last week at SanchezÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office. I asked her why there is so much attention on the 47thÃ¢â‚¬Â¦especially considering that Rohrabacher and Royce are our neighbors. Her response was that protesting at RohrabacherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and RoyceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office was like Ã¢â‚¬Å“knocking on the door of an empty house.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The empty house analogy is one of the better arguments IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard from the protester that have been focusing so much energy on a congress person that has been pretty supportive of the local antiwar activists.
According to the MoveOn report that they published today, the Iraq war has cost residents of the 47th Congressional district $935 million. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Every day the war goes on means more of our hard earned tax dollars are wasted on an endless religious civil war that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be won,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Karen Malley, a local MoveOn member that was at the protest on Euclid and Garden Grove Boulevard this afternoon.
Today or tomorrow the MoveOn members will deliver the report to Rep. Loretta SanchezÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Garden Grove office.
Read the report here.
There are a couple more photos after the break.