As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m still thinking about today. But, I really want to share these three pictures that I took that say a lot about the three parts of my day. (All rights to these photos are reserved. If you are interested in using them, please let me know.) [I've also inserted the four stories at Metro Weekly -- which were preceded by this preview story -- looking at all the movement and action on Thursday and Friday of this week.]
My piece about the hearing, “Sheehan’s Stand,” covers the former general’s somewhat extraordinary comments:
Since Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) first began hearings last month on the military’s ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy,” he’s had many witnesses voice disagreement with him. Never, though, has the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee been as plainly frustrated as he was on Thursday morning, March 18, during the testimony of retired Marine Corps Gen. John J. Sheehan.
At one point during the hearing, Levin looked directly at Sheehan and ended a line of questioning by telling the former Supreme Allied Commander of the Atlantic, ”I think the burden to maintain a discriminatory policy is on the people who maintain the policy – not on the people who want to end it.”
My article on the Human Rights Campaign’s rally and Choi’s protest and arrest, “Hearing, Rally and Arrests,” covers the breadth of the walk along Pennsylvania Avenue, from the Capitol to Freedom Plaza to the White House. Yusef Najafi covered the men’s arraignment on Friday.
Finally, my first look at Get Equal and the Pelosi office protest, “Not the ENDA the Road“:
Eight activists went into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in the Cannon House Office Building at 4 p.m. Thursday for what was described as a scheduled meeting in her office. As Samantha Ames later told the Capitol Police, however, ”We’re not leaving until we get confirmation from Nancy Pelosi that she’s going to have this bill up for a vote before the end of the month.”
”So, absent that, we’re not leaving,” Ames said. ”We’re not making any trouble, we’re not causing any damage or anything, but we’re also not going to leave.”
After an official with Pelosi’s office informed the activists that the office would be closing at 7 p.m., four of the eight remained in the office. Capitol Police informed the activists that they would be arrested if they did not leave. About 7:30 p.m. a group of nearly 10 officers entered the office and restrained Ames, Janine Carmona, Chastity Kirven and Michelle Wright. The officers led them out of the office building and into a police van.
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