Dover Civil Disobedience 5/31/06 at Congressman Bradley's Office

Dover NH May 31, 2006
by Paul Pat Morse

Six peace activists from Seacoast Peace Response were arrested this evening at Congressman Jeb Bradley's office on Washington St. in Dover. The six activists, which included 85 year old Macy Morse of Portsmouth, were arrested after being asked numerous times to leave the office after it closed at 5pm.
The others taken into custody by nine Dover officers included, Randall A. Kezar, 69, Kingston, Nina Capra Jordan, 67, Lee, William R. Woodward, 61 Durham, Aaron John Carine, 39, Dover, and Lee N. Roberts, 70, Portsmouth.
Spokesman Bill Woodward said the group was waiting in the Congressman's office until they got a response to a letter they had written to him concerning the war in Iraq. In the letter, the group called for Congressman Bradley to "act in Congress to terminate this war by the end of this year".
This action was part of a statewide effort by several peace groups including Seacoast Peace Response and New Hampshire Peace Action. The groups coordinated the effort to have as many people as possible vigil outside US Senators' and US congressmens' offices, deliver letters demanding a clear and immediate withdrawal strategy from Iraq, and reading the names of American and Iraqi war dead inside their offices.
There were as many as 50 participants at the Dover site with at least a dozen people inside Congressman Bradley's office reading the names. According to NHPA Director, Anne Miller, there were as many as 200 people involved in the event statewide.
The group arrested at the Congressman's office were charged with Criminal Trespass, a class A Misdemeanor by Dover Police Captain Brian Estee. Criminal Trespass carries a maximum 1 year in jail and $2000 fine.
Also on the scene were two Office of Homeland Security Inspectors including Inspector John Farrell of Portland, Me., who said "they were there to make sure things go smoothly".
The arrested activists were all released on Personal Recognizance after about an hour with the exception of Carine, who refused to pay the bail bondsman and elected to spend the night in jail pending his arraignment on Thursday morning.

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