Bangor, Maine – A crowd of approximately one hundred peace
makers gathered outside of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe’s Bangor office
Thursday to deliver a message to the Senator requesting that 1) she admit
that we’ve all been lied to by the Bush Administration as to the pretexts
to the current occupation and war in Iraq, 2) to stop the funding of the
war, 3) to bring the troops home and 4) to declare that this war is over.
On the same day that two-thirds of registered Iraqi voters
turned out to vote in their third national election, the over four hundred
forty Maine voters who had signed the letter to Senator Snow were prevented
in having their message delivered.
Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle, Judy Robbins of Sedgwick, Rob Shetterly of
Brooksville, Bruce Gagnon of Brunswick and Nancy Galland of Stockton Springs
read some prepared remarks after which, Gail Kelly, Senator Snow’s office
manager, read a response from Senator Snowe in the parking lot of the
office complex at One Cumberland Place.
Dud Hendrick informed Ms. Kelly that members of the assembly
wished to sit down in the office and share their concerns and deliver
their message to which she replied that only two people at a time would
be allowed into her small office. About fifty followed her into the building
and up to the second floor office through a narrow hallway where the first
two delegates, Pat Wheeler of Deer Isle and Bruce Gagnon entered while
the balance of the contingent remained waiting outside in the cramped
corridor for over an hour before being instructed to leave or be arrested.
The nineteen who refused to leave were arrested, handcuffed,
patted down, searched and photographed one at time by Penobscot Sheriff
Deputies and Bangor Police officers before being led downstairs and into
the waiting prisoner transport vans. Those arrested and charged with criminal
trespass were Judy Robbins of Sedgwick, Doug Rawlings of Chesterville,
Steve West of Penobscot, Ron King of Penobscot, Jim Harney of Bangor,
Sandy Yakovenko of Tenants Harbor, Maureen Block of Swanville, Debby Marshall
of Deer Isle, Nancy Hill of Stonington, Peter Robbins of Sedgwick, Richard
Stander of Stockton Springs, Carolyn Coe of Blue Hill, Elizabeth Adams
of Ellsworth, Olenka Folda of Brooklin, Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle, Nancy
Galland of Stockton Springs, Rob Shetterly of Brooksville, Bruce Gagnon
of Brunswick and Pat Wheeler of Deer Isle. All of whom, except for Harney,
were released on $500 bail, which was waived, with a restriction that
they not go within 500 feet of One Cumberland Place or commit any criminal
acts until their scheduled hearing on January 20, 2006. The next day Harney
was released on his on recognizance.
The letter to Senator Snowe, along with its 441 signatures,
remained undelivered Thursday, but Judy Robbins indicated that on Friday
she would fax copies to all of Snowe’s offices. A copy of the letter is
available here http://www.paxchristimaine.org/Letter2Snowe.htm.