Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Visit to Mitch McConnell's Louisville office

Presentation of Peace statement and A Walk in the Shoes at Mitch's office

Mitch, our Republican "leader" of Congress had his office visited by five of us from Code Pink a couple weeks ago. We weren't allowed to bring cameras in, but I did have my cell phone, so here are some 30 second clips I put on youtube.

We met with one of his representatives -a grumpy old white guy who basically jumped into canned talking points and told us we were "out of touch with reality" and had "our heads in the sand" among other insulting comments. He also alluded to September 11th as the reason for us being in Iraq, and the occupation as a reason we're "safe" today. He did let us read a short statement on why we were there, and we also read the names of the soldiers from Kentucky who have been killed in Iraq. We brought a basket of childrens' shoes, each tagged with a name and age, representing dead Iraqi children killed in the invasion and ongoing occupation.

Again, the youtube clips are short and low quality - chronologically, they run A,B,C, then 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 in that order. They give some sense of the atmosphere of the stuffy office.

We left telling them blood is on their hands, and them informing us to leave now or they'd call security..heehee.....I don't feel like they get many people with opposing views coming to their office. Perhaps we'll make it a more regular habit, or maybe move it to the Senator's home.

Hopefully, we'll post a more thorough description of this action here shortly....