Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Surging against the Bush plan

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Today on the Senate Floor Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar asked for a surge of diplomacy instead of a surge of troops in Iraq. In our podcast you'll hear from her as well as an organizer of a peace group that's staging a peaceful sit-in at all of Minnesota's Congressional offices today to express its displeasure with the Bush proposal.

Twin Cities Peace Campaign organizer, Marie Braun, tells us the sit-ins have been going without any problems with one notable exception. (As this podcast was published she had yet to hear from CD 6- Rep. Michelle Bachmann's office) Representative John Kline's staff booted the group from its Burnsville office after an hour. Kline's office had called police even before the group arrived. Kline spokesperson Mike Osskopp (who has been featured here before on video shouting racial slurs) met with the group of about 17 CD 2 residents for about an hour. He abruptly ended the meeting when the group gave him a petition asking Congressman Kline to hold a town hall meeting on Iraq and potential military action against Iraq.

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Osskopp then asked Burnsville Police to remove the group. Police officers found no need to do so because the group was peaceful. Group members were allowed to fill out "comment cards" to Congressman Kline and then heeded Osskopp's order that they leave.


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