Wednesday, November 4, 2009

12 arrested yesterday at Pelosi's San Francisco office

From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Federal police on Tuesday arrested 12 supporters of a single-payer health care system who entered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco offices and refused to leave until they talked to the congresswoman.

Police arrested them for creating a disturbance on federal property nearly three hours after they entered Pelosi's offices. Pelosi was not in the office and did not talk to them by telephone.

The protesters, who are in favor of a system administered by the federal government but delivered by private health care providers, entered the waiting room of Pelosi's offices about 11:45 a.m. and were arrested around 2:30 p.m., according to Pam Allen, an attorney with the California Nurses Association.

The activists were protesting the lack of a vote over a "Medicare for All" amendment proposed in the House bill.

Those arrested were cited, released and ordered to appear before a federal judge.

If they can get arrested, you can make a phone call! Tell Nancy Pelosi to keep her promise and allow a floor vote on the Weiner Amendment. In D.C., the number's (202) 225-4965, in San Francisco (415) 556-4862; DC fax: 202-225-8259.

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