Camp Casey Detroit

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

just to clarify...i don't believe cindy sheehan herself was arrested.


From the Village Voice
http://villagevoice.com/news/0538,fergusonshee,67983,2.html
NYPD Unplugs Cindy Sheehan
City’s Finest pulls move even Bush wouldn’t have tried

by Sarah Ferguson
September 19th, 2005 5:54 PM






Cindy Sheehan speaking out in Union Square with Al Zappala, who also lost a son in Iraq
photo: Sarah Ferguson
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The New Fight Against the War
by Jarrett Murphy


Cindy Sheehan may be the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. But that didn't stop members of the New York Police Department from marching into the crowd of about 150 people gathered in Union Square Monday to hear her speak and yanking away the microphone.
The NYPD pulled the plug just as Sheehan was calling on the audience not to lose heart in the fight to end the war in Iraq.

"We get up every morning, and every morning we see this enormous mountain in front of us," said Sheehan, speaking on behalf of the other parents and family members of fallen soldiers who have taken up the crusade to bring the troops home.

"We can't go through it, we can't go under it, so we have to go over it," she continued, just as the cops rushed the makeshift podium.

Police dragged away Paul Zulkowitz, a.k.a. Zool, an organizer with “Camp Casey NYC,” the small encampment that he and other activists set up a month ago in Union Square in solidarity with Sheehan’s vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. The New York branch existed much to the ire of the city’s Parks Department. Today, Zulkowitz was arrested for failing to obtain a sound permit—a charge that normally warrants no more than a summons.

Moments earlier, Zulkowitz had been chastising Parks officials for refusing to grant a permit to the encampment, and accusing the police of trying to harass the antiwar protest away. Contrasting the liberal Big Apple with the hostile environs Sheehan faced in Crawford, Zulkowitz told the crowd: "You would think that here in New York City, at Union Square—our Hyde Park—you would think that we would little difficulty having a 24-hour vigil to oppose the war. In fact, we've had two arrests and eight summonses and endless harassment from the police for doing what we do."

As the activists hustled away Sheehan and the other family members on the Bring Them Home Now tour, an enraged crowd of about 50 people stormed after the police, chanting, "Shame! Shame!" Meanwhile Iraq war veteran and now peace activist Jeff Key played "God Bless America" on his trumpet.

"Since when can't you talk out here in Union Square?" demanded an Upper West Side social worker who identified herself as Quha, who said she'd taken her lunch break to hear Sheehan because she has a 20-year-old son who is considering enlisting. "I've seen everyone and their mother come out and speak nonsense out here in this park, and for them to shut down Cindy Sheehan is just not right."

"They came in like gangbusters. It was really ridiculous," said Margaret Rapp, a retired teacher from Inwood who added that she planned to file a complaint after an officer forcibly shoved her in the chest. A mother of a 19-year-old, she said she'd come to hear Sheehan because she lost her fiancee during the Vietnam War. "This is very close to home. There is a chord that Cindy hits among people that have lost people in this war and other wars, or who have draft age children like me. We're scared to death.”

Inspector Michael McEnroy, commander of the 13th Precinct, insisted the shutdown order had nothing to do with the content of Sheehan’s speech, but was instead about the "provocation" caused by Zulkowitz. “This has been going on for much longer than today,” McEnroy said, adding of Sheehan, “I don’t even know the woman.” That last part prompted one pissed-off onlooker to shoot back: “Haven’t you watched the news or read a paper in the last three months? ”

Sheehan has been touring the country for the last month with members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak out, and Iraq Veterans Against the War. They will be speaking tonight at 6:30 at St. John the Divine (Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street), part of the lead up to Saturday’s big anti-war march in Washington, D.C.

posted by: Isis

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At 10:30 AM, Blogger Camp Casey Detroit Blog said...

NY Times, September 20, 2005
An Antiwar Speech in Union Square Is Stopped by Police Citing Paperwork Rules
BY SHADI RAHIMI

An antiwar speech by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier
killed in Iraq, was cut short yesterday after the organizer of the event
was arrested and police officers confiscated his audio equipment.

The claps and cheers that had greeted Ms. Sheehan's arrival at the rally in
Union Square quickly turned to furious chants of "Let her speak!" as
officers ushered away the organizer, Paul Zulkowitz, who the police said
lacked audio permits for the event.

Angry activists followed officers as they led Mr. Zulkowitz away, waving
their fists and shouting, "Shame, shame, shame." Ms. Sheehan, who was
visiting New York on the last leg of a bus tour across the country, was
nearing the end of her speech when the police officers arrested Mr.
Zulkowitz. She was whisked to a car by two supporters just before the
police officers seized the microphone. Mr. Zulkowitz was arrested because
he did not have a permit, said the commanding officer of the 13th Precinct,
Inspector Michael J. McEnroy.

Detective Kevin Czartoryski said Mr. Zulkowitz was charged with
unauthorized use of a sound device and disorderly conduct, and was released
after being given a court summons.

Detective Czartoryski said the police had taken the "appropriate action" in
response to a lawbreaker.

But many people attending the event, dozens of whom yelled accusations into
the faces of the more than 20 police officers who blocked them from
following Mr. Zulkowitz, interpreted the arrest as a demonstration of
citywide disdain for free speech, referring to last year's arrests of
protesters at the Republican National Convention.

"This is what's been happening for the last couple of years," said Daniel
Starling, the co-chairman of the Green Party chapter in Manhattan, who
attended the event yesterday. "Every time we try to hold a demonstration,
they arrest us."

The crowd of New Yorkers had waited more than an hour to catch a glimpse of
Ms. Sheehan, who was thrust into the national spotlight in August when she
sought a meeting with President Bush by camping out for days near his ranch
in Crawford, Tex. Though soft-spoken, Ms. Sheehan has not shied away from
controversy, opening her New York visit on Sunday night in Brooklyn by
accusing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of failing to challenge the Bush
administration's policies in Iraq.

Ms. Sheehan, who did not mention Ms. Clinton yesterday, urged her
supporters in Union Square to continue pushing to end the war in Iraq. One
supporter, Lien Corey, a 51-year-old Manhattan resident who was living in
Vietnam during the war there, said that Ms. Sheehan had become a
larger-than-life figure who represents the sentiments of many people across
the country. "She's beyond herself now, she's a symbol," Ms. Corey said.
"She's a catalyst, and we all unite behind her."

Ms. Sheehan, who has been credited by many activists with reinvigorating
the antiwar movement in the United States, began speaking out against the
war in Iraq soon after her 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Baghdad on
April 2, 2004. She attributes her sudden fame to the news media's need to
find a "focal point" on certain high-profile issues like the Iraq war.

At a news conference in Chelsea earlier in the day, she said she regretted
not speaking out sooner.

"I didn't think that one person could make a difference," Ms. Sheehan said.
"After Casey was killed, I thought, well if I can't make a difference, at
least I'm going to my grave knowing I tried."

Although many opponents of the war said they were thrilled by the attention
Ms. Sheehan has attracted to the cause, some are frustrated by her
celebrity status, which they said can deflect the focus away from other issues.

After the news conference, George Weber, 57, a Vietnam War veteran from
Warwick, N.Y., said little attention was being paid to issues of concern to
veterans, like the possible closing of the Manhattan Veterans Affairs hospital.

Ms. Sheehan's message has been heard across the nation on television ads
sponsored by antiwar groups and at well-publicized stops on her bus tour,
which was launched from Crawford on Aug. 31 and has visited 51 cities in 28
states. She has been joined on her journey by families of soldiers and
veterans, many of whom have been working for years to rally people against war.

Many New Yorkers said yesterday that Ms. Sheehan gave them back hope that
was lost when war was declared on Iraq.

Laurie Arbeiter, 46, of Brooklyn, said she flew to Crawford in August and
spent two weeks camped out with Ms. Sheehan and others.

Ms. Arbeiter said that the arrest of the event organizer, Mr. Zulkowitz,
was another example of the "country's suppression of dissent."

"We are being railroaded toward a state in which we can't speak up," she said.

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