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Solidarity with Bradley Manning
December 17, 2011

No to "war as usual"
March 19, 2010

Winter Soldier Europe
March 14, 2009

Palestinian Flags Flutter
Alongside Peace Banners

January 17, 2009

Close Guantanamo Now!
January 17, 1009

10-Day Vigil for Gaza
January 8-18, 2009

Supporting La'Onf
October 29, 2008

Free the Cuban 5
Sept 13, 2008

Cheney in Chains
Sept 8, 2008

No Bush, No War
June 11, 2008

May Day ILWU Solidarity Action
May 1, 2008

War Tax Day
April 15, 2008

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Jan 26, 2008

Shut Down Guantánamo Now!
Jan 11, 2008

No U.S. Military Base in Vicenza
Dec 15, 2007

Meeting Iranian Artists
Dec 05, 2007

End the War in Iraq, No War on Iran
Oct 27, 2007

Report on Final Days of No Dal Molin Festival in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 16, 2007

Camping for Peace in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 12, 2007

Impeach Them Both +
Judiciary Fax Blast

July 23, 2007

I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
March 20, 2007

No Dal Molin, Vicenza, Italy
Feb 17, 2007

Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

Protest Calling for Cease-fire in Lebanon
July 26, 2006

Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

Stop the Escalation
in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

Troops Home Fast
July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
Military Missions

June 27, 2006

Peace Parade
June 02, 2006

Michael Uhl of
Veterans for Peace

April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden in Plain Sight

April 26, 2006

War Tax Day
April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness

April 12, 2006

National Anti-war Protest in Rome
March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
March 18, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
March 8, 2006

An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
March 2, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
February 09, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
February 06, 2006

NBC Today
Show Blitz

February 06, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Revolution Will
Not Be Televised

January 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
In Rome

January 18, 2006

Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
and Maurizio Torrealta

January 13, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Peace Propaganda and
the Promised Land

January 12, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Oil Factor

December 15, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Wal-Mart

November 17, 2005

Protest at U.S. Embassy: White Phosphorus in Fallujah
November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
at Piazza Chiesa Nuova

November 12, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden Wars of
Desert Storm

October 13, 2005

Anti-war rally
at U.S. Embassy

Sept 24, 2005

USC4P&J Social
at the Beehive

June 22, 2005

Die-In with
Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

Collecting Photos
with Control Arms

June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Unconstitutional

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Outfoxed

June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Weapons of
Mass Deception

May 19, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005

Cheney in Chains

Small is beautiful!

Our September 8th sit-in — to tell Vice-President Dick Cheney during his visit to Rome that he was NOT welcome — went over really well despite our numbers.

Cheney had been on a tour that took him to Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and then to a few European capitals, including Rome, to garner support for possible U.S. interventionism in the former Soviet Republics (and possibly Iran as well).

Gene did a marvellous job getting the press to come (as well as two of his B&B guests, all the way from Ireland), Anna and Greg looked great in their costumes (made by Steph, Maria, Ben) and Rose's string of crimes committed by Cheney filled out the square like a theatrical backdrop.

Our group also included a representative of the D.C. section of Poets Against the War, a Roman supporting the Dal Molin protest movement, Piero Leone from the Girotondi (who helped distribute flyers), a few Comunisti uniti and an Iraqi with the flag of Iraq. The Palazzo Venezia librarians, who let us recharge the megaphone battery at their desk, congratulated us and took 100 anti-Cheney flyers to distribute for us. (We distributed 500 flyers in all.)

Among the many tourists who stopped to chat was, from Hiroshima, Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Okamoto and his wife (he's the Director of the Hiroshima Center for Nonviolence & Peace). An honor, indeed. They signed up for our mailing list.

An incident worth noting: at one point Anna and Greg, in their Bush and Cheney gear, tried a tactic aimed at grabbing the eye of the hurrying passers-by and shaking them up a bit. "Cheney" and "Rice" stepped down from the grassy area designated for our sit-in and started walking along the sidewalk with the pedestrians, then crossed the street with them. Did THAT shake up the passers-by at all? No, sir. They just took Anna and Greg in as though they were people you might encounter anywhere and continued scuttling along.

The foray shook up the undercover cops, however. Alarmed, they started to chase after the two VIPS and got them to return to their assigned zone.

There was in fact a surprisingly huge turnout from the police — something one does not normally see for a simple "presidio". Apparently there were orders from above are to show the real Cheney, on his visit, that the current Italian government is getting tough with the peaceniks. The scandalous police violence at Vicenza the day before is the prime example of that, of course.

Everything went peacefully enough at our sit-in, however. One of the plain clothesmen, chatting informally with us, said we were doing a great job and that he was confident Cheney would not get Italian support for an attack on Iran: "We've got too many economic ties with Iran, so I'm optimistic." One would wish for a better reason not to make war, but let's hope he's right.

Patrick Boylan

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