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Peace Activists Take Action to Keep Focus on War During Presidential Campaign

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Over a dozen antiwar activists were arrested this week at the Iowa offices of Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The protests were part of a campaign called Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project. We speak to Frank Cordaro, a Des Moines Catholic Worker member who took part in the protests. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: We wrap up now with staying in Iowa. Juan?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, we end today’s show with a different perspective from Iowa. Over a dozen antiwar activists were arrested this week at the Iowa offices of Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The protests were part of a campaign called “Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project.”

Frank Cordaro joins us in Des Moines. He took part in the protests this week and is a member of the Des Moines Catholic Worker. Welcome to Democracy Now!

AMY GOODMAN: Thank you, Frank.

FRANK CORDARO: Great to be with you.

AMY GOODMAN: Thanks for coming in. What did you do this week? We have just one minute. Explain what happened.

FRANK CORDARO: Well, we tried to interject the war into the issues of the presidential candidates. And what your last two guests said about there’s no difference between Hillary and Obama and/or Edwards about the war, they’re correct. They’re all about managing the war. They’re all about keeping the empire afloat. And we were simply trying to interject into the public arena, through a great American democratic tradition of civil disobedience, a real discussion about this war, about this country’s standing in the world, about us being an empire, and about us being an outlaw nation. So we did the best we could.

AMY GOODMAN: Frank, does the Occupation Project continue into New Hampshire?

FRANK CORDARO: Well, we sure hope it does. We hope it continues into the country. Folks, civil disobedience is the way we’re going to get anything changed in this country at this moment. A lot of people are doing it. We need a lot more.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, we’re going to have to leave it there, Frank. I want to thank you for being with us. Again, arrests at the various offices of the presidential candidates around the issue of war. That does it for our broadcast from Iowa.

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