They’re Arresting the Wrong People Inside of Congress

I was arrested again inside of Congress for speaking out against US-backed genocide. Myself and others were brutally tackled and carried out of the room by Capitol Police. I was charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding” for speaking out and holding a sign as the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense testified in Congress for more money for the endless US war machine.

While they are arresting peace activists for exercising first amendment rights they are making plans to host Netanyahu – a war criminal with an actual arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court.

Photo by: Celâl Güneş

For decades, people following CODEPINK’s lead have been protesting inside the halls of Congress. The year before October 7, there were a handful of us protesting the bloated military budgets and the US warmongering. I was arrested several times on my own, but since October, dozens of us have been arrested in Congress, hundreds in DC, and thousands across the US and the world for Palestine.

The sustained energy and activism are the result of the 40,000+ thousands of Palestinians murdered, millions being starved and displaced, their land, water, and air poisoned, and neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, and refugee camps demolished.

The real criminals are the ones we are protesting against – the ones literally sitting directly in front of us inside the hearing room – and should be the ones arrested, charged, and found guilty for the war criminals they are funding and supporting and the war crimes they are committing.

Any of us speaking and acting out on the side of justice know we are taking risks. We see it as our duty as people in the US in solidarity with and inspired by the Palestinian people facing and resisting this horror.

As I await my court date, I think of the people I spent the night with at the DC detention facility. Just this year, there have been 5 deaths inside the D.C. jail. The dozen or so women in there reminded me that poverty is a policy choice and our carceral, systemically racist state perpetuates harm and cycles of violence.

According to the US Center for Palestinian Rights in Washington DC, for this year alone (before our additional billions of aid were sent), $15,596,311 to Israel’s weapons could instead fund 451,735 households with public housing, 1,322,199 children receiving free or low-cost healthcare, 41,490 elementary school teachers, 10,818,505 households with solar electricity produce, and 100,563 students with their loan debt canceled.

The fight against US militarism is one where the climate, feminist, Indigenous, economic, and racial justice movements are all uniting around right now. And as it deepens and strengthens, we must become more organized as we escalate while we continue to make those in power uncomfortable.

Olivia DiNucci is an anti-militarism and climate justice organizer based in Washington DC.

10 thoughts on “They’re Arresting the Wrong People Inside of Congress”

  1. The war criminal politicians funded by AIPAC and other foreign lobbying groups should be arrested with those groups and share cells with the celebrities and CEO's doing the same things.

    1. AIPAC is the subsidiary of the American Zionist Council that was forced by JFK and RFK to register as a foreign agent. The AZC dissolved. AIPAC remained.

  2. More power to you, but I can tell by the expression on Mr Blinken's face he doesn't pay much heed to our sentiments…

  3. What about the barbarous acts of war against Israel the Palestinians' HAMAS did and the fact they killed American hostages while still holding AMERICAN hostages TODAY? What about the J6 protestors who are imprisoned but these leftist orgs do nothing for them? The same globalist goons who are going after Pres. Trump are now after PM Netanyahu using globalist controlled judicial orgs that operate the same way NY justice courts are functioning against Pres. Trump! Republicans and conservatives opposed to the Ukraine War support WHO ARE FOR AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN DENIED THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!

  4. In other news, the supreme court has ruled against the ban on bump stocks. Media called it a "win for gun rights". It falls in line with the aggressive nature of the U.S. in that it promotes a more aggressive body public, with belief in the infallibility of U.S. power.

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