One of the coalition signers, Fr. Bill Pickard
of Scranton, Pa., vice president of Northeastern Pennsylvania Pax Christi
, said, "The current [tax] system as it stands is simply unjust."
"Refusal to raise revenue by implementing reasonable and necessary taxation on the most financially blessed people of our country is both bad policy and a moral outrage," he
Joe requests that we keep Father Bill Pickard
in our prayers.
Thirteen nonviolent activists, including Scranton priest Fr. William Pickard, were arrested in front of the White House protesting US militarism.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., over thirty participants read names of 77 US citizens killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the names of Iraqis and Afghans killed in the U.S. wars.
After each name was read, a bell was rung and the participants said "We Remember You.
A banner that read, "Occupation" was pelted with shoes inscribed with anti-war slogans.
Finally, the thirteen walked onto the sidewalk and laid down in remembrance of the war dead.
anointed the "dead" with olive oil.
The Washington D.C.
Park Police arrested all thirteen.
They include, Vickie Andrews, John Braun, Marie Braun, Lori Blanding, Ward Brennan, Stephen Clemens, Diane Haugesag, Maxine McNamara, Ceylon Mooney
, Joe Palen, Mary Percich, Father William Pickard
and Cornelia Sullivan.