Oaklander, others arrested protesting Hillary in DC

rae-abileah.jpgOakland activist Rae Abileah, 24, was one of six women arrested Tuesday morning at the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, during a CODEPINK protest urging the presidential aspirant to stop supporting funding for the war in Iraq.

The group, dressed in their organization’s signature pink slips, held banners with slogans such as, “Hillary: Be a Woman for Peace” and “It takes an Invasion to Raze a Village,” and eventually entered Clinton’s office to weave a web of pink yarn and ribbons symbolizing Clinton’s web of lies, their news release said. Clinton wasn’t in her office Tuesday.

The other five arrestees were Heather Box, 25, of San Francisco; Leslie Angeline, 50, of San Francisco; Sandee Scott, 52, of Monterey; Sonia Silbert, 26, of Washington, D.C.; and Samantha Miller, 21, of Los Angeles. They face disorderly conduct charges.

CODEPINK cofounders Medea Benjamin of San Francisco and Jodie Evans of Venice, Calif., later Tuesday were detained by Capitol Police after interrupting a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing for John Deputy Secretary of State nominee John Negroponte; they’d stood up and spoke out in objection to Negroponte’s alleged tolerance of Honduran death squads during his term as the U.S. Ambassador to that Central American nation from 1981 to 1985.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.