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Farr Far-Away From Office; Staff Close It Early to Protesters

A delegation of students and community members were met with a locked door and a closed office at Rep. Sam Farr's office Wednesday afternoon. They posted their concerns on his door and promised to return 2:30 pm Friday November 22nd, perhaps in greater numbers.
As part of the Standing United for Peace rally up on UCSC campus, some of us decided to take recommendations to Farr directly for his comment. This recommendations (demands) are detailed below in "Tell Rep. Farr It's Time to Stop the War" posted on this same website. The following is a brief summary of what happened when we reached Farr's office at the County building.

On arriving at Rep. Sam Farr’s office on the 3rd floor of the County Buildingbetween 3 and 3:30 p.m., I found a note on the door which read:
“Congressman Sam Farr’s office will be closed from 1:15 until the close of business today, Wednesday, November 20, 2001. We will re-open at 9:00 p.m.
tomorrow, Tuesday [the writer probably meant “Thursday”], November 21, 2001. We regret any inconvenience.”

Someone had handwritten underneath “No, you don’t. Even your answering machine is a lie. Sam Farr is not here and wasn’t here today. (signed) a Constituent Veteran and Senior”

A peace activist added, “Boo! Open the office and Stop the War!”

Ten of us eventually met outside Farr’s office. An administrative aide in Fred Keely’s office next door told us that one of the Farr staff was sick and another one had left early to go to a meeting. Many of us were skeptical.

The majority of us committed to returning Friday November 22nd at 2:30 p.m. to raise the questions we wanted to raise today. We also left a copy of the flyer “Tell Sam Far: Stop the War!” which cited seven demands (Stop the War, Repudiate the War Budget Vote, Stop Bombing Iraq, Rebuild the Bombed Water Facilities, Lift Economic Sanctions, Transfer War Appropriation MOney to Vet Casualtes of First Gulf War, and Inspect/Eliminate Our Own Genocidal Weaponry).

We also left a letter which read:

“November 20, 2002
Congressman Sam Farr,
We are very disappointed to find you out of your office in th is time of world crisis. As a representative of this communityk, it is your responsibility to be present for your constituents. We are leaving our list of concerns and urge yout o address them
immediately. You may contact us at standingunited4peace (at) hotmail.com .
We found your office locked and no staff members here, even though your office hours are posted 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
This was a disappointment to the ten of us who took time out of our workdays to come and represent the community and speak with you. Please call Nick Reynolds (831) 502-3262 to arrange a meeting time.

(signed) Robert, Marla, Bernard, Tim, Nick, Denlin, Jennifer, Mish, Darwin, and Marcia”

Please join us on Friday to raise these questions with Farr’s staff (and hopefully with Farr). Hopefully we will have greater numbers. And hopefully we will inspire other Americans to make demand of their representatives why they are letting Bush lead us off
to war.
Please let me know your comments.
--Robert Norse
 
 


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good work nonetheless

Im very happy to see an intelligently targeted protest, going after the right guy at the right place for the right reasons. You've got him on the run now, don't let him get away!

-Van
 

Don't Beg Your Master For Mercy When He Knows Not The Meaning

"A peace activist added, 'Boo! Open the office and Stop the War!'" Expecting Farr, the bomber of Belgrade and supporter of the death squad government of Colombia, to play any role in stopping the war on Iraq is like expecting an elephant to quack like a duck. Farr most recently supported the war budget and should be seen as nothing more than a war monger. I support protesting Farr for the purpose of exposing and denouncing him and his party of war. Results will not be quick. We need an authentic voice against capitalism and impirealist war back on the ballot. Register with the Peace and Freedom Party, we are now only 4,000 registrants away from getting back on the ballot.
 

Editing Articles

We should proofread our articles. Blatant grammar and spelling errors make our statements look hasty and incompetent. Thanks so much for all your hard work and leadership.
 

Really

It sounds like you really expect the congressman to be in his office at all times. Was he even in the State. Did you call first to insure he would be there?
It also sounds to me as if you expect him to solve all the worlds most pressing problems after you speak to him.

P.S. For a group of students you certainly seem to need a few lessons in grammer and puntuation.
 

Meeting with Farr's Staff

Half a dozen of us made our way to Rep. Farr’s office at 3 PM Friday. Staff member Rachel and Alec. They explained their office was closed early on Wednesday because
staff members were sick.

We presented a variety of concerns, including the seven listed on the flyer posted on the “Tell Representative Farr It’s Time to Stop the War” story below. [(1) No Further U.S. Against Iraq, (2) Repudiate the War Budget Vote, (3) Stop the Bombing of Iraq,
(4) Redirect Military Funds to Rebuild the U.S. Bombed Sanitation System, (5) Action to lift economic sanctions, (6) Spend on U.S. Gulf War casualties instead of more war, and (7) Support Ban on Cluster Bombs, Depleted Uranium Weapons, and Land Mines]

We focused on the War in Iraq and Farr’s vote for the $355 billion war bill (which Alec insisted was the “defense” budget). Alec and Rachael noted that Farr had held town meeting on the Iraqi question within the last two months. The staff members spent an hour listening to our concerns and defending Farr’s policies as well as taking questions from us for Farr, which included:
1. Would Farr support a specific appropriation to rebuild the sanitation facilities?
2. Document a change on Farr’s past silence or implicit support of cluster bombs and uranium depleted weapons (during the Yugoslavia war), if such a change has
happened? His position on land mines?
3. Other than one response to a reporter at the Monterey AIDS conference, Alec could remember no public statement from Farr opposing the war in response to ongoing
events and pro-war propaganda by the Bush regime. Alec insisted that Farr’s anti-war position had been amply cited in his speech supporting the Lee resolution about Iraq (the
same day Farr voted for the military appropriation, and Lee voted against it). We asked him for specific documentation on anything that Farr has said or done against the war in
the last month.
4. Will Farr publicly take leadership by writing and speaking publicly (as Ramsey Clark has apparently done in a letter to the UN) against U.S. unilateral action and the “no fly zones”?
5. Will Farr hold a public meeting in Santa Cruz to hear and mobilize public opinion regarding recent Bush provocations, by making timely and specific responses
inflammatory Bush threats and claims (such as the war on December 8th unless Hussein admits he has “weapons of mass destruction”)?
6. What is Farr’s specific policy on the new Bush “assasinate political leaders” policy? Please provide documentation.
7. Will Farr publicly repudiate his war budget vote? If he gets a similar 7000-30 phone call ratio as he got against the Iraqi war, will he do so?
8. Will Farr introduced a resolution in the House opposing any funding of the war effort and publicize that effort?

Alec and Rachel agreed to work on making ready some response from Rep. Farr by Wednesday November 27th 9:30 AM when we said we’d return (though they wanted more time).

A later meeting that day after Peace Friday’s “Honk for Peace” rally at Ocean and Pacific streets, took place up on Campus: at the Standing United for Peace group (meets Fridays 6:30 PM 3rd Floor of the Bay Tree Book Store building) Sandino brought our
concerns to SUP, which focused on a demand for public leadership against the War in Iraq, an explanation for his pro-military vote in October on the budget, and an agreement to hold give-and-take forums. SUP reportedly supported our efforts and some members said they’d join us next Wednesday to hear Farr’s response.

Farr’s local phone number is 424-2229. Please call his office and ask him to repudiate his vote against the biggest military appropriation in history and commit to
speaking out strongly against the War while there is still time.
We also asked Farr to support public protest and wondered where he was at the time of the massive October 26th anti-war rallies.

We commended him for his votes against the Patriot Act, the Iraqi Force Resolution, and the Homeland Security Act, and critized him for not voting against the Afghanistan War (he was not present for the vote, but his staff said he would have voted for it).

I shall be playing excerpts from the meeting, which I recorded, on Free Radio Santa Cruz (10:30 AM on Sunday November 24th 96.3 FM www.microradio.net/frsc).

We shall be returning to Farr’s office Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM (3rd floor of the County Building) to hear what he (through his staff presumably) has to say.

PLEASE JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. ONLY SUSTAINED
PUBLIC PROTEST CAN STOP THE DETERMINED BUSH AGENDA,
PARTICULARLY IN THE FACE OF ME-TOO DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEHAVIOR.

Robert Norse
 

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