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
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