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and a demand to stop funding the profiteering War in Iraq. After cold, free karela stormy and conservative Texas, free karela it was liberating to be back in beautiful San Francisco. Sunday was a gorgeous day, free karela and we started our actions with a lovely walk over the Golden Gate bridge. This time, free karela we came armed with a letter from the ACLU detailing our rights, free karela which included the right to carry signs (no bigger than 2x3). In a show of overkill, free karela though, free karela the police actually escorted us on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge with a phalanx of police on motorcycles, free karela on bicycles and on foot! We very wary of those people in PINK!!! Part of the group started the walk from the San Francisco side, free karela the other part from the Marin side, free karela and we had a joyous meeting in the middle. Free karela We sang and cheered to the constant honks of support from the passing cars. Free karela Ah, free karela it’s great to be back in the bay area… From the bridge, free karela a group walked three miles to our next stop, free karela the home of Senator Diane Feinstein. Free karela She lives in a Pacific Heights mansion just a few blocks from Nancy Pelosi’s house. Free karela The mansion has a lovely park in front of it, free karela where we were met by the raucous Raging Grannies singing hilarious Easter songs, free karela and by the larger-than-life Gandhi peace puppet that often accompanies our CODEPINK actions thanks to the Gandhi Peace Brigade.

It was quite a feat getting Gandhi up the stairs to Feinstein's house! We had made this stop at Senator Diane Feinstein's house for two reasons. One was to pressure her to stop funding the war and to support the new legislation introduced by Sen. Free karela Russ Feingold, free karela with the support of Sen. Free karela Harry Reid that calls for the troops to be home within a year - with a fixed timetable for withdrawal. The other reason is our concern about her conflict of interest, free karela with her husband Dick Blum receiving multi-million dollar defense contracts while she headed the subcommittee on military construction. Free karela We feel that she and her husband have profited from this war, free karela and they should return the profits back to the Iraqi people. Free karela Congress should also investigate the conflict of interest. Free karela One of the journalists who covered our Easter visits, free karela Luke Thomas from Fog City Journal, free karela got a response from Feinstein’s office saying: “Senator Feinstein never sought to influence which entities were awarded any military construction contracts. Free karela Neither she nor her staff ever wrote, free karela spoke to, free karela or influenced in any way Defense Department officials in charge of determining which entities were awarded any military construction contract….There is no conflict." We delivered two Easter baskets to Feinstein and Blum. Free karela One had eggs with peaceful messages; the other was full of war toys and fake money, free karela with a message calling for them to play with the toys if they must, free karela but stop funding and profiting off real war. Read more at CODEPINK