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Why I Chose to be Arrested Demanding Senator Lieberman Stop Taking Insurance Industry Money

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On Thursday October 5th, I joined eight other universal health care
advocates in order to ask Senator Lieberman to stop taking campaign
donations from the insurance industry. When our demand was not met, we
sat on the floor and refused to leave. We were arrested for 'unlawful
entry'. I spent about six hours in the Capitol Hill Police station,
then was released on my own recognizance until arraignment in DC
Superior Court on November 24th.

As I was being arrested and led away, I clearly stated my reason for
participating in the demonstration, "Health care is a human right!"

Personally, I can not stay silent about the need for universal
primary health care. I believe that spending public funds on fighting
disease would save many more lives than fighting ANY war. In that
context, it seemed perfectly appropriate for me to take a stand in a US
Senator's office. The status quo of political discourse in Washington
DC makes me sick. Therefore, I feel that we should sit in the doorways
and impede the normal business routines until the politicians elected
to represent us start putting people before profits.

Midge Potts

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Co-Chair Progressive Party of Missouri

2010 US Senate candidate


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Activist politician who lives in Springfield Missouri. Co-Chair of the Progressive Party of Missouri, delegate to Green Party of the United States.

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