Code Pink calls to "Pink Slip Congress" after day of defiance by park users

On the 1st of October, the "shutdown" of parks and other Federal
functions other than police, military, prisons etc was met by thousands
of people with quiet defiance. Others greeted the Tea-party induced
shutdown with a variety of public protests.

Througout DC I saw people ignoring signs the Park Service posted closing parks and trails. Park Police made no attempt to force bicyclists off trails adjacent to still-open park roads, perhaps not wanting all those cyclists to take road space away from cars.

A GOP Fundraiser scheduled by Congressman Steve Chabot for 5PM on Capitol Hill had to be cancelled after he found Code Pink was scheduled to show up. The politics of a bug bucks fundraiser while the rest of the public endures the "shutdown" could not have been concealed if Code Pink attracted the press.

Speaking of Code Pink, as the sun went down they set up lights in front of the west side of the US Capitol reading "Pink Slip Congress." They were quoted on WTOP Radio saying "We want a government that works" and chanting "remmber, remember, you'll pay in November." At one point a large tour group from Oklahoma joined the Code Pink contingent for photos-the first time I've ever seen THAT happen. Speakers demanded that members of Congress be fired for not doing their jobs, same as they would be anywhere else.

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By: dcdirectactionnews (1730.88)

Tags: dcdirectactionnews, government shutdown, Code Pink

Location: Washington, United States

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