Thursday morning in the Dirksen Senate office building, nine peaceful protesters refused to leave Joseph Lieberman's office until the senator agreed that he would stop taking campaign contributions from the insurance industry. I was among those arrested. The demonstration was organized by Mobilization for Health Care for All, a nonviolent campaign to end private health insurance abuse.
A US Senator should not be taking campaign donations from corporations over which he or she has legislative/regulatory authority. Senator Lieberman's willingness to prioritize profits over people makes me sick, so I felt moved to demonstrate to him that the American people demand Universal not-for-profit heath care for all, now!
Midgelle Regina Potts, Springfield
Green/Progressive Party candidate for US Senate in Missouri in 2010