Andy Field, leader of Direct Action, addresses a group of protesters that have gathered for a planned action only two days after President Bush announced that the U.S. was going to war with Iraq. Field and others of Direct Action believed that the only way to make themselves heard was to take their message to the streets.
Field waits, chained in the car, for the police to take action. The car was pulled into the middle of Grand River Avenue, the primary street in East Lansing, and blocked all oncoming traffic. Demonstrators felt that to block traffic and disrupt the daily lives of East Lansing residents would force community members to think about the effects that war would have on the citizens of Iraq.
Direct Action members surround the car with Field inside. Twenty-some activists linked arms and legs to make it more difficult to be removed. In all, some hundred protesters were present at the demonstration.
Field holds Lindsay Alexander’s hand as the police make their way around the vehicle, arresting those that refuse to leave the street. “It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life,” said Alexander.
Tamika Payne is arrested for failure to leave the crosswalk soon enough after all the protesters and vehicle were removed from the street. Payne, who had a broken leg, was tackled to the ground and handcuffed.
Field yells ‘shame’ as the police continue to arrest surrounding protesters. Many protesters found it an emotional decision when faced with leaving or being arrested.
Michael Perez is dragged away by police. Those that were arrested used nonviolent methods to resist the police, such as refusing to stand and walk.
Police officers open the door in order to cut Field free from the vehicle. Field was the last protester to be removed.
An activist flashes a peace sign during a march the preceding day by Direct Action. Fourteen people were arrested in total for disorderly conduct and disobeying police orders. All were released the same day.