In addition to the afternoon protests, set to culminate in the office of Illinois Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk, the women did some morning lobbying. They dropped by the offices of 12 senators who haven’t yet taken a stance on the bill. They also delivered anti-sanctions petitions from constituents in Illinois, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington.
CodePink is urging senators to publicly oppose the bill as a way to support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who faces increasing pressure to bring the measure up for a vote. One of the activists, Kate Chandley, explained the strategy: “We’re pointing out that party unity on this is really important.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.