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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.