Thursday, February 14, 2008

87-year old state representative from New Hampshire, Betty Hall will starve herself to death unless Conyers begins Impeachment process

Betty Hall, An 87-Year Old New Hampshire State Representative, Says She Will Join CodePink Fast and Is Willing to Die for Impeachment

Dear CodePink Women and Impeachment Friends

Susan Serpa called last night and told me about Betty Hall's commitment to Impeachment (above). I burst out crying. I told her, "I don't want anyone to die for this!" My appointment with Conyers has been postponed for the fourth time. I told Rinia, Conyers' scheduler, "There are now thirty-four people fasting and each time he postpones our meeting, I have to let them know. There are a lot of people counting on me ..." Then I told her about Betty and the tears started flowing. When she heard this, she seemed to understand the seriousness of the situation . I could tell she was moved. She said she'd try to fit me in sooner, but if I didn't hear back from her, the meeting would be this Friday@ 10:00am. I will let you know what happens.

Here's Betty's story: She is a 14 term state representative from New Hampshire and has introduced HR 24 to the state house, which asks for the Impeachment of Bush and Cheney. The public hearing for the resolution is next Tuesday, February 19 (the day after President's day). She is joining the CodePink Fast.

Susan told me, "She is 87 years old and refuses to eat until Conyers begins impeachment proceedings." Betty told Susan, "I've had a good life. I can't think of any better way to end it."

I love all of you!! Peace and Freedom, Leslie

Submitted by David Swanson on Wed, 2008-02-13 00:52: Impeachment

[received 3:43 pm today] Dear Friends, This is the 10th day of my fast and if I could, I'd curl up in bed with a book, but I know I can't. I feel overwhelmed by how big this impeachment fast seems to be getting. I'm especially concerned about Betty. I have been a pacifist for years and I don't want to be responsible for anyone's death, even if it is her own choice. I just sent you all an email and I didn't include the most important last paragraph, so I'm sending this to you now. In the paragraph Susan Serpa talks about Betty: "Now, before you think I am heartless by "encouraging" this act by announcing it, I know Betty. When she decides to do something, there is no changing her mind - she's going to do it. She will not eat until impeachment proceedings begin in earnest. We owe it to her to make this worth her while. It's time to pull out ALL the stops and get Conyer's ass into gear! We cannot let this clear-headed, heroic woman sacrifice herself." I agree and I will do whatever I can to support her. I don't know how yet, but I will be talking with her to find out....Again..."We cannot let this clear-headed, heroic woman sacrifice herself." We must reach Conyers heart and change his mind!!! Peace and Freedom, Leslie * 2/8/08 Betty's resolution in support of impeachment (HR 24) - Public Hearing Feb 19

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