Washington -- During the Atlantic Life Community's faith and resistance winter retreat, a 76 year-old D.C. peace and justice activist was arrested Saturday for the 11th time this year during a protest against the U.S. government's warmongering policies and commemorating the 117th year since the Wounded Knee massacre.
Tetaz, and Patrick O'Brien, a member of a Catholic Worker community in North Carolina, were arrested shortly after 12 p.m. in the picture post card zone directly in front of the White House. They refused to leave the space, declared by the Secret Service and the Park Police as an area with unconstitutional limits on the exercise of free speech. Tourists appeared puzzled as the two peaceful and solemn protesters were placed in plastic handcuffs and lead to waiting Park Police cars.
"The killing and bloodshed must end," Tetaz said. "Every life is sacred." A retired D.C. public schoolteacher, Tetaz has been a regular feature of nonviolent civil resistance actions this year. She is also the founder of Life Pathways, a non-profit dedicated to helping single mothers start a career in the health care field, and establish independence.
During the last several arrests and court-related appearances, Adams Morgan resident Tetaz has refused to pay all fines. It is also routine for Catholic Workers to refuse all fines, and defend themselves in court.
The Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890 resulted in the U.S. Army slaughtering approximately 150 Lakota Sioux men, women and children. More than another 100 Sioux fleeing the battle and the army's pursuit are believed to have died due to hypothermia.
The Atlantic Life Community consists of about 10 Catholic Worker communities located between the Carolinas and New England. Each community is dedicated to nonviolently protesting war and injustice, and feeding and assisting the poor in their areas. In D.C., the Dorothy Day House, named after the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, is located on Rock Creek Church Road, NW. It has served as host during this winter's retreat.