A group of people has gathered at US Rep Tom Allen's office in Portland (at 57 Exchange St) right now to protest in favor of impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney.

What they are asking for in the short term is for Allen to promise to hold an open meeting (here in Maine) for his constituents to tell him their opinions about impeachment and other important issues facing our country today. We're not sure how long it will take for him to give an answer, or what that answer will be.

As we have reported, Allen and his staff have a policy of arresting people who overstay their welcomes (a distinct contrast from the woman Allen is challenging in the 2008 election, Susan Collins).

If you want to get involved, swing by now - and at least protest in the street. If you're prepared to be arrested (and being arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience is, I'm told, both a moving experience and one you should be prepared - even trained - for), be sure to swing by soon: last time, the cops showed up at 5:45 pm.

Check back here for more updates, tonight and/or tomorrow.

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