New York, NY – December 21, 2007. Back on Staten Island for an extended holiday break, Congressman Vito Fossella might have expected frenzied shoppers and tidings of good cheer, but one thing he could not have expected was to be met with a choir of spiritied anti-war carolers serenading him outside his home.
Iraq Moratorium IV began with a press conference at the Staten Island Ferry where former Assemblyman and NYS Supreme Court Justice Frank Barbaro endorsed Fossella’s rival, Steve Harrison. Shortly thereafter, the anti-war, anti-Fossella carolers, complete with Santa Claus bearing a lump of coal, began gathering at Vito’s office to warm up their pipes. Traditional holiday favorites like “Jingle Bells”, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” were altered for the occasion. Fossella, often described as Bush’s lap dog, has stubbornly refused to meet with the disgruntled locals he (mis)represents for several years so “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree” became “On the first day of Christmas Fossella agreed and said that he’d finally meet with me”. From there the group, composed of members of MDS, Truth 13, Granny Peace Brigade and Military Families Speak Out, dispersed and headed for their cars but only to drive a short distance to Fossella’s home where they resumed the festivities. Part vigil, part street theatre, the carolers continued to raise their voice in joyous song outside Fossella’s home for nearly two hours under the watchful eye of a noticeably flustered band of local cops. A hugely successful action, an inspiring holiday event, and a fitting “welcome home” to one of this countries most hawkish and insular representatives.
“Vito’s Home for Christmas” (sung to I’ll Be Home for Christmas)
Vito’s Home for Christmas, It’s that time of year
The voters shout bring the troops home now, But Vito doesn’t hear
Christmas Eve will find him, Beneath his Christmas tree
Vito’s Home for Christmas, But he won’t meet with me…