Occupy Des Moines: Former Catholic Priest Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail


A former Catholic Priest and nonviolent civil resistance trainer was sentenced to 30 days in jail today after he was arrested during an Occupy Des Moines protest at the Iowa state capitol last night.


Six Occupy Des Moines members are serving time in the Polk County Jail following a Sunday night protest outside the Iowa State Capitol.

At a hearing on Monday, Judge Cynthia Moisan sentenced longtime Des Moines activist and Catholic Worker Frank Cordaro to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to three criminal trespassing charges. Protester Eddie Bloomer, also a Catholic Worker, was sentenced to 25 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to three trespassing charges and a failure to appear in court.

Both Cordaro and Bloomer’s charges result from Sunday’s protest at the Capitol and from Occupy Des Moines protests leading up to the Iowa Caucus in December.

In total, 6 out of the 11 people arrested at People's Park at the Iowa state capitol yesterday were sentenced to between 5-30 days in jail:

Frank Cordaro, sentenced to 30 days

Eddie Bloomer, 14 days

Christopher Jordan Gudenkauf, 5 days

Brian Latimer, 5 days

Daniel Bragg, 5 days

Ryan Laudick, 5 days

Kaylynn Lee Strain, bonded out

John Franklin, Jessica Reznicek, Julie Brown, and Leslie Davis all posted bail or were otherwise released.

There have been 6,436 arrests at occupy events across the country since September 17, according to www.occupyarrests.com, including 116 in Des Moines and Urbandale.

Occupy Des Moines is gearing up for the "American Spring" which kicks-off nationwide on May 1, International Workers Day. A "No war with Iran" rally is scheduled for 11am Saturday at Nollen Plaza.


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