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Six Angry Grandmothers of the Surge Protection Brigade Arrested

For the third week in a row members of the Surge Protection succeeded in shuting down the Army/Marine Recruiting office in Portland. today it partially reopened after six protesters were arrested.
Action at Recruiting Office, NE Broadway, Portland
Action at Recruiting Office, NE Broadway, Portland
Grandmas settled in rocking chairs
Grandmas settled in rocking chairs
Recruiter locked in
Recruiter locked in
Protest dedicated to Molly Ivins
Protest dedicated to Molly Ivins
Grandmas rock; recruiter calls police
Grandmas rock; recruiter calls police
Reading The Portland Alliance
Reading The Portland Alliance
Recruiter pushes protester at back door
Recruiter pushes protester at back door
Police tell recruiters they must wait to enter
Police tell recruiters they must wait to enter
For third week, office is shut down
For third week, office is shut down
Police warn protesters
Police warn protesters
Arrests begin
Arrests begin
Martha arrested
Martha arrested
Sara arrested
Sara arrested
Linda arrested
Linda arrested
DeEtte arrested
DeEtte arrested
Pat arrested
Pat arrested
Ann arrested
Ann arrested
Oak Rocking Chair arrested
Oak Rocking Chair arrested
White rocking chair arrested
White rocking chair arrested
Chairs sent to jail
Chairs sent to jail
Protest continues
Protest continues
Child beats drum for peace
Child beats drum for peace
Youth celebrates closed office
Youth celebrates closed office
Essential Message
Essential Message
Sign speaks to public
Sign speaks to public
Recruiters lock doors and leave a half an hour before closing time
Recruiters lock doors and leave a half an hour before closing time
Closed for the day
Closed for the day
Protesters released, Vet thanks Surge Protection Brigade
Protesters released, Vet thanks Surge Protection Brigade
Weekly peace march greets released protesters
Weekly peace march greets released protesters
The end of a long day
The end of a long day
Grandmothers Block Recruiters - Six are Arrested

On Friday, February 2, 2007 members of the Surge Protection Brigade in Portland, Oregon successfully blocked entrance to the Army/Marine Recruiting office on NE Broadway for two and a half hours. Emphasizing that many of them are grandmothers, they arrived at 7:45 AM with their rocking chairs. They rocked and stood in front of the three doors of the office, denying entrance to two recruiters and several visitors. At one point, frustrated recruiters physically pushed two of the protesters aside to squeeze through the back door. When two recruiters left to get breakfast they were denied re-entry and the accompanying police officer told them they would have to wait outside.

The police, after calling in enough reinforcements that they out-numbered demonstrators by about two to one, finally moved to arrest six of the grandmotherly protesters. They also took three rocking chairs into custody.

A group of protesters remained in front of the office for the remainder of the day. The office closed for several hours in the afternoon and recruiters finally called it a day a half and hour before the posted closing time when they weary of talking with two protesters who came in the unlocked door.

The six protesters were released from custody between 5:30 and 6:30 and were greeted by a march from the weekly anti-war gathering in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Great! 03.Feb.2007 06:27

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Great photos, great action! Wish I could have been there. You are all wonderful heros. Thank you for standing up to the deadly forces.

IMPORTANT! 03.Feb.2007 09:12

this could have a big impact

i know you women got some fines yesterday, but stick with it, and others will follow!!!!!

Time For More of us to Step Up to the Plate 03.Feb.2007 09:52

Vic

Alright...these folks have put it all on the line. Those of us who have been watching from the sidelines need to step up to the plate and be at the next Surge Protection protest. We will be. Either this will grow or it will fade if just a few people are doing all the sacrificing.

Great pix! 03.Feb.2007 11:33

"Granny" L

Thanks so much for all the wonderful photos. They really captured the event well.

You Rock!!! 03.Feb.2007 11:52

Whistle Beat cactusblossom_59@yahoo.com

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your bold action. I live in Eugene and would like to help with your next protest. Is there a contact number or link?

solidarity 03.Feb.2007 16:24

b

is this every friday morning??
if so, i definitely want to come out and support these ladies (and other folks).

Granny sweeping in DC 03.Feb.2007 17:40

gk

On Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace site, she tells of a granny with a degenerative disease having to sweep garbage in DC as a punishment for her arrest. This in very cold weather. The authorities just don't give a rip. They're just 'doing their job." Evil gets perpetuated by those in "authority" doing their "job."

Instead, the country should reward these grannies as they deserve a medal of honor or a purple PEACE heart.

Proud Of Our Grannies 03.Feb.2007 17:56

Lannie

One of my chosen "mother figures" was arrested in this brilliant protest. I am sad to report that her rocking chair was also arrested and held for "evidence". I think that they are right the chair is "evidence. It's evidence that some of our community who haved lived long enough to know better, really do know better.

Proud of these fine women 04.Feb.2007 02:25

RhondaB

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your courageous, EFFECTIVE, NONVIOLENT, action. You are "rock stars" in my eyes!

(Can I join you when I'm finally old enough? :)

Wonderful Brave Women 04.Feb.2007 03:37

Mezza of Oz

I am very proud of you women, especially my dear friends whom I see in this picture. Wish I could be there with you!!

I wanna help if I can 04.Feb.2007 04:20

Joe Anybody is also Ben Waiting iam@joe-anybody.com

Where do we send money to help in their Defense?

These ladies are on the frontline!


Thank You 04.Feb.2007 19:12

C White mkiz@hotmail.com

I am so pround and thankful to you all..
as mothers., as granmothers., as women.. as citizens.
as the voice of our nation.
Thank You seem weak ..sheepish words.
But Thank You!

Martha ,y'all really ROCK! 05.Feb.2007 09:03

Jane axrs@bga.com

But you especially continue to serve as my inspiration!

INSANE 19.Jul.2007 00:00

KYLAWMAN vol.firefighterjon@yahoo.com

this is crazy you people should let these men do their jobs. if our youth dont answer our call to arms who will???? your increpid butts ???????? but your the same people who think its ok to live and work here illegally is ok whould u have done this 40 years ago ?????????????

270-554-2193

Ignorance & Genocide 16.Jan.2008 11:37

Not Fooled

270-554-2193
You are an ignorant fool! (no i wont be calling you to tell you, you should know by now)
*************************
millions dead in Iraq
babies children women and men old and young ---- DEAD!!!!!
millions and millions are now refugee's
millions injured and homeless
no doctors
no water
No power?

Secret prisons - torture - the lists go on & on
WE FUCKED THAT PLACE UP
and you try to shame the Seriously Pissed off Grannies?

Not only are you a fool but you are condoning MURDER & Genocide
The USA has done NOTHING to help that country but to destroy it from border to border
But the Military Complex is making billions (ooops I meant to say trillions)
I bet you think that is fine and dandy especially if you tolerate killing millions of foreigners in their land


Name one thing ..."ONE" Thing that makes it worth killing millions of people
I rest my case