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Three Grannies and a Gramps Arrested at Recruiting Office

Four members of the surge Protection Brigade were arrested while closing down the NE POrtland Army recruiting Center on Friday, March 23rd. It is the eighth time the group has closed the office. A total of ten people - and seven rocking chairs - have been arrested. Today the rocking chisrs were just cited and released.
Protest signs on NE Broadway, outside of Recruiting office
Protest signs on NE Broadway, outside of Recruiting office
This is Why They Hate Us
This is Why They Hate Us
Get the Receipe right - W is just plain wrong
Get the Receipe right - W is just plain wrong
We protest for Iraqi Children, too
We protest for Iraqi Children, too
Grannies:  Don't let your Grandchildren Grow up to be Soldiers
Grannies: Don't let your Grandchildren Grow up to be Soldiers
SPOGs - Seriously Pissed Off Grannies
SPOGs - Seriously Pissed Off Grannies
It's About Time to end the War
It's About Time to end the War
Every Child is Somebody's Grandchild
Every Child is Somebody's Grandchild
Blocking the Doors to keep youth safe
Blocking the Doors to keep youth safe
War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things
War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things
War Crimes Should be Suffiecient Cause to Impeach
War Crimes Should be Suffiecient Cause to Impeach
The office is closed down
The office is closed down
Identifying the source of the problem
Identifying the source of the problem
Police warn grandparents to move
Police warn grandparents to move
Clyde, the first Gramps arrested
Clyde, the first Gramps arrested
Cristy arrested
Cristy arrested
Sara arrested - again
Sara arrested - again
Terry arrested for blocking the back doorway
Terry arrested for blocking the back doorway
Rocking chair arrested and then released
Rocking chair arrested and then released
Recruiters give up and go home early - our tax dollars are paying them
Recruiters give up and go home early - our tax dollars are paying them
Grannies and Gramps released from jail return to a closed recruiting office
Grannies and Gramps released from jail return to a closed recruiting office
Surge Protection Brigade Returns to
Close Military Recruitment Center


The Surge Protection Brigade closed down the recruitment center at NE Broadway in Portland for the eighth time on Friday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Grandmothers in rocking chairs, along with one Grandpa, were once again arrested.

This action is in opposition to continued funding for a war of occupation that is destroying the people and country of Iraq, tearing apart families of dead and injured U.S. soldiers and draining scarce financial resources from domestic programs.

Sara Graham, one of the grandmothers arrested at the recruiting center on February 2nd, was back again on Friday. She says, "Congress is betraying us, our children and our grandchildren. We're here because we want no more funds for the war, no more troops for the war, no more war."

Another member of the Surge Protection Brigade, Cristy Murray, who was arrested at the Friday action, says, "I'm incredibly outraged that Congress is voting to continue this nightmare for another 18 months after we voted in November to stop it."

The group is taking direct action at this recruiting office because we are frustrated that our elected officials have not heard the people's voice that we want this war to end now. "We are appealing directly to young people - potential new recruits - please do not offer your life for this cause," says Bonnie Tinker, a spokesperson for the group.

The Surge Protection Brigade is committed to escalating nonviolent civil resistance if our elected officials are not responsive to the majority of American voters who want the Iraq occupation to end.

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anarcist 23.Mar.2007 18:13

displaced

I'm stil trying to figure out if I agree with the "black block" but I do know, that as a PDX anarchist living abroad.....I really dig the angry grannies.....
much love and struggle@
Thank you!!!

For once we agree 23.Mar.2007 19:10

Mad Mal

The Grannies absolutely rock!

Aussies Support Grannies 24.Mar.2007 05:12

Maraveille

We in Aussie-land know of the Grannies work and support you all!! You are mighty and wonderful.

Makes you wonder 24.Mar.2007 09:31

Another gramps

What would happen, if a whole fleet of grannies/grampas in wheel chairs and scooters, preferably all battery operated (heavier, more unwieldy) were to show up and shut down the streets? Would take the demented arm of the state a while to figure out what to do, to whom, and how to keep the press from a feeding frenzie while they were manhandling a bunch of wheelies and their chairs.

Note to "another gramp" 24.Mar.2007 09:55

Grannie M

Great idea! Let's do it and see what happens.

We have an absolute duty to protect our children & grandchildren.

Keep the batteries charged...

A question about sidewalk permits 24.Mar.2007 10:32

jim

Here's some questions for you legal minds out there:

On NW 23rd Ave. there are dozens of coffee shops and cafes with hundreds of people in chairs, blocking the sidewalk:

Why is it OK to block the sidewalk on NW 23rd but it is against the law to block the sidewalk on NE Broadway?

Do the shop owners on NW 23rd have to buy permits or is it just something that is allowed to support local business?

If permits are required on NW 23rd, what are the terms of use? How much of the sidewalk can be blocked etc?

If permits are required, could the Surge Grannies apply for one for the premises on NE Broadway?

yes! 24.Mar.2007 12:45

a grandchild

Sounds great, go grannies- I implore all of you, please do it again on Monday! Don't let them open that office again untill the war is over!

What ever 24.Mar.2007 14:28

76

You know whats sad is when older amercains get arrested by cop's , say arrested at all , but that police whould do this kind-of thing at all , I mean what the the Hell is Wrong With you people any way , I say this to the police , I mean what the hell is wrong with you . I'm 76 years old , you ever herd the word yellow ? .

Aussies support grannies (2) 24.Mar.2007 16:31

Mary Jo

News of the Pissed Off Grannies is making its way around Australia. Love you and love what you are doing.

Grannies 24.Mar.2007 22:15

Eugene cgends@yahoo.com

You all rock, (no pun intended). The ragin' grannies need be there, along with a contingent of all genrations!!! Change starts as people dialogue. This will definately recieve dialogue! these grannies are changing the world one recruiting station at a time...but could they shut down all recruiting stations in Portland for a day, who's up for a challenge?!

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 25.Mar.2007 11:48

LM www.ukwilpf.org.uk

Congratulations from your sisters in the UK


Joe Anybody posts a new photo-video from latest Grannies Arrest 26.Mar.2007 11:17

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

I took the pictures that were posted here (see above)and mixed them with some others I took off the INTERNET and then added some music to the background. Here is the YouTube video link:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arl-ZhiVZIw

I did this out of respect for the Portland grannies who are trying so hard to bring peace to the world
I did it for all the victims of this war
I did it to try to bring peace and support to this worthy important cause

To Bring The Troops Home & End This War .......NOW!

Support Your Elders - Respect Life - Peace

~joe anybody (just an average American)

<thanks Bonnie for using your pictures, I hope I wasn't presumptuous on using your material>


East Coast Gramp for Peace 26.Mar.2007 17:32

Jeema jim@raptureart.com

I have gotten involved in the ProPeace movement on the East coast. Been on two Marches on Washington. I have a "Granny Peace Brigade" button. Got it on the Feb. march on Washington. I told the cute older woman who was personing the Grannies for Peace booth that I would soon be a grandfather and she made me an honorary Grandmother for Peace and gave me a button. It is one of my favorites!

We SHALL overcome!

Cream of society 27.Mar.2007 08:41

Carole Alubaid...Scotland

My husband and I think you are all the cream of society!!
You are the best and the most wonderful people with hearts and
souls for humanity.
May you be blessed every day of your precious live and keep on protesting just as we do in Edinburgh..Women in Black and Edinburgh Stop the War
Carole

Thank you. 27.Mar.2007 10:47

Jason

The Surge Protection Brigade is a star and model for the effective protesting. Small groups can be seen directly by the public avoiding the lens of a corrupted media. Instead of protesting by the thousands we could be protesting in thousands of places.
I'm tired of seeing dissent play the establishments game. Yes the media is unfair..yes they no longer serve the interest of people. So why try to reach the audience through them? How many bystanders
saw the last downtown protest with their own eyes. I would say half as many as where in the protest. Walking home from the protest with signs is seen by 10 times that.
Ignore the media in a way that is visibly to the public. Threaten the relivince of media.

Rochester Raging Grannies 27.Mar.2007 11:05

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

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJec7Q-wSF8&mode=related&search=

Protesting- Singing Grannies from Rochester


Grandpa for peace 28.Mar.2007 15:55

clyde beachbmz@hevanet.com

I am proud and honored to have been arrested with these incredible women.Come on grandpas,where are the rest of you????The tide is turning.Join us and out an end to this continuing madness

GRANNIES ROCK! 31.Mar.2007 13:00

anonymous

From grannies and gramps all over the coutry, you are doing a great job, and helping everyone in the country!!!