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.