We arrived at the Broadway recruitment office at 11:00 this morning and Bonnie Tinker was already in her rocker by the front door. People of all ages stood on the sidewalk holding various signs demanding an end to the war and an end to funding the death it brings. Kay introduced herself and told me that she was holding the very same sign she held protesting the war in Viet Nam over 30 years ago. "War is not healthy for children or other living things." Colonel Ann Wright spoke and gave us all courage with her strong support. She then sat down in Bonnie's rocker, and while she was resting, the recruiter, who was trapped inside put his arm band up to the window behind her in some sort of macho display of his manhood, pointing to his "rank" insignia. A few of us demanded that he salute his superior officer, but the Colonel soon put a stop to all the fuss, saying to let him be.
Two Iraq veterans from Eugene stood with us. Soon we saw the first police officer arrive. She tried to be somewhat cheerful with Bonnie as if with an 'old friend', but soon other officers arrived and the storm gathered. We could see others sitting in cars about two blocks down a side street and knew that they would be among us before long. Sure enough, a large uniformed man began telling us to move 10 feet away and the cars pulled up in the street by the crowd. Several people pushed forward with their cameras in order to witness for the brave grannies and grampas who were then handcuffed and taken to the patrol cars. A yell went up to go to the back door and support the granny who was being arrested back there. We said Thank you to Martha as she was marched off.
We were all extremely proud of these brave grandparents, who continue to stand for what they believe. Not so proud, though, of the agents of the state, who are there only to collect their pay, and who willingly cart these fine folks off to jail.