On Friday, April 20th, the Surge Protection Brigade will stage a protest at the military recruiting center on NE Broadway at 13th beginning at 10:30 a.m. This week the theme, No Blood for Oil, will be underscored by the presence of a bicycle brigade from the Portland cycling community joining the grannies to protest the link between US military action and the country's dependence on oil. Bicyclists will form a moving picket line in front of the recruiting office.
The Surge Protection Brigade has made regular creative appearances at the recruiting center to protest the US occupation of Iraq and the recruitment of young men and women who are being sent on a mission based on deceit and greed. "We believe that the need for Iraqi Oil to fuel US profits was one of the real reasons behind the invasion of Iraq. Many young people are committed to using their own energy for transportation by riding bikes. Many of us older folks rode bikes to school in our youth and we're ready to ride them again to oppose the war." said Bonnie Tinker, a spokesperson for the group and also a bicycle commuting grandmother.
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. Their have been 21 arrests at their actions at the Recruiting office.