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Surge Protection Brigade Granny Arrested with Bike and “Grandkid”

About 40 people and a dozen bikers rallied to close the Army Recruiting office on April 20. Two people - one Granny and one Grandkid - and two bikes were arrested.
Bike rider talks to recruiter
Bike rider talks to recruiter
Geting the signs ready
Geting the signs ready
 Rider passing other protesters
Rider passing other protesters
Seriously Pissed Off Granny on bike
Seriously Pissed Off Granny on bike
Sturdy bike, Steadfast protesters
Sturdy bike, Steadfast protesters
Young adults joined the grannies
Young adults joined the grannies
No protest is complete without a few good songs
No protest is complete without a few good songs
Sara blocks door with bike
Sara blocks door with bike
 City Attorneys came to advise
City Attorneys came to advise
Police officer confronts Granny blocking door
Police officer confronts Granny blocking door
 Bikes Not Bombs
Bikes Not Bombs
 War is State violence
War is State violence
 A second bike blocks the other door
A second bike blocks the other door
Now there are two
Now there are two
Protesters walk bikes for pedestrian safety
Protesters walk bikes for pedestrian safety
Police officer reads the law
Police officer reads the law
Sara and Bicycle arrested
Sara and Bicycle arrested
Sara and bicycle go off to jail
Sara and bicycle go off to jail
 Police prepare to arrest Wendy
Police prepare to arrest Wendy
Resister; protesters reflected in window
Resister; protesters reflected in window
Second bike arrested
Second bike arrested
Officer Strong supports freedom of speech says he can't bring the troops home.
Officer Strong supports freedom of speech says he can't bring the troops home.
 Recruiters go home early; office closed again.
Recruiters go home early; office closed again.
On Friday April 20, 2007 bike riders in front of the Army Recruiting office In Portland Oregon traded in bright jackets for signs that read "No Blood for Oil" and "Seriously Pissed Off Grannies" T shirts. The bikers rode west on Broadway and then walked their bikes past the recruiting office to minimize risk to pedestrians. The group of about 40 people, fairly evenly split between seniors and young adults, gathered at 10:30 and by 12:30 two of the protesters had been arrested for blocking the doorways to the recruiting office. Sara Graham, 66, blocked the door with her vintage bike. After about 15 minutes she was joined by Wendy B., a young woman who blocked the second door. For a while it appeared as if the officers would allow the protest without arrests, but after some consultation and gathering of copies of laws they moved in to arrest the protesters.

The recruiting office was undergoing an inspection on Friday, and many of the recruiters from the office and those sent to do the inspection stood in the doorway chatting with the demonstrators. The tone was more civil that the past two protests on March 30 and April 6. Some protesters attributed the respectful atmosphere to the presence of the City Attorney. Officer Schaffer, who in the past has antagonized demonstrators and used physical force to push protesters out of the doorway, was civil. Other officers were friendly, as they have been in the past.

Why? 21.Apr.2007 21:17

legendline

I heard that Wenday was kept overnight and released this morning. Does anyone know why she was treated differently than EVERY Granny who's been arrested here? Wendy had previously been booked so we were told she, like all the others, would only be taken to NW Precinct and released soon. She was entirely peaceful during her arrest and didn't do anything the granny hadn't done. So how do they justify the differing treatment?

Love to all the SPOGs, we'll be with you on your next adventure.

Wendy's release time 21.Apr.2007 23:39

Bonnie friendbonnie@gmail.com

Wendy was first taken to NE precinct, and then taken downtown to the Justice Center when they decided they did not have a recent enough booking on her. This has also happened to other "Grannies" who were arrested. I talked to her support team on Friday afternoon about 2:30. They had been told by the recog folks that she had already been released and they were on the way to pick her up. I talked to them again Saturday morning and was told that she had actually been released at about 7 PM on Friday. This is a bit long, but is not inconsistent with other release times.
Wendy
Wendy

INDY LINK TO GOOGLE VIDEO 23.Apr.2007 16:06

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/04/358132.shtml

1hr video of the "No Blood For Oil" Surge Protection Protest