Bonnie Tinker and Sara Graham were arrested today at the 100th Anniversary Portland Rose Festival Parade in Portland, Oregon when they stood to block a U.S. Army Tank from entering the parade.
Below they provide their answer to the question,
Why Try to Stop a Tank from Parading Through Portland?
This is a time to mourn war, not to celebrate it.
The military section of this parade is intended to honor "the Greatest Generation."
Inviting the veterans to march in the parade honors veterans.
Honoring service to country is what democracies do.
Parades are fun, but if we want to honor our veterans, we should also pay for the health care and services they need and deserve.
A tank in the parade glorifies military might. Glorifying
arsenals is what dictators do - - dictators, and politicians trying to support a war that is opposed by the people.
It is especially inappropriate to glorify our military arsenal when it is mired in a war of occupation in the Middle East. Too many Iraqi civilians, including many children, have died in this war. Too many of our servicemen are also dead, many without ever reaching their 21st birthday.
Tanks on city streets around the world are spewing death and destruction. A covering of flowers does not disguise their real purpose - to kill in wartime. They are not a form of entertainment or a reminder of past glory; they inspire fear and feed aggression.
Tanks do not belong on the streets of our town- - or any town.