We Stand Our Ground: Granny Peace Brigade Observes 6th Anniversary
7PM: Tuesday, October 18th
The Fountain @ Lincoln Center (W. 66th St. & Broadway)
Six years ago, 18 women attempted to enlist in the U.S. Military at the Times Square RecruitmentCenter to replace the young people being used as cannon fodder in Iraq. The recruiters locked the doors, called the NYPD, and the Granny Peace Brigade was born. The women were arrested, stood trial and were acquitted --drawing international focus on the illegal and immoral U.S. invasion of Iraq. This action provided a powerful lesson in participatory democracy:rigorously and regularly exercising our right to assemble peacefully and speak freely is the surest way of keeping our Constitutional Rights safe for ourselves and future generations.
Since then, the Grannies have walked countless miles, spoken to scores of fellow citizens (with and without green cards), and used every tool at their disposal, including old-fashioned outreach and new-fangled social media. Phone-a-thons, teach-ins, knit-ins. A Peace Trek to Washington, DC in2006 and a return to our nation’s capitol in 2007 to descend on every member of the U.S. Senate. Counter-recruiting in NYC high schools, providing students and their parents about alternatives to military service and the ‘opt out’ option. Taking Ms. Gizmo to the streets and introducing fellow New Yorkers to the realities of how tax dollars are squandered. Participating in international peace forums in Venezuela, Germany and Japan. Reminding holiday shoppers that there are wonderful, creative alternatives to toys that promote violence -- and calling out the toy industry for continuing to produce these despicable products. Or to quote 96 year old Marie Runyon, continuing to “keep on keeping on” -- even when the odds are small and the obstacles are great.
In observance of their sixth anniversary and in celebration of the First Amendment, the Grannies and their many supporters will gather for a silent vigil at the fountain at Lincoln Center. Timed to coincide with curtain time, the grannies will once again stand their ground -- against invasions,wars, occupations; against U.S. military bases abroad; against militarization of youth; against the human cost of war—domestic and international; and against the economic cost of war --as they remind us all that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the foundations of a peaceful and just society.
The Granny Peace Brigade: We stand our ground.
صلح با عدالت
Peace with justice