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Granny Peace Brigade Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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Granny Peace Brigade; GPB; from the Who We Are statement from its web site (2013) : "Before us, Raging Grannies of Tucson, AZ tried to enlist in the US military and were arrested for trespassing. Media coverage of that effort inspired New York women coming together from a number of peace groups to make a stand as well. A group of women went to the Times Square recruitment center on October 17th, 2005 to enlist. We asked to enlist in place of grandchildren who had been deployed in Iraq unnecessarily. We were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. After the arrest, we could have just accepted an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (an ACD), but decided, with our lawyer's help, to go to court to defend our civil right to speak out. We were determined to work together to end the war in Iraq. To do this, we needed an identity and a name; we became the Granny Peace Brigade. It was as members of the newly formed Granny Peace Brigade that we were tried in NYC Criminal Court and acquitted." Mission statement (2013): "We the Granny Peace Brigade stand for peace. We stand for human rights and justice. We oppose war, occupation, rendition and torture, and the violence of poverty and racism. We are committed to the struggle to make a safe and peaceful world for all children and grandchildren, ours and everyone's. We believe the U.S. war economy must be dismantled and negotiation must replace slaughter. Endless invasions for world domination have become the main instrument of U.S. foreign policy.".

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