Skip to comments.10 'Grannies for Peace' Arrested in Philly
Posted on 06/28/2006 9:24:56 PM PDT by freepatriot32
35 minutes ago
PHILADELPHIA - Police arrested ten elderly members of the anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade who refused to leave a military recruiting center Wednesday after they were told they were too old to enlist.
Several dozen protesters, some using wheelchairs, canes or walkers and many sporting flower-festooned hats, held signs and chanted outside the downtown Armed Forces Recruiting Center. Some drivers waved and honked their horns in support, and the grandmothers replied by cheering and clapping.
A few of the women went inside the recruiting facility to speak with military recruiters and to try to dissuade those who arrived to enlist.
"We're saying, 'I've lived my life. Let me go to Iraq instead of our grandchildren, so they have a chance to live their lives,'" said Jean Haskell, 74, a grandmother of five from Philadelphia.
The grandmothers were joined in front of the recruiting center by members of other anti-war organizations, whose members chanted, "We insist. Let the grannies enlist."
The center closed several hours early because of the demonstration, but some protesters remained inside. They were arrested about three hours later.
It was not immediately clear whether the women had attorneys, or what specific charges they faced.
In April, 18 Granny Peace Brigade protesters in New York were acquitted of disorderly conduct charges stemming from a demonstration outside a Times Square recruiting center.
I call shenannigans. How many drivers were flipping the bird while honking?
these women are so dumb!
I wonder under what Jurisdiction the Grannies can be prosecuted? Is the recruitment center federal land?
Pacifists always are...
These women have waaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands.
I can't stand protesters who get arrested on purpose to prove to everyone that they're "martyrs for their cause."
These people actually lived through World War II? Do they perchance have husbands who have served in WWII, Korea, or Vietnam? I mean, these days, you could have a 30-year-old going around as a "granny".
Let's put this in perspective
What ever happened to crocheting and needle point?
Does waving and honking horns always signal support? I would wave and honk my horn and laugh. I guess the reporter only believes people would "support" them, and not just be laughing their @ss off.
They need a hobby, like needlepoint or crochet, or play a peaceful game of shuffleboard.
The government should revoke their Social Security benefits. That would make a good holler!
I dont call shenanigans. Philly is one of the most liberal cities in the US.
Cant they find something better to do- like bingo, or the early bird special at Shoneys?
Will someone please explain to these "grannies" that unless you send a certain minium number of nights in the home, they give your bed away. Poor things I wouldn't want them to have to move to burbank to live with mother sheehan.
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