Peace Gone Wild

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Surge Protection Brigade Arrested

6 Grandmothers Arrested

For the third week in a row members of the Surge Protection which also includes members of CodePink Portland,l succeeded in shuting down the Army/Marine Recruiting office in Portland. today it partially reopened after six protesters were arrested.

On Friday, February 2, 2007 members of the Surge Protection Brigade in Portland, Oregon successfully blocked entrance to the Army/Marine Recruiting office on NE Broadway for two and a half hours. Emphasizing that many of them are grandmothers, they arrived at 7:45 AM with their rocking chairs. They rocked and stood in front of the three doors of the office, denying entrance to two recruiters and several visitors. At one point, frustrated recruiters physically pushed two of the protesters aside to squeeze through the back door. When two recruiters left to get breakfast they were denied re-entry and the accompanying police officer told them they would have to wait outside.

The police, after calling in enough reinforcements that they out-numbered demonstrators by about two to one, finally moved to arrest six of the grandmotherly protesters. They also took three rocking chairs into custody.

A group of protesters remained in front of the office for the remainder of the day. The office closed for several hours in the afternoon and recruiters finally called it a day a half an hour before the posted closing time when they grew weary of talking with two protesters who came in the unlocked door.

The six protesters were released from custody between 5:30 and 6:30 and were greeted by a march from the weekly anti-war gathering in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Action at Recruiting Office, NE Broadway, Portland

Grandmas settled in rocking chairs

A Recruiter locked in

Protest dedicated to Molly Ivins

Grandmas rock; recruiter calls police

Reading the Portland Alliance

Recruiter pushes protester, Linda, at back door

Police tell recruiters they must wait to enter

For thrid week, office is shut down

Police warn protesters

Arrests begin

Martha arrested

Linda arrested

DeEtte arrested

Ann arrested

Pat arrested

Sara arrested

Oak rocking chair arrested

Chairs sent to jail

Protest continues

Youth celebrate closure


Recruiters lock doors and leave a half an hour before closing time

Closed for the day: In honor of Molly Ivins and 6 Grandmothers

Protesters released, Vet thanks Surge Protection Brigade

Weekly peace march greets released protesters

The end of a long day


  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger Janet said…

    Linda wrote that the 6 are free but the chairs are still being held in custody.


  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Arcturus said…

    i'm terribly to sorry to have to inform you of this janet, but the constitution(-in-tatters) has never provided habeas corpus relief for chairs ;)

    awesome pix!

    peace be w/ you

  • At 10:30 PM, Blogger Janet said…

    (((Arcturus!!!)))) How the heck are you?!?!?!?

    Just got back today and I'll have some stuff up about the Watada Rally. It was incredible!

    I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. Oh yeah.. and we're going back! :)


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