I have become connected to the Granny Peace Brigade, the group of grandmothers who were arrested at a recruiting station for refusing to leave because the military would not enlist them in place of younger recruits.
I and others have called for grandmothers to come the Federal Building tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:30 to demonstrate in solidarity with the Granny Peace Brigade which has organized a “100 Grannies meet 100 Senators” in D.C. tomorrow. I’ve already earned the nickname “Granny Dee” by folks across the country – I only hope I can live up to that name!
Yesterday my friend Eileen was featured on KCPW’s Midday Metro, an NPR station in Utah. Listen to the recording.
Granny Peace Brigade Demands Troop Withdrawal from Iraq
Jan 16, 2007 by Lara Jones
Local Demonstration Planned at Federal Building
(KCPW News) The Granny Peace Brigade will descend on the offices of senators in Washington, D.C., as well as in their home districts Thursday to demand a withdrawal of troops from Iraq. A grandmother herself, Eileen McCabe of People for Peace & Justice of Utah says grannies are the obvious choice to send such a message:
“As grandmothers, we have seen how war affects multiple generations – whether it’s our fathers, our parents, our spouses, our children, now even our grandchildren. I have a four-year-old grandson and I certainly do not want to see him handed a gun to go and fight for U.S. corporate profits.”
Locally, People for Peace & Justice of Utah will gather in front of the Federal Building, 100 South and State Street, SLC, Thursday evening at 5:30 to mirror the demonstration in Washington, D.C. For more details, visit http://www.utahpeace.org.