Granny Peace Brigade
The Granny Peace Brigade [GPB] is an active anti-war demonstration group in New York City made up of older women dedicated to the goal of peace with justice domestically and globally. The GPB frequently collaborates with Code Pink, The Raging Grannies and Peace Action and is one of many local activist groups seeking a safe and peaceful world for all people, especially children.
Arrested on October 17, 2005 and later acquitted for attempting to enlist in the military at the recruitment center in Times Square, the GPB works on such initiatives as counter-recruitment (preventing military recruiters from entering public schools), opposition to militarization on a global scale, social networking for phone-a-thons(enabling the public to voice their opinions to elected officials by phone), Teach-Ins (discussing the problems created by U.S. military bases around the world),anti-Drone work(resolution sent to the City Council and street actions on the ban of surveillance and weaponized drones),No War Toys actions at holiday time, anti-Occupation actions(Palestine)and education on how we want our taxes used(Ms.Gizmo),and direct action at military bases, corporate and government offices.
The Grannies were initially formed when a group of women, members of seven groups [see below], approached military recruiters and demanded to be sent to Iraq in order to replace young people who were used as cannon fodder by the US military. The Granny Peace Brigade name was adopted for identification purposes after the women decided to continue working together as a group.
- HARTOCOLLIS, ANEMONA (April 27, 2006). "'Grannies' Charged in Peace Protest Are Acquitted". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- Mieszkowski, Katharine (April 28, 2006). "Granny Peace Brigade acquitted!". Salon.com. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- Granny Peace Brigade Official Site
- Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping Official Home Page
- Code Pink
- Philadelphia Chapter Granny Peace Brigade - Philly