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.
In seeking a new path toward peace, we work to:
- counter the militarization that permeates U.S. civil society, especially in schools;
- end the vast network of U.S. military bases and installations on foreign soil;
- oppose the weaponization of outer space;
- redirect war funding toward essential services: health, education, housing, jobs, the environment, transportation/infrastructure, arts/culture, and clean energy;
- resist the so-called “war on terror;” and
- denounce the killing of soldiers, and the countless deaths of innocent civilians and devastation of their lands.
Working both independently and with other organizations, the Granny Peace Brigade carries out its mission by providing education, voicing opposition through non-violent means, and encouraging others to do the same by engaging in political action. We can not be silent.
Who We Are:
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.
In time as we gained new members we formed three committees to carry out actions needed to achieve peace: the No Bases Committee, the Counter Recruitment Committee and the Legislative Committee. When our website was created, we set up a Website Committee.
Each committee gathers information to disseminate to the public and each organizes actions. These include teach-ins, where experts give valued background on issues; phone-a-thons where we ask people to call their representatives about legislation; and counter recruitment actions encouraging parents to be pro-active in monitoring military recruiters’ access to their children. We also leaflet, speak in public, lobby, and contact legislators.
There is work to do. Join us -- in peace always.