Granny Peace Brigade acquitted!

Elderly war protesters are free.

By Katharine Mieszkowski
April 28, 2006 11:56PM (UTC)
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Good news for the Granny Peace Brigade.

The 18 women, who staged a sit-in outside a New York military recruitment center last October, had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The grannies, some as old as 91, said that they wanted to enlist to give their lives to save those of young people serving in Iraq.


Thursday, a judge ruled that they had been wrongly arrested, and the jubilant antiwar activists celebrated their acquittal outside the courthouse in song, according to the New York Times. The grannies burst "into their unofficial anthem, 'God Help America,' composed by Kay Sather, a member of a sister group, the Raging Grannies of Tucson, Ariz., which goes, 'God help America, We need you bad. Cause our leaders, are cheaters, and they're making the world really mad.'"

Long may the grannies rage.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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