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Raging Grannies Acquitted in New York

StoryApril 28, 2006
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On Thursday, 18 peace activists were acquitted in New York on charges of blocking the entrance to a military recruitment center in Times Square. All 18 of them were grandmothers–part of the Raging Grannies. We speak with 91-year-old Marie Runyon outside Manhattan Criminal Court. [includes rush transcript]

On Thursday, 18 peace activists were acquitted in New York on charges of blocking the entrance to a military recruitment center in Times Square.

The case gained national attention because the 18 activists on trial were all grandmothers — part of the Raging Grannies.

The grannies faced up to 15 days in jail for their protest. Shortly after their acquittal, Democracy Now caught up with 91-year-old Marie Runyon outside Manhattan Criminal Court.


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AMY GOODMAN: Shortly after their acquittal, Democracy Now! caught up with 91-year-old Marie Runyon outside Manhattan Criminal Court.

MARIE RUNYON: In October, we decided that it was time to take this action, try to go over there and get rid of some of the young people over there. So we’ve been yelling and carrying on and meeting and etc. ever since. And for the last six or eight days, we have been in court. And today, the court decided that Bush is wrong and that we are right. The 18 grandmothers did the right thing. So we’ll keep on doing it, and hoping that other people will do the same thing.

I mean, there’s no problem. You go out and you declare that the war is wrong and you take whatever action you decide on. It’s kind of nice to get a little legal help, so that you know that you’re not breaking any terrible laws. You can’t go around breaking windows and stuff like that. But you can certainly use your First Amendment rights and your voices, and you’re allowed not only to stand, but to sit down, which is what we learned about that recruitment site. We were allowed to sit down there. I think the judge even specified that as a part of the decision. So carry on! Don’t let nobody turn you around! You got to keep on keeping on!

AMY GOODMAN: Marie Runyon, she’s 91, one of 18 grandmothers who was acquitted yesterday in Manhattan for protesting war.

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