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Wed, May 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM
May 5, 2010
War Resisters League’s Liz Roberts being taken into custody at Grand Central Station May 3. Photo by Ellen Davidson
By Ellen Davidson
Twenty-two activists were arrested May 3 at Grand Central Station for dropping banners off the balconies of the main hall and staging a die-in.
Organized by the War Resisters League, the action declared Grand Central a nuclear weapons-free zone and called for disarmament here in the
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The action was organized by the War Resisters League and their friends from the Catholic Peace Fellowship, The Catholic Worker and others. Protesters carried death heads with the names of the deadly nuclear weapons states, the
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“Down by the Riverside” Die-in at Grand Central
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On today’s action and hope for the movement
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Today in Grand Central, 2,000 flyers were distributed to hundreds of passersby who engaged with members of the War Resisters League and many other organizations, including Peace Action, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, Think Outside the Bomb, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, about nuclear disarmament.
At 8am sharp, anti-nuclear activists and people concerned about the direction of the U.S. government’s nuclear policies and ongoing militarism gathered in the center of the main hall of Grand Central to call for “Peace without Nuclear Weapons” and to start the global disarmament process here in the U.S., the only country to have used the bomb. Participants circled the center kiosk and talked with people rushing to start their days about the UN conference starting only a few blocks away from where we were, in which delegates representing the peoples of the world were beginning talks about nuclear nonproliferation.
The message of the War Resisters League to those delegates at the NPT review conference, and particularly those representing the people of the
At 9am, this message was presented to commuters in Grand Central through a coordinated banner drop over the railings overlooking one side of the main hall. Our banners read “Talk Less, Disarm More” and “Nuclear Weapons = Terrorism.” 22 people were arrested in total during the banner drop and the die-in on the floor of the station that followed. Supporters of the die-in circled the group as the police stepped in to make arrests, many of us singing “Down by the Riverside.”
The official “nuclear posture” of the U.S. government under the Obama administration is one that maintains the option of “first strike” against any country that is deemed threatening to the U.S. (e.g. those harboring alleged terrorists) while insisting that it is other nations such as Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan who are to blame for the necessity of nuclear weapons.
Our action today made clear that the
Kathy Kelly from Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who received the WRL Peace Award at a special ceremony at
The people of the world know that there are people working for the end of