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PeaceAction Maryland

JUNE 28, 2006
12:36 PM

CONTACT: PeaceAction Maryland
Pat Salomon, 301-990-7459; 301-254-5297 (cell); Jean Athey, 301-570-0923 or

Maryland Peace Activists Welcome Granny, Jailbird, Marchers against Iraq War from NYC

WASHINGTON - June 28 -

WHAT: Peace is Patriotic Rally. The Granny Peace Brigade, a group of 18 patriotic grandmothers aged 60-91, who were arrested and sent to jail in October for trying to enlist themselves at a military recruiting station in peaceful protest of the Iraq war, are on an historic trek from NYC to DC. They are making this arduous journey to help citizens along the way visibly and audibly demand that the troops be brought home now.

Peace Grannies of Sandy Spring, five of whom were arrested in February at a peaceful anti-war protest, will welcome the NY grannies in a special ceremony. One of the local grannies is Irene Mensalves, 102 years old.

The rally will also include musical performances by the Granny Peace Brigade (one of whom is a Broadway choreographer); a speech by Donna Edwards, a candidate challenging Rep. Al Wynn in the Democratic primary; and the kick-off of Montgomery County's Peace Voter Pledge Campaign.

WHEN: Sunday, July 2, 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House Grounds, 17715 Meetinghouse Road, Sandy Spring, MD

WHO: Sponsored by PeaceAction Montgomery and the Peace Committee of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting.

PHOTO OP & VISUALS: Grandmothers in wheelchairs, with canes and banners continue their "march" against the Iraq War from New York


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