Paul’s Perambulations

January 21, 2014

My biggest accomplishment on Martin Luther King Day? I helped a 94-year-old woman get arrested

Filed under: Peace,Politics — admin @ 9:20 am

Our  home in Media is near Annie Geers’ retirement community, so I was able to drive her and be her accompaniment at the Brandywine Peace Community civil disobedience. She fell (from a sitting position), and the police did not want to arrest her when we walked onto Lockheed Martin property toward the entrance . They would not transport her to the station, so instead they agreed to issue her a citation right there. Probably a wise decision by the police. Plus, she had neglected to bring any ID with her. She looked like everybody’s mother.

We feel we lose relevance as we get old, but perhaps if we live long enough, we gain relevance by simply our existence.  Civil disobedience becomes more significant coming from her than coming from me, even though the words of her story may come through me. She provides an opportunity for me to tell why she was doing what she was doing.

Seven of us were arrested while walking up the Lockheed Martin driveway to carry King’s message that “Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers” to those making extreme violence possible.  We (the other six of  us) were taken to the station, booked, and then released. Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest nuclear weapons manufacturer and war profiteer.

1 Comment »

  1. Annie Geers has died, one year later. She fought the good fight all her life.

    Comment by admin — April 1, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

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