By Linda Malazzo
Sept 12, 2009
UPDATED – 9/13/09: The six women, including OpedNews journalist Cheryl Biren, and one man, who has now been identified as Richard Marini of World Can’t Wait, arrested yesterday at the Army Experience Center, were released early this morning, September 13, 2009. All were charged with Criminal Conspiracy and Failure to Disperse. Their arraignment is scheduled for September 23, 2009 at 11:30am (ET).
Six members of various anti-war groups, including World Can’t Wait and Military Families Speak Out, and an OpedNews journalist, were arrested today at approximately 3:00pm ET at a protest organized to shut down The Army Experience Center, located in Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia.
As reported to me by Rob Kall, publisher of OpedNews, those arrested and currently detained include Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can’t Wait, and Elaine Brower, of Military Families Speak Out, whose son was deployed three times to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Earlier in the day, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Christopher Hedges, author of “War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning,” and “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,” addressed the crowd outside the Franklin Mills Mall on Knights and Woodhaven Roads.
Hedges, a former war correspondent for several publications including the New York Times, has spoken openly of his aversion to war after spending years covering major conflicts in El Salvador, the Middle East, Bosnia and Kosovo.
War Is Sin by Chris Hedges (text)