Twenty-two Arrested At Grand Central Die-In

by Tom Keough – May 4, 2010

by Ed Hedemann

NEW YORK — May 3, 2010. To bring a stronger cry against the threats from nuclear weapons at this time of the UN Special Session on Disarmament there was a protest inside of the main lobby of Grand Central Station during Monday’s rush hour.

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 US, Russia, China, the UK, France, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea.

Several dozen people held a moving picket line from 8 to 10 a.m. At 9 another group of activists displayed banners from the balcony. One set of banners said “Nuclear Weapons = Terrorism.” Another set said “Less Talk, Disarm.” Police quickly grabbed the banners and took them away,
arresting five activists.

At that time 17 more activists staged a die in. Police looked on for about ten minutes before starting to arrest them. All who were arrested were released at 10 a.m. with a ticket. The National Lawyers
Guild provided a legal observer to monitor the situation and help those who had been arrested.

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Arrestees included: Bill Offenloch, Brian Terrell, Art Laffin, Matt Tessitore, Jack Cohen-Joppa, Dennis Duvall, Brian Hynes, Martha Hennessey, Clare Grady, Frida Berrigan, Sr. Ardeth Platte, Sr. Carol Gilbert, Susan Crane, Paki Wieland, Beth Adams, Joan Pleune, Bev Rice, Liz Roberts, Sr. Liz Profreidt, Carol Huston, Leslie Klusmire and Ruth Benn.