With the Granny Peace Brigade, we supported the rights of unions April 4, 2011.
Photo by Eva-Lee Baird and Edith Cresmer
in June, we took a bus up to Westchester to join Raging Grannies WOWW when the NRC (U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) met with the public to discuss the safety of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. In our song, we called the NRC a "lapdog." You can see us at the end of a video at http://ossining.patch.com/articles/indian-point-relicensing-meeting#video-6397722
This is the bus.
Photo by Bud Korotzer
March 2008: Grannies singing in the rain in Times Square to protest the Iraq
March 2009: Still protesting, and the next year, and the next.
In August 2007, several of our Grannies joined dozens of Raging Grannies in Amherst, Massachusetts. We sang at a concert alongside gaggles from other New York cities, and gaggles from Rhode Island, Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, and Michigan. More than ten towns in Massachusetts were represented, as well as Boston. At the concert, one of our Grannies impersonated Hillary Clinton singing:
I would stop the war on Iraq,
And bring all of our troops back,
Commit no more war crime.
With the funds we've been spending
All world hunger I'd be ending,
If I only had a spine.
(Photo by Mabella Mendez)
The New York Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters sang at the Clearwater Festival in June 2007 (left) accompanied by Pete Seeger (far left, of course) on banjo. (Photo by Phil Sauers)
There are videos of the 2007 performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpdH20tiJPI and http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6231559274565687640
The photo below is from 2005 or 2006.
Left: We sang at on June 22, 2008. Raging Grannies from New York City, Tennessee, Westchester County, and Western Massachusetts tried to stay dry in a storm. Below: A damp but steadfast audience sang along. (All Clearwater 2008 photos by Lindsay Audin)
Mercy, our raging reporter writes:
We gathered by the river, or was it IN the river? Sunny brought a canopy, Shirley brought song sheets, the sky was darkening, and there was a hailstorm warning. By the time 22 Raging Grannies from three states (and many cities) gathered to practice, it started to rain and we huddled under the canopy. Our practice for an hour led into (after a 5-minute break) our set, with the thunder punctuating our songs. In the torrential rain, we had an extremely loyal audience with umbrellas singing along from increasingly wet songsheets. As we sang I could see people filling the buses to depart the downpour which went on the entire time we were singing! Afterwards Grannies escaped for the bus or hid out under the Clearwater Sloop Club tent where the Sloop Singers did their set. I did get to sing "Gaggle of Grannies" with Pam to entertain some friends, and Sally was there till late, but they actually closed the festival--fear of lightning. I spent a lovely evening by the river in the almost deserted park, which rapidly drained, and the Robins loved the worm feast as they escaped the wet ground!
NOTE: Mercy's text was edited to fit this space.
Slickers and brollies and bonnets, oh my!