Raging Grannies of San Jose
In Willow Glen, L to R. (behind pole), Essie Baradar, Jane Emory, Joan Wildermann, Amy Samelson, unidentified vigiler holding flag, Shirley Kinoshita, and April Carlson.
New grannies have been joining the San Jose Raging at actions for a busy year. We hooked up with and got to know other peace and social justice activists.
In August we joined the Willow Glen Peace Action weekly vigil with our anti-nuke anti-war songs and signs to mark Hiroshima Day.
We were honored to receive this year's Excellence Award from the County Commission on the Status of Women at their Women's Equality Day breakfast. We were invited to sing environmental clean car songs and celebrate at their 40th Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle Rally in Palo Alto. The San Jose Quilt and Textiles Museum asked us to sing our anti-war repertoire at the opening reception of their fascinating exhibit on "Weavings of War/Patriot Art." Photo at Quilt Museum with us in front of magnificent multi-paneled 9/11 mural. (lower photo at left). L to R: Evelynne Maston, Amy Samelson, Lois Fiedler, Shirley Kinoshita, Joan Wildermann and Essie Baradar. Kneeling in front, Joanne Peyton.
Several times this
year we've serenaded and held up signs with Lockheed anti-military defense
industry, anti-nuke vigilers in Sunnyvale and with the pro-immigrant anti-Minutemen
rallies in Campbell. We managed to get on TV Channel 2 when we sang for
the crowd at the San Jose Rally to End Homelessness and Poverty which
ended at the downtown First Christan Church. Twice this year we've been
the cover feature of local weekly papers. In the spring, our "Disarming
Tea Party" was featured and also a wonderful biopic about our own
Granny Goose (Joan Wildermann), long-time peace and anti-nuke activist.
We meet and rehearse every First Friday of the month at Joan's home in
Join us at upcoming events
First Friday of
each month Granny Rehearsal/Meeting in Campbell. Call Granny Shirley
(408-255-6559) for directions.
WILPF Branch Meeting usually at San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St. S Jose, on third Friday. Check San Jose Peace & Justice Calendar for listings of progressive events in the South Bay.
|San Jose Raging Grannies sing and leaflet agains wartoys and violent games at Christmas in the Park in December 2006. To join in our gigs this year for peace and freedom -- against torture and other outrages, contact Granny Shirley. For news of Raging Granny actions in the Bay Area, see Raging Grannies Action League. Photos by Kim Kinoshita|
SJ GRANNY highlights
Tax Day: No Taxes for War 4/17/06 Lundy Post Office, San Jose. Photo at right >
with Rep. Zoe Lofgren 8/15/2005
to protest National Guard monitoring. (below)
Join our gaggle!
Do you enjoy the antics and music of the Raging Grannies at peace and justice events? Here's your chance to become a Raging Granny in the San Jose area. Singing and musical talents appreciated but not necessary. Your spirited response to peace and justice are more important.We rehearse the first or second Friday of each month at 7p.m. in Campbell. Contact Granny Shirley at (408) 255-6559.
Tax Day 2006 at San Jose's Lundy Post Office drew a crew of characters -- Raging Granny Joan Wildermann protected her purse from the war president, saying, "My tax money is for schools and social services!" Granny JB photo
stroller derby joins in demonstration against Bush veto of Child Health
Bill S-CHIP in Palo Alto on IndyBay
Disarming Tea followup
Over tea and scones, we and our guests discussed our priorities for spending federal tax dollars. Betsy Wolf-Graves got us started with suggestions from the Congressional Progressive Caucus -- which includes Bay Area Reps. Mike Honda, Pete Stark, Lynn Woolsey among others. See tea party for photos and coverage.
Cards signed by the partygoers requesting that Sen. Dianne Feinstein reject a proposed "missile defense" test that would take millions of dollars better spent for human needs were delivered to her San Francisco office by a delegation on Thursday (5/25/06). Roz Dean (left) presented the cards to a staff member.
up on the strong push for health care by attending a Santa Clara City
Council meeting Tuesday (5/23) to promote a request for endorsement of
SB 840, State Sen. Sheila Kuehl's bill for health care for all Californians.
The council declined to take action, but the mayor said she'd keep track
of the bill.
Grannies protest monitoring of peace groups
Raging Grannies from San Jose and Palo Alto met with U.S. Rep.
Zoe Lofgren at her San Jose office Aug. 15 to discuss the recent incident
of National Guard monitoring of local peace groups, including the Raging
Grannies, at a Mothers Day rally in Sacramento and other events.