the Raging Grannies
Raging Grannies of SAN JOSE
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. (see photo below). 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.
San Jose Raging Grannies sing and leaflet against wartoys and violent games at Christmas in the Park.
We celebrate together with music and fellowship and to learn new songs to add to the repertoire. Here we are in the backyard of Raging Granny, Paula Rochelle.