The Grandmothers’ Revolt

Lately it seems that uppity grannies are in motion everywhere. A group calling itself the Granny Peace Brigade has called for grannies everywhere to gather in Washington on January 18th to lobby Congress. This is a picture of the Grannies on the Brooklyn Bridge on Grandparents’ Day, 2006.

If the lyrics to their songs are any indication, they will prevail!

THE GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE
(Tune: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”)

Our Peace Brigade is on the move and we will not retreat.
We send our message far and wide to everyone we greet
We tell the world that we’re in style but war is obsolete,
The Granny Peace Brigade.

Chorus:
Move on over or we’ll move on over you,
Move on over, we’re the Grannies trekking through!
Move on over or we’ll move on over you,
The Granny Peace Brigade.

We’ve been around a time or two and lived through lots of wars,
And seen the senseless killing on so many distant shores.
We’re here to say that they can’t take our grandkids anymore!
The Granny Peace Brigade.

They thought that if they jailed us we would meekly go away,
But they didn’t know that Grannies always have to have their say.
We say this war must end and all our troops come home today!
The Granny Peace Brigade.

Our eyesight’s growing weaker and our hearing’s almost shot,
Our breasts are slowly sagging and our figure’s gone to pot,
But our voice is growing stronger and we will not be forgot!
The Granny Peace Brigade.

Move on over or we’ll move on over you,
Move on over, we’re the Grannies trekking through!
Move on over or we’ll move on over you,
The Granny Peace Brigade.
(Lyrics by Vicki Ryder of the Rochester Raging Grannies,
First verse by Corinne Willinger)

Another courageous Grandma, Valerie Fillenwarth, 64, will appear in court on January 29 for trespassing at Ft. Benning, GA during this year’s SOA protest. She expects to receive a sentence of up to 6 months. Please keep Valerie in your thoughts.

And while we’re on the subject of Grandmother’s, I’ve been reading Carol Schaefer’s wonderful account of the gathering of 13 Grandmothers, “Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet”. The vision and wisdom recounted in this book is truly empowering. Grandmother’s Council has more information about this gathering.

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