“Ultimately, we can succeed only if we unite in solidarity, moving out of the ‘protest paradigm’ and learning to exercise the power we have.” (Deborah S. Rogers)
Who are the Montreal Raging Grannies?
Spoofing the granny image of a century ago, they dress in aprons, shawls, feathers, and flowered hats, singing humorous songs targeting their concerns. In these costumes they engage in street theatre antics to gain popular and media attention.To quote a line from one of their songs, “We’re just a gaggle of grannies – we don’t sit on our fannies.” The grannies sing about war, escalating military budgets, nuclear pollution, medicare, landmines, fair trade, climate change, GMO foods, toxic pollutants and war toys. Most “gigs” include suggestions for follow up action – what people can do and who they can write to.
What do you need to be a Raging Granny?
A sense of humour and an ability both to be objective and to compromise when working with others. Willingness to make noise. An open heart to learn something new. No singing ability required although it helps if you can carry a tune. Passion. Joy. Delight. No colour sense, obviously. A friendly disposition. Kindness. Scientific curiosity can’t hurt. Despite our name you do NOT have to be a biological grandmother to be a Raging Granny.