The impetus for starting the Montreal group came from a group of women in Victoria, B.C. Incensed by the Canadian Government’s acquiescence in allowing American warships with nuclear capability to pass through Canadian water, the women joined
Greenpeace demonstration on board the Rainbow Warrior. The group attracted media attention by wearing “granny” style clothes and eye-catching hats.
The Montreal Raging Grannies raise their voices in what is loosely described as song at a variety of venues where their opinions need to be heard. They participate at government hearings, in educational programs in schools and colleges, in presentations to community groups and at countless marches and demonstrations. In recognition of their outstanding contribution as peacemakers, the group was awarded the 2001 YMCA Canada Peace Medal.
Considered by some to be a “Social Movement” the Raging Grannies have expanded to more than 34 Canadian cities, have crossed the border and even oceans. Ralph Nader considers the Raging Grannies to be among the best of all Canadian imports.
The Montreal Grannies supported the formation of a Francophone granny group appropriately named. “Les Mémés déchainées.” Women interested in starting sister groups are urged to contact Elizabeth firstname.lastname@example.org
The Montreal Raging Grannies rage where and when the issues get hot, and whether they are welcomed or not.