The first group to call themselves "Raging Grannies" erupted on February 14, 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia. Several peace activists who had been doing street theater in the community began dressing up in outrageous hats and singing satirical songs to protest nuclear submarines, uranium mining, nuclear power, militarism, racism, clear-cut logging, and corporate greed. They received a good deal of attention which was exactly what they had hoped. People paid attention.
Raging Granny groups quickly sprang up across Canada, all the way to Charlottetown, PEI, and down the Pacific Coast into the USA by way of Seattle. There are now about 100 gaggles of Raging Grannies throughout the world.
Rochester's Raging Grannies first raged in September, 2002, in response to proposed Monroe County Budget Cuts that threatened our parks, our libraries, and our entire system of social service delivery. In addition to local issues, there was plenty to rage about, including the ever-louder drum beats of war emanating from the Bush White House.
The Rochester Raging Grannies have marched in the Memorial Day and Labor Day parades, sung about peace at the Lilac Festival, stood out in the cold to protest immigration policies, cleaned up the lies after Dick Cheney made an appearance in Rochester, stood in solidarity with teachers and parents for reducing standardized testing in public schools, raged at health care rallies in favor of single-payer health care, protested hydrofracking . . . the list goes on and on. We make decisions using a consensus model, so that every granny not only has a voice, but we all must agree or we don't move forward with an action.
The Rochester Raging Grannies are open to women of a certain age who have a sense of humor and a commitment to action. We are concerned with issues of social and economic justice, peace, and a healthy planet. It's not necessary to be a grandmother to be a Raging Granny, but it is necessary to be a women. You don't have to participate in every rage, but we all know how good it feels to be active! We collect dues once a year on a sliding scale--most women contribute $25. We write our own lyrics to familiar tunes and we also share songs created by other grannies throughout the world. We do sing, but we are not a singing group. In fact, if you've ever heard us sing, you know that a great voice is not required!
If you are interested in joining us, get started by pressing the link below! Till then, stay in trouble!