The Granny Peace Brigade, together with the NY Metro Raging Grannies targeted TARGET, Brooklyn on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 with the annual campaign “Think Before You Buy” encouraging shoppers to consider purchasing gifts that prepare children to be compassionate, responsible adults instead of gifts that glorify violence and foster aggression.
The sound of music was in the air with the cleverly re-worded Christmas carols, reflecting the messages of peace, justice, ending poverty, no guns among others. The well crafted handout was seen to be carefully read by the passers by; the idea to avoid purchasing toy guns, for example was well received, in view of the horrific police murders of both children and adults holding toy weapons around the country this year.
I continue to be overwhelmed by the creativity of the Grannies in re-working the traditional carols and well known songs with words appropriate to the themes of stopping war, promoting peace and justice…..the true spirit of this holiday.
For those who missed this action, an example of just one of the songs, this one by GPB/RG Corinne Willinger:
Don’t Buy War Toys (Tune: Frere Jacques)
“Don’t buy war toys, don’t buy war toys
For girls or boys, For girls or boys
Let the children learn
Let the children yearn to,
Live in Peace, Live in Peace
“With wishes to all for a peaceful holiday season”
– Marty Rajandran
for the Granny peace Brigade