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A short note to share this day of action organized by JEWS SAY NO and JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE outside the offices of our Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, condemning their support for the Israeli government’s systematic violations of the Palestinian people’s basic human rights AND their refusal to meet with constituents who do not support Israel’s policies.

The action started in the morning, with the Granny Peace Brigade joining in the afternoon, with the representations of the Palestinian children who were killed just a few months ago in Gaza. The Grannies,together with others, read out the name and age of the child and then placed his/her representation in a mock burial plot. The mood was somber. It was sad. What happened is a crime against humanity and our own laws: the federal “Leahy Law” which requires US funding to be cut off to units of a country’s armed forces that have committed a “gross violation of human rights.”

It’s about time we respect and implement our own laws…….but the reality, the US  implements most vigorously those laws which suit the corporate-government-military complex, EG PROFITS. We stand as a silent reminder that there are things more important that profits.

a representation of a Palestinian child

Our bottom line is peace, justice, and a respect for the humanity of all children, including Palestinian children and their families.

– Marty Rajandran
for the Granny Peace Brigade

Spend Tax Dollars on Education, Jobs, Housing!


On Friday, September 14, 2012 Ms. Gizmo went to 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, and a good time was had by all.

2012_09_14gizmo125street(Click on the photos for larger images.)

The people of the neighborhood were sympathetic to our survey, and those who participated did so with enthusiasm. One woman thought so highly of Ms. Gizmo that she started calling people who were waiting for a bus to come and do the survey. And I was pleasantly surprised when a woman who appeared on the scene turned out to be an old friend of mine.


You never know who you’re going to meet when you’re out with Ms. Gizmo. She gives out good vibes.
– Susan Goodman

It was at the end of a really good day at Lenox and 125th Street. And then two policemen came sauntering towards us. They didn’t seem to mind what we were doing and so I approached the one with a smile on his face and asked if he would like to participate. As usual, I had the 20 coins ready in my hand to give them quickly to those expressing any sort of interest. But, he quickly put his hand in his pocket and then with a bit of friendly “encouragement” from my side, he said I could put all the coins in for him. I asked where and he replied “All in jobs.” I asked if wanted to see the other choices and when he saw them, he changed his mind: “Half education, half jobs.”


He watched what I did, and then sauntered off with his partner. In discussing this later, we realized that policemen are not allowed to participate in such activities directly,…but as we found out today, those interested in expressing their opinions do find a way to do so with Ms. Gizmo!
-Marty Rajandran

2012_09_14gizmo125street_chartChart: Edith Cresmer
Photos: Eva-Lee Baird

P.S.  Afterward, Edith, Eva-Lee, Marty and Susan G. had lunch and counted the pennies at a salad bar nearby.  The food there was good too.

Ms. Gizmo at the East Harlem Teen Fair


Ms. Gizmo returned today to a favorite place – the East Harlem Teen Fair, organized each August by City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito with other sponsors.  Teen Service agencies set up information tables along East 104th Street and every year the turnout grows.

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In this family setting, teenagers and young adults learn about options to the military recruiters who abound in that neighborhood. There’s music and entertainment, and the Grannies are always greeted with a warm reception.


Today 116 participated in Ms Gizmo and kids and Moms collaborated, carefully deciding just where to deposit those pennies.

Guess which column got the most pennies?  It starts with an “E”

2012_08_28gizmochart_teenfair– Nydia Leaf
for the Granny Peace Brigade
Photos: Eva-Lee Baird
Chart: Edith Cresmer

Ms. Gizmo in Verdi Square


We were in the shade in Verdi Square, but barely a leaf was moving.  In spite of the temperature and the sultry day, folks stopped to register their opinions and discuss the needs of we the people.

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Big sister telling little sister (hidden by the tubes), with grandmother and mother looking-on, that money is needed for education.

2012_08_03_2High school musician from Cherry Hill, NJ enthusiastically spoke about the importance of music and how it should be supported.

2012_08_03_1Grannies engaged in a lengthy discussion about the inordinate amount of tax dollars allocated for U.S. war efforts while funds for domestic needs have rapidly diminished.

The results show that today’s voters agree with the GPB.

2012_08_03gizmochartPhotos and Captions: Phyllis Cunningham
Chart: Edith Cresmer
for the Granny Peace Brigade

How Would We Spend Our Tax Dollars?


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The weather forecast predicted rain, wind and a possible tornado on Thursday, July 26th but the sky cleared long enough for the latest visit by Mz Gizmo to City Hall Park.

In this election year when domestic issues are forefront in most people’s minds, Mz Gizmo was the perfect barometer to gauge what New Yorkers and tourists are thinking.


In the space of 75 minutes 94 people crowded around the GPB table to drop pennies in Mz Gizmo and list their priorities.  A group on a Scavenger Hunt looking for Activists” were lucky to find us and then used their pennies to “speak their minds.”  Enthusiastic participants thanked us for giving them this tool.


We thank them and the War Resisters’ League whose piechart budget tells the real tale every time.

Here are the results:



– Nydia Leaf for the Granny Peace Brigade
– Chart: Edith Cresmer
– Photos: Eva-Lee Baird