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Ms. Gizmo on the Last Day for Voter Registration


Friday, October 12, 2012 Ms. Gizmo had another good day in Harlem, a little different this time. Well, every day is different.

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However, Friday Ms. Gizmo shared her table with Voter Registration. After all, this was the last day to register for voting.


As many as 24 people registered to vote for the presidential election.


And many more people participated in our opinion poll. It was a very busy day for Ms. Gizmo and friends (Edith, Eva-Lee, Jennie, Joan, Marty, Phyllis and Susan G) with good energy and intelligent conversations as well.


The weather is getting cooler now and the crisp autumn air was invigorating. At 1:30 pm we counted pennies and had a delicious lunch at Manna’s Soul Food and Salad Bar on 125th St. east of Lenox Ave.  Mmmmm that food is good.

And here are the results:

– Susan Goodman
for the Granny Peace Brigade
Chart: Edith Cresmer
Photos: Eva-Lee Baird

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.

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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

Best Use of Tax Dollars – Education? War?


A week of grim news.  The terrible carnage wrought by a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.  Syria in shambles.  And here at home, conservative wing-nuts are waging war on us women.  How do we combat this onslaught of negativity?  Maybe getting ourselves out in the public arena will help, and what better location than Union Square.  So what if it’s raining — the subway station is big, busy and makes a great place to set up shop with Ms. Gizmo.

At first, we don’t seem to be connecting — but Edith and Nancy start hustling the crowd and Bev and Joan are on the banner…and before you know it, our street-mojo kicks in and there’s a line at the table.  A young photographer with a great smile wants to take some photographs, then he takes a stack of pennies and starts feeding Ms. G.  Once again, we are dazzled by the smarts of the Average Joe and Josephine.

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These folks really think about the best use of our tax dollars. Now if only the people in Washington making the real budget decisions were as responsible and humane…

A very special shout-out to Eva-Lee, who did the impossible — she actually got a Man In A Suit to stop, hear our pitch and participate.


And to this unknown gentleman, you blew us all away with your thoughtful allocation of pennies.  Thank you, sir.  You are a rare breed.

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Until next time — and in peace always,

– Fran Sears

Photos 1 & 2: Eva-Lee Baird
Photo 3: Caroline Chinlund
Chart: Edith Cresmer

for The Granny Peace Brigade

New Yorkers Suggest Revisions to the Federal Budget


On a lovely midsummer day we took Ms. Gizmo to the streets with her eight categories for allocating federal tax dollars. (See the chart below.)


After voters distributed 20 pennies into the eight categories we gave them a War Resisters League flyer to show how discretionary funds are spent in the federal budget.


As usual people said most money should be spent on education, jobs and health care.


– Eva-Lee Baird
Photos – Phyllis Cunningham
Chart – Edith Cresmer
for the Granny Peace Brigade