Marie Runyon, Lillian Rydell and Joan Wile were honored today, April 19, on behalf of the Granny Peace Brigade by the Broadway Democrats.
They were presented with a beautiful framed certificate with the words:
“Broadway Democrats present the Ida & Jesse Frankel Community Award to the Granny Peace Brigade in recognition of their bravery, steadfastness and patriotism as they continue the fight to bring an end to an unjust war and bring US. troops home.”
Several signatures of club officials and district leaders are imprinted on the certificate.
Many elected officials and those running to be elected officials attended the event, held at the 107 Restaurant on Broadway at 107th Street. Sen. Chuck Schumer was there, as was New York State Sen. Daniel O’Donnell (Rosie’s brother); Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; City Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito and numerous others, including our own Norman Siegel. New York State Sen. Eric Schneiderman was also honored.
Joan sang a couple of songs, and Lillian gave a wonderful speech (as always) about our work to try and get the City Council to not fund the recruiters in the public schools. She also talked about the No Bases Committee. City Councilwoman Inez Dickens was among the attendees, and said she would not fund the recruiters in our educational institutions. If Barbara Harris and the counter-recruitment committee haven’t contacted her, they might want to. I told her you might.
The handsome award is currently in the possession of Joan, but she would like to turn it over to whomsoever keeps an archives of Granny Peace Brigade memorabilia.
The hors d’oeuvres were delicious!!!
– Joan Wile