As the winter solstice arrived, nine Grannies and one Buddy sang anti-war-toys lyrics to shoppers on Flatbush Avenue outside the Atlantic Center Mall and gave peace cards stating “War is Not a Game.”
We then entered the mall and weaved in and out of the Target toy aisles, serenading shoppers with “Don’t buy war toys, Don’t buy war toys, Girls and Boys” (a la Frere Jacques).
Our signs proclaimed “No War – No War Toys” and we were greeted with smiles and approving nods from the shoppers.
The serenade resounded through the top floor and lasted about ten minutes until…
…store security called for help and eventually escorted us down the escalator. The Flash Mob had had its fun and then melted away.
– Nydia Leaf
for the Granny Peace Brigade
Photos: Eva-Lee Baird