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Snow flurries whirled at five as I met Eva-Lee and Nydia at the corner near Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Granny Peace Brigade was in action! We went inside and gathered a group of about 40 elders including three NYC Metro Raging Grannies in front of the escalators that lead to the Toy Awards in the Time Warner Center.
Bright yellow banners unfurled, we sang for No More War Toys inside the Mall as security hovered around, not knowing what to do with us, as we weren’t doing anything illegal. We just kept singing; “Give the kids a Stampede blaster, Hey lolly, lolly low” as Joan P hefted the huge gun as prop for our demo.
We sang for 40 – 50 minutes with cops and security chatting with Bev as Toy Awardees wandered by dressed like Barbie and Ken.
We handed out song sheets and beautiful Valentines calling for Peace, crafted by Ann! There were several floors of balconies above us and we sang to appreciative shoppers as they passed, kids smiled, wonderful people told us about their grannies.
Eventually we were herded reluctantly outside – it was wintry winter windy! – and sang all the songs once more. We made a presence!
– Yer Raging Reporter, Mercy Van Vlack
for the Granny Peace Brigade & NYC Metro Raging Grannies
Photos: Bud Korotzer