We are not entertainment, we are educators
In the late 1980 in Victoria, British-Columbia, a gang of grannies gathered to protest together and bring attention to justice, social and environmental issues. The activist Raging Grannies movement was born. Later on, in 1989, the idea spread and reached the East coast. The Montreal Raging Grannies emerged. Nowadays, “gaggles” as they name themselves are located in nearly every province of Canada, many states in USA and across the ocean until New-Zealand, Australia, Scotland and some more countries…
Raging Grannies are peacemakers. They participate in demonstrations, perform when and where they are not expected, in order to denounce issues such as military budgets, women and Indigenous issues, nuclear pollution, medicare, landmines, fair trade, climate change, GMO foods, toxic pollutants and war toys, to name just a few.
Each time they appear or participate in an event, they use their voices to sing on famous tunes, lyrics they have arranged to convey their message.
Raging grannies play with traditional clichés of grandmother’s style and emphasize their characters with colorful clothes, hats full of flowers and badges collected as trophee of each cause they support.
Despite their ability to laugh about themselves and the sense of humor in their way to approach people, the Montreal Raging Grannies defend themselves from being an entertainment. Their main goal is to bring awareness. “We’re not entertainment. We are educators”. They meet every month to organize their next actions, they fact-check their information and share issues they want to support. These ladies don’t gather to drink a cup of tea, even though they might bring some cookies. They meet to discuss politics. Many of them came from scientific or environmental background or used to be social workers. Many of them were teachers and continue their mission to educate, retired or not, it’s a mission without a deadline. They will stop eventually “when the world will be in peace”.