The peace activist group, the Raging Grannies, enter a military recruitment office and try to enlist for the war in Iraq. They are at odds with the U.S.’s reliance on young people in the war and list their reasons for objection to war in Iraq. They want all U.S. corporations and military personnel withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, and for the U.S. to finance and rebuild what they have destroyed. The American military bases in Iraq should be returned to the people of Iraq/Afghanistan. The Raging Grannies are asked to leave the office, but they refuse and instead begin singing. After the Grannies leave the recruitment center, they are issued citations for trespassing. The video transitions to an NBC News segment about the Raging Grannies and their protest outside the recruitment office. The Raging Grannies’ activism challenges the loving and frail stereotype of older women. They believe their courage and dedication makes them a force with which to be reckoned. Their ages range from 53 to 93. A group of them, the Tucson 5, are fighting trespassing charges that could lead to jail time. The Raging Grannies believe it is their duty to educate the American public. They wear typical “grannie outfits” so that people respect them for their wisdom. They use humor and song to address the serious issue of war and military recruitment.
This recording was digitized and made accessible as part of the “Digitizing the Sound and Sight of American Women’s Work for Peace and Justice” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2019 (grant number PW-264110-19).