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Eden Foods founder and sole owner Michael Potter filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that all companies have to cover 20 types of contraception for women in their health plans. He wants to cover….NONE. He spoke to the National Catholic Reporter about his position. 

The same article says that at least one store in Seattle has stopped carrying  Eden Foods because  they found that 80 percent of Eden Foods products were not keeping up with competitors’ products. Read more about this issue in the September 10, 2014 article in the National Catholic Register. And see this photo of the Grannies featured in the article. The Reporter subtitled the photo: Members of the Raging Grannies Action League, calling for a boycott of Eden Foods, protest at Whole Foods July 19 in Palo Alto, Calif. 

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Grannies act up before getting on steps of the Old Courthouse in Redwood City for an audience keen to hear US Rep Jackie Speier speak on the Equal Rights Amendment. The date for her speech was August 26, 2014 on Women’s Equality Day. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920. The first time an Equal Rights Amendment was introduced to the US Congress was 3 years later.

Photos by: Granny roadie, Brent.

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Top photo: 3 of 7 Grannies stop for a second to pose for a photo in Redwood City on August 26. Six Action League Grannies, and one from the San Jose gaggle who came by train, sang at a rally for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Second photo was taken shortly after the Grannies sang. Congressional Representative Jackie Speier introduced a woman (seated, right) who worked in an airplane factory during WWII. The Congresswoman said that women were paid the same rate as men while the need was great during that war. Once soldiers returned at the end of the conflict, women once again had their wages reduced, for the same jobs men held.

In March, Congresswoman Speier offered a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the ERA and Congresswoman Maloney (D-NY) has introduced a new Equal Rights Amendment that would finally add the word “women” into the U.S. Constitution.

Granny songs (lyrics to one song below)) were greeted by claps and cheers!  We sang 4 songs and were called back for encores. 

We Rage for Women’s Equality

tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic Key of F

Oh, WE’RE the Raging Grannies and it’s TURN-ing our hair gray

To THINK that men in suits are taking ALL our rights away.

We fought this fight before and now we FIGHT again today!

Fight FOR the E.R.A.!

Chorus:

All for women’s rights are we-e

Yes, we’ll win at last you’ll see-e

Fin’lly women will be free-e

Fight for the E.R.A.!

No more can they ig-NORE us and PRE-tend we don’t exist.

Cuz Hobby Lobby made us mad; and now we raise a fist

Equality’s denied us, so we’re ser-i-OUS-ly pissed!

Fight FOR the E.R.A!

repeat Chorus


More on this event from indybay.org.

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Granny Denley was Carmen Miranda in our play Save the Honeybees today in Menlo Park. Her hat was designed to show fruits and vegetables that honeybees pollinate. In fact, did you know that one quarter of food that Americans consume are pollinated by bees?

AND…we may get to use the Carmen Miranda character again soon..if Chiquita is the next major corporation to split from the U.S. to avoid taxes. If that happens the Grannies will not only boycott but stand in front of our local supermarkets to encourage others to boycott!

Also see on stage here, our dead bee…

Scroll down for even more pix by more of our photog friends and fans. You won’t want to miss appearances by our ukulele player, Mr. Monsanto character, and alive bee…only alive til end of skit!

 

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The honeybees are dying! Enacted here by Granny Mary G. for our play in Menlo Park today August 23. Okay, we are one week late for the official Save the Honeybees National Day of Action. We had two Johns and a Scott taking photos for us, also the San Mateo Daily Journal was there to capture us in all our finery. Which John took this photo? Oh dear, Grannies get easily confused! Scroll down for more photos by both our “Johns”. 

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Top photo, Center: Our character Mr. Monsanto, in black, making a statement in favor of the evil pesticide known as Roundup.  A big money maker for Monsanto; deadly to bees! The Grannies sang: Root Out Roundup!

CAUTION: Watch out for bee stinger…extreme closeup!

Photos by John Jubiak

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Theme of our play in Menlo Park, California today: Save the Honeybees

GRANNIES SPRING INTO ACTION with Song, Dance, and loads of onstage action

photos: John Jubiak

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Top photo: Welcoming new Granny Kin. Below, Oh no it’s a dead honeybee!

Hence the name of our play in Menlo Park today, “Save the Honeybees!”

Photos by John Jubiak

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Photos of our production “Save the Honeybees!” at in Menlo Park today. Photos by John “Laserlefty” who is left-handed and collects laser DVD’s…a great granny friend and fan.

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Sacramento Grannies joined other groups at a big rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 29, featuring the delivery of a “Death of the Delta” coffin containing thousands of public comments opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s peripheral tunnels.