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Granny Fran will be back in California soon from the huge Climate March of over 300,000 people last week in NYC.  She’s in this photo…She is on the far left. Hmmm…we are often told that is true of ALL Raging Grannies!

Source: http://revisionistslc.com

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In case you missed it…here’s our message to Syngenta…in the news lately!

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Raging Granny Fran represented our SF Bay Area gaggle in NYC at the Climate March, attended by over 300,000 people. She is one of about 50 Grannies who made it to the march from US and Canada. A few went astray but seems that MOST located each other on the streets of New York! 

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Grannies without hats. Reaction time was so fast, Grannies ran to this gig without costumes, but our gray hair says “Granny”! 

The US and allies struck targets in Syria this week and in the SF Bay Area emergency demonstrations were held in Palo Alto, San Jose and San Francisco. These Grannies and friends were in Palo Alto at the busy intersection of El Camino Real and Embarcadero. We were joined by Stanford students and our long time friend, Gold Star Mom Karen Meredith. Karen lost a son, her only child, in the Iraq war in 2004. He had no plans to go to war until he was ensnared by military recruiters.

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Google Chairman admits: Giving Money to ALEC was a mistake!

Photo above, Grannies went to Google HQ in February 2014 to tell Google “Get Out of ALEC!”

ALEC is an organization made up of conservative state legislators and private sector interests. Together they draft model legislation for various states. The group promotes fossil fuel interests and climate change deniers. 

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See Our New Video: Raging Grannies Say No to Syngenta!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MjKtbruQyI

We have submitted it to the EPA comment section because of Syngenta’s proposal to increase use of  bee-killing pesticides. The EPA is accepting public comments until October 6th on Syngenta’s proposal. If you want to contact them as well:

 Snail Mail:
OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington, DC 20460-0001.
By Email: 
 you can go online to  http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0489-0001 and press “comment now” in the upper right hand corner. There are a few more steps after you put your comment in the comment box that will pop up.
 
 
Here is some language you can use. 
 
Please reject the petition from Syngenta to expand and increase the use of thimethoxam. 

Dousing alfalfa, our nation’s primary honey crop, in bee-killing insecticides is unconscionable. So is increasing the use of neonics when there is enough evidence to ban them. 

If the bees disappear, we’ll have to import from Europe the three-quarters of crops that rely on pollination by bees, including almonds and broccoli. 

In 2013, the European Union suspended the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. Colony Collapse Disorder is beginning to turn around in the countries that acted first, including Italy, France, Germany and Slovenia. 

Here in the U.S., over-winter losses last year were up to 80 percent in some parts of the country There’s still time to save U.S. fruit, vegetable and nut production. But not if we delay. And not if we continue to approve, and unleash into the environment, more neonicotinoids. 

Every day, new evidence links neonics to bee die-offs. Most recently, a study published in the Bulletin of Insectology undercut chemical industry arguments that neonicotinoid pesticides are not the primary cause of CCD. 

Please block the increased use of thiamethoxam and get all neonicotinoids out of U.S. agriculture as soon as possible
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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!

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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!