When the Raging Grannies sprang up in 1987 in Victoria, B.C., they didn't realize they'd be starting a worldwide movement. They just wanted to protest, but in a different way. And they do. Their weapons? Satire and song.
The Grannies have challenged nuclear-armed ships, forestry companies, arms manufacturers, multinational corporations, pharmaceutical giants, makers of war toys, the World Trade Organization and every level of government, from municipal councils to the American presidency. Wearing outrageous hats and warbling witty lyrics, they make fun of the powerful people who are wreaking havoc with the world of their grandchildren.
For their messages of peace and justice, Grannies have been arrested, jailed, pepper-sprayed and even hosed by the U.S. navy. They've also been praised by Ralph Nader, Peter Gzowski, David Suzuki and Pete Seeger, invited to perform far and wide and admired as role models.
Off Our Rockers is a funny book that shows how groups of older women around the world take on the powers that be, win the occasional battle and have a wonderful time doing it all.