The grandmothers in the Granny Peace Brigade are not irrelevant, doddering, and nodding rocking chair elders nostalgic for the good old days. They are on the front lines, picketing, bearing witness, lobbying, singing, and getting arrested to protest the costly war in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and the vast domestic war machine. These respectable older women-they prefer to be called “seasoned”-can be found in 33 states and can hardly be dismissed as radical kooks or naive youths. Protest keeps them vital and provides them with a friendship network.

The Granny Peace Brigade's Philadelphia branch marches at the Mummers Parade. In 2006, 11 members showed up at the Military Recruitment Center in Philadelphia to “enlist” in the military, “so that our grandchildren would not kill ...

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