Not your typical protesters: The Raging Grannies sing to be heard

Not your typical protesters: The Raging Grannies sing to be heard
The Raging Grannies pose for a photo near Starr Pass

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Protesters lined the street near Starr Pass Resort in west Tucson Thursday morning as Gov. Doug Ducey arrived for a luncheon.

A unique group of local women picketing have a very special way of getting their political message heard -- singing.

The Raging Grannies show up at political protests and rallies across southern Arizona, mixing in some old-school tunes with their politically charged, and often hilarious, lyrics.

"Having fun and protesting is sort of the greatest thing in my book," said Betts Putnam Hidalgo, a member of the Raging Grannies. "A lot of what we do deals with some very heavy topics, and there has to be a way to make it fun."

Members practice twice a month and work together to decide which songs to sing.

"We keep the lyrics humorous to bring it to a point," said Deborah Livingston, chairwoman of the group. "It makes people stop and really think about what's going on in the world."

The Raging Grannies were founded in Canada during the 1980s and now have chapters all across North America.

"The best way to be heard often is through humor," said Lee Stanfield, a singer in the group who is in charge of writing Tucson-centric lyrics for their songs. "Especially in a world full of darkness as it is right now."

The group does not simply sing, they get involved. During protests against the invasion of Iraq, several Tucson members were arrested for trespassing.

"As old women, we have something to say that the world needs to hear," said Stanfield.

For more information on the Raging Grannies, their songs and lyrics, click here.

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