Sunday, September 23, 2007

If there is one demographic that is greatly underrepresented in the arena of political protest it would be the grandmothers of the nation. When people think of grandmothers they often envision grey- haired women knitting scarves and baking apple pies, but there is a new connotation to be taken into account: Political activist.
On September 15, 2007 a protest was held outside of Hilary Clinton’s office, I believe. The grandmother featured in the video is the leader of a group of American grandmothers protesting the war in Iraq. One of the women in the group was even arrested while protesting at another Senator’s office.
When I began watching this older woman’s speech I wanted to laugh because I got this vision in my head of old women being arrested as they chained themselves to pay phones or something. Luckily it did not take long for me to realize that the younger generation may be the leaders of the future, but it is the older generations that are the teachers. We would not have leaders without teachers. The woman speaking was passionate and realistic and you just wanted to believe her because she looked like a sweet little old lady. The truth is that she had a great message and delivered it well. Here is the video.

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