On Valentine's Day, more than 20 grannies and grandpas stood at the busy intersection of Wolf Road and Central Avenue for a vigil calling for an end to gun violence, both in wartime and domestically.
Photo by Zan Strumfeld.
“This year, I really like the fact that we have made a natural connection (with what) we see in our lives here and the violence we see on the television,” Cooley said. “We are hoping we are just reaching the public. We’re just raising people’s consciousness about violence and guns.”
Group member Nancy Smith of Delmar hopes people will keep up their efforts to create a nonviolent world.
“A lot of people say it’s not worth it and it can’t be achieved, but that’s not what peace is. Peace is tolerance. Peace is respect. Peace is kindness. Peace is social justice, helping the poor, needy and hungry. Peace is all of these things,” Smith said. “It takes millions of people, millions of times all over the world to work on peace.”
While the demonstration only lasted about 45 minutes, the support from passersby was consistent.
“People understand grannies,” Richards said. “They are not political. They are just something that keeps our society, I think, balanced. When you become a grandmother, you realized that we don’t want to live in fear and we want the best for our children.”