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Raging Grannies is an international movement which started in 1987 in British Columbia, Canada. It now has chapters (which we call " gaggles" ) all over the world. Raging Grannies promote global peace, justice and social and economic equality by raising consciousness through song parodies and satire. You can find hundreds of songs from Grannies near and far athttp://raginggrannies.net.
Our gaggle, NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters was started and sponsored by the New York City chapter of Women' s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Our ages range from 49 to 98.
If you live near enough to travel to our meetings in New York City (Manhattan), you can join the NY Metro gaggle.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sitting behind his makeshift “sewmobile” for the greater part of a decade, Swaine says he’s been able to step out of his professional purview to create connections he otherwise wouldn’t have. Although he’s viewed as a “social artist” by some and a curiosity by others, Swaine insists he is merely a fellow citizen, a teacher, and a “guy who sews.”
“I never like picking just one label…it cuts off conversations with groups of people,” Swaine tells Ecoutere. “From my side of things, once a month is a small effort and there are many other people doing big important things. My small act is mostly a gesture and for some it means a lot but I think the bigger importance is the example of participating, of being a citizen and acting outside of what is normal.”
Viewed as “social artist” by some and a curiosity by others, Swaine insists he is merely a “guy who sews.”
MENDING COMMUNITIESSwaine’s project began in 2001 under the auspices of the “Generosity Project” for the California College of Art’s Wattis Institute. The lines of the original concept have blurred over the years, attracting not just people who need things repaired but also volunteers who sometimes take over with the sewing and mending.
There are also customers, many of them regulars, who like to stick around. For them, Swaine brings out chairs so they can linger. Sometimes people don’t need something darned so much as someone to talk to, he says. The term “mending,” he adds, can take on many meanings.
Swaine considers his setup an ongoing collaboration between himself and the community at large.
Instead of the one-man performance piece he started with, Swaine now considers his setup an ongoing collaboration between himself and the community at large.
Swaine has many of these life-changing partnerships. An analog designer with Futurefarmerssince 1998, Swaine participates with many of the organization’s interdisciplinary projects, which range from fingerprint-based video games to a hand-drawn survey of Toronto’s city center. His work has been featured in exhibitions at New York City’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, as well as San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Folk Art and Exploratorium.
With the breadth of his experience, one can begin to understand why Swaine dislikes labels. “I think ‘doing good’ is a difficult phrase,” he says. “From my side of things, once a month is a small effort and there are many other people doing big important things. My small act is mostly a gesture and for some it means a lot but I think the bigger importance is the example of participating, of being a citizen, and acting out side what is the normal.”
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Here is Myrlie Evers-Williams speaking at an NAACP rally at Howard University, 50 years before her invocation at the inauguration today. Learn about Myrlie Evers from a National Visionary Leadership Project interview:http://shar.es/C0V8q and about the life and legacy of Medgar Evers:http://bit.ly/T9CpwH Photo: Corbis.
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