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Apple Protest: Raging Grannies Perform Song, Dance, Mic Check on Father's Day
by In Solidarity with Occupy RWC and San Jose
Sunday Jun 17th, 2012 10:58 PM
Top two photos by Peter M.
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Bet you didn't know that the very first Father's Day commemoration was in remembrance of a mining disaster that brought attention to the plight of working people and unsafe working conditions across the US, when hundreds of fathers died in one mine in W. Virginia in 1908.

With the holiday's origins on their mind, members of the Raging Grannies Action League joined San Jose and Redwood City Occupy groups to demonstrate in front of the Apple store on University Ave. during World Music Day in downtown Palo Alto. World Music Day is a world wide music festival that takes place around the summer solstice. It is a day when sidewalks, parks, community gardens, and other public places become impromptu musical stages for both amateur and professional musicians. All concerts and performances are free and open to the public. In Palo Alto, streets were closed to traffic for the event.

The Raging Grannies' song "What is the Meaning of Father's Day" and dancing to the beat of VL Trio's Cuban music drew crowds to the intersection of University and Kipling. Occupy members joined the Grannies at around 4:00pm and together the group sang and performed an Occupy style "mic check" calling Apple out on its labor abuses in China.
§photo by Peter M.
by In Solidarity with Occupy RWC and San Jose Sunday Jun 17th, 2012 10:58 PM
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§Audience members take a stand too
by In Solidarity with Occupy RWC and San Jose Sunday Jun 17th, 2012 10:58 PM

Some called out: "Good for you, Grannies" and others showed their displeasure with Apple's labor abuses in China
§Also in the audience
by In Solidarity with Occupy RWC and San Jose Sunday Jun 17th, 2012 10:58 PM

Palo Alto's finest kept an eye on "dangerous" Grannies
§Granny Denley was invited to dance by a man in the audience
by In Solidarity with Occupy RWC and San Jose Sunday Jun 17th, 2012 10:58 PM

together they salsa'd through several numbers performed by V.L. Trio
§Occupy Redwood City member and dude in a Guy Fawkes mask
by In Solidarity with Occupy RWC and San Jose Sunday Jun 17th, 2012 10:58 PM

Enjoying the Grannies' antics and raging in solidarity in front of the Apple logo

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by ............
Monday Jun 18th, 2012 5:17 PM
it was more uppity than photos might show! btw, that female cop smiling was not the expression she had on her face most of the time, she usually had that ''neutral vigilant'' look.
by A Granny Fan
Monday Jun 18th, 2012 8:10 PM
Do you mean "upbeat" perchance? Or the popo were uppity? Just sayin'...clarification appreciated.
by No Deals, No way!
Friday Jun 22nd, 2012 2:06 PM
Apple, like Amazon, has a trick up its sleeve.. Amazingly their trick is to get communities to agree to a deal whereby the company funnels more of its sales through that city ...IF that city agrees to refund some portion of the extra sales tax money it's getting back to the company. Sooo slimy....

http://www.mercurynews.com/chris-obrien/ci_20893423/obrien-tax-rebate-deals-apple-amazon-and-netflix