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Dia de los Muertos en Palo Alto
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas (info [at] raginggrannies.com)
Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
**Dia de los Muertos en Palo Alto**

Day of the Dead in Palo Alto
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Mariachi, folklorico y Las Abuelitas Enojadas en Palo Alto, a Rancho La Purisima Concepcion.

We celebrated the dedication of a monument to Juana Briones de Miranda, Latina Pioneer of California's Rancho Period.

Juana Briones was a property owner, independent businesswoman, and managed her ranch consisting of
over 4,000 acres. She was a well known and respected curandera who learned many of her cures from the local Indians.
She treated many of the ill during a major smallpox epidemic in San Francisco.

Though it is a California Registered Historical Landmark, her home is in danger of being torn down. The current owners
refuse to respect the conditions of historic preservation under which they purchased the home, and a legal battle is
under way.

Contact the Raging Grannies to find out how you can help.

§Grannies and young Dancers
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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§Granny Gail helps the dancers find their places
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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§Sisters in middle
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§Girl in blue dress
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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All the young folklorico dancers are from a bilingual Spanish/English school
§"Old" Granny Barbara and New Granny Nancy
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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This was Granny Nancy's premiere gig with the Grannies. We trust she'll be with us for many more!
§Grannies danced with all the men...
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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..."available"or not!
§Dignitaries
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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Ruben Abrica, Mayor of East Palo Alto
Olga Loya, noted storyteller and author who portrays Juana at library events and on special occasions.
§Two who have worked tirelessly
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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Clark Akatiff and Jean McDonnell share a hug at the dedication of the memorial plaque. They are just amongst many who have worked long and hard to save Juana's house. The Raging Grannies only joined the campaign in the last 6 months, but we are appalled by the sheer NERVE of the current owners of the house who continue to employ legal tricks to try and demolish Juana's home.
§Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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Yoriko has in her hand the lyrics the Raging Grannies sang to start off the afternoon including our song to the tune of *Good Night Irene* called *What would Juana Want?*
§Shrine and plaque
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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§Baby Alexis slept through it all
by Las Abuelitas Enojadas Friday Nov 2nd, 2007 3:34 AM
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Two-month old son of one of the Mariachi musicians somehow didn't mind all the noise of the horns and the Grannies trilling... Las Abuelitas raised a ruckus in the neighborhood, calling on Juana's spirit to join in!

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