Upper Darby Peace Activist Not Slowing Down at 72

Members of the Granny Peace Brigade pose for a picture with Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney after the Women's March on Philadelphia in March.

Alice Elle Rader, 72, of Upper Darby, has spent decades campaigning for peace and she has no intention of slowing down any time soon, writes Ruth Rovner for Delaware County News Network.

Rader is a member of the Philadelphia-area Granny Peace Brigade, which is made up of an army of strong women committed to bringing peace.

According to the group’s mission statement, Granny Peace Brigade is committed to “the struggle to make a safe and peaceful world for all children and grandchildren.”

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And while being an actual grandmother is not one of the requirements to become a member, the group’s members are all seniors. They meet up twice a month and keep up to date on events via e-mail.

The Grannies participated in the Women’s March on Philadelphia in March, when members of the group joined thousands of others who marched before gathering at Eakins Oval on the Parkway. They were called up to the stage during the event, where they sang “‘Singing for Our Lives” with the gathered crowd.

“We had people singing along with us with each verse,” said Rader. “Afterwards, the people in the crowd starting shouting ‘Grannies! Grannies!’”

Read more about the Granny Peace Brigade from Delaware County News Network by clicking here.

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