Politics & Government

South Florida Raging Grannies fight for political causes

These grannies aren't in South Florida for the sun and shuffleboard.

``We should definitely include a song about gay adoption,'' said Evelyn Shobin, 66, addressing a group of crochet-clad ladies gathered for the monthly meeting of the South Florida Raging Grannies.

They don their ``granny garb'' -- bonnets, flowery hats, aprons and orthopedic shoes -- and rally on street corners, parks and municipal meetings on issues ranging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to overdevelopment.

``I could be sitting on the beach, eating cookies or something,'' Shobin said. ``But I want to fight to ensure a better future . . . I'm still out there, because sadly the kids now aren't.''

The ladies are hoping their voices will be amplified this weekend as more than 70 other Raging Grannies from throughout the United States and Canada convene upon Delray Beach for the Raging Grannies ``UnConvention.''

``These oldies but goodies still have some fight left in them,'' Shobin said.

South Florida's Raging Grannies ``gaggle'' -- as the different chapters like to call themselves -- was formed in January 2006 by Vicki Ryder, a 67-year-old grandmother of three who lives in Delray Beach.

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