“Mr. Powell Writes a Memo”

“Mr. Powell Writes a Memo” is a play by James Allison about an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. After Lewis Powell masterminded the counterattack against the regulatory reforms of the 1970s, he wrote a 5-4 majority opinion that became a cornerstone of the Citizens United ruling in 2010. Other characters in the play are broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, and citizen activist Ralph Nader.


This play is sponsored by Move to Amend-South Central Indiana and endorsed by the Hoosier Raging Grannies.


When: March 1 and 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, Indiana.
Admission and reception: Free.

Corporations are persons now….

Raging Grannies at I.U. Labor Studies Reception

Corporations Are Persons Now!

  • Author: Vicki Ryder (Rochester/South Florida)
  • Tune: ”Bicycle Built for Two” (“Daisy, Daisy”)

Bribery, bribery now is the law of the land.
Cor-por-a-tions can do what once was banned.
The Supremes have set a precedent,
Now Wal-Mart can be president,
’Cause business has rights
And to their delight
Cor-por-a-tions are persons now!

Fair campaigning now is a thing of the past.
Those with money own the elections at last!
They’ll buy all the TV ad time,
And run their swiftboat ad slime.
They’ll offer no proof;
To hell with the truth!
Cor-por-a-tions are persons now!

When will the Democrats do what they said they’d do?
Say NO to health insurers and rich folks’ tax breaks, too?
Say NO to more war spending
And troop deployment unending.
It’s change they swore
They voted for,
Not cor-por-ate personhood.
(So let’s) get out and fight
With all of our might,
And do what we know we should.


You can find this song on the Raging Grannies Song Site here.


The corporation is not a person!

Hoosier Raging Grannies sing Jan Edwards song about corporate personhood

in front of the courthouse in Bloomington IN in support of Move to Amend.


Cuba caravan

Cuba Friendshipment Caravan is our next engagement.

July 9 in the evening.  Further details tba.

Solidarity with Immigrants

March and Rally. Solidarity with Immigrants: Resist SB590 and HB1402. Fight Racism

Monday, April 4, 2011, 5:30pm

Sample Gates

This march is family friendly but unpermitted. There will be a sidewalk option.

Join others in a discussion following the march to determine the next steps in the struggle against SB590 and HB1402 at the Monroe County Library, Meeting Room 1b, on Wednesday, April 6, at 5pm.

The grannies will meet at Bloomington Bagel on Dunn at 5pm (Monday April 4) prior to the rally and head from there to the Sample Gates.

World Water Day + one week

March 22 was first deemed World Water Day in 1993 by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) as an international day of observance and action to draw attention to the role that freshwater plays in our world and lives. Today’s reality is that one in eight people in the world don’t have access to safe water, millions of women and children must still spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources, and 2.5 billion people live without a toilet.

Petition to the United Nations:
I applaud the proposed Bolivian resolution to the United Nations to block the sale of public water service to private companies.
I denounce corporations that attempt to dictate community water service. I advocate for community-driven solutions that protect water as a human right, a public good and a part of the global commons.

You can sign on to the petition by visiting http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6241

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When Water Rights are Private

Lyrics by Gail Sredanovic

Tune: When Irish eyes are Smiling

When water rights are private

Watch the costs begin to rise

Funding corporations profits

Higher price is no surprise

When water rights are private

Public access will be lost

If you want to drink pure water

Let the people be the boss

Bottled Water

Author: Gail Sredanovic

Tune: Roll out the Barrel

Forget bottled water

It’s worse for your health than you think

Chemicals transfer to YOU every

Time that you drink

Those plastic bottles

Are BAD for you and the earth

Corporate control of water

Makes the problem worse


Author: Joan Bazar  (San Jose WILPF)

Tune: This land was made for you and me

Rain falls on our land, rain falls on our sea

From Cochabamba to California

The corporations try to grab our water

Raindrops belong to you and me.

Big farmers waste our precious water

Growing rice on desert land

It’s time for us to take a stand

Raindrops belong to you and me

When Bechtel told the Cochabambans

Collecting rain was now a no-no

They took to the streets, said

(spoken) “Bechtels got to go!”

Raindrops belong to you and me

In Stockton town, the mayor and council

Sold the city’s water to the highest bidder

Folks rose up, said( spoken) Reconsider!

Raindrops belong to you and me

Union Made-Union Maids-Join the Rallies

Union Maid
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

There once was a union maid, she never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called,
And when the Legion boys come ’round
She always stood her ground.


Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union, I’m sticking to the union.
Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union ’til the day I die.

This union maid was wise to the tricks of company spies,
She couldn’t be fooled by a company stool, she’d always organize the guys.
She always got her way when she struck for better pay.
She’d show her card to the National Guard
And this is what she’d say


You women who want to be free Just take a tip from me

Break out of that mold we’ve all been sold, You’ve got a fighting history

The fight for women’s  rights with workers must unite

Like Mother Jones, bestir them bones

To the front of every fight.

Updated last verse thanks to Ned for giving me a copy of the  Solidarity Sing-along

songbook by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice www.wnpj.org