The Raging Grannies of the Triangle is a group of elderly ladies who protest at rallies. Although ages and backgrounds vary, they all share "a commitment to peace and justice, a sense of humor and a commitment to nonviolence," according to their leader, Vicki Ryder.
In addition to being committed to change, members of the Raging Grannies are committed to each other.
Ruth "the Elder" is 86 years old and never misses a meeting. She still travels frequently and has been arrested more times than she can count.
At protests, the Grannies sing songs that they themselves wrote. Most lyrics are specific to the protest set to common tunes.
Practicing their songs in their monthly meetings is often a boisterous event for the Grannies.
Ruth the Elder shows off a picture of her and her twin sister in her apartment in Carol Woods Retirement Home, Chapel Hill.
Vicki Ryder makes a face as she realizes she made a mistake on one of their protest signs. The Grannies make their own signs to take to the protests.
On protest days, the Grannies dress up as exaggerated, almost caricaturized versions of grandmothers.
The Grannies protest often, sometimes upt to multiple times a week.
Most of the Raging Grannies have had multiple brushes with the police. "I've been dragged off to jail- handcuffed and dragged off to jail- more than once," said Vicki Ryder.
After the protest against Wells Fargo and the Dakota Access Pipeline, the grannies share a celebratory meal and begin planning their next protest.