Five of the Portland Raging Grannies ended up in the Slammer after their activist performance at the Inner City Blues Festival – Healing the Healthcare Blues on April 13, 2013. It came down like this.
As Grannies Natalie, Lorraine and Denise were carrying the Portland Raging Grannies banner to the Melody Ballroom in Southeast Portland where they were to sing, they passed a bar. A couple of young men out front yelled that they wanted to buy the Raging Grannies a drink. So after their performance, the three, joined by Grannies Tess and Marylee, stopped at the small, neighborhood type bar. They were treated like royalty and people kept buying them drinks, more than they even wanted. Several young men had their picture taken with them. Then the bar turned off the music so the Grannies could sing one of their protest songs.
The name of the bar was the Slammer.
Reflecting on the experience, Denise said, “I believe we may have done more good talking with these folks and cherishing these young folks who somehow needed to make this connection with us.
It was bound to happen sometimes and overall I would say that spending time in the Slammer was not all that bad.
Some have suggested that if we wear our costumes and carry our banner by bars, we may never have to buy a drink again.”