Religious Organizations Plan to Be Heard by G-20 Summit

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Bette McDevitt doesn't know what she and other grandmothers will protest when the G-20 international economic summit comes to Pittsburgh, but she knows they'll be there.

"We're a bunch of crazy women with feather boas and tennis shoes and crazy-looking hats," McDevitt, 76, of the North Side said about Raging Grannies of Pittsburgh, the group she helped establish in 2002.

The women dress in funny costumes and sing humorous songs to bring attention to their causes.

"Poverty, the economy, war ... there's no shortage of issues," McDevitt said.

National and regional religious leaders are meeting in Pittsburgh today and Tuesday to work on plans for a religious side of the summit, said the Rev. Donald Green, executive director of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, an ecumenical organization covering 10 counties.

"We want to pray; others may want something more progressive," he said.

Religious leaders said they hoped to shower the G-20 with prayers before an expected "circus" of anarchists tries to take center stage at the summit, scheduled for Sept. …