Adelaide Aglietta

Overview

Adelaide Aglietta born Turin, Italy June 4, 1940 (d. 2000). Politician; Gandhian disciple. Served as juror in Red Brigades trial, 1978. Italian Radical Party Parliament delegate, 1979-85, 1987-89; Headed Green Party in European Parliament, opposing Gulf War and supporting ecological responsibility, 1990-94; member of European Parliament, 1989-99. Opposed NATO bombing of Kosovo, 1999.

Quotations

My plan resides in the knowledge that the radical road is in the first place the courage to hope, to converse, to risk.” (Wikipedia; photo portalestoria.net)

Lore Agnes

Overview

Lore Agnes (née Benning) born Bochum, Westphalia, Germany June 4, 1876 (d. 1953). Socialist labor organizer and militant antiwar activist. Supported Luxembourg general strike, 1913. Arrested for antiwar speech, 1914; arrested for attending Socialist meeting in Zürich, 1917; arrested for participating in antiwar revolution, Nov. 1918. Member of Parliament, 1919-33; arrested by Hitler regime, 1933, 1934, 1944. (photo de.wikipedia)

Agnes Mariam of the Cross

Overview

Agnes Mariam of the Cross (née Mary Fadia Laham) born Jounieh, Lebanon December 23, 1951. Mother superior of Monastery of St. James the Mutilated, Qâra, Syria. Led restoration of St. James the Mutilated, 1994. Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Mairead Maguire in recognition of her work leading the Mussalaha (“Reconciliation”) movement, dedicated to finding a peaceful resolution to the Syrian civil war, 2014.

Quotations

"A new coalition of people can forgive one another and walk hand in hand to negotiate reconciliation among Syrians." (National Catholic Reporter, Nov. 13, 2013)

We are sure that this path for peace is first of all domestic, between Syrians and Syrians. Stop the foreign interference, stop fueling weapons and fighters, stop the chain of hatred and radicalization is the path. Avoid pouring oil on the fire is the path. To forgive is the path and to enter in the dynamic of reconciliation is the path.” (to UN Human Rights Council, June 7, 2013; photo catholicnewsagency.com)

Marjorie Agosín

Overview

Marjorie Agosín born Berkeley, CA June 15, 1955. Chilean-American poet, novelist; professor; celebrated nonviolent resistance of women; “Tapestries of Hope: Threads of Love”

Quotations

I honor each one of the 3000 people that died in the Trade Center and everywhere, but if you think of all the millions of people that have died in wars elsewhere, we are still very blessed, and I don't think retaliation to Afghanistan or Iraq was the answer.” (Blackbird interview, Sept. 27, 2014; photo lanic.utexas)

Lilia Aguilar Gil

Overview

Lilia Aguilar Gil born Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico August 17, 1977. Mexican congressperson 2012; peacemaker opposing mass killings and violence.

Quotations

[C]onflict can be directed negatively or positively depending of how you approach it and how you address the situation.” (Internat. Peace & Security Inst., July 13, 2011; photo Wikicommons)

Christina Aguilera

Overview

Christina Aguilera born Staten Island, NY, United States December 18, 1980. Pop singer; Ambassador of World Food Program, 2010; Amnesty International campaign to stop genocide; song for Darfur.

Quotations

See the nation through the people's eyes,
See tears that flow like rivers from the skies.
Where it seems there are only borderlines
Where others turn and sigh,
You shall rise, You shall rise.

(2010 photo wikicom pd)

Ada Aheroni

Overview

Ada Aheroni (née Andrée Yadid) born Cairo, Egypt July 30, 1933. Israeli peace poet, novelist; founding president International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace (IFLAC) 1999.; photo Wikipedia)

Quotations

My Palestinian sister,
Daughter of Abraham, like me,
Let us build a sturdy bridge
From your olive world to mine,
From my orange world to yours,
Above the boiling pain
Of acid rain prejudice

(“A Bridge of Peace”)


Peace is indeed a pregnant woman,
Peace is a mother.

(“Peace is Woman and a Mother”)

Inga-Britt Ahlenius

Overview

Inga-Britt Ahlenius born Karlstad, Sweden April 19, 1939. Swedish financial expert; UN Under-Secretary of Internal Oversight 2005; Auditor of UN mission in Kosovo 2003.

Quotations

On shortcomings of United Nations: "I do not see any signs of reform in the Organization. . . Ultimately that is to the detriment of peace and stability in the world. This is as sad as it is serious." (June 14, 2010 report; photo radda-sverige.nu)

Nebahat Akkoç

Overview

Nebahat Akkoç born Diyarbakir, Turkey February 23, 1954. Turkish Kurd human rights activist; teacher; opposed military coup 1980; jailed 12 days tortured 1994; founded women’s center KAMER 1997; Heinrich Böll Alice Klein Human Rights Prize 2015; Mevlana Kinship and Peace Award 2005, Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Award 2004.

Quotations

We want a world without violence: We long for a world where all different forms of violence are acknowledged and no reasoning legitimizes the use of violence.” (“Imagining a New World”)

"While we women fight to free ourselves from violence, we gain new perspectives and experiences, and at the same time show that a new world is possible." (Heinrich Böll Kurzbiographie; photo radikal.com.tr)

Nadja Sadig Al-Ali

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Nadja Sadig Al-Ali born Germany December 2, 1966. Iraqi author. anthropologist; Professor Gender Studies London; opposed Iraq occupation ; co-founded Act Together: Women's Action for Iraq 2000 opposing Iraq sanctions; member of London Women in Black.

Quotations

[T]he so-called war on terror has not only been disastrous in terms of its devastating impact on the populations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the infrastructures and quality of lives, and a drastic deterioration of women’s rights despite the rhetoric of democracy and women’s rights, but it has also let to new rifts and fragmentations in antiwar movements on the one hand and feminist movements on the other. . . I have been anti-sanctions, anti-war and anti-occupation.” (“A Feminist Perspective on the Iraq War", SOAS 2011; photo Wikipedia)

Shinjita Alam

Overview

Shinjita Alam (née Hasina Akter) born Gandhabbapur, Lakshmipur, Bangladesh June 29, 1967. Muslim social worker and peace activist. Oversaw agricultural and job creation programs for Bangladesh Mennonite Central Committee. Started peace awareness committees, 2001. Developed conflict resolution programs for Bangladesh's Garo and Manipuri minority communities, 2006-07. Joined Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Women PeaceMakers Program, 2008.

Quotations

“Real education makes a person a compassionate human being who cares for the betterment of us all. Education gives us power to change things.” (Ilze Dzenovska,“The Candle of Bangladesh”, p. 34; photo bd.linkedin.com)

Louisa May Alcott

Overview

Louisa May Alcott born Germantown, PA November 29, 1832 (d. 1888). Author; reformer; nonviolent abolitionist.

Quotations

"When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do. Then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it. If it fails, they generously give her the whole." (Little Women, ch. 41; photo 1857 wiki pd)

Claribel Alegria

Overview

Claribel Alegría (née Clara Isabel Alegría Vides) born Estelí, Nicaragua May 12, 1924. Salvadoran-Nicaraguan poet and novelist. Nobel Literature Laureate, 2006. Lifelong dedication to nonviolence.

Quotations

[W]e are all very violent. The 20th century has been one of the most bloody centuries, terrible, the Holocaust, and Sarajevo. Oh my God! What do I hope for this next century? That the human race thinks deeply and puts aside hate, that we end all discrimination.” (Daniel Flores interview, Bomb, Winter 2000; photo es.literaturas.wiki)

Jane Alexander

Overview

Jane Alexander (née Quigley) born Boston, MA October 28, 1939. Actress; leader of WAND; opposed Vietnam War.

Quotations

"The amount of money awarded annually to our Defense Department was overkill by any standard. I thought that if just ten percent of that monstrous budget were dedicated to worldwide peace efforts we would be moving all the nations of the earth toward a more secure future." (Command Performance, p. 13; photo NNDB)