Regina Birchem born Sisseton, SD December 20, 1938. American cell biologist; professor; author. International President of WILPF, 2004-07; undertook peace mission to Gaza, 2009.
"For many around the world daily pressing concerns are for food, shelter, affordable clean water, freedom from threats of violence. Not much thought is given each day to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear attack. . . The stockpiling of weapons does nothing to provide for simple human needs. . . there is a connection between the seemingly futile negotiations to limit proliferation of nuclear weapons, not to mention the ultimate goal of eliminating them entirely, and the shocking disparity between the haves and the have-nots." (International Peace Update, January 1, 2005; photo The Arab-American)