Jackie Cabasso

Overview

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cabasso born New York September 10, 1952. Anti-nuclear weapons activist; speaker at NGO conferences on nuclear weapons in China, Brazil, Israel, India. NGO representative to international conferences, 1991-2014. A "founding mother" of Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, 1995. Worked with World Court Project on legal status of nuclear weapons, 1995. Core organizer of 40,000-person New York No Nukes! No Wars! March, May 1, 2005; led International Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, NY, 2010. Arrested 50+ times for nonviolent resistance in protest of American nuclear weapons at locales including Livermore Lab, Nevada Test Site, and the White House. Received Sean MacBride Peace Prize, 2008.

Quotations

"[G]lobal elimination of nuclear weapons is an imperative for our collective survival. And we know that the 'ultimate' elimination of nuclear weapons will never happen unless we demand it now." (Common Dreams, Nov. 25, 2008)

Mary Whiton Calkins

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Mary Whiton Calkins born Hartford, CT March 30, 1863 (d. 1930). Pacifist; professor of psychology and philosophy; first female president of the American Psychological Association. Member of Fellowship of Reconciliation; member of WILPF. Defended Sacco and Vanzetti in print; advocated pacifism in World War I; believed in the ethical duty of loyalty to the universal community.

Quotations

“[T]he devotion of man to the universal community is no mystic attitude but practical service.” (Good Man & the Good, 1918, p. 59; photo feministvoices.com)

Kay Camp

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Kay Camp (née Katherine Lindsley) born Mt. Kisko, NY July 10, 1918 (d. 2006). Quaker International president of WILPF 1974-80; led opposition to Vietnam War and nuclear weapons; first meeting of Russian and American women 1961; led delegation to Vietnam for Vietnamese women peace agreement 1971; led human rights visit to Chile 1974; US delegate to UN Disarmament meeting 1978; 3 years UNESCO commissioner 1980-2; created Stop the Arms Race (S.T.A.R) campaign 1980; war tax resister; arrested for trying to see President Reagan 1983.

Quotations

"Wars must end in the minds of women." (Peace & Freedom, p. 32, Fall 2006; photo Swarthmore.edu)

Joan Brown Campbell

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Rev. Joan Brown Campbell born Youngstown, OH November 13, 1931. Global Peace Initiative of Women, 2002; US director of World Council of Churches; peace missions to South Africa, Cuba, Serbia.

Quotations

"Compassion is a dangerous dream because it rocks the foundations of old interests and gives us new ground to stand on." (Gandhi Ashram, Penang, TED blog, Nov. 12, 2009; photo Charter for Compassion)

Sharon Capeling-Alakija

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Sharon Capeling-Alakija born Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada May 6, 1944 (d. 2003). Director of United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) 1989-94; Director of UN Volunteers 1998ff; Canadian volunteer teacher in Tanzania and Barbados 1964.

Quotations

"All of us. . . know about the positive energy that can be set free when lives are touched by people who care. . . Care is at the core of the concept of community." (Aug. 23, 2001, UN Volunteers; photo Univ. Sask.)

Rachel Carey-Harper

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Rachel Carey-Harper born San Jose, CA November 25, 1950. Quaker; founder of Clothesline Project against violence towards women, Hyannis, 1990.

Quotations

"A nonviolent education requires skills in conflict resolution that benefits not only our relationship to other countries but most important, our relationship to each other. It develops attitudes and behaviors that foster constructive problem solving and truth. . . an anti-war perspective deserves at least equal weight to the one that advocates killing, destruction and propaganda." (draft minute re: Beth Verani, June 24, 2010)

Lucy Perkins Carner

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Lucy Perkins Carner born York, PA November 30, 1883 (d. 1989). Quaker social worker and pacifist leader. Active in Fellowship of Reconciliation, WILPF, War Resisters League, and American Friends Service Committee. Refused taxes for Vietnam War. Demonstrated against germ warfare, Fort Detrick, 1968.

Quotations

That method leading to understanding and persistent good will across all barriers, and, underlying it, loyalty to one’s own conviction at whatever cost—these qualities are as much needed today as much as they were in the days of Jane Addams.” (“Incorrigible Jane Addams”, The Rotarian, Sept. 1965, p. 43; photo Swarthmore College Peace Collection)

Rosamond Carr

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Rosamond Carr (née Halsey) born South Orange, NJ August 28, 1913 (d. 2006). Humanitarian. Returned to Rwanda after evacuation to found Imbabzi ("a place where you will find all the love a mother would give.") orphanage for 300 children after Rwanda genocide 1994.

Quotations

Confronted with spear-bearing mob seeking an enemy: “You don’t mind killing old women. . . If you want to kill someone, here I am. Kill me.” (“Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda”, 1999; photo New York Times)

Rachel Carson

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Rachel Carson born Springdale, PA May 27, 1907 (d. 1964). Ecologist and marine biologist; author of Silent Spring, 1962.

Quotations

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is—whether its victim is human or animal—we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.” (to Fon Boardman, March 1, 1952, in Linda Lear; photo Wikipedia)

Therese Casgrain

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Thérèse Casgrain (née Forget) born Ste. Irenne-des-Bains, Quebec, Canada July 10, 1896 (d. 1981). Canadian anti-nuclear leader, founder of Voice of Women (VOW) 1960; arrested Paris for anti-nuclear protest; opposed US war in Vietnam and conscription in WWII.

Quotations

"The only defence is peace." (quoted by Gordon Earle in Parliament, Oct. 7, 1998; photo collectionscanada.gc.ca)

Julieta Casimiro

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Julieta Casimiro born Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, Mexico April 2, 1936. Mazatec leader. Member of International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Quotations

All of us here want the same thing. We want to walk in peace, and we want no more war. We don't need war.” (nativevillage.org)

[F]or all of us who believe that things in the world can be better, if we attempt at every moment. . . to teach children to live with respect, peace, and love. The mission of all human beings who achieve consciousness is to take care of themselves and Mother Earth.” (BOMB Magazine, Winter 2004; photo acervodesaberes.wordpress)

Doris Castle

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Doris Jean Castle born Oakland, TN March 25, 1942 (d. 1948). Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) activist, 1959. One of the youngest Freedom Riders, 1960; persuaded James Farmer to join Freedom Riders, 1961. Arrested for picketing, spent five days in prison, 1960; one of eight women arrested for forming “freedom ring” at Loew's Theater, New Orleans, Good Friday, 1964. Imprisoned at notorious Parchman Prison.

Quotations

We were scared to death. . . and you approach Montgomery, and you see all these blue shirts with sticks in their hands who are state troopers, and you don’t know what their orders are, you know? But nevertheless you don’t waver one way or the other, you just do it. . . We had to be out of our minds.” (Eva McMahan, Interactive Oral History, p. 39; photo Wikipedia)

Vivian Castleberry

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Vivian Anderson Castleberry born Lindale, TX April 8, 1922. Newspaper editor. Founded Peacemakers, 1987. Ran first International Women’s Peace Conference, 1988. Made citizen diplomat trips to Russia, 1984, 1986, 1987.

Quotations

[M]y real concern that we do not impose our Western set of morality and our code of our living and our lifestyles on people who are from other cultures. That we learn to live in this world as sisters and brothers sharing the universe that was given to us without imposing how we ought to.” (Anne Kasper interview, p. 109; photo peacemakersincorporated.org)

Willa Cather

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Willa Cather (née Seibert) born Winchester, VA December 7, 1876 (d. 1947). Author; awarded Pulitzer Prize for antiwar novel One of Ours, 1922.

Quotations

"One by one the heroes of that war, the men of dazzling soldiership, leave prematurely the world they have come back to. . . one by one they quietly die by their own hand." (One of Ours, p. 459; photo Adelaide Univ.)

Carrie Chapman Catt

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Carrie Chapman Catt born Ripon, WI January 9, 1859 (d. 1947). Suffragist. Instrumental in the founding of numerous women's organizations: the Women's Peace Party, 1915; the League of Women Voters, 1920; the Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, 1924. Supported the League of Nations and the UN.

Quotations

"We must teach our sons that it is greater to live nobly for one's country than to die for it; that love must supplant hate and trust replace suspicion." (Women at The Hague, p. xxv; 1914 photo Wikipedia)