Madelene Taylor Duckles born Loomis, CA May 19, 1916 (d. 2013). Musicologist; leader in West Coast WILPF, Women Strike for Peace opposing nuclear weapons and Vietnam War; One of first women to visit Hanoi 1969; local chair Committee of Responsibility which brought war injured Vietnamese children to US for treatment. Co-founder Women for Peace, 1961; arrested Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab protest; protested militarization of society.
“WHERE THERE IS ORGANIZED VIOLENCE AT THE TOP THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUAL VIOLENCE AT THE BOTTOM.” (Calif. Task Force Report on Peace & Armed Conflict, June 29, 1996)
“If we cannot protest when our government ceases to act like a democracy, if we cannot ‘speak truth to power,’ who will speak for us?” (Andrea Estepa dissertation, ”Taking the White Gloves Off,” p. 178)
"We argue that diplomacy and co-operation can be much more effective tools to settle differences than armed conflict, and they are much cheaper as well. . . Tax money that could be used for education, women's issues, and healthcare is instead being spent inventing and maintaining ways to kill people." (Daily Californian, April 9, 2001; photo music.berkeley.edu)