Dominique Desanti

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Dominique Desanti (née Anne Persky) born Moscow, Russia August 31, 1914 (d. 2011). French Communist author and Resistance leader. Leader of French Movement of Peace, opposing German rearmament and atom bomb, 1948. Author of Bomb or Atomic Peace?, 1950; We Have Chosen Peace, about World Congress of Intellectuals in Defense of Peace, Warsaw, 1949. Rejected communism after Budapest uprising, 1956.

Quotations

For me, the Congress had something magical. It was a revelation. My first contact with the democratic forces of the world. . . 500 intellectuals of 45 countries.” (We Have Chosen Peace, pp. 111-3; photo paperblog.fr)

Connie de la Vega

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Constance “Connie” de la Vega born Mexico City, Mexico February 5, 1953. International human rights professor and advocate. Director, Frank Newman Center for International Human Rights Law Clinic; UN representative for Human Rights Advocates. Author, Dictionary of Human Rights Law, 2013. “Women in Peacekeeping and Peacemaking” symposium: Women and War, William and Mary College, 2005; “UN Human Rights Mechanisms” in Protecting Women’s Rights panel, 2014. Named Warren Christopher International Lawyer of California, 2016.

Quotations

We are all responsible for ensuring the protection of human rights and thus promoting peace.” (photo usfca.edu)

Annie L. Diggs

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Annie LePorte Diggs born London, Ontario, Canada February 22, 1848 (d. 1916). Radical Kansas Populist reformer; editor, orator, poet; suffragist; opposed US imperialism; delegate to Universal Peace Conference, Rouen, 1903.

Quotations

Little Brown Brothers across the sea,
Running your race for liberty
Here’s to you.
We've been there ourselves”

(“Little Brown Brother”, 1899, Liberty Poems, p. 11: photo timetoast)

Pearl Daniel-Means

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Pearl Daniel-Means (Lakota name: Iyoyanbya Izanzan Win [“Bright Light”]) born February 10, 1960. Navajo activist, producer, author; led Standing Rock women’s protest, 2016.

Quotations

Women have always been the backbone of our struggle because we give life. We’re charged with sustaining life, protecting life. We’ve experienced in America 99% genocide, but we’re still here, because we’re matriarchal.” (Sizzle; photo ashaya.com)

Nannie Dryhurst

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Nannie Dryhurst (née Hannah Robinson) born Dublin, Ireland June 17, 1856 (d. 1930). British ethical anarchist; anti-militarist, anti-imperialist. Founding secretary of Subject Peoples [or Races] International Committee, 1907. Visited Georgia, supporting its independence from Russia, 1906. Held anti-colonial conference, London, 1910. Supported Stop The War movement against Boer War; active in Freedom movement and Freedom magazine; promoted Irish independence.

Quotations

[We demand consideration] for those obscure peoples, for whose welfare so few care, and upon whom for long centuries the most wrong have been inflicted by men claiming to belong to the higher races. . . probing the cancer of modern civilisation.” (Federico Ferretti, Anarchy and Geography, 2018; photo libcom.org)

Debora Maria Da Silva

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Débora Maria Da Silva born Recife, Brazil August 21, 1960. Founded Mothers of May seeking justice for government slaughter of 600 citizens Sao Paulo May 2006; FOR peace award 2016.

Quotations

We suffer anguish because the impunity is what hurts the most. People raise a child and the state kills it. Mothers don't symbolize death, but life.” (“Mothers of May”, April 28, 2010 upsidedownworld.com; photo gettyimages.com)

Erica-Irene Daes

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Erica-Irene Daes born Chania, Crete September 18, 1925. Greek human rights advocate; UN human rights prize 1993; Chair/Rapporter UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations 1982 which produced Draft Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples 1993, adopted by General Assembly 2007.

Quotations

Power can never completely crush a people that cherishes its heritage—nor can power ever completely liberate a people that has abandoned its heritage.” (“Protecting Knowledge”, Feb. 23, 2000; photo web.stu.edu)

Birgitta Dahl

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Birgitta Dahl born Råda, Sweden September 20, 1937. Swedish sustainable development expert: member of parliament 1968-2002, Speaker 1994-2002, Minister for Energy 1982-90; UN delegate; opposed Vietnam War.

Quotations

"What we saw and experienced was incomprehensible, horrific—the results of the environmental war, of the electronic war applied on a large scale for the first time." (memorial to Helge Henschen, Aug. 29, 2002; photo www.varldsinfektionsfonden.se)

Daniela Dahn

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Daniela Dahn born Berlin, Germany October 9, 1949. German journalist and peace writer.

Quotations

Wars are not won by peoples, only by governments. A minority gains exactly what the majority has to pay for. This has always been the case. But why have people put up with it for thousands of years? The longer one ponders the less can be grasped. Thinking is a quite rational affair, waging war on the other hand a quite irrational one.” (speech on Aachen Peace Prize, 2002; photo kultur-des-friedens.de)

Mary Shanthi Dairiam

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Mary Shanthi Dairiam born Malaysia September 17, 1937. International expert on human rights of women; UN Human Rights Commission investigator of Gaza Flotilla episode 2010; co-founder International Women Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific 1993.

Quotations

"There is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: willful killing; torture or inhuman treatment; willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health." (UN doc.A/HRC/15/21; photo newagebd.com)

Jeanne d'Albret

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Jeanne d’Albret, Queen of Navarre, born St. Germain-en-Laye November 16, 1528 (d. 1572). Daughter of peacemaker Queen Marguerite of Navarre. Ruler of Protestant kingdom during Wars of Religion, 1555-72. Principal negotiator of the Peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which gave Protestants right to public office, 1570.

Quotations

To the valiant of heart, nothing is impossible.” (motto adopted by her son Henry IV, in Martha Freer, The Reign of Henry IV, 1861)

[G]rant peace, with tranquility, to this realm. . . consider. . . the torrents of blood which must flow, and the iniquities certain to be committed during this cruel war. . . ” (letter to Catherine de Medici, Nov. 1569, in Martha Freer, Life, 1855, pp. 301-3, cited by Nancy Roelker, Queen, 1968, p. 334; 1570 portrait Wikipedia)

Kata Dalstrom

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Kata Dalström born Emtöholm, Kalmar, Sweden December 18, 1858 (d. 1923). Swedish author; Christian Socialist; communist; opposed World War I; anti-war leader in peaceful separation of Norway, 1905; later Buddhist and Theosophist.

Quotations

"Let the union go. The bridge uniting the workers of our two countries will never break down." (May 1, 1905; photo wikicommons pd)

Clare Daly

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Clare Daly born Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland April 11, 1968. Irish politician. Socialist Member of Parliament, 2011. Arrested for scaling Shannon fence to inspect US planes for illegal arms, 2014. Charged President Obama as hypocrite for supplying arms to Syrian rebels.

Quotations

[T]this man is a war criminal. . . This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones, which have killed thousands of people including hundreds of children. . . there certainly isn’t much peace [in Syria].” (Huffington Post, June 21, 2013; photo Irish Mirror)

Marie-Therese Danielsson

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Marie-Thérèse Danielsson born Le Thillot, Vosges, France October 18, 1924 (d. 2003). Ethnologist; recipient of Right Livelihood Award for campaign against French nuclear tests in Polynesia, 1991; leader of WILPF Polynesia.

Quotations

"There has been a gradual increase in French Polynesia of radiation-induced diseases such as leukemia, thyroid cancers and brain tumours." (Right Livelihood acceptance speech, Dec. 9, 1991; photo Right Livelihood)