Aella Greene

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Aella Greene born Chester, MA May 6, 1838 (d. 1902). American journalist and poet; historian of underground railroad. Opposed US imperialism in mock common talk.

Quotations

An’ ain’t there work enuff fer them
In Porterrek
[Puerto Rico] an’ Kuby? [Cuba]
An’is this lan’ so good that they
Vamoose earoun’ creation
Tew hunt fer foreign tribes to save
From heathen degradation?. . .
Ye know ye grabbed them Fillerpeans
[Phillippines]
Tew make yewer kentry bigger.”

(“Springfield Republican”, Dec. 2, 1898, in Liberty Poems, p.46)

Teresa Grady

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Teresa Shaughnessy Grady born Pontiac, IL November 11, 1927 (d. 2016). Matriarch of Catholic Worker antiwar family; her daughters Mary Ann Flores, Ellen DeMott, Clare and Teresa Grady have been repeatedly arrested and imprisoned. Began opposing Vietnam War with Berrigans, supporting her husband John Peter Grady’s leadership of Camden 28 raid in draft board, 1971, and Catonsville Nine defense. (photo Ithaca Voice)

Marsha Gomez

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Marsha Gómez born Baton Rouge, LA December 24, 1951 (d. 1998). Sculptor; potter; indigenous peace activist. Co-founded Indigenous Women’s Network, 1983. Created sculpture “Mater del Mundo” for Mother’s Day protest against Nevada nuclear tests, 1988.

Quotations

The energy and spirit that go into my work result in a unique expression of respect and reverence for women, the Earth, and indigenous way of life.” (Chicana Feminisms, Apr. 20, 2012; photo marshagomez.com)

Edith Goode

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Edith Goode born Springfield, OH November 13, 1882 (d. 1970). Animal rights activist and humanitarian; feminist; suffragist. Founding member, National Women’s Party, 1916. WILPF member. Lobbied for women’s rights at UN founding San Francisco, 1945. Founding member, Humane Society, 1954; provided for humane treatment of animals in Law of Sea, 1958. Life partner of pacifist Alice Morgan Wright.

Quotations

In the long run the public attitude toward kindness, towards the obligation we all have towards animals, will determine how the animals will fare.” (Humane Society, “Goode and Wright”; photo humanesociety.org)

Jean Gump

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Jean Gump (née Dalton) born Chicago, IL May 24, 1927 (d. 2018). Plowshares antinuclear protester. Marched at Selma, 1968. Co-founded Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War. Four years prison for painting cross in blood on Minuteman silo hatch, Missouri, 1986. Arrested for protest at OakRidge security center, 2011; arrested for two protests at Morton Thiokol, Chicago; also Motorola, SAG Elmhurst.

Quotations

I actually felt that disarmament begins with disarming a weapon, similar to Rosa Parks started desegregation on a bus.” (bylifetoday, April 26, 2018; photo nuclear resister)

Tulsi Gabbard

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Tulsi Gabbard born Leloaloa, American Samoa April 12, 1981. Politician. Army Major; served two tours in Iraq War, 2004-06. Took part in peacekeeping training with Indonesian Army, 2011. Elected US Representative for Hawaii, 2012. First US national figure to oppose war in Syria, 2015.

Quotations

The war to overthrow Assad is counter-productive because it actually helps ISIS and other Islamic extremists achieve their goal of overthrowing the Syrian government of Assad and taking control of all of Syria—which will simply increase human suffering in the region, exacerbate the refugee crisis, and pose a greater threat to the world. Also, the war to overthrow Assad is illegal because Congress never authorized it.” (press release, Nov. 19, 2015; photo Wikipedia)

Matilda Joslyn Gage

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Matilda Joslyn Gage born Cicero, NY March 25, 1826 (d. 1898). Feminist; suffragist leader and historian. Co-author of "Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States" with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, presented at Philadelphia Centennial, 1876. Organized International Council of Women, 1888.

Quotations

“There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home, or Heaven; that word is Liberty.” (her epitaph, Fayetteville NY; photo Wikipedia)

Zona Gale

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Zona Gale born Portage, WI August 26, 1874 (d. 1938). American novelist, playwright and essayist; pacifist opposed to World War I; anti-war novel Heart's Kindred (1915) featured women's appeals for peace; against capital punishment; friend of Jane Addams; helped draft Wisconsin Equal Rights law 1923.

Quotations

"No matter how murderin' is done, it's hell." (Heart's Kindred, p. 135, 1915)

Muriel Gardiner

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Muriel Gardiner (née Morris) born Chicago, IL November 23, 1901 (d. 1985). American psychoanalyst; internationalist; opposed nuclear weapons; assisted escapees from Nazis in Vienna, 1938; co-founded Center for Innovative Diplomacy, "Dedicated to preventing nuclear and conventional war by increasing citizen participation in foreign affairs," 1982. (photo Int. Psychoanalysis)

Emily Gardner Phenis

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Emily Gardner Phenis born Union County, Indiana January 16, 1825 (d. 1906). Quaker schoolteacher and reformer; radical non-resistant abolitionist; vegetarian. Opposed to all use of force. Member of Prairie Home Community, 1844.

Quotations

[There is] a spirit is working abroad working in the hearts of men and will not let them rest until the right prevails. Woman will yet be free.” (to Esther Wattles, May 10, 1846, in Thomas Hamm, “The Limits of the Peace Testimony”, 1993, p. 12; photo findagrave.com)

Barbara Garson

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Barbara Garson born Brooklyn, NY July 7, 1941. American playwright, author and activist; wrote popular anti-Vietnam war play "MacBird!", a parody of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth", 1967; arrested in Berkeley Free Speech Movement; Socialist candidate for vice-president 1992.

Quotations

Where constant conflagrations blaze and rage
We mean to be the firemen of peace,
Dousing flames with freedom’s forceful flow.
Our highest goal is peace, but in its quest
We shall not fear to use our righteous might.
In short, we seek the Pox Americana

("MacBird!", Act II, Scene 2; photo Allegheny College)

Eleanor Garst

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Eleanor Garst born Nebraska May 20, 1915 (d. 1985). Co-founder Women Strike for Peace 1961, drafted its first appeal; co-founded SANE against nuclear weapons 1957.

Quotations

We believe that it is the special responsibility of women—who bear the children and nurture the race—to demand for their families a better future than sudden death.” (Andrea Estepa disser. “Taking the White Gloves Off” p. 35; photo legacy.com)

Alicia Garza

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Alicia Garza born Los Angeles, CA March 4, 1981. Community organizer; anti-racism activist. Co-founded Black Lives Matter movement, 2013.

Quotations

“When Black people get free, everybody gets free. . . Given the disproportionate impact state violence has on Black lives, we understand that when Black people in this country get free, the benefits will be wide reaching and transformative for society as a whole.” (“A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” The Feminist Wire, Oct. 7, 2014; photo yearofwomen.tumblr.com)

Elizabeth Neall Gay

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Elizabeth Neall Gay born Bucks County, PA November 7, 1819 (d. 1907). Quaker; pacifist; abolitionist. Delegate to first World's Anti-Slavery Convention, where women were denied a say, London, 1840.

Quotations

"I am proud to have been one of that cursed yet thrice blessed little band who 'braved the fury of the seabed' to attend a Christian Anti-Slavery gathering which drunkards and gamblers were welcomed & women and honest truthful Women rejected and insulted." (Letter to Elizabeth Hussey Whittier, Aug. 16, 1841; photo Mass. Hist. Soc.)

Edna Fischel Gellhorn

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Edna Fischel Gellhorn born St. Louis, MO December 18, 1878 (d. 1970). President League of Women Voters; promoted world unity through League of Nations and UN; leader in suffrage and racial integration.

Quotations

"I'm glad I was born in a time of stress. And I have infinite faith in the future." (1953, Dict. Mo Bio 332; photo Bryn Mawr lib.)

Lillian Meller Genser

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Lillian Meller Genser born Detroit, MI January 31, 1920 (d. 2006). Pioneering peace educator. Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University, 1970-90. Began Visions of Peace children’s art show, 1986. Introduced companion to pledge of allegiance.

Quotations

I pledge allegiance to the world
To care for earth and sea and air
To cherish every living thing
With peace and justice everywhere.”

(World Pledge Project, Wayne State Univ.; 1988 photo ebay)

Susan George

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Susan George (née Akers) born Akron, OH June 29, 1934. Political scientist; head of Transnational Institute; lifelong antiwar activist, opposing French war in Algeria, Vietnam War; early concern with disarmament; major focus on world poverty; active with Greenpeace.

Quotations

What do the rich owe to the poor, the fortunate to the less fortunate, the educated to the uneducated; the healthy to the ill? Do these obligations, if there are any, apply only to the people in our own societies, to our own countries, or to everyone, everywhere? The kind of globalisation we choose—and I assure you that it is a choice, not a fate to which we must submit—will determine whether there is peace or war. In my mind, there can be no peace without justice.” (“globalization and Peace”, March 10, 2008)

[S]ome people in the alter-globalisation movement reproach me for my positions on non-violence. . . hundreds of people over months to organize successful demonstrations and political activities. One of my books. . . Another World is Possible If. . . One of the 'ifs' concerns maintaining a strict policy of non-violence.” (TNI “Japanese Welcome”, June 28, 2008; photo thii.org)