Odette Laguerre

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Odette Laguerre (née Garin de Lamorflin) born Constantinople, Ottoman Empire November 7, 1860 (d. 1956). French secondary school headmistress; author and journalist. Militant suffragist; pacifist; antimilitarist. Founding Secretary, International League of Mothers and Teachers of Peace (LIMEP), 1928. Published “For Peace: Historical Lectures for Elementary Instruction”, 1905.

Quotations

“[Feminism is] an impulse for justice that tends to equalize the rights and responsibilities of man and woman. . . feminism is not only an impulse for justice, but for liberty that marks the end of the reign of Man, or what Jules Bois calls anthropocentrism.” (What is Feminism?, 1905)

Yanghee Lee

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Yanghee Lee born Seoul, South Korea July 24, 1956. Korean human rights expert; psychology professor. Founded International Child Rights Center; Chair of UN Committee on Rights of the Child, 2007-11; Vice-Chair of National Committee for Peace Reunification; Special Rapporteur of UN Human Rights Commission on Rohingya, 2017.

Quotations

Time is of the essence ever more so in Myanmar now!” (to UNHRC, Oct. 30, 2017; photo UNICEF)

Mehrezia Labidi

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Mehrezia Maїza Labidi born El Meziraâ, Hammamet, Tunisia December 17, 1963. Tunisian politician. Vice-President, Tunisian Assembly, contributing to new constitution, 2011. Named Honorary President, Religions for Peace, 2015.

Quotations

The use of nuclear weapons and even their possession is not consistent with our religious values, moral principles, and the humanitarian law. We pray for us and for all humanity to find the wisdom and courage to banish for all time these instruments of destruction.” (Resource Guide on Nuclear Disarmament; photo Wikipedia)

Gerd von der Lippe

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Gerd von der Lippe born Norway November 16, 1942. Norwegian professor of sports sociology; feminist and journalist. Organized Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC); arrested by Israel in international waters aboard Al-Awda (“Return”), 2018.

Quotations

The UN has stated that the Israeli blockade is a 'violation of international law' . . . The most important work for the FFC is to end the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. Two million Palestinian people there are living in hell in the largest detention centre in the world. The Israelis are conducting a mass psychological experiment and this is a global crime, which the FFC continues to fight against in a non-violent way.” (Memo: Middle East Monitor, Aug. 28, 2018; photo twitter.com)

Scarlett Lewis

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Scarlett Lewis born Fayetteville, AK June 19, 1968. Founded Choose Love movement in response to murder of her 6-year-old son in Sandy Hook school massacre, 2012.

Quotations

My message has been the same for five years. This is what I’ve been doing consistently, since a few weeks after Jesse’s murder. It all started when I found a message that Jesse had left on the chalkboard in our kitchen. I found it a few days after his murder. He had written three words: 'nurturing healing love.' I knew immediately that if Adam Lanza, our shooter, had been able to give and receive nurturing, healing love, that the tragedy never would have happened. I knew it would be my mission in life to spread this message.” (The Atlantic, Mar. 28, 2018; photo Seattle Times)

Margaret Laurence

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Margaret Laurence (née Jean Margaret Weymss) born Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada July 18, 1926 (d. 1987). Canadian author and peace activist. Leader of Project Ploughshares & Operation Dismantle against cruise missiles; Director of Energy Probe on nuclear power 1982-85. Publicly rebuked Prime Minister Trudeau for US military overflights. Co-founded Arts for Peace; sympathetically portrayed life in Ghana and Somaliland.

Quotations

And may we learn
We are one People
In our only home
Earth. Amen.

(“Prayer for Peace”; portrait by Lezley Davidson)

Belle Case La Follette

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Belle Case La Follette born Summit, WI April 21, 1859 (d. 1931). Progressive lawyer, suffragist and journalist; co-founded Women's Peace Party 1917, WILPF 1915, Women's Committee for World Disarmament 1921, National Council for Prevention of War 1921; opposed US entry into World War I, conscription and Espionage Act.

Quotations

To the Senate, citing Lincoln's words about the government of for and by the people: "Are not women people?" (1913; photo Wikipedia)

Leonie La Fontaine

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Léonie La Fontaine born Brussels, Belgium October 2, 1857 (d. 1949). Belgian feminist; pacifist; WILPF founding member.

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"A lame peace would only cause new wars in a short time. I hope that the women of all the neutral countries see the dawn in each country a great demonstration in favor of Peace, and when Peace is signed all the women of the belligerent countries will join to create a formidable League which will not cease to work for universal Peace, and universal disarmament!" (April 26, 1915; http://bit.ly/wXsIZv)

However, a day will come, and we do so strongly hope so, that women are called to stand besides men. On that day, and we are convinced of it, war will become impossible. On that day, militarism and imperialism will stop and we will be able to write in golden letters on the walls of our parliaments: ‘The United States of Europe.’ (Vrouwen in de Geschiedenis van Belgie—Google Arts & Culture, thanks to Sofia Sitvast; photo Wikicommons)

Gloria La Riva

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Gloria La Riva born Albuquerque, NM August 13, 1954. Peace and Freedom presidential candidate 2016, winning 60,990 votes; Peace and Freedom candidate for Calif. Governor 1994, 1998; strongly opposes US militarism and wars.

Quotations

The wars waged by the U.S. in Korea, Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have all been wars of aggression. . . the Guantánamo prison and military base must be immediately shut down.”

A socialist government would take the initiative to dismantle all nuclear weapons. Its foreign policy would be based on friendship, self-determination, and solidarity with other countries rather than the current one of threats and aggression against many countries. I call for the dismantling of the military-industrial complex, stop the sales of weapons around the world, end U.S. aid to Israel and support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right of return.” (interview, Oct. 10, 2016, Independent Political Report; photo peaceandfreedom.org)

Hedwig Lachmann

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Hedwig Lachmann born Stolp, Pomerania, Germany August 29, 1863 (d. 1918). German Jewish poet; shared pacifist anarchist views of husband Gustav Landauer; opposed World War I.

Quotations

In tribute to nonviolent philosopher Tolstoy:
Like a prophet of the old covenant, altogether
Full of love in his grimness,
He raised a warning, as if from his mouth,
And yet, his voice is still healing.
Two [things] were powerful to him: the people and God.

(”Tolstoi”; photo ngyaw)

Margarethe Lachmund

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Margarethe Lachmund (née Grobbecker) born Woldegk, Mecklenburg September 17, 1896 (d. 1985). German Quaker who led north German aid to Jews; arrested in postwar East Germany; opposed postwar conscription and nuclear weapons.

Quotations

"I have had the deepest fellowship with people beyond all national boundaries." (Leonard Kenworthy, Some Quaker Pioneers, vol. II, p. 177, 1985; photo quaekernachrichten)

Joyce Ladner

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Joyce Ladner born Battles, MS October 12, 1943. Sociologist; acting President of Howard University; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer, 1960s; authority on Tanzanian women.

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"When we got into SNCC I would have been ready to fight some guy if he said, 'You can't do this because you're a woman,' I would have said, 'What the hell are you talking about?' A lot of the women in SNCC were very, very tough and independent-minded. . . We assumed we were equal." (Freedom's Daughters, p. 266; photo 1963 Vets of Civil Rights)

Winona LaDuke

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Winona LaDuke born Los Angeles, CA August 18, 1959. Native American (Anishinaabeg) Vice Presidential candidate for Green Party 1996, 2000; founded Indigenous Women's Network 1985; Reebok Human Rights Award 1998.

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"I will call for a demilitarization of American Foreign Policy, including closing down the School of the Americas, and to stop the major flow of American military aid to countries like Colombia. I would work to create self-sustaining peace and promote a dignified equity in Third World countries, including 100 percent debt relief. I will work for the establishment of a Peace and Reconciliation Commission modeled after South Africa's." (Indian Country, July 22, 2000; photo pcc.edu)

Marcela Lagarde

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Marcela Lagarde y de los Ríos born Mexico City, Mexico December 30, 1948. Marxist feminist and anthropology professor. Created concept of femicide, murder of women with government complicity. As Congresswoman, investigated femicide, 2004-06.

Quotations

There is an undeclared war, called gender violence, of men over women, and the state has been key to the violence. . . We do not fight against violence, but work for PEACE.” (Evangilisers of the Apostles, Nov. 1, 2015)

“Feminism is a proposal of humanity.” (Shelly Grabe, Narrating a Psychology of Resistance, p. 128)

The sum total of crimes against humanity consisting of criminal acts, kidnappings and disappearances affecting girls and women in a context of institutional collapse.” (report of Congress, in Eur. Parliament, Oct. 19, 2007; photo uv.es)

Selma Lagerlof

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Selma Lagerlöf born Mårbacka, Sweden November 20, 1858 (d. 1950). Swedish author; won Nobel Prize for Literature, 1909; opposed World War I; pacifist novel The Outcast published 1918; signed Anti-Conscription Manifesto, 1930; aided victims of Finnish War and Nazi refugees.

Quotations

"Learn to keep my fifth commandment, which is the commandment of love of neighbor and the key to all the others! Tell them that my millennium hanging in the east as a dawn! But how can it rise to heaven and tell the world, as long as I allowed Death to take his post in the big beast? For the great beast is war." (The Outcast, conclusion of Fifth Commandment; photo 1909 wiki pd)

Christine Lahti

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Christine Lahti born Birmingham, MI April 4, 1950. Actress and film producer. Spoke out against nuclear weapons, 1986; portrayed Vietnam War napalm protestor/fugitive in Running On Empty, 1988. Actively opposed Iraq War in Lysistrata Project, 2003; sent pink slip to White House, 2003; participated in Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day against war, 2009.

Quotations

"Cindy Sheehan is my hero. She is the hero of all Americans who make up the 62% of us who oppose this war." (Huffington Post, August 11, 2005; photo Wikipedia)

Harriet Burton Laidlaw

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Harriet Davenport Burton Laidlaw born Albany, NY December 16, 1873 (d. 1949). Suffragist; founded League of Nations Non-Partisan Association, 1922; Chair of Women's Pro-League Council, 1921; leader of American Association for the UN; promoter of Jeannette Rankin; great orator.

Quotations

"Only through mastery of the subject and devotion to a cause, added to human understanding, can ever make a speaker." (Brigance, Great Speakers; photo anon. Findagrave)

Catherine Lalumiere

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Catherine Lalumière born Rennes, France August 3, 1936. Secretary General Council of Europe 1989-94; Vice President European Movement International.

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"The State should be the principal custodian of human rights; its role is to respect and enforce those rights. But experience teaches us that it can be not only the protector, but also the gravedigger of human rights." (July 1993, UN Human Rights Conference, Vienna; photo Jean Monnet Foundation)