Camelia Sadat

Overview

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Camelia Sadat born Cairo, Egypt July 12, 1949. Daughter of Nobel Peace Prize laureate; founded Sadat Peace Institute Boston 1984. Undertook people-to-people peace mission to Palestine, 1988. Received Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award.

Quotations

I learned about hate, and I learned how to live in peace. . . I believe in the principle of turning the other cheek.” (Boston Globe, Aug. 21, 2002; photo global action on aging)

Barbara Sonneborn

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Barbara Sonneborn born Chicago, IL March 2, 1944. Film writer, director, producer of Regret to Inform about the death of her husband in Vietnam War, and her visit to Vietnam to witness the effects of war.

Quotations

"War is a monster. You let it out of its cage and you can't tell it how to behave." (WGBH True Lives, “The Making of Regret to Inform”)

"It has expanded my understanding of sorrow and suffering, of love and joy. I want people to see war differently than they've seen it before. I want them to look war in the face, to ask themselves, 'Am I going to allow this to happen ever again?' I want people to so deeply realize the humanity of other human beings that they won't be able to kill them." (quote and photo AMDOC Regret to Inform, 2006)

Jane Stembridge

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Jane Shelton Stembridge born Cedartown, GA April 7, 1936. Civil rights activist; poet and flutist. First paid worker of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Atlanta, 1960; helped publish its first newsletter Student Voice and first conference, Oct. 1960. Jailed in Mississippi voter registration drive.

Quotations

We talked about the beloved community;  we can create it. . . black & white people can get together. . . I think I felt that we could change America, and that was a huge idea.” (Iconoclast)

and after he had listened
carefully
he said: if peoples
     got together
     it wouldn't be
     so hard.
He said
that maybe they could
change the world
so children wouldn't starve.

(“About Jesus”; 1958 photo Meredith Oak Leaves)

Trudie Styler

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Trudie Styler born Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England January 6, 1954. Actress and film producer. Co-founded Rainforest Foundation to save endangered species and peoples, 1989. Showed Chinese repression of peaceful protest in documentary Moving Mountains, 1994. UNICEF Ambassador, 2004

Quotations

The legacy of Tiananmen Square lives on in these and other prisoners who continue to languish in secret labor camps, in state prisons, and under house arrest. As long as they are bound, none of us are free.” (CNN, Jun. 3, 2011; photo imdb)

Constance Sporborg

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Constance Amberg Sporborg born Cincinnati, OH July 11, 1879 (d. 1961). Jewish civic leader; internationalist; settlement worker. Secretary, Committee on Cause and Cure of War, 1929. Undertook Europe study mission, 1937; headed women’s delegation to Pan-American Conference, Lima, Peru, 1938. Consultant at UN founding San Francisco, 1945. Postwar lobbyist at UN; member of US Committee for UNESCO.

Quotations

Only realists today are internationalists.” (Baltimore Sun, Apr. 12, 1949; photo jewish women’s archive)

Mab Segrest

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Mab Segrest (née Mabelle Massey) born Tuskegee, AL February 20, 1949. Literature professor; anti-racism activist; lesbian feminist; author of Memoir of a Race Traitor. Active in War Resisters women’s antiwar movement, Women’s Pentagon Action, 1982; Savannah River Women’s Peace Camp, 1983.

Quotations

Thirty-five years of collective terror over nuclear war and a very new alarm at the huge new military budget fueled the women’s peace movement.” (1981, in Memoir of a Race Traitor, p. 44; photo Windy City Times)

Katharina Schultze

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Katharina Schultze born Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany June 20, 1985. German Green Party leader; co-founded PEACE (Peace in Europe and Asia through Global Citizenship Education); promoted peace, cosmopolitan, pro-Europe, humane refugee policy.

Quotations

People no longer want fear, aggression, confrontation.” (Tages Anzeiger, Oct. 9, 2018; photo wikipedia)

Nawal El Saadawi

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Nawal El Saadawi born Kafr Tahla, Egypt October 27, 1931. Psychiatrist; physician; novelist; leading feminist. UN adviser on women, 1979; imprisoned 1981, exiled 1988; led women's peace delegation to stop Gulf War, 1991; awarded North-South Prize, 2004.

Quotations

"The US army went to Iraq for the oil, it didn't go for human rights. It killed thousands of people for the oil. It's a colonial war, it's an imperialist war. They did it for humanitarian reasons! - this makes me laugh." (BBC, Sept. 8, 2003; photo Becky's Kaleidoscope)

Anna Sabatova

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Anna Šabatová born Brno, Czechoslovakia June 26, 1951. Peace activist. Arrested and sentenced to 25 months in prison for organizing leafleting of Parliamentary elections, 1971-73; founded VONS (Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Persecuted), 1978. Awarded UN Human Rights Prize for signing Charter 77 based on nonviolent protest, 1998.

Quotations

"Today people know again that there are things worth suffering for, and that the things that are worth suffering for are what make life worth living." (Aug. 19, 2008, Radio Free Europe; photo rferl.org)

Nelly Sachs

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Nelly Sachs born Berlin, Germany December 10, 1891 (d. 1970). German Jewish poet, playwright; awarded Nobel Literature Prize, 1966; awarded German Book Peace Prize, 1965; exiled 1940.

Quotations

O the night of the weeping children!
O the night of the children branded for death!
Sleep may not enter here.
Terrible nursemaids
Have usurped the place of mothers. . . 
(1947; photo Nobel 1966, wikicommons pd)

Jehan Sadat

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Jehan Sadat born Cairo, Egypt August 29, 1933. First lady of Egypt who encouraged peace with Israel, which won her husband a Nobel Prize; professor of comparative literature; PhD; poet; delegate to UN Women's conferences Copenhagen and Beijing’ first winner of Community of Christ Peace Award 1993.

Quotations

"I am dying to see peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the Syrians and the Lebanese so we can live as one family." (CNN, March 26, 2009; photo Wikipedia)

Leila Nadya Sadat

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Leila Nadya Sadat born Newark, NJ January 24, 1960. American professor of international law; authority on International Criminal Court and human rights. Special Adviser on Crimes against Humanity to ICC Prosecutor, 2012; Director of Crimes Against Humanity Initiative.

Quotations

The actions of the Syrian government in attacking peaceful protestors are crimes against humanity, and need to be addressed as such.” (Washington Univerity, St. Louis, Aug. 26, 2011; photo intlawgirls.com)

Nafis Sadik

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Nafis Sadik born Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India July 18, 1929. Pakistani physician, Director of UN Population Fund 1987-2000; Secretary-General UN Population Conference, Cairo, 1994.

Quotations

"[D]evelopment that lays a sound basis for global justice, peace and security, depends on women’s empowerment and equality." (International Women’s Day, March 8, 2005; photo iisd.ca)

Ginetta Sagan

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Ginetta Sagan (née Teresa Moroni) born San Colombano al Lambro, Milan, Italy June 1, 1925 (d. 2000). Human rights advocate and peace activist. Following the death of her anti-fascist activist parents, joined Giustizia e Liberta (“Justice and Liberty”), underground Italian resistance movement, 1943. Imprisoned and tortured by Mussolini's Black Brigade, 1945. Aided survivors of Nagasaki bombing, 1961. Led campaign against Greek military junta, 1967. Played instrumental role in growth of Amnesty International USA; founded first West Coast chapter, Palo Alto, 1969, and 75 more local chapters, 1971-74. Co-founded Amnesty Urgent Action Network, 1971; co-founded Amnesty's Campaign for Abolition of Torture, 1973. Investigated Vietnamese reeducation camp prisoners, 1979. Established Aurora Foundation on human rights violations in Poland and Vietnam, 1981. Aided Polish Solidarity Movement, 1981-88.

Quotations

"Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor." (photo intlawgrrls.com)

Zainab Salbi

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Zainab Salbi born Baghdad, Iraq September 24, 1969. Iraqi-American humanitarian. Founded Women for Women International to help women victims of war, 1993; awarded Hilton Humanitarian Prize, 2005.

Quotations

"War is the color of earth as it explodes in our faces, the sound of a child pleading, the smell of smoke and fear. Women survivors of war are not the single image portrayed on the television screen, but the glue that holds families and countries together. Perhaps by understanding women, and the other side of war. . . we will have more humility in our discussions of wars. . . [P]erhaps it is time to listen to women's side of history." (The Other Side of War)

Ruby Sales

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Ruby Sales born Jemison, AL July 8, 1948. American theologian and nonviolent historian who organized SNCC protests; arrested at age 17 during civil rights movement; jailed six days 1965 Hayneville AL, nearly escaping assassination; founded Spirit House 2001 promoting nonviolence.

Quotations

"Ordinary people when working together have the power to break the backs of important empires. And that empire, when people are united, is never stronger than the will of the people." (interview, Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, Sept. 2005; photo spirithouse)