Women peacemakers born today
1809 Jenny d’Héricourt (née Poinsard) born Besançon, Franche-Comté, France (d. 1875). French revolutionary feminist and medical practitioner. Formed Universal Woman's League for Woman's Rights and Universal Peace.
1883 Mabel Vernon born Wilmington, DE (d. 1975). Quaker pacifist; suffragist speaker and organizer; one of first six arrested in White House protests, 1917; organized WILPF Peace Caravan, 1931; directed Peoples Mandate against War, 1935; promoted Good Neighbor policy in Latin America; lobbied against UN veto, 1945.
1905 Rose Schorr Rosenberg born Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary (d.?). Freedom Rider arrested Jackson MS 1961; held in notorious Parchman Prison; attorney who worked for peace with communist Cuba and China.
1934 Shelagh Foreman. Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award for co-founding Mass. Peace Action for Nuclear Freeze; opposed Iraq War.
1938 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz born San Antonio, TX. Radical feminist history professor; Marxist revolutionary; opposed Vietnam War, aid to Contras, and Iraq wars.
1941 Margaret Winonah Beamer-Myers born Cleveland, OH. 19-year-old student Freedom Rider arrested and imprisoned, Jackson, MS, 1961; only Rider to serve full 6-month sentence at Parchman Prison.
1952 Medea Benjamin born New York. Founded anti-war Code Pink, 2002; co-founded United for Peace & Justice, 2004; began Global Exchange, 1988; economist 10 years with FAO in Africa; Green Party candidate for Senate from California, 2000.
1952 Jacqueline "Jackie" Cabasso born New York. Anti-nuclear weapons activist. A "founding mother" of Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, 1995. Worked with World Court Project on legal status of nuclear weapons, 1995. Arrested 50+ times for nonviolent resistance.
1963 Monica Frassoni born Veracruz, Mexico. Secretary General of Young European Federalists, 1985-87. Italian member of European Parliament, 1999-2009; co-chair European Green Party/European Free Alliance, 2009-. Opponent of nuclear weapons; proponent of nonviolence.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1720 First Chipko tree-hugging: Amrita Devi and 3 daughters gave lives to protect Khejarli's mimosa trees. "If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it."
1901 Emma Goldman arrested Chicago for her alleged role in the assassination of President McKinley; jailed 2 weeks.
1943 In Berlin, Elisabeth von Thadden hosted a tea party for the Solf Circle, a Nazi resistance group. Gestapo informer Paul Reckzeh infiltrated the party, resulting in arrests and the end of the group.
1988 Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez founded National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA).
2009 68-year-old fisherwoman Tamiko Takebayashi chained herself to dock at Iwaishima, Japan protesting nuclear plant.