Shailene Woodley

Overview

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Shailene Woodley born Simi Valley, CA November 15, 1991. Actress. Arrested for support of native women’s protest against Dakota pipeline, 2016.

Quotations

Will you choose money, or will you choose children? Will you choose ignorance, or will you choose love? Will you choose blindness, or will you choose freedom? . . . I am not scared. I am not afraid. I am grateful, and I am amazed to be standing by the sides of so many peaceful warriors. Standing Rock ‘protests’ are rooted in ceremony and in prayer. I’ve been there.” (Time, Oct. 20, 2016; photo marieclaire.com)

Gertrude Weil

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Gertrude Weil born Goldsboro, NC December 11, 1879 (d. 1971). American Jewish progressive civic reformer and suffragist. Led League of Women Voters in lobbying the World Court for disarmament; promoted good relations with Latin America.

Quotations

The abolition of war is humanity’s supreme need today. . . Thus in working toward this end, woman takes her place in world progress.” (“Thoughts on Armistice Day” c. 1928, in Melissa Klapper, Ballots, Babies and Banners of Peace)

As women are the producers of the race, they would be naturally the conservers of the race. . . Viewed from any standpoint, we cannot see no justification for war. . . We find that war abrogates the teachings of all religions. The is nothing in war compatible with the doctrine of human brotherhood and the universal law of love.” (Leonard Rogoff, Gertrude Weil, p. 164; photo Jewish Women’s Archive)

Yoko Kawashima Watkins

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Yoko Kawashima Watkins born Harbin, Manchuria, Japanese-occupied China October 5, 1933. Japanese-American children’s writer; antiwar pacifist. Author of controversial semi-autobiographical story of war in Korea So Far From the Bamboo Grove, 1986. Received Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award.

Quotations

Now myself and other Japanese people who see themselves as peacemakers and who lived in North Korea are in small ways trying to mend the Japanese government’s mistakes. I have been shouting all along, 'Forgive us!' 'No more fighting!' 'No more nuclear!' And who suffers most during any war? It’s innocent, unknown civilians!. . .  I say that peace must start from each one of us. To do that, first, we must be kind to each other. If we all carry hatred and revenge inside us, then we will never achieve peace in the world.” (quote and photo, Korea JoongAng Daily, Feb. 2, 2007)

Margaret Murray Washington

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Margaret Murray Washington born Macon, MI March 9, 1877 (d. 1925). African-American educator; international activist. Co-founder and first president, International Council of Women of the Darker Races, 1922. Led petition to Congress denouncing Belgian atrocities in Congo, 1910; opposed US occupation of Haiti.

Quotations

If we wish to help each other let us not only praise ourselves, but also criticize. Plain talk will not hurt us.” (wiki; photo firstthoughtco.com)

Delia Webster

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Delia Webster born Vergennes, VT December 17, 1817 (d. 1904). “Petticoat Abolitionist” jailed for aiding slaves escape; teacher, author, and suffragist. Conductor on Underground Railroad, Lexington, KY. Tried for helping slaves escape on her 27th birthday, 1844; sentenced to two years hard labor, but pardoned after two months. Second arrest 1854, escaped and rearrested, tried, and acquitted. Nurse during Civil War; founded school for African-American children.

Quotations

From my earliest knowledge of the existence and nature of American slavery, I have had an utter abhorrence of it, as a system of uncompounded wickedness, alike opposed to Christianity, and the principles of republican government.” (“Thoughts on Slavery”, Kentucky Jurisprudence, pp. 83-84, Frances Eisan, Saint or Demon, p. 10; photo vermonthistory.org)

Lillian Wald

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Lillian D. Wald born Cincinnati, OH March 10, 1897 (d. 1940). Nurse and community activist. “Militant pacifist” and “practical idealist.” Founder and first president of American Union Against Militarism, 1914. Co-founded League of Free Nations Association, forerunner of Foreign Policy Association, 1918. Active in feminist Women’s Peace Party and WILPF.

Quotations

Women are here to reaffirm their protest against war, to restate their unalterable faith in the righteousness of Peace.” (Better World Heroes; photo Wikipedia)

Patricia M. Wald

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Patricia McGowan Wald born Torrington, CT September 16, 1928. American Judge of International Court for Yugoslavia 2002; opposed execution of Rosenbergs; only woman on 2004 commission to assess intelligence leading to Iraq War.

Quotations

"The Intelligence Community’s performance in assessing Iraq’s pre-war weapons of mass destruction programs was a major intelligence failure." (Iraq Intelligence Commission Report, p. 46, 2004; photo ICTY)

Julia Grace Wales

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Julia Grace Wales born Bury, Quebec July 14, 1881 (d. 1957). Originated idea of continuous peace mediation 1915, which led to League of Nations; co-founded WILPF.

Quotations

"I ask myself, is it just a wild flight of imagination to conceive of a world without war. . . but someone must try. . . " (March 20, 1917)

"The time to make a resolute effort to save our world is now, before the destruction has gone any further." (Wisconsin Plan, Feb. 27, 1917; photo collectionscanada.gc.ca)

Alice Walker

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Alice Walker born Eatonton, GA February 9, 1944. Author; essayist; poet; activist. Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Zinn, Rosa Parks, and Fannie Lou Hamer, registered Mississippi voters, 1965; with husband Melvyn Leventhal, first legally married interracial couple in Mississippi, 1967. Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1983; recipient National Book Award, 1983.

Quotations

"The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. . . I do not believe in war at all; although I am as capable of anger as anyone. To me war is something to be outgrown, recognized as immature, wasteful and so destructive to life that human beings should shun it as they shun swine flu, or HIV/AIDS or as they once shunned Bubonic Plague." (March 22, 2010, The Root Blog; 2007 photo Wikipedia)

Madam C. J. Walker

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Madam C.J. Walker (née Sarah Breedlove) born Delta, LA December 23, 1867 (d. 1919). African-American tycoon; benefactor of NAACP Anti-lynching campaign.

Quotations

"We must not let our love of country, our patriotic loyalty cause us to abate one whit in our protest against wrong and injustice. We should protest until the American sense of justice is so aroused that such affairs as the East St. Louis riot be forever impossible." (speech during World War I, Philadelphia, 1917; photo wikicommons pd)

Naomi Wallace

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Naomi Wallace born Prospect, KY August 17, 1960. American playwright, poet and professor; peace activist; “The Fever Chart: Three Versions of the Middle East” (2008) exposes the cruelty of Palestine’s occupation and Iraq War; Women’s Boat for Gaza 2016.

Quotations

I believe the job of mainstream culture and mainstream theatre is to keep the peace. Our job, as teachers, is to encourage new writers to break it, to disrupt the lie, to speak truth to power.” (“On Writing as Transgression”, Oct. 2007 Palatine workshop; photo americantheatre.org)

Sarah Wambaugh

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Sarah Wambaugh born Cincinnati, OH March 6, 1882 (d. 1958). Internationalist; political scientist; professor at Wellesley College and Radcliffe College. Expert on plebiscites; chosen by League of Nations to oversee Saar plebiscite, 1935; UN Observer of Greek elections, 1946, and Kashmir plebiscite, 1949.

Quotations

“To [stop war itself ] we must join with the rest of the world, through the League of Nations, in a system of collective security based on mutual assistance to prevent aggression.” (Harvard Crimson, Dec. 3, 1935; 1920s photo Wikipedia)

Dionne Warwick

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Dionne Warwick born East Orange, NJ December 12, 1950. Pop singer; US envoy for health, UN Global Ambassador for FAO, 2002; active in AIDS campaign; resident of Brazil.

Quotations

"What the world needs now is love sweet love
no, not just for some but for everyone." ("What the World Needs Now is Love")

"The windows of the world are covered with rain,
What is the whole world coming to?
Everybody knows when men cannot be friends
Their quarrel often ends where some have to die.
Let the sun shine through."
("The Windows of the World"; photo 2003 wikicommons pd)

Maxine Waters

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Maxine Waters born St. Louis, MO August 15, 1938. US Congresswoman for Los Angeles 1990; opposed Iraq War; founder and chair of Out of Iraq Caucus; urged impeachment of president; arrested for nonviolent protests against Apartheid and Haiti.

Quotations

"I have a right to my anger, and I don't want anybody telling me I shouldn't be." (Brian Lanker, I Dream a World, 1989; photo Wikipedia)

Lilian Watford

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Lilian Watford born Chicago, IL April 27, 1908 (d. 2004). Quaker peace activist and lobbyist who opposed arms race, McCarthyism, and supported immigrant rights, nonviolence.

Quotations

"We seek a world free of war and the threat of war.
We seek a society with equity and justice for all.
We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled.
We seek an earth restored."
(Friends Committee on National Legislation motto)

Diane Watson

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Rep. Diane Watson born Los Angeles, CA November 12, 1933. Opposed Iraq War; US Ambassador to Micronesia, 1998-2001.

Quotations

"How can you win a war against terrorism when terrorism is a concept? You must change hearts and minds. . . So let’s work together to bring our courageous troops home, and put an end to this devastating war of choice." (June 17, 2006; photo Freedom Speaks)

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier born Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada December 2, 1943. Inuit leader; environmental activist; alternative Nobel prize Right Livelihood recipient 2015; Nobel prize nominee 2007; UN Champion of the Earth 2004.

Quotations

[T]he world appears to be breaking open on so many levels. Never has there been a time, at least not in my lifetime, where I have felt such concerted worry over how the world and our global society itself seems to be falling apart, crying out for strong leadership on issues which matter to us all, be that our environment, the economy or world peace.” (Right Livelihood Award acceptance speech, Nov. 15, 2015; photo wikipedia)

Esther Whinery Wattles

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Esther Whinery Wattles born Salem, OH March 27, 1819 (d. 1908). Schoolteacher. Radical Quaker nonresistant abolitionist. Member of several utopian communes in Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas dedicated to nonviolence and women’s rights.

Quotations

Friends were preeminently the followers of the ‘Prince of Peace.’ But I see them sustaining organized powers, based upon a system of violence and blood.” (on quitting the Friends, Philanthropist, June 21, 1843, in Thomas Hamm, ”The Limits of the Peace Testimony”, 1993, p. 20; photo ancestry.com)