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Peace Activism

Women Strike for Peace: 50 years later

Fifty years ago yesterday, the 1961 formation of Women Strike for Peace (WSP) marked a new era for activism, creating a new stage on which women could concentrate their power. In 1984, WSP described in their own words the beginning of their movement: "100,000 women from 60 cities came out of kitchens and jobs to demand: END THE ARMS RACE - NOT THE HUMAN RACE, and WSP was born."

"Irene": A collection of stories and poems from a life lived courageously

Her writings are archived in the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minneapolis Public Library has a chair in her name.

Moving Inward: bringing liberation movements into the Jewish community

Act out, through tableaux vivants, the ways Jews took what they had learned from the Civil Rights Movement and other liberation movements and used these insights to change the Jewish community.

Women strike for peace

November 1, 1961

"End the Arms Race - Not the Human Race" was the slogan of the first day-long strike organized by the Women Strike For Peace organization.

Bella Abzug elected to Congress

November 3, 1970

Elected to the U.S. Congress on this date, Bella Abzug claimed that she spent her days "figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure."

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a liberal Jew and an outspoken advocate for women, families and intergroup harmony.

Peace Movement in the United States

Throughout the twentieth century, Jewish women have played a major role in American peace organizations and movements.

Estelle Sternberger

Estelle Sternberger fought for social justice as an activist, a writer, and a radio commentator.

Mania Wilbushewitch Shochat

Mania Wilbushewitch ran away from home at the age of fifteen to become an industrial worker in the carpentry workshop of her brother Gedaliah (1865–1943) in Minsk. Before long she found herself coordinating a massive strike of the workers against her brother, in protest at the extremely long work day he had imposed upon them. This episode marked the beginning of what was to become her decades-long devotion to ameliorating the working conditions of industrial and agricultural laborers.

Vicki Shiran

Vicki Shiran invested most of her energy in fighting discrimination against the Mizrahi population. An activist of the Mizrahi cause since she was a teenager, she began with grassroots activism in slums such as Hatikvah, where she grew up, and continued as a community theater supervisor in the Jaffa Community Theater Project (1969–1975).

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Peace Activism." (Viewed on December 17, 2014) <http://jwa.org/tags/peace-activism>.

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