WOMEN & PEACE March 17

MARCH 17

Myrlie (Beasley) EVERS-Williams born Vicksburg MS 1933. Widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers who was murdered in 1963; first full-time chair of NAACP 1995. Quote: “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.”

Cynthia MCKINNEY born Atlanta 1955. Five times elected to U.S. House of Representatives 1993-2003, 2005. PhD. Candidate Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Service on House International Affairs Committee promoted human rights; Early opposition to Iraq War. Quote: The American people are being called upon to send their young sons and daughters to go and kill young Iraqi sons and daughters. This war, like all wars, will be brutal and will leave many American and Iraqi families mourning the loss of their children. (22 Sept 2002).

PEACEFUL EVENTS BY WOMEN ON THIS DAY:

1936: Women’s Peace Union’s constitutional amendment outlawing war came to both Senate and House judiciary committees.

1989: Sister Amparo Escobedo, treasurer of nonviolent Serpaj Peru killed in the Andes.

1997: 3000 Ethiopian women marched to improve job conditions.

2003: Nobel Prize winner Mairead Corrigan arrested in St. Patrick’s Day protest against Iraq War, NYCity.

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