Bella Abzug and Women Strike for Peace

Bella Abzug, along with co-founder Dagmar Wilson (not Jewish), launched Women Strike for Peace (WSP) on this date in 1961, when some 50,000 women, mostly middle-class mothers of young children in over sixty communities, demonstrated to demand that President John F. Kennedy “End the Arms Race — Not the Human Race.” This was prompted by the […]

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The Russell-Einstein Manifesto

Albert Einstein was one of eleven signatories to what became known as the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, released by Bertrand Russell on this date in 1955 and signed by Einstein just days before his death on April 18th. The manifesto, which became the founding document of the Pugwash Conference two years later, was intended to raise international […]

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I Owe My Life to My Attacker

by Rabbi Arik Ascherman Rabbi Arik Ascherman, the founder of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) in Israel and a very courageous activist on behalf of Israeli-Palestinian peace, was recently attacked by a masked settler while investigating the destruction of fruit trees on the West Bank. The following is his account of the event. Donations can […]

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Return of the Refuseniks

by Nicholas Jahr As the most recent war in Gaza blunders on, last week The Washington Post published a petition signed by more than 50 reservists who have refused to serve in the current conflict. Just about every one of Israel’s wars has generated similar small-scale resistance, but what struck me upon reading the petition […]

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June 1: The Doomsday Clock

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, co-founded by physicist Hyman Goldsmith and botanist and biophysicist Eugene Rabinowitch in 1945, published its Doomsday Clock, with its hands set to seven minutes to midnight, for the first time on this date in 1947. The clock was meant to warn of the dangers of nuclear annihilation; it was moved […]

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November 18: Niels Bohr

Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who escaped to Sweden during Denmark’s rescue of its Jews in 1943 and became an important contributor to America’s development of the atomic bomb, died at 77 in Carlsberg, a district of Copenhagen, on this date in 1962. Bohr was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize in physics for his application of […]

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October 25: Robert Rosenberg of Ha’aretz

Ha’aretz columnist Robert Rosenberg, who wrote every day about “Today’s Situation” at a peace-oriented website, Ariga, which he founded as early as 1995, died at 54 on this date in 2006. Rosenberg was a poet, crime novelist, journalist, technophile, and senior editor who held a master’s in education from Harvard but made social-justice activism and […]

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September 11: Rosika Schwimmer, Pacifist and Feminist

A founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the pre-World War II Campaign for World Government, Rosika Schwimmer was born in Budapest on this date in 1877. Schwimmer founded the Hungarian Feminist Association in 1897. She also helped to found the Hungarian National Council of Women, among other women’s organizations. When Hungary […]

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