317 Feminist Peace Work

Cora Weiss has been a prominent peace activist since leading a delegation to Hanoi during the Vietnam War. She recalls her career, including as IPB president.

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  • Cora Weiss

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If Canadian and American children’s baby teeth contained strontium 90, what about kids in other countries? Did they test teeth in Europe too?

It will be interesting to compare the way the Taliban treat their former enemies to the way the Viet Cong treated theirs.

Cora Weiss knew early on that the US government was using a false narrative about its own POWs using them as pawns to stall the peace process during the American War with Viet Nam, and (6:10) took the initiative to challenge the narrative by organizing mail collection and delivery between POWs and their families. As one of those family members, I am a beneficiary of that work and forever appreciative. “It was unique. It had never happened before in wartime” (14:10). If we all knew what Cora knows, we would not give much credence to those POWs myths that, alas, persist to incite forever wars. However, that part of Cora’s work is only one aspect of this wide-ranging interview that gives an inspiring overview of her lifetime of achievement for peace and justice, work that never ends, and provides hope. War no more!

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