Tribute to Louise Franklin-Ramirez
Tuesday, December 4, 7PM
University of the District of Columbia Auditorium
(Connecticut and Van Ness Metro and barrier-free)
Sponsored by Gray Panthers, UDC Office of Alumni Affairs, Proposition
One Committee and Piscataway Indian Nation

Louise Franklin-Ramirez: Pioneer for Peace

Louise Franklin-Ramirez is a lifelong resident of the Metropolitan
Washington. Born September 28, 1905, Ms. Franklin-Ramirez is a graduate
of D.C. Public Schools and received her B.A. from the University of D.C.
and her M.A. from Columbia University. She was a reading consultant for
D.C. public and was the author of the “Basal Progressive Choice Reading
Program,” an early phonetics curriculum designed to teach learning
disabled and dyslexic children. Franklin-Ramirez also owned and operated
Georgetown Toys and Crafts, specializing in “developmental” toys. Ms.
Franklin-Ramirez is a founding member of “Women Strike for Peace,” “Gray
Panthers,” and “Unity In the Community” in
Prince William County.

Louise Franklin-Ramirez has been active in civil rights, social justice
and peace since she was a teenager- during World War One, at age 12 she
helped raise money for the victims of the Armenian Holocaust; in the mid
1930s she protested the sale of scrap metal to Japan and Germany; in the
1940s she worked to desegregate the D.C. teachers union; in the 1950s
she fought against McCarthyism; in the 1960s and 70s she was a Freedom
Rider and protested the Vietnam War; and since the 1950s she worked to
abolish nuclear weapons and supported the rights of radiation victims.
During the 1990s Louise was arrested numerous times for her activism,
most recently in 1999 at age 94.

Louise Franklin-Ramirez is perhaps best known for her map and database
of “Deadly Nuclear Radiation Hazards, USA,” considered by many to be the
most comprehensive catalog of contaminated and potentially contaminated
radioactive sites ever published. In 1998, she was the recipient of
the Lewis Mumford Peace Award and the Prince William County Human Rights
Award, and in 1999 she received the prestigious “ Courage of Conscience
Award” from the Peace Abbey in Sherborne, Mass. With her husband John
Steinbach, Louise organizes the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Community
Commemoration and hosts annual delegations of A-Bomb survivors.

Welcome for Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 7PM
La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St.

A high level Hibakusha delegation led by Professor Saturo Konishi is
visiting the National Capital Area to voice concern about the proposed
National Missile Defense program and to demand the total abolition of
nuclear weapons. They will be visiting with Congress, the Bush
Administration and Peace Activists.