Peace activist Jackie Hudson dies at age 76

by Thomas C. Fox

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Dominican Sister Jackie Hudson, who dedicated her life to the pursuit of peace, died Aug. 3. She was 76. For the past 20 years she worked with Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA in the pursuit of the abolition of Trident as well as a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons.

Updates and reflections are being posted at the Disarm Now Plowshares blog.

The Kitsap Sun published an obituary Aug. 5.

Writer Amy Phan reported the following:

Hudson organized and led Ground Zero's nonviolent events, connecting with nuclear disarmament groups around the country.

Her activism landed her in federal prison three times, according to her brother, Frank Hudson. ...

Jackie Hudson surprised her family when she decided to become a Dominican nun when she turned 18. No one knew she was that serious, he said.

She received music training from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, then went on to teach music in her hometown for 30 years, Frank Hudson said.

During that time, her brother said, she began reading about global warming issues and learned how nuclear production contributed to the problem. ...

"Her death was a big shock to all of us. I think (her death) will renew and rededicate myself this weekend for this long struggle to abolish nuclear weapons," said Leonard Eigar, a Ground Zero member.

A celebration of Hudson's life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Ground Zero Center in Poulsbo, located at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW.

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