Here’s the last part of Ann’s letter to her friends and family after attending the Peace Congress in Helsinki in 1965: The final resolution drawn up by the Commission on Vietnam stated that the U.S. is mainly responsible for the present war in Vietnam, that the U.S. must withdraw all troops and equipment and cease … More Helsinki Peace Conference – last part of Ann’s letter
Part 3 of Ann’s letter from the World Congress for Peace in Helsinki in 1965: If I may over-simplify the issue, yet hope that you may find some understanding in it, the basic problem seems to be as follows – Our U.S. government is fighting a war in Vietnam, which has never been officially declared … More Peace Congress in Helsinki – Part 3
Before going to China, Ann earned a Masters in Social Work from University of California, Berkeley. Between 1957 and 1965 (when she left for China), Ann worked at several organizations which helped disadvantaged young people, primarily in New York. If you were alive then, you’ll remember that they were called “delinquents.” Here she is with … More Ann has always cared for young people
A couple of weeks ago we posted the beginning of a letter Ann sent to her friends after attending the World Congress for Peace, National Independence and General Disarmament in Helsinki in 1965. Here’s some more: The Congress itself was set up for several plenary sessions where all 1500 people met together and heard speeches … More More from Ann on the Peace Congress in Helsinki
A poem by Ann’s mother, Gwen Tompkins, to Ann (as an adult, not a baby) I have a Daughter She can cook or write a book. She can sew or tell you what to do. She can be a leader or tell you how from her reader [criticism/self-criticism pamphlet]. She’s always too busy, so a … More “She can write a book!”
Hooray! We made it – raised $12,009! Now the work really begins. First, sending out all the rewards – that will take a few weeks. Ann has started recording her stories and we are gathering all of her past writings – which are voluminous. We’ll be editing and revising that for use in the book. … More You/We Did It!
$3,900 still to be raised! 14 hours to go! Please help, if you can! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1559887965/across-oceans-and-revolution-a-principled-life
Ann has already written extensively about her life and much of that writing will be found in her book. Because she has her writing from that time, it has a fresh quality. It’s not a recollection of something that happened 50 years ago, it’s of the moment! Many people wonder what inspired Ann’s trip to … More World Peace Congress, Helsinki, 1965
For many years, Ann was very actively involved with the Redwood Funeral Society, which was dedicated to exposing the problems in the funeral industry. They were inspired by and knew the English activist “Decca” Mitford who wrote The American Way of Death. In 1992, Jackie Spier was conducting an investigation in Sacramento. At one of the press … More A Little “Street Theater”
Papercuts have long been a popular art form in China. While Ann was in China, she bought some and came back to the U.S. with an extensive collection. Some of them are available as rewards for supporting the Kickstarter campaign. To check out all the rewards, go to the campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1559887965/across-oceans-and-revolution-a-principled-life Thank you!