Happy birthday, Igal Roodenko (Feb. 8, 1917 – April 28, 1991)! ‪#‎Pacifist‬. Civil rights activist. Gay rights activist. Conscientious objector during World War II. Sent to a CPS camp in Colorado, he refused to work, resulting in arrest, conviction and imprisonment. While in prison he and fellow COs led a hunger strike to draw attention to the plight of war resisters. After release from prison, Roodenko lived in a tenement apartment at 215 Mott Street (between Spring & Prince) in lower Manhattan, a neighborhood popular with anti-war activists and other radicals. Roodenko participated in the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to challenge segregation on interstate buses. This action preceded by 14 years the Freedom Rides of 1961. Longtime staff member of the War Resisters League national headquarters in NYC. Died in Beekman Downtown Hospital of a heart attack.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.


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