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Happy birthday, Dorothy Rabinowitz Stowe (Dec. 22, 1920 – July 23, 2010)! #Quaker. #Pacifist. Environmentalist. Anti-war activist. Anti-nuclear activist. Civil rights activist. Social worker. In 1961, Dorothy and her husband Irving moved to New Zealand to avoid paying U.S. taxes that would support the Vietnam War. A few years later, when New Zealand sent soldiers to Vietnam, the Stowes moved to Vancouver, Canada. In 1968 the U.S. announced plans for a series of nuclear tests on Amchitka Island, Alaska. Dorothy and Irving formed a group called the “Don’t Make A Wave Committee.” With fellow Quakers Jim and Marie Bohlen, the Stowes came up with the idea of sailing a boat into the nuclear test zone. In September 1971 they set sail on a chartered boat they named “Greenpeace.” Of course they were arrested by the Coast Guard before getting to Amchitka. But the publicity resulted in the cancellation of the nuclear tests in February 1972. In May 1972, the two Quaker couples changed the name of their little group to Greenpeace, and thus was born the radical environmental organization that today has offices in 30 countries and three million members worldwide. Dorothy was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Died in Vancouver, Canada. Member of Vancouver Friends Meeting.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.