Polly Mann

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Template:TOCnestleft Polly Mann ' founded Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) with Marianne Hamilton.


Polly Mann was born Nov. 19, 1919, in the little town of Lonoke, Ark., and spent her growing-up years in Hot Springs, Ark. After high school she got a job in the Transportation Section of the Quartermaster’s Office (U.S.Army) in Little Rock.

During my couple of years there I watched bayonet practice and troop trains depart for the war in Germany (very sobering experiences). As a result I became a pacifist and that belief guided the rest of my life. I married a military draftee, a young lawyer from Minnesota, who shortly was sent by the military to a base in New Guinea. I then got a job with the U.S. government and went to Ecuador and Peru for a couple of years. When the war was over, my husband, Walter, and I lived in Minnesota where he practiced law and eventually was appointed judge. We (Walter and I and our four children) lived in Windom and Marshall. Upon his retirement we moved to the Twin Cities. He died in 2004. When we came to Minneapolis, a friend and I started an organization, Women Against Military Madness, which has 1,000 members, one staff person and a newsletter editor and is going strong. [1]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Polly Mann of Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness, Minneapolis, MN signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[2]

Free Ahmad Sa'adat

July 10th, 2009 International Association of Democratic Lawyers joined an appeal to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon demanding that he and the United Nations uphold their responsibilities to protect the rights of Palestinian prisoners and secure their freedom.

The appeal was launched by the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat.

Well over 400 international organizations and individuals have supported this call. Signatories of the letter include youth, student and workers' unions, solidarity organizations, lawyers' associations, political parties, human rights groups, and numerous activists, academics and supporters of Palestine from around the world.

Ahmad Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a Palestinian national leader, is a leader in the Palestinian prisoners' movement. His recent hunger strike galvanized attention upon the prisoners' struggle. He is a living symbol of the oppression of the occupier and the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and the prisoners as they struggle for freedom, justice, liberation and return.

Signatories included Polly Mann, Women Against Military Madness, Minneapolis, MN[3]

“Minnesotans For Peace”

A group of at least 18 Minnesotans are expected to set off July 21, 2010, for the “National Peace Conference” in Albany NY

Many of the Minnesotans traveling to Albany were involved earlier this year in repeated efforts in both Minnesota and in Washington DC requesting Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Franken to explain their positions as well as contacts with other Minnesota congresspersons requesting they vote against the supplemental war funding and to seek withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq .



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  2. Signers of Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now
  3. http://iadllaw.org/en/node/409[IADL joins appeal to protect rights of Palestinian prisoners July 10th, 2009]
  4. [http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php/http:/bcnews.go.com/duboard.php?az=printer_friendly&forum=160&topic_id=39686&mesg_id=39686 “Minnesotans For Peace” to travel to National Conference This Week for Peace Posted by annm4peace on Tue Jul-20-10 11:47 PM]