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Sallie Shawl Papers
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Sallie Shawl of Lakebay, Washington, has been active in local social justice causes since the 1970s. Born to a Jewish family in San Francisco, Shawl became involved in activism after seeing images of peaceful civil rights protesters being attacked by dogs in the mid-1950s. She attended UC Berkeley before moving to New York City to work with the National Council of Churches. After relocating to Lakebay in 1976, Shawl worked in Tacoma at Associated Ministries and the YMCA Women’s Support Center.
She joined the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and staged regular protests against the presence of the Trident nuclear submarine base in Bremerton. She was arrested multiple times for acts of civil disobedience. In 1988, she and Renee Krisko, of Poulsbo, were sentenced to six months in jail for blocking a train carrying missile fuel to the Trident base.
In 1991, she began managing the Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful project which organized volunteers crews to paint the homes of low income Pierce County residents. She founded the Tacoma chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and was a leader in People for Peace, Justice and Healing, Palestinian-Israeli Peace Endeavors, Tacoma Arabs, Jews, and Others for Peace and Occupy Tacoma. In 2013, she was awarded the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize.
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Includes records related to various local social justice efforts and organizations including the Shalom Center of Associated Ministries, United for Peace and Justice of Pierce County, TAJO (Tacoma Arabs, Jews, and Others for Peace), Occupy Tacoma, and Stay in Your Homes. Topics covered in the papers include the South African Apartheid, the War in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the death penalty, foreclosures following the 2008 financial crisis, and others. Also included are correspondence, audiovisual material, and handbook and instructions related to activism.