In Memoriam: Elizabeth Boardman

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Boardman

Peacework July/August 1996

Elizabeth Boardman, a Quaker activist who co-founded the New England Voice of Women in 1961 and the Clamshell Alliance in 1974, died on May 24 in Medford, NJ.

The longtime resident of Acton, MA was active for decades as a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge. She was 80.

Elizabeth Boardman

Elizabeth Boardman

Elizabeth was one of the principal teachers of nonviolent action before the Seabrook confrontation. She was among the protesters detained in a Manchester armory in 1977. Her husband. Donnell, a physician who was also an anti-nuclear activist, died in 1994.

In the June 1977 Peacework Elizabeth wrote: “We started out with a hazy utopian idea and lived it up to a practical reality. We lived out nonviolent strategy and found that we were building community—a community of mutual appreciation and understanding with our neighbors (officials, bureaucrats. guards. police) and a community of sharing and support and love among ourselves (Clams). The longer and more firmly we held on to the discipline, the more deeply the concept of Ahimsa—the power of nonviolence to change others—caught hold of us. It worked! The surge of energy and light that built up and burned through those crazy armories was palpable and visible! We came to New Hampshire to protest and civilly to disobey to make our protest audible. We remained to reach out to others and to teach and attract—and to enlist new Clams. We came for four days and signed on for a decade. We are on the way!”

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1 Comment posted on "In Memoriam: Elizabeth Boardman"
Christopher Foote on May 14th, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

This is my great grandmother, its a great thing to see the many things she has done through-out her life. If only I could have witnessed it.

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