Lifelong Peacemaker Receives Vanunu Prize

Louise Franklin-Ramirez, 95, of Manassas, Virginia, who began a lifetime of peace-making at the age of 12 by organizing a strawberry festival to raise funds for the starving Armenian victims of World War I, is the recipient of a “pioneer for peace and justice” award from the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu.

Campaign coordinator Sam Day honored her at the organization’s September 26 Washington Gathering with a plaque showing Ramirez attempting to present paper peace cranes to the Israeli Embassy in 1994 in support of the release of Mordechai Vanunu. Ramirez has spent a lifetime working for peace, justice, and environmental protection in the United States and abroad.