“Nonviolence: The Future of the Human Family,”
Delivered by Mairead Corrigan Maguire on April 18, 2007
Posted by Kathy, Quaker Services
Maguire is Northern Irish social worker who, with Betty Williams, founded the Community of Peace People, also known as the Peace People Organization, a grassroots movement of both Roman Catholic and Protestant citizens dedicated to ending the sectarian strife in Ulster. For their work the two women shared the 1976 Nobel Prize for Peace.
More recently, Maguire has been an active advocate for the freedom of Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli anti-nuclear whistle-blower. Maguire gave this address as the keynote speech for the 2nd Bil’in International Nonviolence Conference on 18 April 2007. That same week, in a demonstration against the Wall in Bil’in, Maguire was badly tear-gassed and shot with a rubber bullet.