Friday, February 23, 2007
Introducing Anna Koransky
I would like to join the chorus thanking "Grace O’Malley" [IntLawGrrl Diane Marie Amann] for creating this space. Not a famous (or infamous!) foremother, Anna Koransky was my grandmother. Born at the turn of the twentieth century in Lithuania, she emigrated to the US at age 4 with her family to escape the pogroms devastating the Jewish communities of Eastern and Central Europe. In the early 1950s, like so many other women and men exercising their cherished First Amendment rights in an attempt to ban the bomb, she was blacklisted. She continued the struggle more discreetly, always wearing a pendant that proclaimed: “war is unhealthy for children and other living things”. As the post-9/11 terrorist scare has paralleled the Red Scare, not only have First Amendment (as well as other) rights come under severe attack (academics especially should see here, they have become taken for granted, even thought unworthy of protection, in the eyes of our youth (see here). Aux barricades, citoyennes du monde!