Jerry Zawada—nuclear resister, peace-and-justice activist, Franciscan friar—died on the morning of July 25 at the age of eighty. Father Jerry started the Dignity Bag project, a collaboration between No More Deaths and other groups. The project raised money to buy sturdy canvas tote bags, made by the women of the DouglaPrieta Works sewing cooperative, for use by people deported to Nogales. Throughout his life, Jerry worked with the homeless, war refugees, and survivors of torture in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico, Las Vegas, Tucson, and elsewhere. He was imprisoned repeatedly for nonviolent protest of nuclear weapons and torture training. A few years ago, his advocacy for women priests and celebration of mass with them earned a disciplinary letter from the Vatican.
Featured photo: Bill Remmel.