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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Judy Clark

Along with Kathy Boudin (see February 9th), Judy Clark was active in the 1960’s as a member of the Weather Underground, a branch of Students for a Democratic Society, an organization that first formed out of the belief that the U.S. government acted criminally in sending the military into Vietnam. Striking out against what she saw as institutionalized oppression against people of color in the U.S. and abroad in 1981, Clark joined Boudin and members of the Black Liberation Army in the robbery of a Brinks truck, during which several people were killed.

Clark is currently serving 75 years in the New York Department of Corrections. Because her actions were motivated by her political views, Clark is considered by many to be a political prisoner. It’s hard sometimes for the members of a society to understand and accept someone as committed to social change as Clark has been, but in-your-face women put their words and actions where their beliefs are, whatever the location, whatever the time period, whatever the cost.

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