Academic journal article Social Justice

In Memoriam

Academic journal article Social Justice

In Memoriam

Article excerpt

We regret to announce the recent loss of three women whose commitment to social justice will be sorely missed:

Sojourner Truth Bush, 22, a senior at Washington State University majoring in General Humanities, with emphases in chemistry and music, was killed in an auto accident on March 3, 2000. She was a dedicated Zeta Phi Beta (a serviceoriented organization founded by Mrican-American women) sorority member and a talented actor. The daughter of Rod Bush, a long-time friend and contributor to this issue of Social Justice, Soji's lively and beautiful presence as achildis well remembered by members of the Editorial Board.

Nancy Cook von Bretzel, 57, a lifelong community organizer and activist for social justice, succumbed to ovarian cancer. Committed to social change since the early 1960s, her own experience of exclusion facilitated identifying with the disenfranchised, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement. She was an ardent participant in the women's movement and gave a life of service as a teacher, an advocacy worker with the Women's Jail Project in San Francisco, a leader in a grass-roots socialist political organization, and as a social worker in the San Francisco General Hospital Emergency Room, where she served the homeless, the disadvantaged, and others in crisis. She made a profound impact on her students in the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University, where she gave innovative classes on crisis intervention, community organizing, and medical social work. A Fulbright scholarship took her to Bulgaria; her work there revolutionized the practice of mental health and established social work as a field in that country. …

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