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Issue #1715      January 20, 2016

Joan Williams an outstanding Communist

Comrade Joan Williams would have turned 100 years of age on Invasion Day. Born in Coolgardie, WA on January 26, 1916, Joan Williams a great poet, revolutionary and a Communist, died on June 21, 2008.

Joan developed as a poet writing under the name of Justina Williams. She was awarded the Order of Australia in 1996 for service to the community as a writer, particularly in the areas of peace, social equality and protection of the environment.

Joan campaigned against the presence of the US military base on North West Cape near Exmouth in the 1970s and much later the first Iraq war in 1991, in which her poem, Not in my name is an internationally recognised anti-war clarion for peace activists to this day.

Not in my name,
my woman’s name,
not one drop of blood be shed for oil
that makes some billionaires
and sets the Middle East aflame


But in my name,
in every woman’s name,send home great armies
of the black and dispossessed,
warships and frigates turn around.
Peace in my name!

The CPAWA branch pays its respects to Joan as one of those true communists who dedicated their lives to the working class struggle.

Comrade Joan Williams, your example lives on!

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