Dr. Judith H. Johnsrud receives national Sierra Club Award
July 3, 2012

This quilt Judy is admiring was created by textile artist Margaret Gregg of Virginia, and was given to her on May 4th by the Sierra Club "No Nukes Activist Team" in honor of her 50 years of anti-nuclear leadership. It reads "JUDITH: PROTECTING LIFE FOREVER."Leon Glicenstein, a life-long friend and supporter of Dr. Judith H. Johnsrud, has written an article for the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter's Summer 2012 newsletter The Sylvanian about the national Sierra Club and the Sierra Club "No Nukes Activist Team" recognition ceremony, held May 4th in Takoma Park, Maryland, honoring Judy's half-century of anti-nuclear leadership not only locally, regionally, and nationally, but even globally. Judy is a founding board member of Beyond Nuclear. Included in Leon's article is a partial list of anti-nuclear victories Judy helped win in her home state of Pennsylvania alone. This has included defeating the proposed Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor in Meshoppen, PA (fast reactors "breed" plutonium, which then must be separated from high-level radioactive waste by reprocessing, which can then either make mixed oxide uraniun-plutonium (MOX) reactor fuel, or even nuclear weapons), as well as stopping the Parks Township, PA plutonium fuel fabrication facility (the plutonium would have come from reprocessing).

Beyond Nuclear posted a tribute to Judy shortly after the ceremony, which includes more photos of the presentation of her quilt (see photo, left), as well as links to writings by Judy, such as her brief history of the Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, which she founded and led for many decades.

Article originally appeared on Beyond Nuclear (http://www.beyondnuclear.org/).
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