FRANCES CROWE

In Memoriam: March 15, 1919 - August 27, 2019
 

Frances was a stellar light in western Massachusetts, inspiring thousands of people to become social justice and peace activists.

 

I feel very honored and personally inspired to have known Frances for over 40 years.

 

I first met Frances when I was 18 as a college student at Hampshire College in 1976.  Within a month of arriving in the Pioneer Valley, I was in Frances’ car driving to a peace demonstration in Washington, DC.

 

In May 1977, I filmed my first interview with Frances at the mass civil disobedience protest on the construction site of a nuclear reactor in Seabrook, New Hampshire, for my first documentary, SEABROOK 1977. (See video excerpt below)

 

Frances Crowe was featured prominently in my latest documentary, POWER STRUGGLE, which chronicles the successful grassroots citizens’ effort to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vermont. (See video excerpts below)

 

In March 2019, when Frances celebrated her 100th birthday, she was joined by hundreds of people marching through the streets of Northampton, MA. I made a short film about this joyous day, FRANCES TURNS 100. (See video below)

 

On August 29, Amy Goodman, host of DEMOCRACY NOW, a global daily television and radio news program, featured an in-depth tribute to Frances, which featured extensive scenes of Frances protesting at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant from POWER STRUGGLE, along with a 2005 interview with Frances conducted by Amy. It was a very moving tribute. (See video below)

 

Later this fall, I will be posting on this page a video of a discussion panel that I moderated with Frances, along with Marcia Gagliardi and Hattie Nestel of the Shut It Down Affinity Group, talking about their experiences as activists in the Vermont Yankee struggle. This took place at the Northampton Center For The Arts in June 2019.

For more information on Frances’ long life of activism about a diversity of issues, see the newspaper tributes below.

 

If I hear of an official website memorial to Frances, I will post a link here.

 

As Frances says about her life of activism in POWER STRUGGLE, “You can't do it alone. You need community to do this, so that you can support one another and move ahead together.”

While Frances will be sorely missed, her legacy of activism lives on in the countless people she inspired to join movements for grassroots social change.

In particular, I feel heartened that Frances’ activism — and those of other activists from Vermont and western Massachusetts who participated in the struggle to close down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor — will continue to inspire people who see POWER STRUGGLE, as this film chronicles a rare victory of grassroots activists who actually won.  

— Robbie Leppzer

ABOUT POWER STRUGGLE 

WATCH TRAILER

VIDEOS

DEMOCRACY NOW - AMY GOODMAN TRIBUTE TO FRANCES CROWE

FRANCES TURNS 100 (Short Film By Robbie Leppzer)

 

FRANCES TURNS 100 (Short Film By Robbie Leppzer)

 

POWER STRUGGLE Excerpts: Frances Crowe

 

SEABROOK 1977 Excerpt – Frances Crowe

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

NEW YORK TIMES

Frances Crowe, Peace Activist and War Resister, Dies at 100

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/us/frances-crowe-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE (Northampton, MA)

Valley anti-war activist Frances Crowe dies at 100

https://www.gazettenet.com/Legendary-peace-activist-Frances-Crowe-dies-at-age-100-28032061

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE (Northampton, MA)

In death, as in life, Frances Crowe will continue to inspire

https://www.gazettenet.com/In-death-as-in-life-Frances-Crowe-will-continue-to-inspire-28052217

BOSTON GLOBE 

Frances Crowe, peace activist for the ages, dies at 100

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2019/09/01/frances-crowe-peace-activist-for-ages-dies/GB0F1CdLcNgClqexHUJyxK/story.html

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