- to Allison Hunter, co-founder of the Nuclear Resister's predecessor
This issue of the Nuclear Resister is dedicated to the memory of Allison Hunter, who died surrounded by family and friends in Seattle on September 24.
On the foundation of her experience of repeated arrests at Rocky Flats in 1978 and resulting months of imprisonment, Allison was instrumental to the establishment of the original Newsletter of the National No-Nukes Prison Support Collective, now known as the Nuclear Resister. During the spring, summer and fall of 1980, when Jack lived in New Jersey and met Felice (then a college intern at New Jersey SANE, now Peace Action) Allison worked from the opposite coast to develop the idea she and Jack had hatched for an anti-nuclear prisoner support and publishing project. As other commitments demanded more of her time, Allison left the work in our hands, but continued her unwavering encouragement and support for the Nuclear Resister throughout these many years.
Living with AIDS since the mid-80's, Allison continued her activism on peace and social justice issues, particularly work around AIDS education and outreach.
She was a founding member of ACT-UP Seattle, the BABES Network (support for women with HIV and AIDS) and outreach programs to injection drug users on the streets at risk for HIV and AIDS. She co-founded the Women and AIDS Task Force to help inform governments about serving women and children with AIDS, and in 1989 and 1990, coordinated Seattle's annual AIDS Memorial Vigil.
Allison spoke publicly as an AIDS advocate in numerous forums, including several national AIDS conferences, and was invited to testify several times before the Washington State Legislature on behalf of people with AIDS. Her story was included under the pseudonym Lela in Michael Callen's book, Surviving AIDS. Allison was arrested for civil disobedience in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a picture of her arrest was featured on the cover of the Surviving and Thriving with AIDS manual published by the People With AIDS Coalition in 1988.
Despite significant health-related challenges in the past several years, her integrity, passion and spirit were unfailing. She remains an inspiration in our lives.
From the eulogy sent to her friends:
"All who knew Allison will miss her greatly; the light of her amazing spirit was a blessing. Her honesty, compassion and insight opened hearts and minds. Allison dedicated her life to acting on the values that were instilled during childhood: to defending the right of people to speak an alternative point of view, to serving her community as an agent of change, and to speaking truth in the face of injustice. Her work in community organizing and grassroots activism based on nonviolence and civil disobedience is a testament of her strength, courage, and enduring hope of a world for the better."
We wish to thank Allison's surviving family of friends and relations
for the honor of asking that donations in Allison's memory be made to the
Nuclear Resister .