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Remembering Jolie Rickman

Tiara Jewell Mar 17, 2005

jolieJolie Rickman, an accomplished musician and dedicated activist in the peace and justice movements, passed away Jan. 19 after battling ovarian cancer. In her 34 years, Jolie touched an immeasurable number of people through her music and tireless work with such organizations as the Hen Foundation, SOA Watch and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. Jolie, who lived in Brooklyn with her partner, Bill Mazza, was raised in the outskirts of Chicago and also called Syracuse, New York home. She independently released three full-length albums and performed with such artists as Pete Seeger, Pamela Means and Ember Swift and at Ladyfest East, SOA Watch protests and Take Back the Night events across the country.

Jolie used her gifts of music and organizing to make the world a more just and loving place. She demonstrated the impact that the drive and commitment of one person can have in motivating a whole segment of people. Her music is both sweet and sarcastic and infused with a style and passion that invokes the spirit of other fearless women, such as Buffy Sainte-Marie and Emma Goldman, whom she admired. She will be remembered for her amazing talent, big heart, vibrant shows and infuriated protests. Through her strong legacy, Jolie continues to inspire us to rage for the peace and social justice that she cared for and worked so passionately toward.

A memorial service for Jolie Rickman will be held on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street.

4 Responses

  1. jd says:

    I am flipped about this…. and the left cannot be aroused; it keeps babbling-on about saving the seals or whatnot…and meanwhile this country will slip into tyranny in 3 weeks….and it will be forever, short of a military coup….how and why would those who win, ever trust free elections again…when they can be assured re-election via e voting.

    It’s the only issue that should be on people’s minds….and no one is paying any attention.

  2. jd says:

    I am flipped about this…. and the left cannot be aroused; it keeps babbling-on about saving the seals or whatnot…and meanwhile this country will slip into tyranny in 3 weeks….and it will be forever, short of a military coup….how and why would those who win, ever trust free elections again…when they can be assured re-election via e voting.

    It’s the only issue that should be on people’s minds….and no one is paying any attention.

  3. Anonymous says:

    JD,

    You are being a bit shrill don’t you think? There are many issues that one can be concerned with, including the destruction of marine life. I too am concerned about the legitamacy of our elections.

  4. Anonymous says:

    JD,

    You are being a bit shrill don’t you think? There are many issues that one can be concerned with, including the destruction of marine life. I too am concerned about the legitamacy of our elections.

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