Rest in power Dedé Mirabal (3/1/1925 - 2/1/2014)
Dedé was the last living member of the MIrabal sisters. Four sisters, Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede Mirabal had the courage to stand up to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the country from 1930 to 1938 and from 1942 to 1952. They distributed pamphlets about Trujillo’s numerous victims and engaged in other activities against the oppressive regime.
The sisters were arrested and imprisoned frequently, but they refused to back down. Finally on Nov. 25, 1960, Patria, 36, Minerva, 34, and Maria Teresa, 25, along with their driver, were clubbed to death by Trujillo’s men. Trujillo himself was assassinated just six months later.
The Mirabal sisters became international heroines for their work for democracy. That’s why so many locals were saddened Saturday when they learned the last surviving Mirabal sister, Dede — Bélgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes — died just a month short of her 89th birthday.
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Rest in power Dedé Mirabal (3/1/1925 - 2/1/2014)

Dedé was the last living member of the MIrabal sisters. Four sisters, Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede Mirabal had the courage to stand up to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the country from 1930 to 1938 and from 1942 to 1952. They distributed pamphlets about Trujillo’s numerous victims and engaged in other activities against the oppressive regime.

The sisters were arrested and imprisoned frequently, but they refused to back down. Finally on Nov. 25, 1960, Patria, 36, Minerva, 34, and Maria Teresa, 25, along with their driver, were clubbed to death by Trujillo’s men. Trujillo himself was assassinated just six months later.

The Mirabal sisters became international heroines for their work for democracy. That’s why so many locals were saddened Saturday when they learned the last surviving Mirabal sister, Dede — Bélgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes — died just a month short of her 89th birthday.

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The People’s Record Memorial Day Dedication (video source)

Thank you to the Iraq War veterans who speak-out and organize against these imperialist wars.

From the Iraq Veterans Against the War website:

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent.

From its inception, IVAW has called for:

  • Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
  • Reparations for the human and structural damages Iraq has suffered, and stopping the corporate pillaging of Iraq so that their people can control their own lives and future; and
  • Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.

Click here for a complete list of The People’s Record’s Memorial Day dedications.