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90-year old human rights activist detained in Fergusson unrest

January 8 2015, 18:40

You’d expect even the most passionate human rights activist to slow their pace at the age of 90, but Epstein shows no sign of slowing down. Her most recent arrest in Ferguson, for “failure to disperse,” happened as she protested the circumstances surrounding the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager,” she told The Nation. “I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety.”

Hedy Epstein, a civil rights and anti-war activist, talks about her lifelong work fighting for social justice issues both in her local community and internationally. Ms. Epstein worked with Freedom of Residence, an organization that was instrumental in ending housing discrimination in the city of St. Louis. She notes that nonviolent tactics are one of the most important parts of her activism work.

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