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Peace Activist Art Gish Dies in Tragic Tractor Accident. Art and Peggy Gish Love in Action

Long time peace and justice activist Art Gish died on Wednesday morning in Athens Ohio on his farm in a tragic tractor accident. Our community and people around the world who know Art and his beloved wife Peggy (who is returning from her peace work in Iraq today) are devastated by his death. Art has worked tirelessly for peace and justice for 45 years. He has put his own life on the line in Palestine and Iraq demonstrating against brutal injustices. In my life I have never met a person who exemplifies the teachings of Jesus (prophet to me, savior for them) more than Art well with the exception of his wife Peggy. Through their ceaseless and selfless work for peace they have been a solid example for all who have had the privilege to witness their love of all in action.

I have had the honor of going to numerous anti war rallies and other events focused on justice with Art over the years. I have heard Art clearly and succinctly criticize the brutal actions of the US, Israel and other countries policies that kill innocent people. I have never ever heard Art Gish personally attack or criticize anyone personally. Not once.

His smile, his love, his living examples and actions for peace and justice will continue to be an example to many people for a very long time.

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman who very much admired Art and Peggy’s work and who had Art and Peggy on her program a while back mentioned his passing on her program yesterday.

"Peace Activist Art Gish, 70, Dies

And the longtime peace activist Art Gish has died at the age of seventy after a tractor accident on his farm in Ohio. He had been a longtime member of the Christian Peacemaker Team and made yearly visits to Hebron in the occupied West Bank to monitor settler violence and Israeli home demolitions. I interviewed Art Gish, along with his wife Peggy, last year.

Art Gish: "Christian Peacemaker Teams came out of the peace churches, the Quakers, the Mennonites, the Church of the Brethren, out of the idea that if we’re really serious about peace, we ought to be willing to take the same risks as soldiers take and go into a nonviolent—into violent situations and be a nonviolent presence there. What if people who want peace made the same kind of commitment that soldiers make?"

Amy Goodman: "What do you mean?"

Art Gish: "That we go there, and we take risks, and we stand in the middle, and we work for peace in there."

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