Macy Morse

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Macy Morse
Born January 25, 1921
Molalla, Oregon
Nationality United States
Other names Macy Elaine Elkins
Education Oregon College of Education
Spouse(s) Paul Morse
Children Michael Morse, Paul Morse Jr., Rodney Morse, Suzanne Hodge, Gregory Morse, Loren Morse, William Morse, John Morse, Robert Morse, Nina Morse, Peter Morse, James Morse, Matthew Morse
Parents Robert Joseph Elkins and Nina (Dunton) Elkins

Macy Morse (January 25, 1921 – ) is an American non-violent peace activist, and anti-nuclear activist.

History and background[edit]

Macy Elkins was born in Molalla, Oregon, a Pacific Northwest logging town. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Oregon Trail pioneer Luther Elkins.[1][2]

Protests against the Vietnam War[edit]

Macy Morse, along with others, formed the Nashua, New Hampshire People Concerned About the War in Vietnam to help end United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

Avco Plowshares[edit]

Morse was a participant of Avco Plowshares, an action group of the Plowshares Movement. The group was set up to target Avco Corporation, a military contractor and subsidiary of Textron. The group entered the Avco Systems Division in Wilmington, Massachusetts and hammered on manufacturing equipment and poured blood on documents entitled "MX Peacekeeper". She served eight days in Framingham Mass. jail.[3]

Non-violent action at Secretary of State's office[edit]

In 1981, to protest Reagan Administration nuclear first strike policies, Morse helped coordinate a peaceful action in the offices of Alexander Haig, then the Secretary of State to President Ronald Reagan . Along with others, she made her way into the offices of the Secretary and splashed human blood onto the carpet and furniture. Arrested, Morse was tried and served 18 days in the Washington, D.C. city jail.

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