Concepción Picciotto on 15 June 2010 at the White House
María de la Inmaculada Concepción Martín|
15 January 1936
Vigo, Galicia, Spain
25 January 2016 (aged 80)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Concepción Picciotto (born María de la Inmaculada Concepción Martín; 15 January 1936 – 25 January 2016), also known as Conchita or Connie, was a Spanish-born, United States-based peace activist. She lived in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. on the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, in a peace camp across from the White House, from 1 August 1981 in protest of nuclear arms until her death.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington D.C.'s delegate to the House of Representatives, noted that many of Picciotto's goals were accomplished during her protest including a reduction in atomic proliferation.
Picciotto claimed to have been orphaned in Spain and raised by a grandmother. After arriving in the United States in 1960, she worked as a receptionist for a Spanish government commercial attaché in New York. She married an Italian immigrant (whose forename is unknown) and lived in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, New York. She reportedly adopted an infant daughter, Olga, in Argentina in 1973.
Picciotto was inspired by fellow activist William Thomas (died 23 January 2009), who originally began the White House Peace Vigil on 3 June 1981. They began protesting on the sidewalk by the White House fence. National Park Service rules moved them across Pennsylvania Avenue. She was sentenced to 90 days for violating rules. They are moved for inaugural parades.
She died on 25 January 2016, 10 days after her 80th birthday, at N Street Village, a non-profit organisation that supports homeless women in Washington. The cause of death was not immediately known but she had recently experienced a fall.
Picciotto was featured in Michael Moore's 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, as well as in veb-films Route 66 mockumentary. The Oracles of Pennsylvania Avenue (2012) by Tim Wilkerson, a documentary commissioned by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, recounts the life of Picciotto, William and Ellen Thomas, and Norman Mayer.
- List of peace activists
- Brian Haw, an English protester who lived in a similar peace camp in Parliament Square, London for a decade, from 2001 until his death in 2011
- Gino Strada, an Italian protester and doctor, who founded Emergency, a non-governmental organization to save human lives around the world.
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