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Sister Megan Rice was a Catholic nun and a well-known activist against nuclear weapons.

Religious life and activism

Rice joined the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus when she was 18 years old. She taught elementary school for several years before beginning a long-term mission to Nigeria and Ghana, where she taught for decades. Rice became involved in the anti-war movement in the 1980s, working to bring an end to nuclear proliferation and torture as well as war in general. In the course of her activism, she was arrested dozens of times, including at age 82, when she and other activists entered the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, spray-painting antiwar slogans and splashing blood around the facility. Rice was convicted of violating the Sabotage Act and imprisoned after a high-profile trial. On appeal, the sentence was overturned in 2015.

Notable quote

“I don’t feel like I’m free. I’m not out of prison. None of us is out of prison as long as one nuclear bomb exists.” —from a 2015 speech to fellow activists


Tributes to Sister Megan Rice

Full obituary: The Washington Post

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