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Maudelle Shirek, conscience of the Berkeley City Council, dies at 101
Contra Costa Tim
BERKELEY — Maudelle Shirek, city council member for 20 years, is best known for her public face: picketing the Port of Oakland to protest a shipping company doing business with apartheid South Africa, or getting handcuffed at the Claremont Hotel supporting workers organizing a union. Less well known are her visits to families in crisis or the times she brought food to an ailing elder and stayed to scrub the floors.
Shirek died peacefully Thursday night in hospice in Vallejo at the age of 101.
“She was a woman who understood that she had to have a comprehensive agenda,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, whom Shirek mentored. “It couldn’t just be about health care or seniors or peace and justice, but it had to be about change.”
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