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MAUDELLE MILLER SHIREK | June 18, 1911 – April 11, 2013


Maudelle Miller Shirek 2011-2013

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Maudelle Shirek, conscience of the Berkeley City Council, dies at 101

By Judith Scherr
Contra Costa Tim
Posted:   04/15/2013 03:39:55 PM PDT
Updated:   04/16/2013 05:05:15 AM PDT

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.” arrow

Read the rest of Judith Scherr’s obituary of Maudelle Miller Shirek

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