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Molly Rush, Co-founder of the Thomas Merton CenterThis fund is dedicated to ensuring the long-term mission and vision of Molly Rush, and her indefatigable dream of creating a more peaceful and just world. Molly Rush is the co-founder of the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh. She continues her activist work today leading the Center’s New Economy Campaign, serving as a board member, and co-chairing the New People editorial collective.

If you are interested in donating to the fund, please contact the center or indicate this with your donation. Please consider contributing to the Molly Rush Legacy Fund in your will or with a bequest to help sustain the important mission of building a non-violent and peaceful world, a vision that Molly has dedicated her life too.




Hammer of Justice: Molly Rush and the Plowshares Eight

A book written by Liane Ellison Norman

This excerpt about Molly is taken from a review of Hammer of Justice: Molly Rush and the Plowshares Eight, published in Nonviolence Today, number 17, October/November 1990, pp. 20-21 

Early in the morning of 9 September 1980, eight peace activists walked into a building owned by the company General Electric in a town, in the US state of Pennsylvania, curiously named King of Prussia. They went past guards and entered a room where they used hammers to pound parts of nuclear warheads being manufactured by General Electric. The eight also poured their own blood, from little plastic bottles, all over the workshop.

There is much in Hammer of Justice about Molly – her parents and her upbringing, her own family and her increasing participation to peace activism, and the development of her belief in the moral necessity of direct action.

Perhaps even more intriguing than Molly’s own beliefs and actions is the reaction of her immediate family. When they found out in general terms about her plans for major civil disobedience, there was intense pressure on her to withdraw. Her husband became frantic in his attempts to stop Molly. But then, after the action on 9 September 1980 and the resulting publicity and courtroom drama, the attitudes of Molly’s family began to change. There was much more understanding, acceptance and support. The story of this transformation is a highlight of the book.

Not every peace activist wants to perform civil disobedience that could lead to years in prison. There are sensible, pragmatic considerations to be taken into account. (Molly was often told she could be more effective on the ‘outside’.) The best course of action for one person is not necessarily best for another.

Liane Norman does not tell the story with any implication that others should do the same as Molly. That is for readers to decide for themselves. Rather, the book is more in the nature of an ‘appreciation’ of Molly and her action. Molly is a remarkable person, but at the same time she is like any of us. That is both humbling and uplifting.

Brian Martin