Socialist Worker

Sue Davis

by Martin Empson and Rebecca Townesend, on behalf of East London SWP
Issue No. 2229

Sue Davis, who has died at the age of 83, was a stalwart of the peace and anti-racist movements in east London.

She was a leading member of CND. In the aftermath of 9/11, Sue worked tirelessly to help set up and build the Stop the War Coalition in Tower Hamlets, where she lived.

She retained an interest in the anti-war movement even while very unwell towards the end of her life.

Sue often expressed surprise that she had ended up as she did.

Her father was a staunch Tory and as a young woman she had canvassed for Winston Churchill.

She first encountered a socialist who argued against a vote for the Tories while she was canvassing. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that Sue started to get further involved.

Her brother died from leukaemia caused by atom bomb tests during his time in the RAF. This led Sue to begin a lifetime of campaigning against nuclear weapons.

Coming to the East End she became a central part of the community—learning Bengali and teaching English.

One of Sue’s happiest memories was when thousands of pupils marched out of their schools to go to parliament on the day the war on Iraq began in 2003.

Her hopes for a peaceful world had been renewed by those students, who she kept up with as far as possible on the march from Tower Hamlets.

Sue will be missed by all in east London who campaigned for peace and justice.

Our thoughts are with her friends, family and fellow activists.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2229
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