By Ashok Pursani
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Sherrl Yanowitz, 1942—2016

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Issue 2507
Sherrl Yanowitz
Sherrl Yanowitz

Sherrl Yanowitz, who died of cancer last week, was a tremendous fighter against injustice, oppression and capitalism all her life.

She lived her life in the struggle from her early days in the US where she was involved in the black freedom movement as a member of SNCC (Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee), the free speech fight at Berkeley and the movement against the Vietnam War.

She came to Britain in 1969 and threw herself into the struggle. She joined the International Socialists, later the SWP, and was a member for many years. She co-designed the “Stuff the Jubilee” badge from 1977.

Sherrl was active in building solidarity with the Miners’ Strike in 1984-5 and in union branches where she worked.

During the strike at Wapping printworks she was on the News of the World clerical chapel strike committee. She later helped to build the local Stop the War organisation and “Artists against War”.

In recent years Sherrl became an activist in rs21 (Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st century).

Sherrl was a warm and generous soul with a mischievous sense of humour which she shared with her partner Neil Rogall.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have known such a courageous and inspirational person as Sherrl.

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