San Jose Peace & Justice Center

doveElsa Crumpley, 97 years old, a long time advocate for peace and justice, passed away June 5, 2012 in Oakland.  Elsa was a frequent Peace Times contributor and had been active with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom where at times she had served as corresponding secretary and legislative alert chairperson.

There are two memorial gatherings planned, one at 1:00 PM , Saturday, June 16, at Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland, CA where she had been living for several years.  RSVP to Stephine Troyan-Page would very much be appreciated:  650-400-4093 or 650-853-0200 or email sstroyan

At 1:00 PM on July 21 at the home of Elsa's son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Debbie, 4130 Sly Park Rd., Pollock Pines Ct., CA where Elsa's ashes will be buried along side her husband Forest Crumpley's and their son's.  Call or email Roz Dean for directions and more information- 408-923-7001 or rozal

More about Elsa

In 1999, Elsa was one of the subjects of an article written by Calvin Trillin in The New Yorker magazine (April 19, 1999 issue)  -- "Paris and His Sisters" is about former death row inmate Paris Carriger and the network of activists that included Elsa Crumpley, who helped to free him from prison.

An excerpt from The New Yorker article:

"We're lefties", Elsa Crumpley says, "We're not do-gooders. We're lefties." She's in her middle eighties now,  long retired from teaching elementary school in San Jose, California. She lives in a small house in nearby Los Gatos, with her husband, Forrest, who was once a journeyman printer in San Francisco and later ran his own printing shop in Los Gatos-becoming known, he now jokes, "as printer-in-residence to the Left." They have been married for fifty-seven years. Forrest Crumpley spends a lot of his time working with an organization called Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County. His business card, identifying him as a member of the Federation of Retired Union Members of Santa Clara County, carries the legend, "Labor Produces All Wealth-And Deserves to Keep More of It." Elsa Crumpley, among other activities, writes a column for the newsletter of the San Jose Peace Center.  Some of her notes on the Carriger case are on the back of stationery that says "People for Accessible Health Care." Before she became acquainted by mail with Paris Carriger, the death penalty was one issue she hadn't been terribly concerned with ("I had enough to do elsewhere, trying to change foreign policy."). She'd made an exception, of course, for the Rosenberg case. "We were active in that struggle, " she says.

The entire article in the online archive of The New Yorker can be found at this link


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