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Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Joan Andersson

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Part Two

Part Three

In Joan Andersson's formative years she was heavily influenced by an exemplary set of parents whose progressive child rearing practices helped her mature without the strictures or role limitations that affected most young women of her generation.  Her mother, a self taught Jewish intellectual, and her father, a leftist committed to civil rights struggles, raised her as a person with empathy for others and a internationalist world view.

A straight A student, Joan majored in psychology as an undergraduate at UCLA.  One of her first acts of civil disobedience was to walk out of her graduation ceremony to protest the Shah of Iran, who was delivering the commencement address.
 


“Everything that is tearing us down today will become a memory, and this memory will be shared as an anecdote or a story or a poem or a play or a warning. It will be shared with another human being, who will then understand that he is not alone in his sadness. This is why we show up for others and tell our tales and listen to others. The great congregation meets daily, and you are someone’s angel today.”

-Tennessee Williams/Interview with James Grissom

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