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Issue #1781      June 14, 2017

The Last of the Red Matildas

In Memory of Phyllis Sarah Johnson

100 years

In rememberence of Phyllis Johnson (1917- 2009), a life-long member and campaigner for the Communist Party, staunch fighter for peace, social justice and women’s rights.

Phyllis’ long life was driven by her conviction and fight against fascism, injustice and war, and love for her children and husband, John G Johnson.

She was feisty, fearless and a great speaker. She will be remembered for a long life of activism: being jailed for speaking out against conscription for war and fascisim in the 1940’s; her campaign to stop Menzies banning the Communist Party; she stood unsuccessfully in the municipal elections in Paddington for the CPA in the 1940’s; leading the way for CARP (Campaign Against Rising Prices); leading the way for the introduction of the Betsy Women’s Refuge, and, a women’s health Centre in her local community of Bankstown.

Even in her eighties and nineties she would set up camp with table and chair outside her local supermarket to collect signatures to fight against the Gulf War and support the Your Rights at Work campaign.

Let us remember and celebrate a fine and productive life and the things we have gained and learned from her.

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