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Betty Krawczyk

A Great Grandmother Goes to Jail

Date:October 2011
Location:Canada
Topic:Politics

Betty Krawczyk, 83, a British Columbia blogger, author and activist, a great-grandmother whose unflinching defence of old-growth forests got her jailed for three years, which didn’t even slow her down.

At the age many people collect their first pension cheque, Betty Krawcyk was arrested for the first time, and has since dedicated her remaining years to “actively illuminating the Earth’s environmental crisis.” She does so through her activism, writing and, most recently, video blogging.

She has since taken civil disobedience to new heights, garnering international attention for having been arrested on eight occasions and serving more than three years in prison for refusing to budge on her ecofeminist principles, or to acknowledge wrongdoing.