Dorothy Granada

2019-02-00 A Note from Dorothy Granada

Dorothy Granada Nicaragua Photos

2001-01-01 Missionary Nurse Hiding in Nicaragua  While Nicaraguan government agents and police search desperately for her throughout the country, a 70-year-old nurse from the United States is spending her days “just being quiet and praying.”

Dorothy Granada went into hiding in the early hours of December 8, shortly before 15 soldiers armed with machine guns surrounded her house in Mulukuku, a remote jungle village about 100 miles north-east of Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. Since then she has remained in hiding, provoking the anger of the government while receiving support from church groups and human rights organizations around the world.

Granada arrived in war-torn Mulukuku in 1990 and opened a clinic to serve the area’s 30, 000 residents. An Episcopalian, she and her clinic are supported by a network of Protestant churches in the United States.

On November 14, Nicaragua’s President Arnoldo Aleman announced that the government would investigate the clinic, which is part of a women’s co-operative. Aleman sent ministry of health investigators to Mulukuku, where they seized patients’ records and ordered the partial closure of the clinic. He claimed that Granada performed abortions, which are illegal in this country, and provided political support to the opposition Sandinista National Liberation Front, which, after a revolution in 1979, held power in Nicaragua until 1990.

Four days after troops failed to arrest her on December 8 (Granada had been warned of the troops’ arrival in the village), interior minister Jose Marenco ordered her deportation. The clinic was closed down, and several government agencies began charging Granada with crimes ranging from providing assistance to armed rebels to using illegally-cut wood in the co-operative’s carpentry workshop.

Granada is receiving …

Maria Ortiz Women’s Clinic Older Website- Abarazos!  Which is hosted by Daniel Zwickle.  The newer website is no longer working

2007-06-26 Dorothy Granada receives ‘Best Practices in Global Health Award’

2013-02-25 A conversation with nurse Dorothy Granada: 2/25/13-3/1/13

2020-08-00 Works in Progress

International Fast For Life (IFFL) was a prolonged fast in favor of nuclear disarmament that spawned the Fast For Life movement. The context of this event took place during an era of escalation of the U.S./Russian Cold War. Its purpose was to promote a redirection of international government efforts away from nuclear arms and toward feeding the poor.  For eight of the core participants, the fast ended after 40 days. Their decision to end there was made two days after Californian faster, Dorothy Granada had lost forty pounds and partial eyesight.


Charles Gray’s Biography   His next major project was an extraordinary effort against the nuclear arms race called the Fast for Life. Along with a new partner, Dorothy Granada, he spent three years organizing a fast which he hoped would involve thousands around the world. (Dorothy, a nurse and a devout Episcopalian, had been director of nursing at the teaching hospital of the University of Chicago.) Ultimately only twelve, including Japanese and French volunteers, committed to an open-ended fast in 1983, but thousands did sympathy fasts. These included six members of Parliament in Britain. Charles fasted for forty days, Dorothy for thirty-nine. They only ended the Fast for Life when – after the Soviet Union shot down a South Korean passenger airliner, causing fierce indignation around the world–it became clear there was no chance it would succeed in changing American policy.

Charles and Dorothy with the European fasters. Solange Fernex, seated at the left in the front row, went on to become a minister in the French government and later served as a member of the European Parliament. Charles and Dorothy are seated in that row at the right.

After recovering from the fast, they studied Spanish so they could join the Witness for Peace long-term team in Nicaragua, where a brutal civil war was raging. There they documented Contra atrocities and hosted delegations seeking to learn the true situation on the ground. Later they toured the United States with an exhibit of photos and poetry from Nicaragua about the war. In 1989 Charles and Dorothy spent six months in Managua with the Friends (Quaker) Center, mostly distributing material aid. For three years thereafter, they lived in a Nicaraguan refugee community where Dorothy established a women’s health center. Charles trained local women in carpentry and worked on water purification projects. When the two decided to separate, he returned to Eugene.

1992-04-02 Discussing Nicaragua with authors and activists Charles Gray and Dorothy Granada

Dorothy Granada  Overview

Dorothy Granada born Los Angeles, CA December 8, 1930. Nonviolent Filipina/Chicana nurse; 40-day international fast for life against nuclear weapons, 1983; part of group to protest disappeared Guatemalans, 1985; “lived on the tracks” of Concord weapons depot in Nuremberg protest, 1987; awarded FOR Peace prize, 1997; decade-plus efforts for Nicaraguan women.


“Blessed are the poor and their friends, who together are building the beloved community where there will be no hunger, no violence, where the earth and all God’s creatures will live in peace and joy!” (Summit, NJ, Nov. 1, 2001; photo

Dorothy Granada  FB


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I have been a Peace and Social Justice Advocate most all of my adult life. In 2022, I am again running for U.S. Congress in CA under the Green Party. This Blog and website are meant to be a progressive educational site, an alternative to corporate media and the two dominate political parties. Your comments and participation are most appreciated. (Click photo) .............................................. Paid for by Michael Kerr for Congress with Peace and Justice C00803577
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