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SR. ARDETH PLATTE: A COMMITMENT TO NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE

by William Strabala

Sr. Ardeth Platte, OP

Something is wrong. You can tell it from the life story of Ardeth Platte.
     How does a highly educated woman, a devoted nun, an idealistic high school principal and deeply moral mayor-pro-tem of Saginaw, Michigan, find herself declared a traitor to her country? Especially after she helped the state of Michigan become free of nuclear weapons two decades ago?
     Ardeth Platte was born April 10, 1936 in Westphalia, Michigan, the second of two children, at the peak of the Great Depression when families everywhere were oppressed by the economics of the times. She came from a close-knit family with strong ties to "many cousins." Her father served in World War II. Ardeth attended Catholic schools, graduating high school in 1953 as valedictorian.

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