Lillian Lifflander

Lillian LifflanderLillian Lifflander (nee Rosenberg), born in 1919, on the Lower East Side of New York, has been a life-long activist. A graduate of Washington Irving High School and Vassar College, she went to work for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) in 1940. After the UE, she served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, as part of the United Front against fascism. She was a founding member of the Lower East Side Mobilization for Peace Action (LEMPA) an organization active against the War in Vietnam and in favor of social justice on the Lower East Side, addressing issues such as fair and affordable housing and community control of the schools. She was active in the fight to end US occupation of Vieques, Puerto Rico, camping out on the beach at Vieques and later being arrested in front of the United Nations. In addition to her activism, she embarked on an acting career while in her early eighties, starting as an extra and later becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild, playing speaking parts in movies including Enchanted and New Year’s Eve. She has two daughters, two grandchildren and a one year old great grandson, for whom she continues to struggle for a just and safe world.




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