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Remembering The Food and Activism of Margaret Opie (1935-2014)

Fried Chicken or what Margaret Opie called, "The Gospel Bird." 
Margaret Opie (1935-2014) passed on Tuesday June 24, 2014. She had been a tireless activist who used food to feed the revolution she supported cooking food and getting on the phone to coordinate the food others would bring to organizing meetings. Fried chicken which she called the “gospel bird” served as her go to dish. Fellow Ossining activist Sundiata Sadiq shared this reflection:

My old comrade Sister Opie…was an organizer supreme when we marched on the day New York state officials violently repressed the Attica inmates uprising over horrible living conditions. Margaret helped organize a rally at Sing Sing Prison. She later brought Shirley Chislom to Ossining to speak at a large rally against police brutality during Shirley's presidential campaign. In those days we met at Cheatham and Smith Oil Company on Hunter Street in Ossining. She fought for a FREE Health Care Clinic in Ossining along with progressive health care professionals Dr Cohen and Dr Bradely Gordon who worked closely with us activist.  She was the energy behind the running the Ossining Peace and Justice Center founded by Connie Hogarth and once located on Main Street in Ossining. Today it’s called WESTPAC and located on the campus of Pace University in White Plains, New York. Sister Opie was a special person who would rally us with song and energy to move straight ahead and not look back. Thank you Margaret for all you did for us to grow create a fighting spirit in us


Margaret Opie Stories & Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=My+mother

Ossining Stories & Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Ossining

Series Feeding the Revolution with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Feeding+the+Revolution

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Services for Margaret Opie will be held Monday June 30, 2014, reviewing of the body 10 am to 11:00 am and the homegoing service at 11:00 am.  Both to be held at:

From the Heart Church Ministries
4949 Allentown Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746

The interment will be held TBA date at Kensico  Cemetery in Valhalla, NY with a repast to follow in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

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