Devoted to working for justice

January 19, 2007
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Eric Weinberger, a lifelong activist and organizer in the civil rights, anti-nuclear, anti-poverty and anti-war movements, died on Dec. 15 at the Goddard House on S. Huntington Avenue. Eric, who was 74, was best known in Boston for his work with Food Not Bombs, an organization that provides free food to the hungry year-round in public parks.

A practitioner of non-violent civil disobedience, he was jailed for 32 days in Alabama in 1963 for participating in a civil rights walk, during which time he went on a hunger strike that caused him to lose 45 pounds.

Eric will be remembered by many people because throughout his active life he carried himself with dignity and extreme humbleness. He devoted his life to working for justice, easing the hardships of others and serving as a mentor and inspiration to many younger activists.

There will be a non-denominational memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 10 at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St. Everyone is welcome.

Submitted by friends of Eric Weinberger.