it is with great sadness...

from Felice Cohen-Joppa
January 31, 2001

Dear Friends,

For those of you who haven't yet heard, it is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of my dear friend and colleague, Sam Day, coordinator of the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu.

As a long-time activist who had himself spent time in prison as a result of his anti-nuclear convictions, Sam felt the rightness of Mordechai's truth-telling to the very core of his being, and worked tirelessly on Mordechai's behalf and for their common vision of a nuclear-free world, with great dedication and hope.

In the couple of weeks before his death, he was in Los Angeles speaking about Mordechai's case, and then went to D.C. for his trial with eight others who were arrested at the Israeli embassy in September demanding nuclear abolition and Vanunu's immediate release - this arrest being the last entry on a long rap sheet in his distinguished activist career.

Charges were dropped the night before the January 18 trial, so Sam and others spent the next day leafletting visitors at the Holocaust Museum with a sheet about Mordechai. After several weeks of travel, he was home in Madison, Wisconsin for a week before suffering a massive stroke on Friday, January 26.

His passing is a tremendous loss for the peace and disarmament movement.

Always remembering Sam's strong determination and spirit, the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu will continue to work for Mordechai's freedom, and for nuclear disarmament.

When the day comes that Mordechai is finally free, and we celebrate with the big party and feast that Sam often spoke about, I know that he will be there in spirit, celebrating with us.

If anyone would like to send a message to put into a booklet at Sam's memorial on Saturday, you can email it to me by Thursday night at