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Rest In Peace Bonnie Tinker

Good-bye Bonnie.
Miss you.
Good-bye Bonnie. You are missed. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

What?! 04.Jul.2009 12:24

radical feminist

Oh No!!!

What happened?! Bonnie was so rockin cool!

For those who don't know, Bonnie was one of the rockin grandmothers who, among many other things, stood outside the army recruiter's office for months on end, demonstrating against the war. Remember when the office was decked out in hand prints of blood? Bonnie also founded a shelter for women escaping domestic violence, and stood up for all oppressed people. She stood with homeless people, women, and people being oppressed by illegal and unconscionable wars. She reported on indymedia, and she cared about the world around her.

When did she leave us? I did not know.

A hell of a story 04.Jul.2009 12:26


It would be nice if those who knew Bonnie could tell some of the stories of her life here. She was a beautiful original, and it would be very fitting to breathe life back into her story here, for those who never got to meet her.

One Seriously Pissed Off Granny We Will Really Miss (A little more info...) 04.Jul.2009 12:57


Bonnie was once arrested for standing in front of a tank to keep it from entering the Rose Parade.

What could be cooler than that?!

On many occasions, she participated in (and often helped to plan) colorful, creative, and energetic demonstrations outside the army recruiter office in Portland, including a rocking chair brigade that forced oafish looking and shame-faced police officers to haul away grandmothers AND their rocking chairs in front of questioning cameras. During another demo, the grannies splattered bloody hand prints and red paint across the premises to remind people that, hey, people are DYING over there while you shop and go on about your business. She was an eloquent voice and a force to be reckoned with.

A member of "the seriously pissed off grannies" and the "surge protection brigade," she was an inspiration and an example to the rest of us. Radical to the bone, no compromises, and never backing down, Bonnie stood up for everything she believed. She walked her talk.

A few years back, she took part in a Gay Pride demo against the military, in which the theme was, "DO Ask, DO Tell, DON'T JOIN." She fought for equal rights and for the right to marry for lesbians and gays, and she fought for the right of women not to be bludgeoned and beaten by the men in their lives. Bonnie was active with Love Makes a Family, and was instrumental in the founding of a shelter for women escaping domestic violence. She was vehemently opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to oppression wherever it festered. She was a reporter for the Portland Alliance, and for Portland Indymedia.

Here are some stories and pictures about some of her exploits, including at least one written by Bonnie herself:








Bonnie Tinker 04.Jul.2009 13:18


Bonnie Tinker, a well-loved and much-respected Portland activist, was killed on Thursday, July 2, in an accident on the campus of Virginia Tech University. She was attending a conference of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). Bonnie was killed while bicycling on campus when a Mack dump truck turned into her.

Bonnie was an indefatigable and irrepressible peace and justice activist, who "spoke Truth to Power" about issues that impacted all of us -- and some of us more than others. She was a Quaker, a Seriously Pissed Off Granny and the Executive Director of Love Makes a Family. Bonnie's life witnessed the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality.

Bonnie's work was an shining inspiration to the Quaker community and to the larger Portland community. She was a very humble person. Bonnie empowered those of us who may not have had her courage, sense of purpose or strength of character. She respected That of God in everyone and invited us to join her in the struggle for a world that is better for all. Everyone who came into contact with Bonnie became a better person because of her.

There is an old Quaker adage: "Let your Life speak. What canst thou say?" Bonnie's life spoke eloquently.

Please keep Bonnie, her family, the Quaker community and the Portland community in the Light as we mourn the tragic and untimely death of a Portland hero.

Let us honor Bonnie's life and work and memory by renewing our efforts in the struggle.


Stunned... 04.Jul.2009 14:05

Marlena Gangi

Yes, I heard this morning. I met Bonnie over a decade ago when I was an organizer for the Oregon Farmworker Union. Unbelievable, a stunning loss...

inspiration 04.Jul.2009 14:45


Bonnie was an inspiration for me. I did attend some of the Grannies' demonstrations, and the court session, which they WON! I hope there will be a peace tribute for her. Let it be posted. This is so sad.

Recent Video of Bonnie Tinker 04.Jul.2009 18:12

Jim Lockhart

Recent video of Bonnie speaking at an April 2009 event entitled, "Civil Rights: Same Sex Marriage and the 1st Amendment," organized by the local chapter of Americans for the Separation of Church and State.

In her 11 minute presentation, Bonnie discusses her struggles to attain marriage equality.

Bonnie Tinker and Same Sex Marriage

Bonnie Tinker on the far right protesting U.S. wars of Empire
Bonnie Tinker on the far right protesting U.S. wars of Empire

We Will Always Honor You 05.Jul.2009 11:33

Lone Vet

Bonnie Tinker was much better than I will ever be, she was a Peacemaker and an Activist. Many in the movement fall into one of these two categories, Bonnie did both at the same time. She would protest a person or issue but would do it with gentleness, yet be very persistent. I never learned that, I have always used a sledge hammer when a tap on the shoulder might have succeeded, Bonnie would let me know not to be so adamant, don't yell so much and listen more to what the other person has to say. I will miss her saying, "Joe stop... ... ... ... ... .." She was my friend and so much more. There are very few people who are as good as Bonnie and Sara. I wish I could take some of Sara's pain away, but I can't; know we, who have worked, laughed and cried with you will always love and honor both your lives here in Portland, Oregon.

With tears,

Joe Walsh, Lone Vet
VVAW, Veterans Against Torture
Individuals for Justice

Another piece 05.Jul.2009 11:58

a friend

Please also see:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/07/392478.shtml.

Someone posted many more photographs there.

Bonnie Tinker: Front and Center for Peace 06.Jul.2009 20:02

andrea uehara

Here are three pictures that I took in March of 2003 of the anti war March against the Iraq war. It was the largest anti war march in Portland's history. Appropriately, Bonnie Tinker is in the middle of the first row behind the yellow banner.

Regrettably I never got to really know Bonnie, though we attended a variety of the same meetings over the last 30 plus years. The first time I met her was in a Portland Peace Committee meeting of the American Friends Service Committee in the mid 1970's. She was working for or advocating for Bradley Angle House at the time.

In the months before the start of the Iraq war Two, I would meet her in meetings at In Other Words Book Store on SE Hawthorne, as we conspired to have the queer community participate in the anti war marches that occurred in January and March 2003.

Bonnie Tinker. Presente'. Front and center for peace and justice for us all.
Bonnie Tinker: Front and Center #1, March 2003
Bonnie Tinker: Front and Center #1, March 2003
Bonnie Tinker Front and Center #2, at Broadway and Burnside as the March begins
Bonnie Tinker Front and Center #2, at Broadway and Burnside as the March begins
Bonnie Tinker Front and Center #3, March 2003
Bonnie Tinker Front and Center #3, March 2003

Sad news 07.Jul.2009 00:05

Brian S.

I met Bonnie through Anti-War organizing and can say she was always such a kind soul. She will be missed greatly.

Is there a memorial planned?

Memorial Service for Bonnie Tinker 07.Jul.2009 07:54

friends and Friends

Bonnie was a Quaker and a member of Multnomah Friends Meeting (S.E. 43rd and S.E. Stark). She was a "weighty" Friend in the sense that she was highly respected for her integrity and for the way in which her life bore witness to the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality.

Multnomah Friends Meeting is in the process of planning the memorial service. It is anticipated that the service will NOT be held at the Meeting House due to space restrictions. Bonnie had a lot of friends who would wish to honor her and her work and the Meeting House is just too small.

Most likely, the memorial service will not be for another month or so.

I will make sure it is posted as soon as I know.


VIDEO: Bonnie Tinker / Tinker Bell "Clap If You Believe" 08.Jul.2009 13:40

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

A great inspiring moment when Bonnie had the whole town hall on their feet clapping and chanting for Impeachment... as Earl Blumenauer stares with a blank look and basically ignores the topic and the overwhelming support.

<this is a 3 minute video out-take>

Clap If You Believe - Bonnie Tinker - Town Hall 07
Clap If You Believe - Bonnie Tinker - Town Hall 07

Notice to Friends and Family of Bonnie Tinkers Memorial Servicce 08.Jul.2009 17:16

Joe Anybody (reposting)

Dear Friends,

We finally have a time and place for Bonnie's service:

The First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

11 am, Saturday, July 25.

Thank you for your many kindnesses, amazing love and concern.

Bonnie loved you a lot and so do I.

Sara and family

Thanks for putting up that beautiful video, Joe Anybody 11.Jul.2009 10:32

Jody Paulson

I'm not from Portland so I never met Bonnie, but I sure wish I had. An inspiring moment for us all.

Bonnie Tinker shelter named in her Honor on 12.5.09 07.Dec.2009 22:56

Family & Love

Portland women's shelter renamed for late activist, and our friend Bonnie Tinker

This is some good news to read.

Bradley Angle, talks about the legacy of
Bonnie Tinker, the founding director of the emergency women's shelter.
The shelter was named for Tinker at a ceremony Saturday December 05, 2009

 link to sz0101.ev.mail.comcast.net