Ingrid Style

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Ingrid Style is a visual artist living in Québec. Born in England at the start of WW2, Ingrid was sensitized to the horror that is war. As a young mother she lived in terror for her children through  the nuclear arms build up and the brinksmanship of the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis.’ She was a board member of Operation Dismantle. In 1985, the anti-nuclear organization Operation Dismantle argued that the Canadian government was violating section seven of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which guarantees the right to life, liberty and security of the person. The Federal Court of Appeal rejected this argument because it said the claim was based upon assumptions and hypotheses instead of actual fact. (C.B.C.) During her time as head of the Montreal Branch of Operation Dismantle, Ingrid helped set up SAGE (Students Against Global Extinction). By 1982 psychiatrists such as Robert J. Lifton and John E. Mack were sounding the alarm about how children were being affected by fear of a nuclear holocaust. The SAGE  students took 9 months after high school to travel across Canada speaking to youth about the threat of nuclear war and what they can do about it. Like adults, when kids don’t feel so powerless their mental health improves. Now, with 4 children and 9 grandchildren living in the United States, Ingrid is appalled at the nationalist indoctrination of young children in schools and the relentless war machine on both sides of the border.

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