Bea Bookchin

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Beatrice Bookchin worked alongside her former husband and lifelong friend Murray Bookchin for 57 years, contributing to the development of his theoretical ideas, co-founding Anarchos magazine with him in New York City, and later co-founding the Burlington Green Party. A longtime activist, she was one of three people who spearheaded the two-year battle against the Sanders administration’s plan to build a luxury hotel and condominium complex on the Burlington Vermont waterfront, successfully preserving it as open space and a public park for generations to come. She ran for City Council twice as member of the Burlington Greens on a libertarian municipalist platform of building an ecological city, a moral economy, and popular citizens’ assemblies. With an advanced degree in mathematics from New York University, she worked for several years in the 1960s as a computer research scientist at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences on the linguistic string project that was a forerunner of the English syntax machine-learning utilized in computing translation programs today. Pursuing her interest in holistic health practice, she worked for 40 years as a massage therapist and taught massage and holistic health classes at the ISE and elsewhere. She is also a Tai Chi master, having practiced the martial art for 35 years and taught it for 15. She is the mother of Debbie and Joseph Bookchin and the grandmother of Katya, and lives in Burlington, Vermont.