Alison "Sunny" Symroski Weir

Profile Updated: January 20, 2019
Residing In: Richmond, CA USA
Homepage: IfAmericansKnew.org
Occupation: writer/author
Children and grandchildren: Three children and seven grandchildren: 3 months - 12 years, 4 grandsons and 3 granddaughters.
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After my Sophomore year at Middlebury I decided to transfer to the University of Michigan to study journalism. (I got married on graduation day & divorced 20 years later.)

After college I served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Taloqan, Afghanistan, and next moved to went to San Francisco to help start a "counter culture" magazine called SunDance (which crashed after three issues).

I then raised three wonderful children while doing some freelance journalism and photography. (All three graduated with honors from UC Berkeley; my son also has a PhD from Caltech & one of my daughters has a Masters degree from Berkeley.)

In early 2001, I went to Gaza and the West Bank as a freelance reporter. When I returned I founded a nonprofit organization called "If Americans Knew" to tell people about Israel-Palestine; wrote a book called "Against Our Better Judgment" (this has sold 30,000 copies!) continue to visit the region occasionally (not long ago to Iran & Beirut), and frequently give lectures and write articles on the issue.

(Because of my work on Palestine, you may see claims on the Internet that I am supposedly extremist or "anti-Semitic," etc, but in reality I oppose bigotry of every kind and have allies from across the political spectrum and of diverse races and ethnicities, including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc.)

Most important, I have seven small grandchildren whom I'm delighted to regularly babysit (I've posted a few photos).

I now live in the San Francisco area (after periods in Washington DC, Oregon, & Sacramento), but often go on speaking tours to other parts of the world & US (I spoke in Middlebury a few years ago).

I still enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping, and a little skiing in the Sierras. I would enjoy having coffee and catching up with former classmates anytime we're in the same area! I hope to attend June's reunion.

Please feel free to get in touch with me – my email address is alisonweir@gmail.com and my cell phone is 415-847-1782 (I also text).

School Story:

I grew up in a military family that moved often – I attended high school in Japan and Georgia. I went to Middlebury sight-unseen on the advice of a teacher, and was hugely excited when I arrived. I found the campus and Vermont beautiful, and loved being able to learn to ski, attend concerts on campus, visit New York with a roommate, etc. – a far cry from Georgia!

I still cherish that time and the fellow students I met, though, sadly, I've failed to stay in touch with anyone. I appreciate this website and being able to re-connect. Thank you to the people responsible for creating this!

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Jul 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM

Hi Connie, we seem to have had some similar trajectories in life! it looks like your kids are about the ages of my children. Plus, we've both begun social justice organizations to give people facts on important issues... One difference: you're in Maine and I'm in California... hope we can meet in person again sometime!

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Happy birthday, Connie! Long time no see (for the understatement of the year) :)

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Three grandchildren at Drakes Beach, Pt. Reyes, Calif, December 2018
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5 of my 7 grandchildren, Thanksgiving, 2018
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