Shatzi Weisberger: Remembering The People's Bubbie (1930-2022)
"Fight like hell and love each other harder."
Shatzi Weisberger died this week on November 30th. She was 92.
A lifelong activist, Shatzi was a fixture at marches and protests here in NYC and was affectionately known as “The People’s Bubbie”.
Speaking to her in April, she told me, "I was a political lesbian for many years. I just loved being around lesbians...one of my earlier demonstrations was here in New York City and we did a die-in along with other people lying on the ground. And I started to cry because I felt that I was in the right place, doing the right things with the right people. I felt very together about it. I have been an activist ever since."
In the later part of her life, Shatzi became a death educator and helped people dismantle their fears and worries around dying. Her own death was something she meticulously planned for, even selecting a spot in the woods upstate where she wants to be buried.
“At some point, my body will start to deteriorate and something will grow. It might just be weeds or it might be a bush or a flower. It might be a tree. So I perceive my end of life as bringing life into the world. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
This interview that we did was one of her last. I wanted to reshare today it to help remember and honor her remarkable life.
May her memory be a blessing.
We’ll be back with new episodes in the new year. I’ll see (hear) you then.