Ann Hansen

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Ann Hansen is a Canadian anarchist and former member of Direct Action, a guerrilla organization famous for the 1982 bombing of a Litton Industries plant, which made components for American cruise missiles. She was sentenced to life in prison, but was released after eight years. Hansen wrote of her experiences in her 2002 book, Memoirs Of An Urban Guerrilla. She now works as a freelance writer in Ontario.

Early years

Ann Hansen was born on July 16, 1953 and was raised in Concord, a rural town outside Toronto, by working-class Danish immigrants. Her father worked as a produce manager at a local grocery store while her mother stayed at home to look after Ann and her four siblings.

Hansen describes herself as having been a "nature-loving tomboy who gladly helped around the house, hoed weeds in the evergreens on weekends, and did well in school." She attributes her idyllic childhood with having heightened her sensitivity to the negative aspects of society which she encountered as she grew older. Her life abruptly changed when her father died suddenly of cancer when she was 16.


By the time she entered her teens, Ms. Hansen had begun to strongly identify with the hippie counter-culture and clashed sharply with her family over values and social issues. In high school, she admired the Front de libération du Québec.

At the University of Waterloo, Ann Hansen began to fully develop her political consciousness. She studied political theory and briefly...
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