Michele Naar-Obed is a long time catholic worker and activist.
She lived at Jonah House with Elizabeth McAlister and Philip Berrigan from 1992-2002 where she met and married Greg Boertje-Obed. While at Jonah House, she gave birth to daughter Rachel.
Michele participated in 2 plowshare actions as well as numerous anti-war demonstrations and served about 3 years in federal prisons and jails. Michele later joined the violence reduction, human rights organization Christian Peacemaker Teams and spent over 3 years living and working in Iraq from Baghdad to the Kurdish north.
She currently lives with her family in Duluth MN at the Hildegard House Catholic Worker offering hospitality to those who have been exploited, sponsoring asylum seekers, and working with climate crisis activists.
In 2019, Michele and 3 catholic workers from the midwest entered a tarsands oil pipeline block valve site in MN to address the connection between the fossil fuel industry, CO2 emmissions and the climate crisis. The group, known as the Four Necessity Valve Turners face misdemeanor and felony charges and are expected to begin a jury trial on June 2, 2020.