January 10, 2011

Judy Bonds, Remembered

On Saturday, a memorial service was held for inspiring leader and activists Judy Bonds in Beckley, West Virginia. The following was read at the service: "Judy’s passing from this mortal world shall serve as a call to rise. Her work will not be finished until we finish it for her. Although Judy has physically left our earthly world, let us acknowledge her spirit to live within each of us. Judy sometimes quoted “you are the one you have been waiting for.” Let us now call upon unity in this movement; Big Green groups, grassroots, top to bottom, bottom to top, to speak with one voice, to rise to a new level, re-energized, re-focused as never before."

A website has been created to share memories, explore photographs, and donate to Coal River Mountain Watch. http://judybondsmemorial.com. Be sure to browse through the memories and leave your own if you feel inclined.

Also, YES! Magazine, an excellent publication that highlights real people working for a better world, reposted my Judy Bonds interview. Check here for the full story: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/interview-with-judy-bonds

(Photo by Chad A. Stevens)

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