CCDS remembers our leaders and friends who died since our last convention in 2009.
They paved a path that lives on before us
- Manning Marable a founding co-chair of CCDS and served until the 1999 convention in North Carolina and then as a member of the CCDS Advisory Board. He founded and directed the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in NYC, authored several books and is remembered as an activist scholar.
- Eric Quezada served as a co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence in the 1990s. In an article in the San Francisco press, “A true revolutionary, our friend, our brother…..he lived and died organizing his community, La Misión. Eric presented a moving tribute to Charlene Mitchell at the 2009 convention in San Francisco.
- Brandon Wallace was elected to the National Coordinating Committee of CCDS following the 2009 convention. An activist, poet and blogger in Birmingham, Alabama, he participated in the Southern Regional committee and on the Democracy Charter committee and contributed to the Mobilizer.
Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger
- Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger was a mother, organizer, activist and filmmaker … and an essential part of all of Pete Seeger’s work, her husband of 45 years. Toshi served on the Advisory Board of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and on the Advisory Board of The Rosenberg Fund for Children. She was the inspiration and mover behind the annual Clearwater Festival dedicated to environmental justice on the banks of the Hudson River north of Manhattan in Westchester County. This year’s festival drew 15,000 people and 1,000 volunteers.
- Fred Hicks was a leader and founding member of CCDS Committees of Correspondence. Well known for his activism in Louisville, KY, Fred was also a University of Louisville professor emeritus in the department of anthropology. Active in Louisville’s open housing movement in the 1960s, Fred also served in leadership of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, the Southern Organizing Committee, and the Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Jon Fromer
We remember Jon as a people’s musician and songwriter. He was a comrade and dear friend who was tireless in his contributions to social movements for justice. At the 2009 convention in San Francisco, Jon organized and led a workshop on “Working Class Culture and Movement Building” sponsored by the Bay Area Billie Holiday Collective of which Jon was a key force behind for decades. Jon was the key organizer of the annual Bolshevik Café, a fundraising cultural event for progressive organizations in northern California, including CCDS.
Jon will be remembered at the annual protest of the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia where Jon gave of his talents in songs each year. This year, November 22-24, the main stage at the SOA protest will be adorned with a quilt made of his many movement t-shirts. CCDS will have a literature table and workshops at this important protest of U.S. imperialism in Latin America. Jon’s music and spirit will continue on in the fight for social justice.