Margo Adair Remembered

Sent to me earlier this evening:

Margo Adair Remembered ~ by Rick Whaley and Ellen Smith (Milwaukee)

Margo Adair (San Francisco, Seattle) passed away in early September 2010 surrounded by loved ones.

Margo’s activism and commitment in Green circles was always at the highest level. She facilitated early, national Green Party (GP/GPUSA) meetings. Over the decades, Margo fearlessly facilitated mediations among some Green titans at various bioregional and Green gatherings (notably at Amherst in the very beginning of Greens, 1987). She was a main facilitator at GPUSA gatherings at Estes Park, Elkins, and Twin Cities, and it was a great gift to the formative stages of the Green movement in the United States. The “Racism and the Land” workshop she did at the Turtle Island Bioregional Congress in Squamish, British Columbia, was Olympian.

Her work directly and indirectly aided our regional environmental-justice work in Wisconsin, including the boat landing Witness for Non-Violence around Chippewa treaty rights.

She gave Chippewa activist, the late Walt Bresette, a national audience and even hosted Walt and his kids in San Fran as well in his California political tour in 1991. Her Green Letter/Greener Times was the first national environmental justice journal (unless I count The North Country Anvil as national) to publish my (RW) Green writing and theory.

Just as important as her political leadership has been the breadth of her political ideas, especially the integration of spirituality into politics…meditations I still use…this notion of personal transformations as part of the highest citizenship …alliance building skills and principles that she did with Shea Howell…her vision and relentless activism…all of it was immensely helpful. She managed to make a living doing her politics (not merely bring her politics to her job like most of us) and that was no small accomplishment.
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