Tim Carpenter, OC Activist Who Left to Found Progressive Democrats of America, Dies
Tim Carpenter, a former Orange County educator and progressive activist who left California for Massachusetts after a Dennis Kucinich presidential campaign to found the Progressive Democrats of America, died Monday of complications from melanoma. He was 55.
Progressive Democrats of America Tim Carpenter loved rallying the liberal troops.
"He was a passionate fighter for peace and justice and all causes that are good," Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. "He was a remarkable person with a spine of steel and heart of gold."
Despite battling terminal melanoma for the past couple years, Carpenter had been working with the PDA up until the very end, McGovern said.
The PDA posted this tribute:
Today is a sad day in the PDA family, because Tim has been taken away.
PDA Mimi Kennedy and Tim Carpenter
Those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, to work with him, to watch him organize and agitate and mobilize, know that we were connected to someone very special.
Tim Carpenter was a great organizer, one of the best.
He built up PDA from an idea to an organization about to mark its 10th anniversary.
He opposed war with his mind and his body, spending much of his youth in nonviolent civil disobedience.
He lifted up the strategy of "inside/outside," trying to strengthen both the grassroots movements upon which change is ultimately built and linkages with the progressive Congressional leaders and staff responsible for turning agitation into legislation.
Tim loved his family dearly, his wife and his two wonderful daughters.
He loved baseball and hockey.
He loved Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne.
And oh, how he loved politics! He loved grassroots organizing, he loved roaming the halls of Congress, he loved working the phones, he loved talking shop with other activists, he loved political trivia.
And he loved PDA.
We will miss him dearly. He was one of the great ones.
Andrea Miller and Conor Boylan co Executive Directors
Judy, Jeanne, Janis, Mike H, Kimberly, Mike F and Deb, PDA National Staff
Steve Cobble, PDA Political Director
Mimi Kennedy, PDA Advisory Board Chair
Michael Lighty, PDA Advisory Board Member
P.S. If you wish to send remembrances and wishes to Tim's family we have created a special email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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