DeCHARLENE WILLIAMS 1943-2018
Editor’s note: Williams was a Black feminist, life-long grassroots organizer, and friend to Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party. These excerpts from her final thoughts were published in The Facts newspaper.
I knew I was dying, but I’m not ready to go this soon. There is still a lot of work to do.
I was talking about gentrification of Seattle before the word gentrification became a buzz word for the Central District. Developers were planning to push the working class out and create two classes. Rich and Poor. It’s not about Race, it’s about Class. I feel sorry for the poor White people because they are clueless about their future.
I ask that if you are not currently active in the community, join an organization and begin to help and serve our community and our people. If you are already active in the community continue, because the job is not done yet. There is no time to make complaints about change if you are not going to help become a change leader.
I am now passing the torch on to you all and will watch the forward progress from heaven.
DeCharlene Williams, Seattle
End the bigotry now!
The article “Confronting transphobia” [Vol. 39, No. 2] was informative and moving. My cousin is a non-operative trans woman. She is such a brave person. She faces bigotry, sexual harassment and transphobic hatred on a daily basis. No human being should have to put up with this rubbish.
While I wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle well, I find the millions and millions of pounds spent on the Royal Wedding to be totally obscene. That money could have been spent on the poor and disenfranchised. The media’s hype about the Royal Wedding could have been used on serious issues such as the killing of innocent Palestinians in Gaza.
Natasha, Scotland, U.K.
Thank you for the article, “Wolves, bees, whales, and us,” [Vol. 39, No. 3]. Great stuff! Right on target.
I’m familiar with how re-introducing a keystone species (wolves in Yellowstone’s case) can restore healthy wildlife habitat. I really like the way you explain the Endangered Species Act and link this problem to capitalism — the central cause of so many of the problems we’re facing.
The article’s bigger-picture approach well illustrates why it’s so important to get out of our special-interest “silos” and build bridges and unity with enviro-activists.
You might find my book of interest (A Hundred Lifetimes). It’s a precautionary tale about climate change on Venus.
David Zink, Steilacoom, Wash.
I have subscribed to the newspaper for several years. What I particularly like about it is that the articles are written by ordinary working people like you and me, people who are open and accessible and well-informed and who make clarity and comprehension and jargon-free writing a priority.
There’s no shrillness, no hectoring, no “political line” that needs endless iteration, and no off-putting academic word-crunching.
Roger Fraser, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Good for the author of “Why I fight fascists, and you should too” [Vol 39, No. 2].
It may seem obvious but this position needs to be said. If we understand the fascists, white supremacists, and Klan members, then we know they must be confronted directly. Reaction grows stronger when people are afraid to make a stand.
Bruce Wolf, Takoma Park, Md.
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