Kevin died while planning to write about the extradition trial of Julian Assange, writes Margaret Flowers. He understood the great importance of this prosecution as a battle that will define journalism in the 21st century and our right to know.
By Margaret Flowers
It is with a sad heart that I report the sudden and unexpected death of Kevin Zeese early Sunday morning. Kevin was working up until the end and died in his sleep of a possible heart attack.
Kevin was going to write a newsletter this weekend about the extradition trial of Julian Assange, which begins today. Kevin understood the great importance of the prosecution of Julian Assange as a battle that will define journalism in the 21st century and our right to know.
He was helping to organize an online event featuring Daniel Ellsberg, James Goodale and Chris Hedges, moderated by Sue Udry. As far as I know, that event will still take place. You can register for it here. The Facebook page for it is here.
You can read the June 28th newsletter we wrote about Julian Assange, “Government Attacks Media as Peoples Media Reveals the Truth.”
Please follow the trial, spread the word about it and do what you can to support Assange. I know that Consortium News will be following it closely. Assange’s partner and the mother of his two sons launched a crowdfunding campaign for legal support.
Tributes to Kevin are already being posted. Here are a few:
US Activist and Friend to Venezuela Kevin Zeese Passes Away
Hawkins Press Secretary and Activist, Kevin Zeese, Has Passed Away
COHA Expresses its Heartfelt Solidarity over the Death of Attorney and Human Rights Activist Kevin Zeese
TFA Statement on the Passing of Kevin Zeese
Kevin fought to bring truth every day. We must not lose this struggle.
I will do my best to keep Popular Resistance going and strive to maintain the high quality that Kevin brought to it. I will inform you of the details of the online tribute his sons and I are planning and a way we can honor him and keep his legacy growing, as he deserves.
Rest in power, Kevin Zeese.
Margaret Flowers co-directs Popular Resistance.
This article is from Popular Resistance.
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Shocking and very sad. My condolences to you, Margaret, and Kevin’s family. He was a great fighter and truth-teller, and we don’t have enough of those.
Please accept my condolences, Margaret. You and Kevin cared about the truth and endeavored to make it available to the American public. Thank you for you both have done.
RIP Kevin Zeese – your voice will be missed in progressive circles.
First of all Margaret, my deepest sympathy to you and the family at this sad time. This is such a huge loss for us all in the peace and justice movement. It will be hard to try to fill Kevin’s shoes, but as you say, we must try.
I met the two of you along with Adrienne last year when you came to Western Mass for the fundraiser we at the Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Mass held for your legal defense. I will always remember Kevin’s warmth, brilliance and commitment to our work.
As a Green Party member, I appreciate all you and Kevin have done for our party.
Rest in Power comrade.