Kevin Zeese: Irreplaceable

There is no doubt that if thousands follow his lead we will have a world transformed, writes David Swanson. Kevin Zeese died suddenly early Sunday morning at 64. 

Kevin Zeese.

By David Swanson
DavidSwanson.org

Kevin Zeese was a major constant reliable presence in the movement for peace and justice. He used writing, editing, online and all other forms of communication. He organized events, protests, occupations. He risked arrest. He ran for office. He was an attorney and used the courts and shared his expertise. He thought independently. He acted collaboratively. He maintained good relations with those he disagreed with — even those he disagreed with over that most disagreeable of topics in a collapsing oligarchy: elections.

Kevin and his partner in recent years Margaret Flowers combined art, civil resistance, music, journalism, radio and coalition building to cross issue areas and energize. Losing Kevin is a horrible blow, but nobody can say he didn’t put his time to good use. Nobody can say that if thousands followed his lead we wouldn’t have a world transformed. Nobody can say that he didn’t make a major difference, exposing injustice and changing public policy and culture for the better.

When I type in “Zeese” on davidswanson.org I find this radio show. Take a listen.

Then I find an old announcement of a shadow cabinet with myself as Secretary of Peace and Kevin as Attorney General.

I find plans for event and joint statements — pages and pages and pages of them. I find that Kevin was part of protecting an embassy against a coup, occupying Washington, D.C.; legalizing drugs; opposing NATO; meeting with the U.S. Institute of Peace to ask them to support peace; rallying in support of numerous whistleblowers; speaking out powerfully for countless causes. Kevin was an environmentalist, an anti-racist, a socialist, a war abolitionist, a poverty abolitionist. He supported World BEYOND War from the get-go and served on our advisory board, not only in name, but actually strategizing and advising, wisely and creatively.

Kevin took on the plutocrats, the lobbyists, the Chamber of Commerce, the weapons dealers, the politicians, and the pundits — fairly and fearlessly. Going back through my own website I see how many times I interviewed him and he interviewed me, and I recall how many other people he influenced. But looking up “Zeese” on worldbeyondwar.org, is overwhelming.

A recent classic:
“Guaidó’s Failed Foreign Tour Ends With A Flop” 
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Another:
“Iran Wants Peace. Will The US Allow Peace With Iran?” 
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

More:
“Koreas Negotiating Peace Treaty and End To Demilitarized Zone “
By Kevin Zeese

See Kevin’s portrait and bio on “Americans Who Tell the Truth.”

But perhaps best of all, watch this video of a speech that Kevin made at World BEYOND War’s conference in Toronto in 2018, in which Kevin discusses his understanding of how to build a social movement that succeeds. Listen carefully.

David Swanson is available to speak to classes and at events in-person or via Zoom/Skype/etc. He isan author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Here is his email: david@davidswanson.org

This article is from DavidSwanson.org

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2 comments for “Kevin Zeese: Irreplaceable

  1. Nathan Mulcahy
    September 7, 2020 at 20:21

    I had the greatest respect for Kevin Zeese, and am so saddened at his death. He practiced what he preached. May he rest in peace.

  2. September 7, 2020 at 18:04

    A prayer in loving memory of a good man, peacemaker and hero who has gone home – Mr. Kevin Zeese.

    *

    “Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.”

    “Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

    “Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”

    TECUMSEH (1768-1813) Shawnee Chief

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