Posted at Green Party Watch by Ronald Hardy:
Texas Green Bill Holloway passed away this week. He was the co-chair of the Travis County Green Party, and involved with both the Texas Green Party and GPUS.
I’m posting here an e-mail from Kat Swift regarding Bill Holloway, followed by a recent (Dec. 1) post he wrote at Greenchange.org.
The Green Party of Texas mourns the tragic loss of Bill Holloway. Bill was a dedicated leader who was currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Travis County Green Party in Austin, TX. He will be missed as a mentor and a friend.
Through his kind-hearted activism, Bill touched the lives of so many people. He was an active Green Party contributor at the local, state and national levels. Bill served on numerous committees in the Green Party and in other organizations as well.
Bill Holloway passed away unexpectedly last weekend at his home in Austin, Texas. Given the unexpected nature of his death, we know many will have questions regarding details. Out of respect for Bill, his family, and his lengthy legacy of community service, we hope you understand our reluctance to speculate and request that others will also be circumspect in their communication.
Our heart-felt condolences go out to all of Bill’s friends and family. Bill was a very special person who will be sorely missed.
There will be a memorial service in Austin, TX, on Friday, January 16, and his funeral will be in Oklahoma City, OK, on Wednesday, January 14.
For the memorial, a book is being compiled for his parents. If you would like to contribute, please write down a story or memory of Bill, with a photo if you have one and send it to Sondra – firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th. His family never met most of his friends and, we suspect, had no idea of the difference he made in so many lives. The book is being put together to let them know how many people were touched by and loved him. If the photo and the text can be pasted onto one page, that would be ideal, but whatever people can contribute would be appreciated.
Whatever your beliefs, please keep Bill and his family and vast network of friends in your thoughts, prayers, and/or rituals.
Green Party of Texas
Bill Holloway writing at greenchange.org:
I’m gonna lay out some ideas I’ve been having.
David Cobb said long ago (and in Chicago during the ‘08 pres. nominating convention), and Noam Chomsky recently reinforced the idea on Democracy Now!, that change rarely comes from “above.” It comes from the street, from people’s movements. The abolitionist movement, women’s suffrage, labor rights, civil rights, women’s liberation, the environmental movement—these are some of the movements in this country that led to real reform. Some of these movements led to the formation of political parties that successfully drove the issues.
My opinion and concern is that the US Green Party — at least in the mind of the public (where it counts) — has not been born of such a movement. The public, at least, believes we were created by middle-class white, liberal activists: Ralph Nader’s people, individuals from socialist groups, and disgruntled Democrats. We have had a difficult time connecting to and recruiting working-class people and people of color, as we all know. I believe there is a nacent, building movement for social justice. I believe that they will have a political party, but it will, IMHO, not likely be us unless we are careful and very dedicated. Of course, we have to assess for ourselves whether this is what we want!
To become that party, I believe the Green Party needs to re-invent itself a little bit. I believe we need to become more than just a party and more than just activists. We need to become a community service organization as well, somewhat in the mold of Malik’s Common Ground Relief—taking groceries and prescriptions to the elderly at home, building/re-building houses and schools, providing relief and perhaps legal advocacy, whatever a community needs where a Green Party local is organized.
We need to serve those whose support we want. We have to serve them directly, IMHO, not just as elected officials but on the street and in the home.
Posted to IPR by Paulie