IPR Contributor Dies

Kevin Zeese, an attorney and IPR contributor who posted 44 articles on this site, has died, Ballot Access News reports.  Zeese was heavily involved in the Green Party and the Howie Hawkins 2020 campaign for president.  He reportedly died suddenly of a heart attack on September 6 at the age of 64.

Here is his Wikipedia profile.  Here is his Twitter account.

The last article he posted on IPR was on July 24, titled DC Activists Support Shahid Buttar, Call Accuser Troubled Person With History Of False Accusations.

According to his bio here:

Kevin Zeese is a public interest attorney who has worked for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. He co-directs PopularResistance.org which works to build the independent movement for transformational change. Zeese co-hosts, Clearing the FOG a radio podcast which airs on We Act Radio, Progressive Radio Network, and other outlets.  He is recognized as a leading activist in the United States in the series Americans Who Tell the Truth. Zeese was an organizer of the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in 2011.  He serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy and is a co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance as well as a former director of NORML. He is a co-founder of Health Over Profit for Everyone which seeks to put in place National Improved Medicare for All. Zeese is an advocate of Internet Freedom and is a leader of the campaign for Title II Net Neutrality to ensure equal access and treatment for everyone on the Internet.  Zeese served on the steering committees of the Chelsea Manning Support Network which advocated for the Wikileaks whistleblower and is on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which supports Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and other whistleblowers. Zeese is an election integrity advocate who a co-founded TrueVote Maryland which led a successful campaign to end the use of paperless voting machines in the state.  He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including Peter Camejo for governor of California served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004 and as a senior advisor to Jill Stein in 2016.  He ran for the US Senate in 2006; the only person ever nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland and the only person ever nominated by the Green and Libertarian Parties for a statewide office. Zeese served as Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

5 thoughts on “IPR Contributor Dies

  1. wolfefan

    I’m sorry to hear this. I appreciate his passion for justice and his willingness to put himself forward for what he believed in.

  2. William Saturn Post author

    From Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

    Democracies don’t produce many extraordinary civic leaders like Kevin Zeese. He was super-passionate for justice for all and he had deep substantive knowledge about the law, the political economy and the environment. Kevin linked this knowledge to bold organizing and relentlessly put many elevating forces in motion that will continue and grow as his legacy.

    Kevin’s work will inspire many people to carry on his fight for a better society.

    Our sympathies are with Margaret Flowers and his family.

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