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Friday, 09 May 2014 10:39

In Loving Memory of Tim Carpenter

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There may have been those among us who were ready for the inevitable, but I sure wasn’t.  Tim Carpenter remained a dynamic force until the day he died, and remains so now.

Of course those who knew Tim, know that he battled health problems all his life.  Living in extreme and continuous pain from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), like some bizarre sadomasochistic curse from the divine that also served as his moral compass, wasn’t enough.

A tribute to the radical Democrat and “ultimate organizer.”

I first met Tim Carpenter in January of last year, at Progressive Central in Washington, D.C. The third such event in Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)’s 10-year history, the day-long round of panel discussions united left-wing members of Congress such as John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) with activists from the labor, anti-war and environmental movements.

Sunday, 04 May 2014 01:21

Tim Carpenter: A Fighter for Justice

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I want to join today with so many who are remembering the life of Tim Carpenter, a life-long advocate for social, economic and environmental justice.

Tim Carpenter, a political activist and founder of the Progressive Democrats of America, died Monday after a battle with melanoma.

Carpenter, 55, spent much of his adult life defending progressive causes, including nuclear disarmament, campaign finance reform and a single-payer health care system. He worked as an organizer for the presidential campaigns of the Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1988 and Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) in 1992, and addressed the Democratic National Convention as a delegate in 1992. He lived in Florence, Massachusetts.

With the passing of Tim Carpenter, progressive activism lost one of the great minds - and hearts - in the fight against the corporate takeover of American politics. As one of the founders of Progressive Democrats of America, he led both from the grassroots level and by connecting with key progressives within congress, championing the best politicians of our day.

Progressive radio host Thom Hartmann details Carpenter's career in his great piece:

http://www.truth-out.org/...

The following statement was read into the Congressional Record on April 29, 2014 by Representative John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan.

The New Progressive Era lost a giant with the passing of Tim Carpenter on Monday, following a protracted battle with cancer.

As co-founder and National Director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Tim was a force of nature. His energy and determination were contagious. He lit the room with his larger-than-life personality and his jolly smile. Tim was my friend, my mentor, and my comrade in the fight for economic and social justice in the United States and the world. Along with 1000s of PDA members nationwide, I will miss him.

Tim Carpenter never lost faith in the very real prospect of a very radical change for the better. And he never lost his organizer’s certainty that the tipping point that would make the change was just a few more phone calls, a few more rallies, a few more campaigns away.

So he kept on organizing.

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement today on the passing of Progressive Democrats of America leader Tim Carpenter.

NORTHAMPTON — Tim Carpenter, the Western Massachusetts resident who founded the Progressive Democrats of America in 2004 to promote progressive candidates and push things like nuclear disarmament, died Monday in Northampton following a battle with melanoma.

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