I rise today to honor Mr. Tim Carpenter, the National Director of the Progressive Democrats of America, who passed away this week. Mr. Carpenter will be rememered as a passionate and highly effecive advocate for jobs, justice and peace. Driven by compassion and a limitless commitment to strengthening our democracy, Mr. Carpenter built and sustained a national grassroots network that has been at the forefront of efforts to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, enact single-payer healthcare, end mass criminalization, strengthen voting rights, pass meaningful campaign finance reform, stop global warming and realize the vision of a full employment society. Mr. Carpenter was a deep believer in participatory democracy, and - in building an organization that empowers citizens to both locally and globally affect positive change - he embodied the principles he cherished.
An inquisitive mind and an extraordinary advocate, Mr. Carpenter traveled from coast to coast, meeting with Americans to learn about their struggles with umemployment, lost healthcare, polluted air and water, denied access to the polls, and injuries sufferend on the battlefield. The coalition he assembled to address these injustices is divese and extraordinarily engaged. Their work - facilitated by Mr. Carpenter - has been indispensable to generating progress for struggling people and our planet. I am exraordinarily grateful for his contributions to our nation and the world.