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Rest in Power, Kevin Zeese (1955 - 2020)

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/07/rest-power-kevin-zeese-1955-2020

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I got the news of Kevin’s death yesterday afternoon. I’m still in shock. We are all mortal at any age, but I seriously never anticipate the death of my heroes like Kevin. It feels like a death in the family; our family of fighters for peace and truth. Rest in peace and power Kevin.

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I was fortunate enough to get to know Kevin several years ago and protest next to him. He really knew what Democracy looked like and was not afraid to stand up for it.

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Damn it! I hate reading about the loss of such an important movement person. Kevin has been one of the great organizers on the left – intellligent, uncorruptable, with a strong sense of what is right and what is BS. He had a sense of humor, a humanist soul, and was not a self-promoter. A true movement person.

He will be sorely missed as seque from what will hopefully be a struggle to get rid of Trump on Nov. 2 (and Jan. 21!) go ghe struggle to replace the sclerotic Democraitc Party with a genuine socialist one.

Keven Zeese Presente!

Margaret, My heartfelt sympathy to you an Kevin’s kids for this terrible blow, but I know he left Popular Resistance in good hands!

Dave Lindorff

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Fight On From Above Kevin.

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From “a recent classic” (2/2/20) by Zeese & Flowers, referenced in David Swanson’s tribute today:

Guaidó was in steep decline at home when he left Venezuela, losing the presidency of the National Assembly as even much of the opposition to Maduro now oppose him. His support has primarily emanated from the United States and President Trump. The US has been keeping right-wing governments in Latin America and its western allies from openly giving up on the failed coup. But now with Guaidó losing the visible support of President Trump, it will become more difficult to keep these countries’ support. The feeble shrinking puppet may be on his final tour as a fraudulent “president.”

Guaidó’s Failed Foreign Tour Ends With A Flop
~https://worldbeyondwar.org/guaidos-failed-foreign-tour-ends-with-a-flop/

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This is very sad news. I loved Kevin.
KZ was one of those pure champions of the cause, a fighter for truth, justice, and the egalitarian way. My hope is that he has inspired others to struggle just as diligently, and I am sure he has.

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I am greatly saddened by the loss of Kevin. For me he was someone always to be admired for his courageous actions.
Rest in power.

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We lost Michael Brooks in July, and now Kevin Zeese.

I can’t help but feel a bit suspicious, in both cases.

Perhaps I am alone in my suspicion, . . . or not?

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I met Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, and David Paul at a Venezuelan Embassy Protectors fundraiser last year in Sacramento. It was a wonderful evening, and I’m very sad to hear that Kevin is no longer with us. There is so much work to be done to get us where we need to be, and with Kevin gone it means we have to try that much harder to get it done.

I think it’s easy to be paranoid any time we suddenly lose someone who inspires others to fight the good fight. I assume it was just Kevin’s time whether we like it or not, but I understand that feeling that someone has taken him away from us.