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Marcy Martin-Cavanaugh

June 30, 2006 | Page 12

THE FIGHT against injustice and oppression lost an admirable ally June 13, when Marcy Martin-Cavanaugh passed away. Marcy was one of the most positive people I've ever met, and has been a great influence. She was a committed activist and always had her sights set on building a society that put people as a first priority.

Many may have encountered Marcy in her work around environmentalism; during her work with the Central American Task Force in Cincinnati in the 1980s; as a member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); or, more recently, as a member of the International Socialist Organization. Marcy marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C.

I'll still never forget when I first met Marcy. It was amazing to see the way she could bring out the confidence of those around her. Marcy's energy and forward-looking approach was infectious.

Marcy was many things to many people. A mother, wife, friend, a trade unionist, a socialist--but most importantly, she was a beautiful human being. She is a testament to the human spirit. Marcy is, and always will be, a fighter against injustice everywhere.

Remember that the very best of what Marcy had to give is in so many of us. It's the strength of this memory that makes us all stronger fighters for a better world.
Shane Johnson, Cincinnati

Messages of condolence can be sent to: The Cavanaughs, 512 McAlpin Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

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