Colia Clark 1940 – 2022

Colia Clark was born in 1940 in Hinds County, Mississippi. She was a student at Tougaloo College when she became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. An activist with the NAACP, she was involved with voter registration efforts. Under the guidance of Medgar Evers and John Salter, Clark founded the NAACP Youth Council in North Jackson, Mississippi. While working with the NAACP, she became special assistant to Medgar Evers, field secretary for the NAACP. In 1962 Clark resigned from the NAACP and became a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to do voter registration work alongside her then husband, SNCC Field Secretary Bernard Lafayette, in Alabama. This project laid essential groundwork for the Selma voting rights campaign of 1965. She was eventually named executive secretary of SNCC. She also participated in street demonstrations and experienced police brutality in the Birmingham campaign of 1963. Continue reading

Grant Mitchell: 2000 – 2022

This is a message that I hoped I would never have to convey - the unexpected passing of a young green party member/supporter. We do not know the exact cause at this time, but Grant passed on early Saturday morning: It is with deep regret that North Carolina Green Party announces the passing of our beloved young member, Grant Mitchell, over the weekend. Continue reading

Elie Yarden

Samuel Elie Yarden died on September 5, 2022 at the age of 99. Elie was surrounded by family at home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the course of his long life he was many things to many people. He was a lover, spouse, father, teacher, composer, traveler, mentor, cook, and a resistor. He had an unquenchable thirst for inquiry and knowledge. He was an activist, a community organizer, a believer in individual autonomy and interdependence, and he abhorred prejudice in any form. Continue reading

Green Party of the United States mourns Founder John Rensenbrink

The Green Party of the United States mourns the passing of one of its esteemed founding members and leaders, John Rensenbrink. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in hospice on July 30, 2022. He was 93 and transitioned one month before his 94th birthday. Greens are remembering John Rensenbrink for his role as prime mover and leader of an independent political party dedicated to ecology, social and economic justice, democracy, and nonviolence and for the intellectual weight he gave the Green Party movement as a global imperative as awareness of the climate crisis emerged. Continue reading

Dee Berry 1926 – 2022

Dee Berry, full of energy, surprised her family and friends by dying at age 96 on April 27. Come celebrate her life on Thursday, July 14, at Simpson House, 4509 Walnut, KC MO, with visitation at 4:30 pm, a service at 6 pm, and a reception. Dee was born in Audubon, Iowa, and—as she wrote in her own obituary—always cherished her small-town background. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Iowa, Dee came to Kansas City, where she married, had five children, and obtained her master’s degree at UMKC. She wrote that she was “caught up in the turbulent ’60s, becoming involved in the peace and justice community, a commitment she kept the rest of her life.” PeaceWorks Kansas City bestowed its Charles E. Bebb Peace Merit Award on Dee in 2015 for outstanding service to the cause of peace. Continue reading

Jennifer Hyman 1987 - 2022

Jennifer was a thoughtful and fierce advocate for our party and social justice. ~ Gloria Mattera New York Jennifer Hyman was a beautiful, intelligent, sensitive soul. She was an activist with the Green Party and Picture The Homeless. She fought and protested for women's and LGBT rights, the environment, the Green New Deal, anti-war, and justice for African-Americans. When she recently graduated with a law degree, she looked forward to using her education to help people with housing problems. Her family and friends were very proud of her. Continue reading

Susan Brown 1948-2022

Journalist, Union Leader and Green Party Candidate On January 13, we lost a good friend in Northwest Indiana and our country lost a valued leader for peace and justice today. Susan Brown made history in 2019 when she became the first-ever Green Party candidate for Valparaiso City Council. In 2016, she was a co-founder and the first chairperson of the Northwest Indiana chapter of the Green Party, the first local chapter in the state to be fully affiliated with the reconstituted Indiana Green Party. Sue went on to serve as chairperson of the Indiana Green Party. Continue reading