Granny D, who walked across the country to call attention to campaign finance reform, died in 2010 before she could deliver her final speech.
From her bio on the grannyd.com website:
“After the defeat of Senator McCain and Senator Feingold’s first attempt to remove unregulated “soft” money from campaigns in 1995, Doris became interested in campaign reform and led a petition movement. On January 1, 1999–at the age of 89–she began a 3,200–mile walk across the country to demonstrate her concern for the issue, walking ten miles each day for fourteen months. Doris traveled as a pilgrim, walking until given shelter, fasting until given food. With the unflagging generosity of strangers she met along the way, Doris never went without a meal or a bed. She trekked through over 1,000 miles of desert, climbed the Appalachian Range in blizzard conditions and even skied 100 miles after a historic snowfall made roadside walking impossible. When she arrived in Washington D.C., Granny D was met by 2,200 supporters representing a wide variety of reform groups. Several dozen members of Congress walked the final miles with her. Granny D walking with supporters It took two more years to gain passage of the McCain/Feingold bill, during which time Doris engaged in walking fasts around the Capitol, organized rallies in many states, and held demonstrations that twice landed her in DC jails.”
I wonder what she would have said — and done — in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United . . .
Never underestimate the power of an old woman with nothing left to lose. I am reminded of the crones who took a bank in San Francisco a few days ago.
Thanks to commondreams.org.
Occupy the New Hampshire Primary: Granny D’s Last Speech
Betty Hall, a 90 year old Occupy activist reads Granny D’s final speech, a work written before the beloved New Hampshire proponent of campaign reform passed away. And though Granny D never had opportunity to deliver this prophetic speech, we listen today: