NLN has lost a friend: a fighter for single payer health care, a woman who died of lung cancer at age 50, a woman who was fighting to stop the banks from taking her house after she went broke paying medical bills, a woman who repeatedly pressured Congressman Mike McMahon to represent his constituents and not the insurance companies, a woman whose presence made a long struggle enjoyable for those who stood with her.
NLN has lost a friend.
If you believe that people should come before profits, that education should come before foreign wars, that health care serves our nation better than torturing helpless prisoners, that elected officials who describe themselves as “centrists” while maintaining a corporate voting record are more accurately characterized as opportunists — then you too have lost a friend.
Her name was Kathleen Kelly. Kathy was a lifelong Staten Islander. She described herself as a moderate and was not a firebrand. But she was a community organizer who put people first and never seemed to tire. She will be missed.
NLN Articles mentioning Kathleen Kelly:
•Health Care Reform: The Cure For Bipartisan Disorder?
•“It’s Good To See So Many People Here…”
•Activists Die-In For Health Care, Protest Outside McMahon’s Office
•Looking For A Leader: Will The Real Mike McMahon Please Stand Up?
•Public Option Protest At McMahon’s Office
Click Here To See Videos featuring Kathy Kelly
In the end, McMahon voted against health care – declining to even discuss single payer health care – but the struggle continues.