Rest In Peace, Kelley Johnson
Our hearts are broken at the recent passing of long-time PDA activist Kelley Johnson, of Massachusetts. When we think of Kelley, we remember his dedication to PDA. He was always there; at Winslow meetings, in DC, and all points between.
Kelley was especially active in our Educate Congress efforts.
Lobbying with Kelley was always rewarding. He was extremely effective and compelling when making the case for progress. He helped out at Progressive Central events, at our round table series on Capitol Hill, and played a very active roll in PDA Massachusetts.
Kelley was the consummate team player. He never called attention to himself. He just found out what needed doing and did it. But along the way he single handedly helped connect us with members of Congress, who deeply respected him.
Kelley worked closely with Rep. Jim McGovern’s office over the years, and one of the high points was when helped to get Be A Hero spokesperson Ady Barkan to testify at the historic Rules Committee Medicare For All hearing.
People may assume things like that just happen, but historic achievements happen because of years of building relationships and trust, hard work, focus, knowledge, and determination. That was Kelly.
Kelley was also an intellectual leader, arguing about how to restore the soul of the Democratic Party. He often provided good advice that would improve our strategy and tactics.
PDA is better because of the smart, honest, principled leadership he provided, and we all will miss him dearly.
Please leave a comment below honoring Kelley’s service to the movement, and to us all.