Friday, April 17, 2009

Midge Miller Passes

Midge Miller has passed away at the age of 86.

Here are few words used to describe her:

...feminist, agitator, outsider, pioneer, legislator, champion of social justice and of peace, progressive tribal elder, dynamo, smart, savvy, integrity, Democrat, peace activist, trailblazer...

Midge Miller was also the (step)mother of our State Senator Mark Miller.

News coverage:

News story from Chicago Tribune: Midge Miller, former state lawmaker, dies at 86

"When I think about who was the most effective person for me in that 1968 campaign in Wisconsin, I always come back to the name Midge Miller," McCarthy told me several years before his death. "She recognized the possibility."

Resources and Retrospectives:

From the State Historical Society: Miller, Marjorie "Midge" 1922

Commondreams and the Capital Times: When Poetry Met Politics by John Nichols

What she was doing then: Assistant dean at UW--Madison College of Letters
and Sciences from 1960 to 1966; coordinator of university religious activities
after 1966. In 1967, she ran Eugene McCarthy's state campaign headquarters, and
traveled nationwide with the campaign after that.

First association: We began to take responsibility for what our government did, and we took some responsibility for what we were going to do about it. We didn't just let things happen.

Hangout: Home (mother of nine)/Eugene McCarthy campaign headquarters

Why the '60s matter: Because the government and the Establishment were pro-war, and because the students -- and it wasn't just the students. There were plenty of us who were far from students who were active -- when they lost confidence in the older generation about the war, they also lost confidence in the older generation about all sorts of mores and customs. So they thought they had themselves a major revolution. And they did.

Miller’s biography from the 1973-74 Wisconsin Blue Book can be found here

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