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Ash writes: "On Tuesday, September 26, Scott Galindez, longtime peace activist and firebrand progressive died at the Hospice of North Iowa. Scott succumbed to complications stemming from diabetes."

Scott Galindez speaking to a group of activists in Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (video image: PRTV)
Scott Galindez speaking to a group of activists in Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (video image: PRTV)

Scott Galindez, Peace Activist, Teacher, Dead at 52

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

04 October 17


n Tuesday, September 26, Scott Galindez, longtime peace activist and firebrand progressive died at the Hospice of North Iowa. Scott succumbed to complications stemming from diabetes.

Scott foretold his own passing in a heart-wrenching editorial published on Reader Supported News three days prior to his death, titled “The Most Important Legislation of My Lifetime.”

In the end, Scott made a decision on his own terms to forgo further dialysis treatments. He passed 10 days later.

Scott was born July 6, 1965, near Utica, New York. He graduated from Clinton Central High School in Clinton, New York, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Hawaii. After military service he attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Communications and Political Science.

Scott was first drawn to political action at Syracuse. He was at that point a Reagan supporter. In Scott’s words, “The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him to an activist for Peace and Justice.”

As he became disillusioned by the Reagan-Bush years, he became increasingly active, attending rallies and seeking guidance from preeminent peace protest and civil rights icons of the day. Scott cited Philip Berrigan, William Thomas (William Thomas Hallenback Jr.), Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone as primary influences.

Scott learned well. Personal sacrifice was his weapon against injustice. Whether it was climbing over the White House fence to draw attention to U.S. military aggression, only to be arrested, or arriving hours before an organizing event to help set up seating and staging apparatus for the event speakers, Scott saw sacrificing himself as an obligation in an unjust world. In the mode of Berrigan and the others.

Scott was the co-founder of Truthout, both ideologically and in terms of his selfless labors. He worked tirelessly to get the organization off the ground before there was any funding at all. His vision for what the publication would stand for became a critical component of the DNA of Truthout and later Reader Supported News (RSN).

Scott’s journalism career was put on an abrupt albeit relatively brief hold in 2002, after he was arrested for trespassing at a demonstration at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He served six months in federal detention in Los Angeles, along with five co-defendants, for walking onto the Vandenberg grounds and painting peace slogans on a structure in a secure area.

2004 saw Scott, Marc Ash, and a full Truthout crew at the Republican National Convention in New York City. Navigating the maze of security and political personnel was a special challenge. Scott was a key player in engineering coverage of the event under difficult and often dangerous conditions.

In 2005, Scott was Truthout’s eyes, ears, and presence at Camp Casey. Camp Casey was an early Occupy-style demonstration organized by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, killed in action in Iraq on April 4, 2004. It was one of the longest lasting and best-noted demonstrations of the Iraq war. Scott’s reporting did much to propel public awareness of the demonstration’s message and mission.

After joining RSN in 2010, Scott re-established himself as a movement-building force. On scores of issues affecting everyday people, Scott was the first to see the threat and act on it, the first to see an opportunity and urge the organization to put our efforts behind it.

Scott, longtime RSN contributor and Civil Rights attorney Bill Simpich, and courtroom sketch artist Kay Rudin teamed up in 2013 to cover the landmark trial of Army Private and whistleblower Bradley (Chelsea) Manning. At one juncture Bill Simpich, on behalf of RSN, filed a “Media Access Motion” to compel improved access for members of the media to cover a very restrictive environment. Ultimately the motion was denied, but access did improve.

Scott understood early that the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign for President would be a force. He made close contact and coverage of the campaign a central focus. True to form, Scott became a fixture on the Sanders campaign trail.

It was Scott who saw right from the beginning that the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance would be a lightning rod for Progressive organizing and motivated our action on the issue.

Scott’s final issue before his death was single payer healthcare. Healthcare for every American. On par with all economically developed countries in the world. Scott did not live to see it in his lifetime. But what he did see was that the potential is real.

As our colleague, friend, and contributor Bill Simpich said, “Scott, Rest in Power.”

A public service will be held for Scott at 1:00 PM Central on Monday, October 9 at Dunn's Funeral Home 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA 50312.

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+86 # ktony 2017-10-04 12:21
His insights will be sorely missed.
+85 # bread and butter 2017-10-04 13:00
Thank you Scott.
+54 # bardphile 2017-10-04 13:23
So sad. RIP Scott.
+55 # Blackjack 2017-10-04 13:33
I am truly sorry. I remember recently reading his article in RSN about his health issues and his need for, and hope for, a kidney transplant. I so hoped he would be able to receive one before it was too late. A friend of mine had one a couple of years ago, the need from which arose from obesity. She still has health problems, but is still at home and does not require dialysis. But she has financial means; apparently Scott did not. Why should that matter? Because politically powerful jerks think everyone should have financial means or simply go without vital medical treatment!
+52 # Montanan 2017-10-04 13:35
So very sorry to hear this sad news. With every keystroke, Scott Galindez raised our collective consciousness.
+49 # Wise woman 2017-10-04 13:49
This is truly sad news. Scott would be alive today with a new kidney if we had a single payer health care plan in place. You can now include his death in the 100,000 people who die every year due American medicine. It's a disgusting shame.
+49 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-04 14:05
Very sad. Scott's was a voice for good in a troubled world. I never met him, but I'll miss him.
+38 # chocla 2017-10-04 14:07
So sad to learn of Scott’s death. I always enjoyed his articles and it’s a great los for the progressive movement. Thank you Scott for your dedicated and selfless spirit. May the peace that you fought so much to give us be with you in your new life.
+40 # Farafalla 2017-10-04 14:08
Scott was brilliant in his coverage of the Bernie campaign. I cam to depend on his insights and reports. R.I.P.
+44 # Lolanne 2017-10-04 14:17
RIP, Scott. I have long read your stuff and admired you. You will be sorely missed by RSN and all of us.
+46 # diamondmarge7 2017-10-04 14:23
Scott's death really truly makes me sad. He was such a force for truth, for good. I read every single one of his posts with hope. In his last one here, he spoke of his physical struggles.
Those creepy greedy sociopaths in "power" aren't worth one of Scott's fingertips.
Rest in Peace, Dear Warrior for Truth
+43 # mebemo 2017-10-04 14:30
I always responded to his insights and optimism with gratitude. He contributed so much to RSN, especially covering Bernie with unfailingly positive energy from the very beginning. Sorry to lose him so young.
+38 # John Sgammato 2017-10-04 14:34
Thank you for your service, Scott
+39 # jlg 2017-10-04 14:35
RIP, Scott, with huge, heartfelt thanks for your selfless activism on some of the major issues of today - may Single-payer Healthcare become reality!
+34 # Ellen O 2017-10-04 14:42
I a so saddened to hear this. Even though most of us never had the opportunity to personally meet Scott, I feel like we have gotten to know him through his writing, reporting and commitment to social justice. This is certainly a tragic loss. Is there some way that readers can honor Scott? Please let us know in the coming days.
+20 # Madalyn Anderson 2017-10-04 16:27
I believe a memorial contribution to Reader Supported News would be a fitting tribute.
+14 # economagic 2017-10-04 14:54
I disagreed with Scott (my name also) about relying on the Democratic party for political progress, but I understood his arguments, agreed with him on almost everything else, and salute both his dedication to the cause and his courage in the face of this country's non-health, non-care, non-system (except for its systematic reduction of the people "under absolute despotism").

We owe it to him to fight for better. "NO IS NOT ENOUGH."
+19 # m s 57 2017-10-04 15:07
It's so sad. He was more dedicated to his political beliefs than anyone I've ever known. He committed himself all the way. I'm glad he got to see Occupy, Bernie and the struggle for universal healthcare before the end. He knew hope! Thank you, brother.
+18 # btraven 2017-10-04 15:29
Shakespeare..." The evil that men do lives on but the good is oft interred amongst their bones".
How shocking that such a dedicated and talented young man should die. I am sure you, Marc feel this with much sadness.He was a loyal part of RSN.
The soldiers who lead the attack softtimes suffer the most.
+8 # bardphile 2017-10-05 14:43
How about "Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"?
+16 # Madalyn Anderson 2017-10-04 16:25
I was fortunate to have worked with Scott over the last couple of years. He was an activist right up until his death, speaking out, and trying to make a better world for all. Thank you my friend. We will continue your fight.
+15 # 2017-10-04 16:49
RIP Scott Galindez. A true hero. Champion of the common good.
+15 # lfeuille 2017-10-04 16:50
This is so sad. I was hoping he would find a way to hang on until we got single-payer.

His coverage of Bernie's campaign conveyed a sense of energy and excitement. Reading his reports was almost as good as being there.
+13 # WYThomas 2017-10-04 17:06
Scott was a selfless, happy warrior. His death was needless. Single-payer could have prevented it. It shall come to pass! R.I.P., gallant soul.
+17 # fsboos 2017-10-04 18:04
I'm shocked to hear of Scott's death, since he seemed young to me. He was my favorite writer on RSN. I read all his posts, as he wrestled with the problems of what to do next. He was always honest, and always on the right side. May others take up his mission!
+13 # Ralph 2017-10-04 18:15
So sorry to hear this. Scott's coverage of the Sander's campaign was probably the best in the nation. I remember those heady days in Iowa. You will be sorely missed Scott.
+14 # sbessho 2017-10-04 18:19
We have lost a dedicated fighter for justice and peace. We mourn but resolve to carry on Scott's fight.
+12 # mosullivan 2017-10-04 18:34
Though I never met you, but I followed your stories, and as a former Iowan and Bernie supporter....
Rest in Peace!
+4 # randrjwr 2017-10-05 22:56
I grew up in Utica, NY and thus feel some pride that my home area should produce such a fine journalist and human being. So sad to have to die for lack of a kidney (and apparently for lack of money, as well). Another shameful consequence of our failed capitalistic medical system. I will miss reading his posts. RIP, Scott.
+3 # Barbara385 2017-10-06 13:28
He made us all better. Thank you Scott.
+3 # Painter 2017-10-06 14:49
He had a fine voice that we can still heed!
+2 # Thomas0008 2017-10-06 14:53
Considering what is going on, Scott may be the lucky one. With that happy note, Thank You Scott for your work for us all. You were a good man. Rest in Peace Brother.
+2 # davehaze 2017-10-06 18:46
And death shall have no dominion.
--Dylan Thomas
+4 # lorenbliss 2017-10-07 02:19
I disagreed rather vehemently with Mr. Galindez over his idolization of the Democratic (sic) Party, but we agreed on much else, particularly on this nation's dire, life-or-death need for socialized medicine.

Two very dear friends of mine were killed as Mr. Galindez was killed -- murdered by the Capitalists who denied him healthcare.

I will miss his writing, which I found thought-provoki ng even when I disagreed with its perspective or conclusions, and thus I say to his loved ones, friends and colleagues, I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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