Monday, March 19, 2012

The Clarity of Granny D

Reposted from The Clarity of Granny D by DeannaRoss

at ninety years old
she marched across the States
for campaign finance reform

'find your passion, follow your path' 
In honor of Doris Haddock (1910-2010), otherwise known as Granny D, who on January 1, 1999 began a 3,200 mile walk across the country to demonstrate her concern for the issue of campaign finance reform, walking ten miles each day for fourteen months. Doris traveled as a pilgrim; walking until given shelter, and 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. It took two more years to gain passage of the McCain/Feingold bill that Granny D fought for. In 1994, she ran against the incumbent for a New Hampshire Senate seat, losing by a surprisingly narrow margin. Granny D passed away in 2010 at the age of 100. 

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