Poet, visionary Gil Scott Heron dies

We lost a powerful voice for social justice when Gil Scott Heron died Friday at 62. I really have no words, so let’s let some of his most famous speak for themselves:

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    I learned of this Friday night, after we returned from the protest against the rapist cops, and the combination of the two things devastated us. Liars walking free while we’ve lost one who spoke so truthfully and eloquently about the state of our society.

  • http://feministing.com/members/shasty/ emmie

    It was very weird, I first found out about his death just a few days ago. And right when I found out about it on the internet, at the exact same time I was listening to one of his songs. “New York is killing me” is the song I was listening to. From his newest and (now sadly) his last album, ‘I’m New Here’. Great song, and great final album. So sad of his passing.