Our old activist comrade and my close friend Steve Nadel passed away in early December 2021. Steve was 68, and had been in good health until a stroke in October.
In my circles, Steve marched with Teen Earth Magic in the 2011 Solstice in the Streets event. We traveled together to Nevada Test Site several times for actions in the 1980s. He helped defend Peoples Park in the 1990s, and organized around Richmond Oil Refinery in recent years. He was also the Funky Nixons’ number one roadie!
Some folks from the old days knew Steve from Livermore Action Group, a 1980s Bay Area anti-nuke and anti-intervention coalition. The character Mort in my book Direct Action is based on Steve – http://DirectAction.org/book
Those who worked with him regarded Steve as one of the sharpest and clearest thinkers we ever met. I wish we’d pressed him to write more. He co-edited Direct Action newspaper in the 1980s and GroundWork magazine in the 1990s – click for back issues.
He consistently called old friends together for holiday BBQs, and hosted a Monty Python-infused party each year at Thanksgiving.
He’ll be missed by friends and by many on the activist front.
What is remembered lives – Steve Nadel, presenté!
– by George Franklin/Luke Hauser