May You Rest in Power and Peace, Mitch

On June 24th of this year the Democratic Party progressive community lost a much revered leader when our New Mexico Adelante Caucus Vice Chair Mitch Buszek departed the planet.  We miss him so much.

Mitch spent decades doing the nuts and bolts visionary work that real change requires, pioneering a path for progressives all over the country and lighting a fire in the belly of our New Mexico movement to build a more just and livable world for our people.  He set an example by boldly speaking truth to power when that was a very risky thing to do. He showed us how to fight the good fight in the right spirit and generously mentored new leaders to follow in his footsteps. The many roles in which he gave his all include service as a campaign manager and as a front lines community organizer. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his heartfelt humanity and passion for justice infused life into the room.  He was a devoted father and grandfather, a warm and forthright friend, a person you could trust, a beautiful human being who gave of himself unstintingly and in good faith.

In all ways from the personal to the political, Mitch bequeathed us something to aspire to in our own precious time on this planet.  Perhaps that was his greatest gift to those who come behind.  Let us honor his legacy by carrying it forward in these terrible times when the inhuman forces of greed are inflicting untold suffering on living beings everywhere.  At this pivotal historic moment, with our sustaining earth being despoiled beyond recall and our hard won democracy under threat, our work is cut out for us. The stakes couldn’t be higher.  As we gird up our loins to keep taking on Goliath, we are blessed to have Mitch as our intrepid inspiration and guide.

Thank you, Mitch.  Rest in power and peace, dear friend.  You will ever live on in our hearts, and in the work we do on behalf of generations to come.

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