Over the weekend we received a message from Robin Monahan informing us that his brother Laird (Sept 8, 1940 - Sept 19, 2013) has passed away.
Laird was among the first people to reach out to Move to Amend after our coalition formed. He and his brother Robin were outraged by the Citizens United decision and offered to support Move to Amend by walking across the United States to spread the message of the need for an amendment to end corporate constitutional rights and money as free speech.
Laird Monahan, husband, father, brother, uncle, and staunch supporter of Move To Amend, died at a hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, due to complications from cancer. On Thursday evening Laird lapsed into a coma and died on Thursday, September 19, just before midnight
Today, September 22, Laird's Minnesota family gathered at his brother Robin's home in Shoreview, Minnesota to celebrate Laird's life with remembered stories about Laird.
On Sunday October 13, Laird's friends from Move To Amend, Veterans For Peace, and the Occupy Movement are invited to Robin's home for a similar celebration of Laird's life with stories and refreshments.
Next summer, Laird's ashes will be brought to Minnesota to be scattered, as Laird requested, on the shore of Rainy Lake
Please channel loving and supporting thoughts and prayers to Laird's wife Nina, in Stockholm, and his daughter Brie, in Minneapolis.
We offer our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Laird.
“I will never forget the first conversation I had with Laird Monahan,” said David Cobb, of Move to Amend's National Team. “It was only a few weeks after the Citizens United decision, and we were just forming Move to Amend. He had the crazy idea to walk across the country with his brother to bring attention and support to the cause."
Move to Amend National Team member Nancy Price added, “Wherever he is resting now...I bet he and Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who walked across the country for campaign finance reform to get money out of politics in 2000, are comparing routes and their adventures.
Laird’s commitment to justice and democracy knew no limit. He was an example to us all, and will be very much missed by those who knew him and for those whose paths he was yet to cross. For now we mourn, and soon we will rejoice in his legacy.
Joining together in sympathy,
Ashley Sanders, Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Nancy Price, Richard Monje
Move to Amend National Leadership Team