Richard Myers, union activist, writer, labor historian, graphic artist, photojournalist, poet, and proud worker, passed from this world on Thursday evening. His loss leaves the Denver social justice community stunned and heartbroken.
Richard was born and raised in Nebraska and came to Denver in his youth. He worked in a factory for 33 years, where he also began a career as a union activist. Richard served as a steward in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Later he joined the Industrial Workers of the World, where he played a vital role in making the Wobblies an important player in the Colorado social justice community. For two years, Richard also served the IWW as Branch Secretary of the Denver General Membership Branch. He joined the fight for grocery and retail workers, with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Richard worked passionately for many other causes and could always be found where people were fighting the good fight. He was one of the founders of Colorado Indymedia and a major participant in our predecessor, Rocky Mountain Indymedia. His poster art has been an important feature of almost every radical and progressive campaign in the area, for decades.
Richard's writings in Daily Kos, TPM Cafe, the Industrial Worker, H-Labor, and many other venues, have brought a compassionate working class view to readers worldwide. He developed a grassroots approach to media activism that was successful in various initiatives, from freeing dumpster divers facing jail terms, to destroying the economic base of a powerful hatemonger, in the Stop Rush campaign. He also served as joint editor and an author of Slaughter in Serene, published in 2005, and available at http://workersbreadandroses.org/ as well as many bookstores and libraries.
The best collection of Richard's work, thought, and heart can be found on his website at:
Richard's friends and comrades are currently planning a memorial service. Details will be posted when available.