|Joe Morse, a life long activist from Winona, passed away on Thursday, September 28. Joe led and was involved in many good fights. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. We will post more as we hear more and encourage you to share your thoughts if you knew him.|
Joe was a Freedom Rider and a CORE organizer from 1964 to 1967 in Mississippi. After that he went on to organize in the Winona area and talk to young people about the Civil Rights movement.
This is a bit from his page at the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement site: I have used the many skills and what I learned in the CR movement to work in poverty programs, organizing against war, environmental justice for native americans, protecting the environment, starting several programs for men who batter as part of the battered women's movement and establishing a Martin Luther King Celebration in my home community - Winona, MN
Most recently, Joe was involved in the efforts to block dangerous high capacity electrical transmission lines and the fight against frac sand mines in the Winona area.
I did not really know Joe, but I do know that he worked very hard on the issues that are important to us. I am thankful for his compassion and courage and energy.