Honoring Marty Nathan

Marty Nathan co-founded Climate Action Now in 2012 and has been a driving force for solidarity from our first days. Marty was profoundly affected by the Greensboro Massacre in 1979 when her first husband and four other people were murdered by Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen during a demonstration against White Supremacy. In the wake of this trauma Marty chose to keep her heart open and her passion for justice alive.

Her generosity came shining through in many ways from feeding anyone who entered her home to raising money for grassroots social justice organizations, to keeping alive La Cliniquita, a medical clinic in Springfield that serves immigrants and farmworkers.

Marty spoke her truth fearlessly right until the end. Through the final days of her life she continued writing, demonstrating and speaking out to make this world safer and kinder and to protect the fragile eco-system that we call our home. 

We will profoundly miss Marty Nathan. Those of us in Climate Action Now who had the opportunity to know her or benefit from her wisdom and commitment are broken hearted. We are determined to honor Marty’s legacy and begin to heal our broken hearts through the continuation of the work she believed in so passionately.

To make a donation in honor of Marty please visit the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice and/or La Cliniquita.

We will gather together via Zoom next Saturday, December 11 at 3pm to honor Marty and to share our memories and our grief.