One Less Truth-Teller
Posted by Alice Chasan on August 21, 2008
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrat of Ohio, died yesterday after suffering a burst brain aneurysm.
Tubbs Jones, 58, was the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. She was first elected in 1998 to represent Ohio’s 11th District, which includes Cleveland, and in the 110th Congress served as chair of the House Ethics Committee.
Those are the facts that any obituary would report. They’re impressive enough to convince readers that the world has lost a trail-blazer and a woman of great substance.
Rooflines marks her passing with sadness, as the loss of a determined champion of the least among us, an advocate of affordable housing, and a passionate seeker after social and economic justice.
When a truth-teller dies, the world is diminished.
About the author more ¬Ľ
Alice Chasan served as editor and associate publisher of Shelterforce magazine, nhi.org, and shelterforce.org through 2008. During 29 years as a journalist, Chasan has won awards for her investigative and political reporting and public-policy analysis. Her magazine posts have included the chief editorship of World Press Review magazine, executive editorships at Tikkun and The American Prospect, and the chief editorship of New Jersey Reporter, a monthly magazine of politics and public policy. She also served as program and editorial director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the New York City-based international press freedom advocacy organization.