By Victoria Law
In May, I wrote a short blog post about the influence Marilyn Buck had on my early days as a prison abolitionist, esp as a young girl struggling to find my way in what seemed to be a male-dominated movement. She not only encouraged my political work but, since once upon a time she had been an assistant photo teacher, encouraged my photography too (even though my early works were just plain bad).
Marilyn was released from prison on July 15, 2010.
had known she was battling cancer and so, when she was released and
living only a short train ride away, I didn’t think that I needed to see
her *immediately.* There would be time, I thought, to get a bite to eat
or have tea or for me to show her around the darkroom so that she could
get reacquainted with the old-fashioned darkroom techniques she had
once known so well.
It didn’t occur to me that we might not ever have a chance to meet.
She passed away yesterday (Tuesday), August 3rd. I’m saddened and stunned by her passing. I am glad that she was able to die among friends and loved ones rather than locked away from her community in what passes for a prison medical center.
Rest in Peace Marilyn. You were an inspiration and an encouragement and I’m honored to have known you.
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