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Trailblazing Political Activist

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Arthur Obermayer
Arthur Obermayer, who passed away on January 10, 2016, was well known as a visionary in entrepreneurship and philanthropy. His trailblazing peacemaking work was equally impressive. After many years of political involvement, including a stint as a speech writer for the 1972 McGovern presidential campaign, Obermayer became convinced of the centrality of the political process in effecting change. When he decided in 1989 to make peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians a primary focus of his life, Obermayer determined that the Israeli Ratz Party (a forerunner to the Meretz Party) most closely reflected his views. He set about building a support organization for the party in the U.S. with both a political and charitable arm. This organization’s legacy is carried forward today by Partners for Progressive Israel. And this was just the beginning of his activism. Read Obermayer’s story here >