Chapel Hill is at risk of losing one of it's most dedicated, inspiring, and historic leaders. I just got the following message about former Chapel Hill Town Council member, UNC professor, local civil rights agitator, and tireless activist for peace and justice all over the globe Joe Straley.
Friends of peace with justice,
The seeds of hope and the struggle for justice and peace continue in us and all who share the struggle as Joe Straley departs.
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 07:33
Subject: Please keep Joe and Lucy in your hearts.
Dear friends and neighbors,
Joe Straley is in intensive care. His blood pressure is very low. Kidney function is poor. All his children have arrived.
There is little that can be done. The time for a lot of help will be when Lucy is alone.
Please keep Joe and Lucy in your hearts.
This will be a devastating loss to our community, but I feel fortunate to have known Joe and and honored to have struggled for justice alongside him.
UPDATE, Joe is on the mend!
After forwarding a message that reflected the urgency of a blood pressure level of 32/13, I visited the intensive care unit at NCMH where I expected to visit with Joe Straley's family in the waiting room. I learned that Joe's condition has improved.
With his family in the room, Joe and we had a surprisingly lively discussion on issues of the day. Lucy stayed with the conversation, reading son Joe's notes detailing the discussion.
David Straley says the doctor has offered a course of treatment designed to raise Joe's blood pressure. (You'd think the daily news would do it)
Anyone planning to visit can expect brief stays, at times a sleeping patient, and of course we need to watch for signs of tiring.
It's a relief to have better news to share!
It's still a great time to send your love and prayers (if you do that kind of thing) Joe and Lucy's way.