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Home » Archives » July 2005 » Ben White the Dad

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07/31/2005: "Ben White the Dad"


I have always explained Ben to my friends as the only full-time activist since the sixties that I know. I have always envied and respected Ben doing whatever it took to follow his convictions all of which I agreed with, but didn't have the courage myself to give up "all else" to try to help talk some sense into the world.

I have to admit, I was critical of Ben leaving his children so much for the "fight", even though they were always left with wonderful caring families here on San Juan Island. His last trip to Mexico, however, changed my mind. He came home very sick, but the first words out of his mouth when I asked him how the trip went were, "I fell in love with my son." You see, he always tried to have his children join him on his travels. He showed them the world and opened their minds to many different cultures, economies and issues not just the ones in our neighborhood. His children, Julia, 19, and Ben, soon to be 16, have become amazing young adults. They are totally different. I think Julia will continue the passionate fight. Ben definitely has potential of becoming a major leader in our times in bringing consensus among those that are so close to agreeing but just need the right mediator in pointing out the obvious. He has gained incredible diplomacy and has an amazing understanding of how things truly work in this world.

If you want to do something for Ben, support his children. You'll see them in the community for at least another few years, and I think you just may hear of them for many years to come. Ben gave them more in his way too short years then any other parent I have ever known.

Finally, I cannot help but believe that the invasions on our natural environment which flow through to our bodies the issues Ben fought so hard for is what killed him killed my Husband killed my Father etc. etc. Too many people are still dying of cancer.

Cathy Cavanagh


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