RIP Joani Blank, 1937-2016

Photo via JoaniBlank.com.
Photo via JoaniBlank.com.

I am incredibly sad to say that activist, entrepreneur, writer and editor Joani Blank passed away over the weekend. Joani was an amazing soul who touched so many lives, including mine.

 
I have been privileged to know many great people who have changed the world for the better. I think it is fair to say that some of the things Joani did (in particular, needless to say, founding Good Vibrations, and Down There Press) helped to alter our culture in profound ways.
 
In this movement, she was not alone but stood proudly with a generation of powerful women for and with many of whom she could be, at various times inspiration, mentor, resource, coworker, compatriot, comrade, gadfly, and (if you’ll forgive me some poetic license) spirit animal. She believed in something great, and she helped create it.
 
I feel privileged that while it was started by women and grew from Feminist principles, the movement Joani helped to build cheerfully welcomed men (me included) and others onto the team, because this is and should be everyone’s revolution.
 
My world feels colder for Joani’s absence, but so much warmer for her having been here, and for my having been lucky enough to know her.
 
Thank you, Joani. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.