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"Granny D" Passess Away

Doris "Granny D" Haddock died peacefully today in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old. Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago.
She walked across the United States at the age of 90 in the year 2000, in a successful effort to promote the passage of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. In 2004, Granny D decided to challenge incumbent Senator Judd Gregg for his US Senate seat. She hoped to demonstrate that ordinary people can run for office and win with the support of small donations from individuals. Despite a shortened, grassroots campaign without the benefit of any advertising dollars, Granny D garnered an impressive 34% of the vote. During the past year five years, Granny D has traveled the country speaking about campaign finance reform and working on behalf of legislation for publicly-funded elections in New Hampshire.

In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska.

She raised two children, including the late Elizabeth Lawrenz of Washington D.C., and a son, Jim Haddock, who survives her and, with his wife, Libby, was at her side during many of her great adventures, including the final one today. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held this summer.

Granny D when she was last in Portland:

Granny D in Portland, December 2005

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I Remember 10.Mar.2010 10:23

Den Mark, Vancouver

I remember Granny D's speech on the waterfront downtown. I remember her ideals & her fire & her salt. Wonderful! I remember that when she heard about our defiant protest against Portland's sit-lie law, that she came & joined us, & sat down with us, in front of city hall. Wonderful! Thank you, Granny D. Why are there so few of you, Granny D. May we always remember!

Dove-In 10.Mar.2010 17:19

gk

I met Granny D. at the Dove-In at Portland's waterfront one very, very hot day. We wore white shirts and formed a dove with Granny D. as the eye. The picture was taken from above. What a magnificent day! How glad I am to have spent that afternoon with Granny D. and my peace friends. It was one of the best days of my life.

more on Granny D at sit-lie protest 10.Mar.2010 17:29

none

I think that Granny D was at the City Hall sit-lie protest where several of us got busted for violating that bogus "law". (A couple of months later a Multnomah County judge tossed the "law" out as ridiculously unconstitutional.) After hearing that she was there, I was pleased that she witnessed the thuggery of the Portland police as well as the actions we took in the name of democracy in our town.

Granny D was an inspiration to many and will be missed. She walked all the way across America at the age of 90, something I could probably never do at ANY age.

Citizen Doris 13.Mar.2010 16:42

Courtney

When Doris Haddock "Granny D" was arrested for speaking from the Declaration of Independence inside the Capitol in 2000, she had a few words for the judge who ruled in her case; below is an excerpt from those words.

..."f your concern is that we might have been blocking the halls of our government, let me assure you that we stood to one side of the Rotunda where we would not be in anyone's way. But I inform you that the halls are indeed blocked over there.

They are blocked by the shameless sale of public policy to campaign contributors, which bars the doors and the halls to the people's legitimate needs and the flow of proper representation. We Americans must put an end to it in any peaceful way that we can. Yes, we can speak when we vote, and we do. But we must also give our best effort to encourage the repair of a very broken system. We must do both."

...from a speech in Portland, 2005: "Corporations don't belong in politics, it's illegal and they need to get the hell out!"