The Kevin Zeese Emerging Activists Fund
Kevin Zeese was a public interest lawyer, organizer and activist for 40 years who worked on a broad range of issues beginning with ending the drug war and mass incarceration to election integrity, peace, economic and trade justice, single payer healthcare, net neutrality, anti-imperialism and more. He was a truth teller and visionary who often started campaigns on issues that were either controversial or ignored.
Kevin was a movement leader who served as a mentor to many young people searching for a way into activism. He saw the connections between all struggles and worked to bring people and organizations across issues and from across the political spectrum to work together toward a common goal. He did so with respect for all people, courage, creativity and love.
The Kevin Zeese Emerging Activists Fund will provide a small grant to one or more activists or a small grassroots organization each year that is in line with the life work and philosophy of Kevin Zeese. The emphasis for grantees will be on people or frontline grassroots organizations working for economic, racial or environmental justice or peace.
Family members who are coordinating this fund include:
Alex Zeese, the oldest son of Kevin Zeese. Alex worked with his father on his 2006 senate campaign and on various political issues, like the anti-war movement and voter rights.
Daniel Zeese is the youngest son of Kevin Zeese. Daniel is an artist, designer, and educator practicing in New England. Daniel’s work explores populations, belonging, and identity.
Eve Zeese is Kevin’s sister. She worked with Kevin on the book Drug Law: Strategies and Tactics and currently teaches at the Irvington Union Free School District.
Sara Stevens is Kevin Zeese’s niece. She works as an event producer and production manager in New York City. Some recent work has included stage managing the 2019 NYC Women’s March, the lights for Liberty immigration rally, and working on the 2019 Queer Liberation March.
Sarah Durand is Kevin Zeese’s cousin. She is a biology professor with the City University of New York at its LaGuardia campus. She collaborates with State and City agencies to provide student internships in the restoration of native salt marsh habitat to the New York estuary.
Aya Aziz is a writer, artist, and activist from NYC, and the niece of Kevin Zeese. Aya works across mediums and examines history, community, joy, and resistance through her art. Her musical Eh Dah? ran at New York Theatre Workshop in 2019.
Paul Y. Song, MD is Kevin Zeese’s cousin. He is a board-certified radiation oncologist, progressive activist and president of the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. He worked with Kevin on National Improved Medicare for All.
Margaret Flowers is Kevin Zeese’s life partner and co-director with Kevin of Popular Resistance as well as co-host with him of the Clearing the FOG radio show. Flowers is a retired pediatrician and most known for activism on single payer health care.
Braden Flowers is the youngest son of Margaret Flowers. He is an engineer working on the future of electric transit, particularly electric cars, and helped Kevin by providing technical support for online meetings.
Jack Flowers is the oldest son of Margaret Flowers. He is a scientist currently working towards his PhD in Germany on post-Lithium batteries. He traveled to Iran with Kevin and Margaret in 2019, and assisted on a handful of Green Party campaigns in 2016 and 2018.