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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cherisse Luxa, 1947-2009

This morning, Washington's netroots community lost one of its most wonderful and spirited activists when Cherisse Luxa, the founder of Burien Drinking Liberally, succumbed to stomach cancer. Cherisse was sixty two. She resided in the 34th LD, known for its strong and vibrant Democratic Party organization.

Over at Daily Kos, Cherisse's friend cafecito writes:
If you have ever attended Drinking Liberally, you almost certainly know of Cherisse’s incredible energy and her unstoppable drive to make our community a better place. From her decades as a King County Sheriff’s Deputy to her impressive track record as an activist an advocate, Cherisse made a huge difference, both for Burien and for the broader community.

Cherisse, like many of us, got religion with Howard Dean's run.

Cherisse touched thousands of lives and was a role model for many of us. We will sorely miss her.
Here's to a pioneering netroots activist, Cherisse Luxa. May she rest in peace. We'll always be grateful for the work she did to make our state a better place to live.


Blogger Chad Lupkes said...

Note from Kate Kruller, 11LD Chair: Many of us knew Cherrise from our collaborative efforts in community outreach with the 34th LD. I learned of this news from the Evergreen Democratic Club newsletter and have copied it for you to read.

In Memorium
Cherisse Luxa
1947 - 2009

With a heavy heart, we note the passing of Cherisse Luxa, EDC member and founder of Burien Drinking Liberally. She passed in the early morning of December 13th following a battle with stomach cancer.

Anyone who ever attended Drinking Liberally knows of Cherisse's incredible energy and her unstoppable drive to make our community a better place. From her years as a King County Sheriff's Deputy (among the first female Deputies) to her record as an ardent and vocal supporter of progressive causes, Cherisse made a difference -- both for Burien and for the broader community.

Cherisse's political awakening came with Howard Dean's run for the presidency. She became active in the 34th Democrats, and was instrumental in the positive outcome of the North Highline Annexation vote. Cherisse touched many lives and modeled what it means to get involved. She will be missed.

There will be a celebration of her life on the evening of Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Mick Kelley's Irish Pub in Burien. If you have any photos or stories you would like to share, please contact Liz Giba at 206-605-3824.

In the meantime, if you know of or are able to provide a home to Cherisse's much-loved cats Howard and Harris (who are four years old and prefer to be adopted together), please contact Liz Giba as soon as possible.


January 2, 2010 4:53 PM  

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