We are sad to announce the passing of Seymour Michael Miller (a.k.a. S.M. Miller, aka Mike), one of the four founders of United for a Fair Economy in 1994. Sociologist, professor, activist, and a prolific writer, Mike touched the lives of countless students, activists, colleagues and friends.
At UFE, we remember Mike for his kindness, his challenging questions, his smile and his wit. He was always UFE's #1 fan. Mike served on the UFE Board for many years, then continued as board member Emeritus through his death. His gears were always turning, posing probing but constructive questions during board meetings, connecting UFE to like-minded individuals & organizations, and occasionally sending clippings or short notes to staff members with his latest ideas.
Executive Director Jeannette Huezo recalls Mike's help during her early years at UFE. “During my early years on staff at UFE, he was an active board member. He was a revolutionary, basically. That was our connection. He got close to me because he had done a lot of solidarity work in Central America during the late 70’s and 80’s and understood my struggle with the English language, and offered me his help. I had several classes with him – really basic English grammar – that helped me to survive my first years at UFE! I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to have his support.”
Mike’s warmth, genuineness and generosity will live on in our hearts as we continue to advocate for the economic justice & racial equity that he fought for and cared about so deeply.
To read more about Mike’s life and accomplishments, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_M._Miller