Tribute to Craig Barnes

Craig Barnes passed away yesterday. Craig was a tireless fighter for reviving democracy, in Santa Fe, in New Mexico and in our country. A retired attorney, international negotiator, playwright and author, Craig was the founder and leader of WeArePeopleHere!,, a Santa Fe grassroots organization that sponsored the Alliance for Democracy conference in 2012 and is now working to establish a public bank in Santa Fe. Craig also served on the national board of Common Cause.

While Craig wore many hats, he was always a compassionate and thoughtful man. Though soft-spoken, he made compelling arguments and gave inspiring talks, both on local radio and in-person, on a variety of important social issues. Craig was a highly respected member of the Santa Fe community. He was a good, supportive friend who will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by many, many people. My heart and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Makaela, and his family.


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