Tuesday, November 17, 2009

goodbye Errin

Just found out my friend Errin Vuley passed away, killed in a car crash. She was 35 years old.

Errin always had a smile and she worked so hard for the rights of women and girls in Georgia. She fought for our reproductive justice: the right for a woman to not have children if she didn't want them; the right to have children if she wanted them; and the right to raise her children.

Errin livee her values of equal rights for all and was such a loving person.

I am going to miss her so much. I'm so glad I got to see her recently at a SisterSong conference. After the panel discussion, we sat in the corner at lunch and shared and giggled like girlfriends. She had just started a new job, had recently gotten married, was embarking on a new phase of her life.

And now it's all gone. She's gone.

So many thoughts ricocheting around my brain.

Husband's job as a lawyer is 90% about car crashes and he routinely talks about driving in Atlanta, or more specifically, being in a car in Atlanta as driver or passenger, being one of the most dangerous things you can do.

I haven't known anyone hurt or killed in a car crash, even as I've been in a few myself.

Also, just on Saturday I went to the dedication ceremony for the Phillip Rush Center: Supporting Atlanta's LGBT Community. Phillip was a friend of mine who passed away earlier this year. He was only 55. I wrote about it here.

I'm not religious, but I know that I've been really blessed to have known 2 such wonderful people, activists who really made a difference in people's lives.

I have so much to live up to.


Jen said...

Our hearts and prayers are with Errin. Only knew her a short time - she was a new employee, but her bright smile and outgoing attitude was infectious. We'll miss you.

Saranga said...

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

KnitTech said...

My condolences. ((hugs))

ebonybarley@gmail.com said...

Errin was a teacher for me. She gave me my first opportunity in Atlanta by bringing me to GARAL. I will truly miss her and her big beautiful smile.

Saliena said...

Errin was my best friend... we spent last night with Dana and her family... and tonight helping clean her house so when Dana gets home... the world is going to miss her... we have lost such an amazing soul.. the world... Dana.. my husband... all of her friends will never be the same.

God I am going to miss her...

Saliena Guzman

Roxanne said...

Errin was a mentor and friend to me at GARAL for years. I am so shocked and saddened by this. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I will miss her terribly!