The Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice invites you to join us in
Celebrating Arky Markham!
A life of Joy and Social Justice.
Saturday, September 21
4:30 to 7 pm
Smith College Conference Center on Paradise Pond
Mary Clare Higgins, Representative Peter Kocot, Northampton Council President Bill Dwight, Frances Crowe, Lisa Baskin, Jo Comerford, Tim Carpenter & many others.
Video by Natalia Muñoz
Music by The Wise Guys,
Tom Neilson & Elliot Fratkin
For more information contact Marty Nathan at email@example.com.
To make your tax-deductible donation to the Markham-Nathan Fund, go to (link)
Jesse Adams, Katharine Baker & Peter Titelman, Lisa Baskin, Pauline Bassett & Lan KatzJohn & Francesca Bowman, Jo Comerford & Ann Hennessey, Jane Cross & Paul Spector, Jan & Robin Dizard, John Foster, Elliot Fratkin & Marty Nathan, Norbert Goldfield, Joan Grenier & Jon Weissman, Jean Grossholtz, Bruce & Ruth Hawkins, Katie Hicks & Henry Rosenberg, Matthew Kane & Ann Markes, Marisa Labozzetta & Martin Wohl, Leslie & Bruce Laurie, Jim Levey & Christine Olson, George & Ann Levinger, Patricia Lee Lewis, Susie Lowenstein-Kitchell, Dale Melcher & Bill Newman, Wendy & David Newton, Bill Norris, Carolyn Oppenheim in memory of C. Ward Morehouse, Carol Owen & Michael Posner, Dale & Lorna Peterson, Evelyn K. Robb, Peter and Hedy Rose, Deborah Schifter, Ann & Ed Shanahan, Al & Mary Siano, Elizabeth Silver & Lee Badgett, Ellen Story, Alice Swift, Beth Ward & Ay Lin Han, Marea Wexler, Kathleen Winkworth & Jim Shamey, Bob & Janet Winston, Jackie Wolf
Joyce Thatcher, Jules Chametzy, Kent & Scottie Faeber, Kit Fairchild, Lydia Kann Nettler, Margola G. Freedman, Marjorie Hess, Norton & Jeanne Juster, Peter & Pat Schneider, Shel Horowitz & Dina Friedman, Susan Lantz
The Markham-Nathan Fund was founded in 2009 to honor George Markham and Mike Nathan by their wives, Arky Markham and Marty Nathan. It gives out yearly grants to grassroots social justice and peace groups in Western Massachusetts.
This years grantees included Climate Action NOW, Nuclear Free Future, Arise for Social Justice, Just Communities of Western Mass, Manos Unidos, the Prison Birth Project, Out NOW, the Veterans’ Education Project, Springfield NoOne Leaves, Voices from Inside, the Franklin County Interfaith Council & Western Mass Jobs With Justice.
Arky Committee: Lisa Baskin, Hector Figarella, Elliot Fratkin, Jim Levey, Natalia Munoz, Marty Nathan, Mary Siano, Elizabeth Silver, Janet and Bob Winston
Markham- Nathan Fund for Social Justice 2013 Grantees
At the April 13 Duopalooza event in Northampton, the Markham-Nathan Fund For Social Justice presented grants to 12 grassroots organizations that answer the call to justice.
The 2013 Markham- Nathan Fund for Social Justice Grantees Are:
Arise for Social Justice, Springfield MA http://
Climate Action NOW Western Mass, Amherst MA http://climateactionnowma.org/
Interfaith Council of Franklin County http://www.
Jobs with Justice of Western MA, Springfield MA http://wmjwj.org/
Just Communities of Western Mass, Springfield MA http://wmjwj.org/just-
Manos Unidas, South Lee MA
Nuclear Free Future, Athol MA http://traprock.info/focus%
Out Now! Springfield MA http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Prison Birth Project, Northampton MA http://theprisonbirthproject.
Springfield No One Leaves/Nadie se mude http://www.
Veterans Education Project, Amherst MA http://vetsed.org/
Voices from Inside, Florence MA http://voicesfrominside.org/
The Markham-Nathan Fund was established in 2009 in memory of George Markham and Dr. Mike Nathan, who never met each other but touched the lives of many people with their dedication to social justice and peace. The Fund was created to continue their legacy and supports small groups in Western Massachusetts organizing and supporting the poor and powerless for a more just and peaceful world.
Download the Grant Guidelines outlined on this page by clicking here.
Markham- Nathan Fund for Social Justice
PO Box 943
Northampton MA 01061
George Markham was a tireless advocate for workers rights, economic justice, social change, and single payer health care. As a legislative agent for the Massachusetts CIO in 1946, George was instrumental in the passage of the Fair Employment Practices Act and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Shortly after moving to Northampton in 1971, he organized the Northampton Elder Americans, and founded and was the first chair of the local CPPAX chapter. He served on the Democratic City Committee and was Democrat of the Year. Never afraid to take on the “powers that be” George challenged, argued, demonstrated and demanded for what was right. He is a journalist, intellectual, professor, gardener, chef, writer, and an unyielding, uncompromising activist for justice. He has been married to Arky Markham for 40 years.
Arky Markham has devoted her life to the cause of social justice, anti-war and anti-racism work, and single payer health care. She was a founding member of the Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition and an active member of MassCare, an organization whose sole mission is the enactment of single payer health care. Arky and George were leaders in efforts to get legislative appropriation of $50,000 to study the feasibility of a state single payer system. In 1982 Arky was a founding member of Social Workers for Peace and Justice which advocates for single payer health care and political freedom in Latin American countries. She was an early and strong opponent of the war in Vietnam (her first date with George was at a demonstration against the war). Arky was also a founding member of Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy and Torture and a founder and early board member of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Arky continues to be active in anti-war vigils, lobbying, leafleting, organizing, presentations and educational programs. She has been married to George for 40+ years.
Mike Nathan, M.D. was born in Chicago of working class immigrant parents and grew up in Washington, DC. He first became active against the Vietnam War in high school and was a leader of the student support of Black housekeepers at Duke University and participated in a takeover of the University President’s house in 1969 to demand their union’s recognition. As a pediatrician he treated children in the community health center in the heart of Durham, NC’s African-American Community and raised medical supplies for the Zimbabwean liberation movement fighting against apartheid in what was then Rhodesia. He also led a support movement for African-American laundry workers who contracted tuberculosis while working at Durham County General Hospital. He was murdered while attending an anti-Klu Klux Klan march in Greensboro, NC, on November 3, 1979. Forty Klu Klux Klansmen and American Nazis drove into the gathering and shot and killed Mike and his friends Sandi Smith, Cesar Cauce, Bill Sampson and Jim Waller. All had been active in unionization efforts in the area and in 1985 a civil rights lawsuit found Klansmen, Nazis and Greensboro Police liable for Mike’s death.
Marty Nathan is a physician residing in Northampton and working at Brightwood Health Center in Springfield. After the death of her first husband, Michael, Marty and other survivors successfully sued Klansmen, Nazis and Greensboro Police and, with the judgment won in this case, Marty helped initiate and for 15 years directed the Greensboro Justice Fund as a funding organization. Over the next twenty years the GJF raised and gave away $500,000 as grants to small groups fighting for civil rights and social justice in the US South. Marty has lived in the Northampton area since 1995, and was a founder, with her friend Arky Markham, of the Northampton Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy and Torture and the Pioneer Valley Coalition to Prevent War on Iran. She is married to Elliot Fratkin and has three children: Leah Nathan and Mulugetta and Masaye Fratkin.
Marty and Arky, with their friends, have now created the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice in honor of their husbands, and in part modeled on the Greensboro Justice Fund. It will serve grassroots social justice and peace groups in Western Massachusetts. They urge you to join them to support those groups that are working to build a better world.