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‘Granny D’ next in Convocation series
Oct. 29, 2007
WAVERLY, Iowa — A political activist who walked across the United States at age 89 will speak at Wartburg College next week.
Doris “Granny D” Haddock will speak at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Neumann Auditorium on the Wartburg College campus. This event is free and open to the community.
After the 1995 defeat of the McCain-Feingold Bill, which attempted to remove unregulated “soft” money from political campaigns, Haddock became interested in campaign reform and led a petition movement. Four years later, she walked across the country to lobby for campaign finance reform and create political awareness about the influence of money and wealth in the election process.
By connecting the issue to patriotic values, Haddock started a movement of awareness, leading to wider popular support for reform. After walking 3,200 miles, Haddock finished her walk in Washington, D.C., in February 2000. She was met by 2,200 people representing a variety of reform groups.
During the 2001 McCain-Feingold debate, she walked continuously around the U.S. Capitol for seven days. During the final three days of debate, she walked 24 hours a day, stopping only for catnaps and food. This was done in subfreezing winds and rain. She met with 35 senators during this vigil and conveyed the feelings of people she met along the road.
Haddock is currently leading a voter registration effort directed at the nation’s working women, which she launched in October of 2003. She will visit 36 states before the November election, urging women to vote in greater numbers.
Born in Laconia, N.H., in 1910, Haddock is the mother of two children and great grandmother of 16. She started her political quest with her husband, Jim, in 1960 when she helped stop the planned atmospheric testing of hydrogen bombs in Alaska, saving a fishing village at Point Hope.
She attended Emerson College in Boston, leaving after three years to marry. (Married women were not allowed to attend Emerson.) Emerson later awarded Haddock an honorary degree in 2000.