ALBANY, N.Y. — Larry Quinn, a 20-year cadre of the Socialist Workers Party, died March 6 after a battle with cancer. He was a longtime participant and leader in the solidarity movement in the U.S. with the Irish freedom struggle. He joined the Socialist Workers Party in 2000 in Newark, New Jersey.
Quinn was a native of Bayonne, New Jersey, where he worked on state highway maintenance crews and operated a drawbridge. He also worked as a meatpacker and a coal miner, a member of the United Mine Workers union. He ran as SWP candidate for City Council in Troy in 2019, where he worked at Walmart and joined fights against police brutality and other working-class struggles.
A celebration of the life and political contributions of Quinn will be held Sunday, March 15, at the Everly Cromwell Community Center, 260 North Pearl Street. A reception will begin at 2 p.m. with a program at 3 p.m.