Madelon Sue “Lonnie” Nelson was a Seattle labor activist, published poet, and longtime Communist Party member active in campaigns for nuclear disarmament, Native American rights, and police accountability.

Lonnie had her own ‘hard times’ in the past (that she never discussed in detail).  This made her fit right in wherever she went, with people of all backgrounds and circumstances.

Lonnie contributed poems to WHEEL chapbooks, one of which is in the WHEEL anthology “Beloved Community:  A Sisterhood of Homeless Women in Poetry.”

Lonnie published a book of her poetry: What Keeps Us Going On

Lonnie’s obituary at People’s World

Lonnie’s Leaf is located at the Seattle Central Library. If you have photos or memories of Lonnie, please comment.

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  • Homeless Remembrance Project The main site of the Homeless Remembrance Project, with much more about the Tree of Life.
  • Mary's Place The only day center where homeless women can go with their children & co-sponsor of Women in Black.
  • WHEEL WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality & Enhancement League) is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless women.