Congratulations for the Frances Goldin Way street sign. Soon, New York City streets will be graced with the name of Radical Literary Agent Frances Goldin to mark the corner of 3rd Avenue and 4th Street, not far from her offices at Cooper Square. Frances Goldin not only loved books, she loved writers, especially radical writers.
We became close in 1994 and remained lifelong friends. But even before she became an agent, she worked hard for years to defend safe and affordable housing for poor people in New York. 50 years before her career blossomed as a literary agent, she began protesting for rent control so that poor people could really afford decent housing in the Lower East Side.
We remember Frances. We remember her struggles for social justice. In all her fields of work and play. And we remember her love for freedom.
With love, not fear. This is Mumia Abu Jamal.