We are in shock at the news of the passing of Nikeeta Slade, a founding member of Black Lives Matter Syracuse, former organizer with the Workers’ Center of CNY, co-host of Queer WOC podcast, and long time socialist. She was a proud Black, queer socialist-feminist organizer and thinker who made Syracuse her home for most of a decade. Her curiosity, warmth and brilliance have shaped local left politics in major ways through her fundamental contributions to many projects and organizations and unwavering belief that we must overthrow capitalism, racism, ableism and heteropatriarchy, and all oppression. She was the best of the local left and a good friend to many of us and its difficult to think about about how to proceed without her in our community. We’ll strive to do our part to live up to her legacy.