Reporting Michelle Durham
By Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An advocate for Philadelphia area consumers has passed away, and although he ran for several offices on the Consumer Party ticket, he was never an attention seeker.
Art Liebersohn died late Wednesday night, just days after two massive strokes. Liebersohn ran for Pennsylvania Attorney General in the 1980s.
“Arthur was a champion for poor and working people. Not only helping the consumer party raise issues about affordable utilities, but also in making sure that poor and working people had access to the bankruptcy courts, and working in local neighborhood organizations to make sure that people got their fair share,” remembers Lance Haver, who ran for office on the same ticket as Liebersohn.
Haver says he wasn’t one to call attention to himself.
“There may be few people who know that he set up a consumer bankruptcy project to help people file by themselves, or know that he was one of the people that took all of his learning and made it possible for people to file their free taxes,” Haver adds.
Funeral services will take place on Sunday.