A Guide to Battling Environmental Oppression in Your Backyard
California for Progress
Two 30 minutes panels with 5 speakers each, and 30 minutes of Q&A with all 10 speakers
SATURDAY November 4th - 4:15pm - 5:30pm
California for Progress
Climate Hawks Vote
RL Miller founded Climate Hawks Vote to build grassroots political power for the climate movement by supporting climate hawks running for Congress and by breaking the stranglehold the fossil fuel companies have on our democracy. Miller is also elected chair of California Democratic Party’s Environmental Caucus and tweets way too much as @RL_Miller. Outside interests include keeping chickens and sleeping.
Oil Money Out
Oil Money Out is a coalition project of over 70 organizations around California. The campaign seeks to stop the influence of oil money in California politics due to the proven negative health impacts of oil operations in our communities. The campaign is spearheaded by Rootskeeper, which was founded by David Braun after he successfully banned fracking in New York as part of New Yorkers Against Fracking. Now based in Oakland, David was recently on Bernie Sanders's platform committee during the 2016 Sanders campaign for the presidency as the representative from the anti-fracking community.
Wolf (Walter Ruiz)
Gray is a Yoem/Yaqui Native American, is curator and assistant director of the Chumash Indian Museum in California and sits on the council of the American Indian Movement, and speaks to audiences across the US about trust, self-esteem and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous communities.
Divest LA/Public Bank LA
Michele Milner heads Policy and Research for Divest LA. She is a former social justice attorney, currently focuses on activism and art. A former Ahimsa Fellow, she has a deep belief in the power of nonviolence and love in action. She is called to help Divest LA from her experiences at Standing Rock.
Committee for Better Banks - LA
Maria Loya brings 20 years of experience in public policy development & advocacy, non-profit management, community organizing & leadership on a range of issues including: equity in public school funding, youth services, immigrant rights, bilingual education, workers and women’s rights. As the LA Policy Director for Committee for Better Banks (CBB), Maria is leading the legislative campaign to amend the Responsible Banking Ordinance to incorporate consumer and worker protections against the use of predatory sales goals. Prior to joining CBB, Maria was the Campaign Director with LAANE, where she helped implement poverty reduction policies such as the living wage, and led a Community Benefits campaign at LAX that resulted in securing $500 million in environmental and job training benefits for residents affected by the expansion of LAX. It remains the largest benefits agreement ever approved, and has helped create safer schools and neighborhoods for people living near LAX.