Tomorrow at PCC Cascade around 6pm, Winona LaDuke is speaking to kick off Earth Week in Portland. She was one of the first keynote speakers for the Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER) conference I co-organized in the early 90′s.
It made me reflect on several other meetings of great activists. I spoke on a panel last week at Portland State about community partnerships for the Social Determinants of Health symposium alongside Bob Bullard (a grandfather of Environmental Justice), another CAER keynoter. And just a few weeks earlier was at the South Los Angeles Library for a Labor/Strategy Center discussion with Fred Ho whose book on Afro-Asian relations is a must read for community organizers. (nudge to www.bigwowo.com for a place to talk more about this?)