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Heather Booth is one of the leading strategists about progressive issue campaigns and driving issues in elections in the United States.
She has been an organizer starting in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, labor and women’s movements of the 1960s.
She was the founding Director and is now President of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved in and managed political campaigns and was the Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped to increase African American election turnout by nearly 2 million voters. She was the lead consultant, directing the founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2005
In 2008, she was the director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO. In 2009, she directed the campaign passing President Obama’s first budget. In 2010 she was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She was the national coordinator for the coalition around marriage equality and the 2013 Supreme Court decision. She was strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship (the largest coalition of the immigration reform campaign). She has been a consultant to many organizations including the Voter Participation Center, Center for Community Change, and MoveOn.
There is a film about her life in organizing, “Heather Booth: Changing the World,” and a trailer can be viewed at www.heatherbooththefilm.com
On Facebook: heatherbooth
On Twitter: @heatherbooth
Anne Goodwin is a climate activist song leader from the Boston area known for her distinctive voice, energizing style, and bottomless repertory. She came to this calling after many years of performance and recording with folk groups and family camp music leading. She is a grassroots organizer with Mothers Out Front, mobilizing mothers for a livable climate, and a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects, a collection of deep restorative tools for activists.
Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished climate scientist, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications in the top journals in the field. She is also a remarkable communicator. She’s been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers, and by Fortune as one of the 50 world’s greatest leaders. She’s served on the panels for the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other professional organizations devoted to understanding and communicating climate change.
As a world-class climate scientist and a Christian, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe may defy some stereotypes about the politics of religion and science. But defying stereotypes invites inquiry, which can lead to communication, even learning. It creates opportunity for thinking deeply about, and aligning, what we value and what we do. Climate change is a huge issue, and it’s one where citizen engagement is critical. That’s why her work is so fascinating: in part because it’s about climate change, and also because her main theme – faith and science – defies stereotypes.
On Facebook: Katharine Hayhoe
On Twitter: @khayhoe
On Facebook: Environmental Voter Project
Galen Tromble connects the practice and teachings of yoga with the issue of climate change through www.climateyogi.org. Galen is a yoga teacher, musician, grandparent, retired from a career in marine fisheries management. He grew up in Kansas, lived in Alaska for 30 years, and now resides in Maryland. Galen finds personal energy and renewal in nature and enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds. He is interested in sustainable communities and in radically changing society’s relationship to the environment from exploiting it to nurturing it.
On Facebook: Galen Tromble
On Twitter: @climateyogi