Speakers on Environmental Crises

Leslie Cagan, lesliecagan@igc.org, is available to speak on why working on climate change is important now; the power of public protest including mass mobilizations; challenges to organizing in a pandemic; setting organizing priorities as a new administration sets in.

Coordinator of The Peoples Climate Movement, NY; former national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice. “When Brooklyn for Peace named community organizer Leslie Cagan one of three Pathfinder for Peace award winners in late 2017, it was both in recognition of, and in gratitude for, Cagan’s more than 50 years of social justice activism. Whether pushing for action on climate change, peace, LGBTQ equality, feminism, reproductive choice, or fighting racism, Cagan’s voice, presence, and expertise have long been visible.” (See https://portside.org/2018-05-31/leslie-cagans-half-century-activism)

Michael Klare, mklare@armscontrol.org, is available to speak on climate change and on arms control.

He is a Five College professor emeritus of peace and world security studies, and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies. “Michael Klare is currently the secretary for the Arms Control Association board of directors and a senior visiting fellow working on emerging technologies—such as lethal autonomous weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles—and how arms control strategies can mitigate their adverse impacts. He is a regular contributor for The Nation magazine.” (See: https://www.armscontrol.org/about/Michael_Klare, https://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/michael-klare)

Liz Theoharis, liz.theoharis@gmail.com, is available to speak on issues of democracy, poverty, racism, ecological devastation, militarism, and Christian nationalism.

She is Director of the Kairos Center at Union Theological Seminary. Rev. Theoharis is “Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II that organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America and has since emerged as one of the nation’s leading social movement forces.” She is the author of Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor (Eerdmans, 2017). (See: http://liztheoharis.org/about/)

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