Community Shares Change Agents
You believe that everybody deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities!
Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an
American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected
to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board
of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests;
he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate
in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences
in the counterculture of the 1960s. His theatrical campaigns earned him
increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977.
Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a
stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978,
Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently
resigned but wanted his job back. Milk's election was made possible by and was a key component of a
shift in San Francisco politics.
You believe that each person should be offered the foundation to build a dignified, productive, and creative life!
Frances Perkins Wilson (April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was the
U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving
in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet.
As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt,
she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition.
She and Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes were the only original
members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office for his entire
presidency. During her term as Secretary of Labor, Perkins executed
many aspects of the New Deal, including the
Civilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration and its
successor the Federal Works Agency, and the labor
portion of the National Industrial Recovery Act. With the
Social Security Act she established unemployment benefits, pensions
for the many uncovered elderly Americans, and
welfare for the poorest Americans. She pushed to reduce workplace accidents
and helped craft laws against child labor. Through the Fair Labor Standards Act, she established the
first minimum wage and overtime laws for American workers, and defined the standard forty-hour work week.
She formed governmental policy for working with labor unions and helped to alleviate strikes by way of
the United States Conciliation Service. Perkins resisted the drafting of American women to
serve the military in World War II so that they could enter the civilian workforce in
greatly expanded number
You believe in the fair and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development,
implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies!
Robert Redford, is an American actor, director, producer, businessman,
environmentalist, and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Sundance
Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for
directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002.
In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur.Redford supports
environmentalism, Native American rights, LGBT rights, and the arts.
He has also supported advocacy groups, such as the
Political Action Committee of the Directors Guild of America.
Redford has on occasion also supported Republicans, including
Brent Cornell Morris in his unsuccessful 1990 race for Utah's 3rd congressional
district seat. Redford also supported Gary Herbert, another Republican and a friend, in
Herbert's successful 2004 campaign to be elected Utah's Lieutenant Governor. Herbert later became
Governor of Utah. Redford is an avid environmentalist and is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
He endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
You are most interested in how economic activity affects or is shaped by social processes, with respect
to how societies progress, stagnate, or regress because of their local, regional, or the global economy!
Cesar Chavez March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker,
labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded
the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW)
A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights
activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was
eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism
and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a
moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had
forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field
workers in California and Florida. During his lifetime, Colegio Cesar Chavez
was one of the few institutions named in his honor, but after his death he
became a major historical icon for the Latino community, with many schools, streets, and parks being named
after him. He has since become an icon for organized labor and leftist politics, symbolizing support for
workers and for Hispanic empowerment based on grass roots organizing. He is also famous for popularizing
the slogan "Sí, se puede" (Spanish for "Yes, one can" or, roughly, "Yes, it can be done"), which was adopted
as the 2008 campaign slogan of Barack Obama. His supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for
union laborers. Although the UFW faltered after a few years, after Chavez died in 1993 he became an iconic
"folk saint" in the pantheon of Mexican Americans. His birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day,
a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
You believe economic activity can mitigate some of the stress that modern living has put on our local ecosystems,
While making our neighborhoods more vibrant in the process!
Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones (born September 20, 1968) is an American political
activist, commentator, author and attorney. He is a co-founder of several
non profit organizations including the Dream Corps, a
“social justice accelerator” which owns and operates three advocacy
projects: #cut50, #YesWeCode and Green for All. He is the author of
two New York Times bestselling books, The Green Collar Economy
and Rebuild the Dream. He served as President Obama’s Special Advisor on
Green Jobs, as an Associate Professor at Princeton University, and
as a co-host of CNN’s political debate show Crossfire. He is currently
President of Dream Corps and a regular CNN contributor. In 2009
Time magazine named Jones one of the 100 most influential
people in the world. In 2010 he was the recipient of the NAACP President’s award.
Jones has served on the boards of numerous environmental and nonprofit organizations,
including 1Sky, the National Apollo Alliance, Social Venture Network, Rainforest Action Network,
Bioneers, Julia Butterfly Hill's "Circle of Life" organization and Free Press. He currently
serves on the board of trustees at Demos. He also served as a Senior Fellow with the Center
for American Progress and a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He was a keynote
speaker at the youth conference Power Shift 2009 and 2011 in Washington, D.C.
You believe communities should come together and act to protect local ecosystems and non-human elements
in their neighborhoods, as well as be proactive in combating urban blight wherever it appears!
Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist
and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing
the global environmental movement.Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the
U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely
praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a
gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued
version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explore
s the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her
attention to conservation, especially some environmental problems that she believed were caused
by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental
concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with
fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy,
which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots
environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.