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You believe that everybody deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities!
Harvey_Milk_in_1978_at_Mayor_Moscone's_Desk_cropHarvey 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_1936Frances 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 numbers.

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_(cropped)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. 

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