Today we hear from longtime organizer and Chicano environmental activist, Bill Gallegos. He and Allen discuss the current connected crises — political, social, and ecological – that we face and the urgent need to build bridges, not walls.
Bill Gallegos has been an activist since the 1960s. He was involved in Crusade for Justice, a revolutionary Chicano nationalist organization. He has since emerged as a leading socialist environmental justice activist.
Gallegos was born in Pueblo, Colorado, where his family had lived for generations as campesinos in Greater Mexico. As local families lost their land and were colonized by the expanding United State, they went to work in the mines that were developed on their former lands. Several of Gallegos’s relatives, including his grandfather, died from Black Lung. Thus from an early age the intersection of class conquest, and ecology have been a part of Gallegos’s life.
As Allen mentioned, there will be a Stand With Standing Rock event tomorrow, December 2nd, at the Army Corps of Engineers offices on D’onofrio Drive. More info here.