Saturday 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.
The First Annual California Solartopia Congress will convene committed eco-activists from throughout southern California to present the facts on key eco-issues and strategize on their solutions. This is an action-oriented gathering for surviving on our planet. We’ll deal with local issues like Santa Monica’s famed California Sycamore tree, the Ballona Wetlands, making Los Angeles totally green-powered, dealing with the radioactive waste at San Onofre, shutting the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, coping with the Porter Ranch disaster and much more. We’ll also look at the larger issues of plastics pollution, climate change, going totally fossil/nuke free and more. Convened by Harvey Wasserman of KPFK’s CALIFORNIA SOLARTOPIA Show, participants will include Andrea Leon-Grossman of Food & Water, Donna Gilmore from San Onofre, Dianna Cohen on plastics, and many, many more.
Harvey Wasserman has been working for a “Solartopian” green-powered Earth since 1973, when he helped coin the phrase “No Nukes” and defeat a double nuke reactor project propose near his organic communal farm. His “California Solartopia Show” on KPFK-Pacifica provides sustainable talk for saving the planet.
Andrea Leon-Grossmann is a Southern California Organizer with Food and Water Watch. She works on the campaign for a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy in Los Angeles. She has always been passionate about fighting for social justice and has been involved with animal-rights, juvenile justice, immigrant rights, and of course, environmental groups, for nearly two decades. Born in Mexico City, Andrea graduated Magna Cum Laude from the American College in Los Angeles and went on to pursue her Master’s Degree from Syracuse University. In 2016, Andrea co-authored a book called “Fracking: ¿Qué es y cómo evitar que acabe con México?” (“Fracking: What is it and how to ensure it doesn’t destroy Mexico”). The book is the foundation for Mexico’s legal fight against oil corporations.
Donna Gilmore is the founder of San Onofre Safety, an organization that provides factual government and scientific information on the serious safety issues found at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California. Since the closure of the nuclear reactors, the focus of the organization has turned from operational safety issues to issues of nuclear spent fuel storage at San Onofre and other California and U.S. locations.
Dianna Cohen is the co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. She was inspired to co-found the group by her work as an artist — because her chosen material is the ubiquitous plastic bag.
Linda Seeley is a spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, the 49-year-old watchdog group opposing the Diablo Canyon Canyon nuclear power plant, now scheduled for closure in 2025. Mothers for Peace still works for the early closure of the plant. Linda sits on the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel, the citizens’ group monitoring Diablo’s closure and decommissioning. Her main focus is on the safest possible onsite storage of the highly irradiated nuclear waste accumulated as a result of Diablo Canyon’s operation since 1985.
Bill Gallegos was Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) one of the leading environmental justice organizations in the country from 2006-2014. Bill first became active in the 1960’s with the Crusade for Justice, an outstanding Chicano civil rights organization. Bill has also been a labor, campus, and community organizer. As a Chicano and Environmental Justice leader, Bill worked to ensure that equity and social justice is a central element of all efforts to confront the climate crisis. He is the author of “The Struggle for Chicano Liberation”, “The Sunbelt Strategy and Chicano Liberation”, “Reflections on the Green Economy”, and “Ethnic Cleansing and the War on Immigrants: A Program of Resistance”.