Shadia Fayne Wood
Shadia is the Coordinator of the Survival Media Agency and is a media director and photographer. She became an advocate for justice and the environment at an early age. At seven she got involved in a campaign to address the cancer cluster in her community that was caused by toxic waste. Though young, she spearheaded a successful eight-year campaign to pass state legislation to refinance the Superfund Program in New York State.
She is a recipient of the Yoshiyama Award, the Brower Youth Award, and Elle Magazine’s 2008 Green Awards. She was also featured in the 2007 Green Issue of Vanity Fair. Her photos have been featured in the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, MSNBC, and the front page of the Huffington Post.
Main Camera & Assistant Producer, @survivalmedia
Bunker is a traveling documentary filmmaker who produces media for the social justice and environmental movements as part of Survival Media Agency, an international collective of media makers. His passion has brought him to South Africa and Mexico to cover the United Nations Climate Talks and working on documentaries involving the honeybee die-off in the United States and Halliburton’s destruction of the rainforest in Ecuador. One of his recent projects “Our Power” won 1st prize in the general public category and 1st prize overall at the Breathe California Clear the Air Film Festival.
Linda Capato Jr.
US Fracking Campaign Coordinator, 350.org, @lightthematch
Linda Capato Jr. is the Fracking Campaign Coordinator with 350.org who focuses on elevating the connection between climate change and fracking across the U.S. Most recently, Linda has worked as a steering committee member of Californians Against Fracking, lead coordination of the mass rallies Don’t Frack California and the March for Real Climate Leadership, and has been working to coordinate direct action campaigns against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Before joining 350.org full time, Linda was the Outreach Coordinator and National Organizer for the Tar Sands Action, recruiting over 1,200 people to risk arrest in front of the White House to fight Keystone XL. Having worked within the environmental movement for the last 9 years with Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network, Linda also has ties to their local community in San Francisco training and mobilizing folks around LGBTQ, occupy, and environmental justice campaigns.
Santa Barbara County Organizer, Food & Water Watch
Becca Claassen is a Santa Barbara County, California organizer with Food & Water Watch. She earned a Bachelor of Earth Science from California Polytechnic State University and then became a Doctor of Chiropractic. The birth of her daughter motivated Becca to focus on climate justice with the intention of leaving the world in better shape for future generations. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Becca helped found the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians and its grassroots effort to fight against increases in extreme oil extraction in the coastal California area. For those efforts, Santa Barbara County selected her for the 2014 Cox Conserves Hero Award.
Regional Water Management Coordinator, Community Water Center
Kristin joined the Community Water Center in 2015. As Regional Water Management Coordinator, Kristin works in regional planning, policy and program development in the Tulare Lake Basin to increase access to safe and affordable drinking water for the region’s disadvantaged communities. From working with local, volunteer water boards to Integrated Regional Water Management groups to state agencies, Kristin’s work focuses on bridging many levels and subsets of water resources management to work towards comprehensive, regional solutions.
Kristin’s academic and professional experience lies in rural water policy and community water management. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kristin graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in environmental policy and environmental science. Kristin’s senior thesis considered the successes and challenges of national community water management programs in Costa Rica. After graduation, as a Fulbright scholar, Kristin spent a year in Honduras researching the effect of social capital on the long-term success of community water management.
Community Organizer, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, @JuanFloresEJ
Juan Flores was born in Colima, Mexico and raised in Mexicali, Mexico. With his parents, Juan immigrated to Delano, California. Juan is the proud son of parents who are farm workers in the Central Valley, he is the second of three children. At the age of 14, Juan worked as a farm laborer in the grape fields during the summer months of vacation from Delano High School.
Since 2010 he has been working with CRPE on issues ranging from civic engagement to community farming, and now focuses on organizing Kern County residents to fight fracking. Prior to joining CRPE Juan was a Family Advocate in Delano, CA where he advocated for low income families to obtain free childcare for their children. Juan has always had the “heart” of an organizer and it is demonstrated with all of the work he has done when not “working.” When not working, Juan enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Delano. He is also a huge soccer fan.
Association of Irritated Residents, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, Central California Environmental Justice Network, @airqualityguy
Tom Frantz is an almond farmer, avid gardener, and retired math teacher from Wasco High School in a rural community in the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from the school himself, having been born and raised on a farm three miles away. He is also one of the leading activists working to improve the air and environment in the San Joaquin Valley. Tom Frantz is a member of The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment’s Board of Directors.
Mostly recently, he has spoken out against the use of oil wastewater for irrigation on crops.
Activist and resident of Shafter, CA
Anabel Marquez is a proud mother and grandmother, a community leader in the Central Valley, an active member of the local anti-fracking committee with CRPE, and co-director of the local community garden in Shafter, CA.
Activist and resident of Shafter, CA, @Guero77Romo
Rodrigo’s involvement in Shafter’s community garden led him down the unlikely path to becoming an anti-fracking activist. For most of those in the Central Valley like Rodrigo, fracking hits very close to home. In Rodrigo’s case, it was hurting his daughter. Not only is the Shafter Garden located close to fracking sites but it is also next to Sequoia Elementary School where Rodrigo’s daughter attended school. During her attendance there, fracking was being done 400 feet from the playground where his daughter and her friends would enjoy recess. His daughter began complaining of headaches on a daily basis from oil fumes that were released due to the practices being conducted near her school.
In 2013, Rodrigo joined CRPE’s committee on fracking and has helped to shape the work on fracking. He has become a face of the movement, speaking at large rallies, being interviewed by statewide media and meeting with key decision makers in Sacramento to push for a fracking moratorium.
Professor, Public Health, University of San Francisco
There’s only so far you can go by treating people in hospitals,” says Barbara, who teaches in USF’s Master of Public Health program. “If we really want to address health, we need to go upstream. We need to look at the social determinants of health and the relationship between human health and what’s going on in our air, our water, our food, and our products.”
In more than 30 years in the field of public health, Barbara has chipped away at that lofty goal with characteristic determination. She created the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, a network of nurses interested in environmental health, and served as principal investigator on government-funded health initiatives.
Staff Attorney, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, @MadStano
Madeline Stano is an environmental justice attorney with the Center on
Race, Poverty & the Environment in Delano and Oakland, CA. Her
litigation focus areas include climate change, and the intersection of
environmental and racial justice. She serves on the Environmental
Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change and Californians Against
Fracking steering committee.
She offers technical assistance to residents living with oil and gas development in the heart of California’s oil and agricultural industry-Kern County. She directly represents Rodrigo Romo on behalf of himself and his two daughters in a case against the State of California for failing to protect them and other students of color across the state from fracking pollution at school.
She is admitted to practice law in California, is published in the
Vermont Journal of Environmental Law with a piece on her clients in the Native Village of Kivalina entitled Fighting for Home in the Melting Arctic and has appeared as a fracking legal expert on Al Jazeera America numerous times