Panagioti Tsolkas is an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and coordinator of the Prison Ecology Project. Rose Harriot is an organizer with No New Youth Jail Coalition in Seattle Washington. They will be presenting on the connections between environmentalism, climate justice and the movement to end mass incarceration. The talk will also include information on an upcoming Convergence Against Toxic Prisons taking place in Texas, June 2017.
From 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM we'll be letter-writing to prisoners with Critical Resistance Portland. The talk will be from 6:30 PM - 9 PM.
Rose Harriot is a mixed, queer warrior and survivor of systems of violence. Born into impoverished and criminalized communities, the state has always targeted, manipulated and abused my loved ones and caregivers, while granting my abusers power and freedom. I struggle to fill the holes the state has left in my community and family. I work to expose the myth of public safety, systemic racism, classism and to create dialogue about how we can actually keep each other safe, by building autonomy. For the past five years I have been part of the effort to stop a $210 million youth jail project in Seattle. This project sits on toxic land and continues the toxic practice of abusing young people of color. We must stop this project and all others like it.
Panagioti Tsolkas is an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and coordinator of the Prison Ecology Project. In addition, he is currently involved with Sabal Trail Resistance, a group opposing a gas pipeline crossing the Southern US. He is also a former editor on the Earth First! Journal collective and has published articles in Prison Legal News, Earth Island Journal, Fifth Estate and other media outlets. He lives on a small farm in Florida with his partner and two children.