Climate Justice Against Koch’s Tar Sands from Detroit to New York

Climate Justice Against Koch’s Tar Sands from Detroit to New York

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 17 4:45 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 17 6:00 PM (Eastern)

The Koch brothers’ petrochemical empire is poisoning the world and the American political process. From Detroit, home of the Koch petcoke mountain, to Sandy-ravaged New York City, where David Koch is the richest resident, leading climate justice activists will speak about how they’re fighting back against the corrupt fossil-fuel barons and building a better future.


Brad Johnson


Brad Johnson is a climate strategist and communicator. He is the editor of Hill Heat, a climate politics and policy website. Previously Brad was the founding executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, a grassroots climate politics organization, campaign manager for Forecast the Facts, a grassroots climate advocacy organization, and editor for ThinkProgress Green at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Amherst College and master’s degree in geosciences from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. He is the co-author of Technomanifestos and the founder of

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Lisa Graves


Lisa Graves is Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of (its award-winning investigation of the American Legislative Exchange Council),,, and She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division at the U.S. Courts, and Senior Legislative Strategist for the ACLU on national security issues, among other posts. Reach her on twitter: thelisagraves and email:

Other sessions: Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network (SPN)

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Malisa Rivera

The Reverend Ailsa Guardiola González serves as the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to moving to Arizona, she served churches in North Carolina and Georgia and as a missionary in Honduras and El Salvador. She holds degrees from Duke Divinity School (M.Div.) and the University of Georgia (B.S.F.C.S.).

Mariah Urueta


Organizer with MICATS (Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands), Organizer with DCATS (Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands), Founder of Citizens Against Drilling on Public Land, Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition organizer, Divest CMU organizer, former Food and Water Watch Grassroots Organizer Intern (ran MI’s Ban Fracking Campaign), National Powershift 2013 Conference Organizer, Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems Intern.

Vice President of the Central Michigan University Student Government Association.

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