Greenaction Mourns the Passing of Marie Harrison

Dalila Adofo

Community Organizer & Bayview Hunters Point Community Air Monitoring Project Coordinator | dalila@greenaction.org 

Dalila is a resident of East Palo Alto, California and started organizing at the age of 12 when she joined Youth United for Community Action. Dalila was active in the campaigns that closed the Romic hazardous waste plant and in developing the community plan for future use of that site. She has worked with the California Fund for Youth Organizing (CFYO) and helped coordinate and strategize a way for the California Student and Youth Bill of Rights to be passed. She attended and graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Geography (Environmental Studies). She is a lover of music, poetry, spoken word, lifting weights, being submerged in nature and being with family. She was a member of Greenaction’s Board or Directors for several years and is now the lead coordinator for the Bayview Hunters Point Community Air Monitoring Project.


Maricela Mares-Alatorre
Community Organizer/ Policy advocate | alatmig@netzero.net

Maricela Mares-Alatorre is a Community Organizer and Policy Advocate with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice. Maricela is also coordinator for El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City. Maricela is a mother of two, and a long-time resident of the farmworker community of Kettleman City, California, home to the largest hazardous waste landfill in the western United States. She has been involved in the environmental justice movement since 1990. Maricela’s parents were founding Board members of Greenaction. Maricela graduated from Fresno State University in 2000.  She has worked as a teacher, employment counselor and a parenting instructor. Maricela serves on the steering committees of the California Environmental Justice Coalition, Central California Environmental Justice Network, and the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition. Maricela is on the Board of Directors for the Kettleman City Foundation. Maricela played a leading role in the fight against expansion of Chemical Waste Management’s hazardous waste landfill, an effort that prevented the disposal of approximately 250,000 truckloads of toxic waste. Maricela was instrumental in the landmark settlement of the Title VI Civil Rights complaint filed by El Pueblo and Greenaction against the California Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Toxic Substances Control.  This historic settlement requires the state agencies for the first time to consider and comply with civil rights laws in their permit processes and permit and regulatory actions, including ensuring language access for non-English speaking residents and considering the cumulative impacts of pollution on vulnerable communities.


Miguel Alatorre
Community Organizer & Policy advocate | miguel@greenaction.org
Miguel Alatorre is a Community Organizer and Policy advocate for Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice. Miguel is a third generation environmental activist who has been involved since he was a child in numerous battles against pollution and injustice in the San Joaquin Valley farmworker town of Kettleman City, California where he has lived his whole life. Miguel helped found and mentor two Kettleman City youth groups KPOP, (Kids Protecting our Planet) and YPOP (Youth-Protecting our Planet) and he is currently leading our Kettleman City Youth Environmental Justice Leadership Academy program. Miguel is Greenaction’s lead organizer on our campaigns to bring clean drinking water to Kettleman City, to reduce diesel truck emissions in his town, reduce pesticide drift from agricultural fields near homes, and opposing new permits for the infamous Chemical Waste Management Kettleman Hills hazardous waste and PCB landfill – the largest such facility in the western US. Miguel is leading Greenaction’s effort to bring together Kettleman City youth and adults to start an organic community garden in his town where the closest grocery store is over 30 miles away.  He is co-coordinator of Greenaction’s new Kettleman City Community Air Monitoring Project that is educating and empowering local residents on air quality issues and to conduct a pilot air monitoring project. Miguel is a local and state leader in engaging state agencies to comply with civil rights laws and to change their policies to stop polluters from ruining the health of residents in the Central Valley and across the state. Miguel represents Greenaction in the Central California Environmental Justice Network and Central Valley Air Quality Coalition. He is also an active member of El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City.

Bradley Angel
Executive Director | bradley@greenaction.org

In 1997, Bradley joined with grassroots urban, rural and indigenous community leaders from California and Arizona to form Greenaction. For over 30 years, Bradley has been a local and national leader in the environmental health and justice movement and has helped communities win some of the most significant victories in the history of the environmental justice movement. Prior to co-founding Greenaction, Bradley was the Southwest Toxics Campaigner for Greenpeace USA from 1986 through 1997. Bradley was Co-Director of the San Francisco Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in 1985, and has been active in many social justice issues since a teenager. Bradley was one of five people from around the world chosen as a recipient of the 2008 Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award in recognition of his decades of work with hundreds of diverse communities and Native Nations impacted and threatened by pollution and injustice. In 2014 Bradley was the recipient of the 2014 “Environmental Justice Angel Award” from the East Los Angeles Community Youth Center for his environmental justice work empowering and supporting youth and Latino communities.Bradley co-founded and helps coordinate the Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force, part of the statewide IVAN network (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods).  Bradley serves on the steering committees of the California Environmental Justice Coalition and the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative. Bradley played a lead role in the landmark settlement in 2016 of the Title VI Civil Rights complaint filed by Greenaction and El Pueblo of Kettleman City that successfully challenged racially discriminatory actions by state agencies in environmental decision-making.


 Sheridan Noelani Enomoto
Climate and Environmental Justice Community Organizer & Policy Advocate | sheridan@greenaction.org
Sheridan Noelani Enomoto leads Greenaction’s work in climate/environmental justice and brings awareness of the challenges between the effects of climate change, sea-level or water-level rise, shoreline communities and contaminated lands. Sheridan works with regulatory agencies to improve their environmental and climate justice policies and practices. She also leads Greenaction’s Native Nations and Indigenous Lands campaigns and supports tribal members fighting for relocation from their homes due to contamination and the effects of climate change.

Marie Harrison
Campaign Advisor and Organizer | marieh@greenaction.org

Marie Harrison passed away on May 5, 2019. Read more about her life and work here. Read our statement on Marie’s passing here. 

Marie Harrison is a long time Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco resident and community leader who began her work with Greenaction in 1999 focusing on the many environmental health and justice issues facing her community. Marie played a key role in the permanent shut down of PG&E’s power plant in Hunters Point that for years had been polluting the air. Marie currently serves on our Board of Directors while continuing to be involved in organizing and advocacy. Marie co-founded and helped launch the Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force in July, 2015. Marie’s advocacy involves decades of civic and community engagement for social, economic and environmental justice. She was part of the first Bayview Hunters Point Community Court and served as an Advocate for two years. Ms. Harrison also served as a member of the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force where she  worked to assure freedom of information and transparency in City government. She served on advisory boards for the Citywide Senior Action Network, the Southeast Community College, and Positive Directions Equals Change.


Niria Alicia
Bilingual Community Organizer & Youth Program Coordinator | niria@greenaction.org

Born in Oregon to a migrant farmworker and tree planter community, Niria Alicia is a Xicana storyteller, educator and community organizer whose work is rooted in her spirituality, undying love for her community and her commitment to the collective liberation of Mother Earth and humanity. A first-generation student, Niria graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and Non-profit Administration from the University of Oregon. As a writer, she has contributed to environmental blogs, local newspapers and magazines in both English and Spanish writing about the effects that pesticides, pipelines and climate change have on frontline communities. As an organizer, social media specialist and development strategist she has worked with Earthjustice, Our Children’s Trust, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Honor the Earth, and Winona’s Hemp to uplift transformative narratives and develop the financial resources needed to sustain the transformative work of frontline communities. Niria is passionate about supporting the next generation of leaders and is excited to continue working with farmworker and indigenous communities at Greenaction. Niria currently leads our pesticides campaign work in the Salinas Valley and directs our Environmental Justice Youth Leadership Academies. Niria also leads our communications work and manages our website.


Janice Hunter 
Office and Administrative Program Manager | janice@greenaction.org

Janice is a San Francisco Native and currently resides in Oakland, CA. Janice manages our administrative work and helps lead our Bayview Hunters Point community campaign to reduce diesel emissions from trucks and buses. For over 31 years, Janice worked as a professional training manager in the Telecommunications industry whose focus was on customer service supporting Business & Consumer customers. This role included designing and facilitating training within the US and Internationally to a diverse population including both virtual and face to face audiences.  Community involvement and leadership include Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice; Community NETwork Bay Area Chapter, Executive Board of Directors; Volunteer for West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project; Host Committee Volunteer for Super Bowl 50.


Leaotis Martin

Bayview Hunters Point Community Organizer & Outreach Specialist

Leaotis Martin moved to Bayview Hunters Point from Chicago when he was eight years old, and has been a member of the community ever sense. Leaotis first became involved with Greenaction during the successful struggle that closed the dirty PG&E Hunters Point power plant which was located across the street from his home. Leaotis is a leader in the Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee for Health and Environmental Justice. He is a Greenaction Community Outreach Worker, informing residents about pollution, health and justice issues, and how they can be involved. Leaotis is an active participant in the Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force. He is a strong community leader involved in organizing around environmental health and justice issues and standing up for the rights of his fellow residents. Leaotis speaks with passion and has a strong commitment to social and environmental justice.