#ItTakesRoots: What’s Next?


Coming out of our arc of resistance from the elections in November 2016, to the inauguration in January 2017 and through the first 100 days of the current administration, we are now preparing for what comes next.  On May 17th, Compton Foundation hosted a funder briefing for It Takes Roots leaders to share lessons and next steps for the work we are doing to build a Visionary Opposition in the Era of Trumpism.

Click here to watch the recording from the May 17th briefing, to see a brief slideshow report of the first 2 phases, and to download a 2-page wrap up of It Takes Roots at the People’s Climate March.

For more in depth background, click here to watch the video recording of our January 12th briefing.


Sharon Lungo, Executive Director of The Ruckus Society, has been a trainer with Ruckus since 2001, a founding member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project (IP3) Advisory Board, and a key member of the Ruckus staff since 2007. Sharon has an unwavering commitment to holding a racial justice analysis within non violent direct action organizing and implementation, and is the daughter of migrant parents from the Pipil nation (indigenous to Cuzcatlan, El Salvador). She was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a proud mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, and auntie.

Melissa Miles is the Environmental Justice and Community Organizer with theIronbound Community Corporation and in that position is responsible for community level base building around local campaigns. She sits on the NY/NJ Coalition of Healthy Ports and participates in national coalitions such as The Moving Forward Network and the Climate Justice Alliance.

Huy Ong is the Executive Director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. He leads an all POC staff in building power for civil rights and environmental justice with low-income and communities of color. For over the past two decades, Huy has been active in local, regional, and national intersectional organizing. He is leading the effort to build the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to center frontline communities and build power with base-building organizing groups statewide. A refugee from Vietnam, Huy calls Portland home and is raising Rosalía with the support of his partner, and extended movement family.

Claude S. Copeland, Jr. is a member and Board Co-Chair with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). He was born and raised in Queens, NY, where he still currently resides. Claude is the Climate Justice/Energy Democracy organizer at Northwest Bronx Community Clergy Coalition and a lay leader at his church, New Day Church, in the Bronx. He has been working to highlight the importance of people of color being made aware of the importance of their voices in discussions about climate change, especially around the issue of environmental racism. As a member of IVAW, even further connections have been made around how militarism has played a role in climate change, especially, for communities of color abroad and here in the US.

Cindy Wiesner is the National Coordinator of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Alliance (GGJ) and Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and the Our Power Campaign.  She has been active in the grassroots social justice movement for over 25 years. Cindy is originally from Los Angeles and is of Salvadoran, Colombian and German descent and identifies as Queer. She is based in Miami, Florida.

Angela Adrar is the new Executive Director of the Our Power Campaign and Climate Justice Alliance. She has committed her life to advancing the role of the grassroots sector and provides agile leadership to address the changing and complex priorities of local communities while influencing national and international agendas.  She has served as a leading member of local to international organizations that include; La Via Campesina North America, US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), the Building Equity and Alignment for Impact Initiative (BEAI), US Friends of Movement of Dam Affected Peoples (MAB) and others.

Kandi Mossett: Deriving her heritage from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples of what is now North Dakota, Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impact that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America. After completing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Mossett began her work with the IEN as Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator, engaging with more than 30 tribal colleges to instate community based environmental programs, discuss issues of socio-ecologic injustice, and connect indigenous youth with green jobs. She currently serves as IEN’s Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands.

Dawn Phillips is Executive Director of the Right to the City Alliance. Prior to coming on as Executive Director in January 2016, Dawn served as the Board Chair.  Dawn has been an organizer engaged in a range of social, economic and environmental justice organizations and fights in the Bay Area and nationally for almost 25 years, most recently with Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) in Oakland, California, a founding member of the Right to the City Alliance.  Dawn is also the Co-Director of Programs at CJJC, a Bay Area membership organization focused on community development, housing and immigrant justice issues.