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GLIN==> GL Town Hall this week: Christy McGillivray from Clean Water Action

This Week in the Great Lakes Town Hall...


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Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists, officials, physicians, parents, young people and others to offer insightful commentary on their Great Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also invite you to comment on their thoughts.

This week, the Town Hall is pleased to welcome Christy McGillivray, the Clean Water Action's Senior Organizer in Michigan. Don't miss your chance to read and respond to Christy McGillivray's Great Lakes perspectives every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!

ChristyMcGillivray160  About Christy McGillivray. . .

Christy McGillivray grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, but graduated from high school in Birmingham, MI-a suburb of metro-Detroit. After attending Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI for three semesters she transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in Bonxville, NY and graduated with a liberal arts degree in 2004. At Sarah Lawrence College she concentrated her studies in political science, history, and the Italian language. During her senior year of college she interned for New York City Councilman Eric Gioia and the Working Families Party.

After graduating in 2004 Christy returned to Michigan and was hired as a canvasser for Clean Water Action in June of 2004. She worked full-time as a Clean Water Action canvasser and field manager for over a year, going door-to-door to educate communities on environmental issues, fundraising a minimum of $150 a day, and organizing political power for the environmental movement in Michigan.

In the fall of 2005 Christy was hired as the Lake St. Clair Community Organizer for Clean Water Action, and has been working since then to build on the grassroots support generated by the CWA canvass. As an organizer she worked on Clean Water Action's electoral accountability work in 2006, and on Clean Water Action's legislative campaigns to stop large scale diversions of Great Lakes waters, reform chemical policy through a collaborative environmental health perspective, and to stop the importation of out-of-state and Canadian trash into Michigan. Since the spring of 2007 she has worked as Clean Water Action's Senior Organizer in Michigan-offering support and training to other CWA staff in Michigan.

Read and respond to Christy McGillivray in the Town Hall

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Jeffrey Potter, Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Jeffrey addresses the water shortage in Georgia and notes that "God may or may not have something to say about water usage in Georgia, but the state's constitution guarantees the Governor's power. In this case, it's he (little 'h') that can and should make a difference."

Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - A Prayer for Water - and the thoughts of Christy McGillivray, in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!

Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes topic of their choice for five days. While there are basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited and diverse views are welcome. If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply to this email.

Your Great Lakes Neighbor,

Jeffrey Potter
Jeffrey Potter

Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall



Brenna Wanous
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager

Biodiversity Project
214 N. Henry St. #201
Madison, WI  53703