This Week in the Great
Lakes Town Hall...
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!
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
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
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 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.
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
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
Project's Great Lakes
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager
214 N. Henry St. #201