The Eastern Shore

#17 - Richard Raya on Changes in Climate, Plans, and Lives

December 13, 2014

I had a great talk with Richard Raya, Director of Oakland-based ClimatePlan, about his career in policy & advocacy and his life. We talked about his current work with ClimatePlan, helping make California's cities & regions more sustainable, more equitable, and healthier, and how he got there from dropping out of high school at 17 and wanting to be a hitch-hiking poet. In 2012, Richard was a serious (though ultimately unsuccessful) candidate for Oakland City Council, and we talked about what he learned from that experience. We also delved a bit into the recent protests and other actions around police misconduct and accountability.

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