Li’s initiation to MN350 and the Pipeline Resistance Team was a 2017 anti-pipeline bus trip to Bemidji during a snowstorm; she has since helped organize many Stop Line 3 marches and events. Li joined the Coordinating Council in 2018 as Treasurer, using her 20+ years’ accounting and finance experience to support MN350. In between meetings she loves to walk, garden, bake, and talk politics with her family. When overwhelmed by the news of people displaced by climate change or communities threatened by fossil fuels and corporate profits, she finds strength in her fellow MN350 ‘teammates’ and in working harder for climate justice.
Dr. Sam Grant has been organizing around the intersection of economic, cultural and environmental justice since working on his college campus for divestment from South Africa and working for passage of legislation ensuring that both workers and communities have the right to know about toxic chemicals in their workplaces and communities. Sam brings decades of nonprofit leadership, transformative organizing, and love to the work of MN350.
A water protector and community leader, Tara is the founder of the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous-led front-line resistance group fighting Line 3 and other violent tar sands projects. In 2016, Tara served as an Advisor to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign on Native American affairs. Tara is also an experienced attorney and writer, with bylines in the New York Times and Vogue, and regular contribution to Indian Country Today.
Juwaria is a student at Spring Lake Park high school and a leader in Minnesota’s youth movement to combat the climate crisis. She serves as the State Lead for Minnesota Youth Climate Strike, and helped lead the large-scale strike and march of youth in St. Paul and 2019. She also served as one of Youthprise’s MN Youth Champions, pushing for economic relief for young people during stimulus negotiations in 2020.
Kurt is a serial activist, having been involved in and advocated for south Minneapolis neighborhood associations, Hiawatha Light Rail, Wireless Minneapolis and the Digital Inclusion Fund. The looming impacts of climate change and peak oil on civilization motivate Kurt’s MN350 work, along with a desire for social justice.
Sheila Lamb is an Ojibwe leader from Cloquet, Minnesota. She works on behalf of trafficked and at risk youth in Northern Minnesota, most recently through Life Health. She serves on Minnesota’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force, compiling a report on the MMIW epidemic for legislative action. In 2018, Lamb was elected to the Cloquet City Council from Ward 2. She joined MN350 several years ago as part of our Pipeline Resistance work and has been committed to the work for climate justice ever since.
Toya López, MHA, ISSP-SA, LEED Green Associate graduated with a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. López has worked as a Sustainability Practitioner since 2016 in Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Currently López is the Director of Operations for Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Lopez is also a board member for Alliance for Sustainability, Elliot Park Neighborhood, and a Steering Committee Member of the Minnesota Sustainability Practitioners Roundtable. López’s work involves partnering with communities and organizations, linking social determinants of health and equity with sustainability efforts, leading sustainability initiatives, and advocacy for a more environmentally sustainable and equitable healthcare industry.
Marcus Mills serves as the Organizing Coordinator for Community Power, an organization advocating for local and community-focused clean energy solutions in Minnesota cities. A passionate leader in local politics, Mills has served in several roles for the Senate District 60 DFL and was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2020.
Brian Nowak practices architecture in Excelsior, MN and has been involved with community building since he moved to Minnesota in 1975. He started working on projects for 350.org in 2010; he was designing a net-zero home and sustainable community concept when he realized that individual green projects, while important, can’t make a big enough impact on climate change by themselves. He needed to tie his work to a larger movement and joined MN350 in the fall of 2011 to work on the campaign to stop the Keystone pipeline.
As Tar Sands Action Coordinator and then Education and Community Outreach leader for MN350, Brian has organized members to understand the massive negative effect of Tar Sands Oil on climate change and the relationship of the fossil fuel industries in trying prevent climate change reform through huge political contributions and climate denial advertising. Through education, organizing and action we can move forward to balance the place of humankind on earth.
Mr. Pilot is a proud enrolled member of Ho-Chunk Nation. Robert has an all Native American homeroom. He teaches Video Production and Co-Teaches Harding’s Award winning Drumline. Robert is Producer and Host of Native Roots Radio “I’m Awake” on AM950, Saturdays from 2-3pm.
Mr. Pilot graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Career Tech Ed. He began teaching at Harding High School in 1996. Mr. Pilot is married with two beautiful adult twin daughters. His passions include being a musician, protecting water and burial sites in Minnesota and across the country. Robert was a water protector at Standing Rock 3 times. The first time he camped at Standing Rock was with MN350’s sponsored student trip.
Mahyar Sorour is a member of the MN350 Coordinating Committee. She is an Iranian-American who grew up in Arden Hills, 20 minutes outside of the cities in the northern suburbs of Saint Paul. Mahyar attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she studied Biology, Society and the Environment, and minored in Public Health.
The intersection of health and environmental justice was introduced to Mahyar when she worked on engaging communities on the HERC garbage incinerator – a fossil fuel facility that continues to have a disastrous impact on the air quality in that community; a community almost exclusively of low-income people and people of color. She comes to this works as a grassroots organizer who hopes to achieve environmental justice in a way that is inclusive and offers transparency to the communities that bear the greatest impact of environmental racism.
Janiece is an established organizer for racial and environmental justice in the Twin Cities working on issues of air quality, public health, clean energy and zero waste and how they intersect with race, class and gender for over ten years. She has a BA in Political Science and Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota. Janiece is also a board member of Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
Janiece is a lifelong St. Paul resident but grew up with parents from the American South teaching her family’s history and the struggle for civil and human rights for African-American people. This has shaped the way she thinks about the world and her role in the continued fight for racial, gender and environmental justice. She works for Fresh Energy, a partner org to MN350.