For people used to reading green diaries here, RL Miller doesn't need much introduction. Here are just a few of her recent posts:
But as some of us writers realize from time to time, you also have to do some organizing to get your point across. And she's been doing a lot, within the confines of the California Democratic Party, where's she's now running for chair of the state environmental caucus.
California is as usual, going to be at the center of the environmental stage in years to come, especially as issues like fracking heat up. But what's great about RL is that she's made local issues out of national campaigns too--it's thanks to her that many local and county Democratic clubs in the Golden State have joined the divestment fight, for instance. And I understand she has the support not only of the great climate blogger David Roberts, but also of our own selfless fighter Meteor Blades.
One of the things the environmental movement let wither over the years was an organizing apparatus around the country--without it, it's hard to make progress within the Beltway, and we've had to fight even to make sure that we'll hold the votes of California congresspeople on issues like Keystone. That shouldn't ever be the case; we need to be counting on stalwarts on the west coast so we can make progress in the middle!
So, all in all, go RL!