What a long, strange journey it’s been. Plains Justice sprang to corporate life in November 2006, when Joan Severson and I signed incorporation papers and I wrote a check for 20 bucks to the Iowa Secretary of State. It’s so easy to create a not-for-profit organization, and so hard to hang on for the wild ride that follows. But here we are, nearly four years later. There have been big victories for clean air and climate protection (no more new coal plants in Iowa!), and some tough setbacks (flood! robbery! death!). Many great staffers, consultants, board members and supporters have joined our ranks. We’re muddling our way through a killer recession, still growing and innovating, but with a little more awareness of the mortality of a modern NGO.
There are three offices now, working out this peculiar notion I have that advocates need to live with, know and (for the most part) love the people we serve to serve them well. It’s definitely not the easiest way to start or run an organization, but this is our DNA. Plains Justice exists because plainspeople deserve justice: true justice, that preserves our natural resources, heritage, communities and way of life.
Now I’m blogging because there’s so much to tell, so often, and this is a quick and dirty way to get the word out to anyone who’s following along. I’ll cross-post anything relevant with our Clean Energy Ambassadors network site and my REAMP blog. The goal is to blog at least a few times a week (I’m actually calendaring this task to force a little diligence), and I’d love to report on what’s happening in your group or individual work. Keep in touch!