Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Dr. Sarra Tekola

BLM Phx Metro EJ Justice Coalition Coordinator, Co-Director of BLM Phx Metro | Phoenix Environmental Justice Coalition / Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro
Pronouns: They/Them
Sarra Tekola has a Ph.D. in Sustainability. They are a co-founder and co-director for Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro. They were a lead organizer in Divest UW, where they divested coal. They helped to start a “Block the Bunker” campaign in Seattle that blocked a police station from being built in a POC community. They started a campaign at ASU that won a multicultural center. Their activism has been featured in Democracy Now, CNN, Rolling Stone and was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “30 under 30” in 2016 and was a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow from 2018-2021.

Twitter: @blmphxmetro
Instagram: @sarratekola

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Countdown to Dystopia : Sonoran Desert Without Water

In this session, we will be focusing on the intricate reality of water. What is happening with the rivers, lakes, and groundwater in Arizona? For decades, the Sonoran Desert in 'Arizona' has been in drought... but what have the state institutions done about it? Have they been saving water or taking water from Indigenous tribes? We will discuss Arizona's water future or lack thereof and how communities of color will take on the brunt of the impacts. Finally, we will discuss climate justice solutions needed on the state and local levels.

Speakers: Dr. Sarra Tekola, jess