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

Yolanda Matthews

Climate Justice Organizer | Puget Sound Sage
Yolanda Matthews (she/her) is a Climate Justice Organizer at Puget Sound Sage in Seattle, WA. She was raised by a working class single Mom in Boston, MA, and brings 7+ years of organizing experience including youth organizing, climate justice and food justice. Yolanda currently serves as a board member with Sage sister EJ org Got Green, was an inaugural board member with the City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board (SBT CAB), and fellowshipped with Rainier Valley Corps as a member of their 2017-2019 cohort.

Presentations from Facing Race 2020

Energy Justice is Racial Justice

This session will examine community organizing and advocacy strategies in Atlanta and Seattle to defend the right to energy in the face of utility shutoffs during wildfires and the pandemic, and advance a renewable energy future in the long term. Atlanta and Seattle are two of the cities taking part in the national effort called 100% Equitable and Renewable Cities Initiative that puts community-based organizations at the center of policy planning for renewable energy to confront the climate crisis.

Speakers: Leah Obias, Chandra Farley, Yolanda Matthews