Pennie Opal Plant
Pennie Opal Plant is and Indigenous grandmother of Yaqui, Mexican, European and undocumented Choctaw and Cherokee descent. Born in the shadow of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA she has been a leader in her community fighting for justice following the explosion of that facility in 2012. She is co-founder, along with Shannon Biggs, of Movement Rights. She has been an activist for over 35 years on anti-nuclear, environmental and indigenous rights. Her current work includes assisting communities and tribal nations in aligning human laws with the natural laws of Mother Earth in order to confront corporate power that is harming life. She is a founding member of Idle No More SF Bay, and a signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty. Pennie also is a founding member of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance and has been deeply involved in promoting the Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth. She lives near the Richmond Chevron refinery, is the wife of actor and artist Michael Horse, and happily lives with her husband, daughter, grandson, two cats and four chickens.