Pennie Opal Plant
Pennie Opal Plant is an Indigenous grandmother of Yaqui, Mexican, undocumented Choctaw and Cherokee and European descent. Born in the shadow of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA, she has been a protector and defender of the sacred system of life for over 35 years. She is co-founder, along with Shannon Biggs, of Movement Rights and is a founding member of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance. She is a signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty, along with Casey Camp-Horinek. Pennie is also the co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and continues as an advisor. She started the group, The Society of Fearless Grandmothers, which trains older women to be police liaisons and to nonviolently stand between law enforcement and younger people at direct actions. She lives near the Richmond Chevron Refinery with her husband, daughter, grandson, six chickens and two cats.
Casey Camp Horinek
In addition to her leadership as part of Movement Rights’ Board (see her full bio here), Casey Camp Horinek, Elder and Environmental Ambassador for the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, leads our Ponca Rights of Nature program, and co-leads our Intertribal Rights of Nature (IRON) forums, connecting tribal communities across Turtle Island interested in or actively working on passing Rights of Nature into tribal law.
Iris Rodriguez is an organizer, digital strategist, network producer, and artist from San Antonio, Texas. Her body of work sits at the intersection of social justice, digital strategy, and the arts with specific focus on environmental justice, family detention, decolonization, cultural arts, digital resistance, feminism, and public archives. She is the founder of Xica Media.
She is a graduate of the (former) Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a graduate of the Racial Justice Communications by the Praxis Project (National Labor College, Washington, D.C.) as well as the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.)