Erik Olson Fernández
Erik Olson Fernández has many years of experience organizing for nonviolent social change as a Community Organizer and in the labor movement as an Organizer, Labor Representative, and Field Director with public education and health care unions. Motivated by the experiences of growing up with a single mother from Mexico, he has a long commitment to economic and social justice through nonviolent resistance. Like Gandhi, Erik has a law degree but has instead focused and devoted his life to organizing workers and community residents for justice. He is currently working to create Nuevo SNCC, the modern equivalent of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a project that seeks to revive SNCC’s nonviolent legacy to challenge today’s human rights violations around the right to education. Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. He is also on the boards of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and California Church IMPACT.
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VideosMy Trip to the Land of Gandhi: A Mexican-American's Journey to the Legacy of Nonviolent Resistance
My Trip to the Land of Gandhi: A Mexican-American’s Journey to the Legacy of Nonviolent Resistance is a memoir about a Mexican mother’s son growing up in poverty in America and his pursuit of the human right to education through the legacy of Gandhian nonviolence. democracy. Erik Olson Fernández’s journey and his strategic insights are a call to action to finish the “unfinished business” of the 1960s with a nonviolent struggle for the human right to quality free public education in th
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