Ms. Elioseff was active as Projects Coordinator with the Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention from 1996 through 2002. With GHASP, she advocated for clean air in the Houston and Texas region, focusing on reducing pollution sources, alerting the public to high-ozone counts, and generally educating the public about the health risks and economic harm from air pollution. In working for air quality, she saw that political channels could help, and became active in organizing and expanding the Green Party in Texas. In 2002, she ran for Texas Agriculture Commissioner on the Green Party ticket. Seeing the need to get better alternative information more broadly distributed, she served on the Local Advisory Board of KPFT, the Pacifica Network station in Houston (1992-98), and the Board of Trustees for the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (1995-2001). She also worked on the environmental connections to human rights protection (organizing Houston’s 1998 celebration of the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and sustainable economic development (as a member of the local planning committee for the 1990 “Other Economic Summit” in Houston). Finally, she put these ideas into personal practice through her philosophy (sitting with the Houston Zen Community and Insight Meditation Houston, and helping to found the Margaret Austin Center) and lifestyle (keeping to a vegetarian diet).
Interview InformationJuly 2005 through February 2006
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