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Aug. 31, 2022

“Feel the fear and do it anyway” (w/ Rachel Dawn Davis of Waterspirit)

If you can see how big, seemingly-intractable national and international issues impact your local community, what do you do? 

For Rachel Dawn Davis, community activist and public policy and justice organizer with Waterspirit, the answer has been to search for intersections and connections between myriad local and national causes and do…whatever needs to be done. Between her work with veterans, her environmental activism, and her work in her community and New Jersey more broadly, she’s built advocacy and connecting communities into a lifelong habit and career. Find out how she approaches her work, where she finds opportunities, and how you can do the same!


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Rachel Dawn Davis

Rachel is the Public Policy and Justice Organizer for Waterspirit, a nonprofit center for spiritual ecology sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. She has spent the past 12 years building successful campaigns, developing nonprofits and coalitions, legislatively advocating to protect Earth's precious resources, and linking support systems for veterans of all conflicts. She finds renewal in temperate forests and streams.