Green Education and Legal Fund Inc. is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit dedicated to promoting the green values of nonviolence, ecology, democracy and justice.
Organized in 1998, the purposes of GELF include:
- to conduct research and education in furtherance of the green principles of ecology, grassroots democracy, non-violence, social and economic justice, decentralization, community economics, feminism, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and future focus;
- to provide training and education to individuals to enable them to increase their participation in the democratic process of governance, including developing alternative democratic models for increased citizen and community input into economic and political decisions that impact upon their quality of life;
- to develop and promote alternative models for organizing economic activity, including but not limited to cooperatives, worker ownership, community supported agriculture, monetary systems and Green business principles.
GELF has helped with issues such as calling to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant, composting, waste reduction, toxic wastes, opposing generic engineering of our food system, mobilizing opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting full public campaign finance reform.
GELF has sponsored the Green City Project, which envisions how to rebuild communities based on principles of sustainability. It completed reports for the City of Troy on solid waste, pesticides and composting.
Mark Dunlea, President
Mark recently stepped down as Executive Director of Hunger Action Network of NYS, for which he had worked since 1985 as the first staff person. A community organizer and long-time anti-poverty, food justice and peace advocate, Mark is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Law School. He is a member of Common Farms, an intentional community in Poestenkill where he and his wife have built their own passive solar home.
Mark is a member of the steering committee of 350 NYC. He was co-founder of New York and national Public Interest Research Group; Green Party of NY; Capital District Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Social Justice Center; and Hudson-Mohawk Independent Media Center. Mark is an avid community gardener, a member of the Brooklyn Food Coalition, and co-hosts City Watch, a public affairs radio show on Pacifica’s WBAI.
He is author of Madame President: The Unauthorized Biography of the First Green Party President.
Steve Breyman, Board Member
Steve is an Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Steve Breyman has a background in international relations, comparative politics, and political sociology. He most recently served a one-year post at the U.S. State Department Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance as a William C. Foster Fellow.
The fellowship with the U.S. State Department was a return to Breyman’s roots – he completed his dissertation on the West German anti-nuclear weapons movement of the 1980s – in European arms control.
He is author of Movement Genesis: Social Movement Theory and the West German Peace Movement and Why Movements Matter: The West German Peace Movement and US Arms Control Policy.