SNCC, in Greenwood, Mississippi, Freedom Summer project in 1964. Came back to Greenwood in 1972 after law school to work for North Miss. Rural Legal Services.
The South gave me as much as I gave it. If there is one thing I took from my summer's work, it is that oppression creates a greater need for leadership and for personal competence. Individuals with these qualities arise from the community by earning the respect of their neighbors, and a movement lead by such people has a much greater demand on the public conscience than any corporate PR campaign or reactionary movement.
As to myself, I have practiced law, mostly representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, along with the occasional ACLU case, for the last 29 years. I also represent the 37th Legislative District--the most racially diverse in the State---in our State Senate in Olympia. I chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, and have run legislation on racial profiling, minority lending practices, and lots of other fun stuff. I'd love to hear from other vets.