Roger Lauen

SNCC 1964
Current Residence: Bainbridge Island
WA 98110
Phone: 206.780.2400

Tesitmony: The Mississippi Summer Project was a powerful and permanent jolt to my social consciousness. It cemented my commitment to social and institutional change for years thereafter. I just wish that similar movement activities were available today for young people in the 15 to 25 years of age category. Young people need to be involved in radical social movement activities during their formative years, before they decide to "settle down."

After 1964, I worked in civil rights actions in Minnesota, community organizing in Colombia (Peace Corps), community organizing in working class neighborhoods in Chicago (Saul Alinsky), community organizing for neighborhood health clinics in Denver, community organizing for and with Mexican farm workers in Ft. Lupton, Colo, and then got involved in the issues of the criminal justice system. I worked in adult corrections reform from 1973 to about three or four years ago. I still do some paid consulting but mostly volunteer advocacy work.

It's been a fascinating time (1964 to the present). We didn't get it all done by any means, but we did make a difference. I've got many years left and am ready and willing to go at it some more.

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