Antioch University New England’s Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program (EAOP) announced today that master’s candidate Morey Burnham will serve as a fellow with the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). This fellowship program is the first of its kind with the Progressive Caucus.
“We are pleased to see this partnership enter its second year,” CPC Co-Chair and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) noted. “Antioch New England’s Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program graduate students will help caucus members address a wide variety of urgent public policy challenges from the local to the international levels.”
Burnham will work with Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), who chairs the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. Congressman Grijalva also serves as vice-chair of the progressive caucus and heads its environment task force and has been recognized as a leader in environmental conservation by the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife.
Last year’s Antioch fellow, Crystal Heide, researched the potential impacts of U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff’s decision to waive 36 laws and regulations—including the Safe Water Drinking Act and the Clean Air Act—to begin construction of 267 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Based on Heide’s research, Congressman Grijalva introduced the Borderlands Conservation and Security Act, which would overturn Secretary Chertoff’s waivers, citing concerns about community and environmental safety, and regional economic health in border town areas, as well as U.S. Constitutional rights.
“This fellowship is a great opportunity to put the skills, knowledge, and theory I have been studying to good use—to take it out of the classroom and into the real world,” said Burnham. “I look forward to working in Representative Grijalva’s office where I hope to make a meaningful contribution while pursuing my interest in public policy.” The focus of Burnham’s fellowship work will be on outreach to progressive and environmental groups across the country, with some policy work included.
“We look forward to extending this ground-breaking, educational partnership between Members members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Antioch University New England,” underscored CPC Co-Chair and Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
Antioch Environmental Advocacy and Organization Program faculty member Abigail Abrash Walton adds, “The Fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for ANE students and graduates to enhance their skills and learning through public service. We are thrilled to continue this collaboration with the CPC.”
About Morey Burnham: Morey hails from West Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English literature, Morey worked on an organic coffee farm in Hawaii, was a volunteer English teacher for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford and in China with WorldTeach. He spent last summer in Belize, working with Sustainable Harvest International on sustainable agriculture and community development projects. During his studies at Antioch New England, Morey also worked on advocacy projects for the Western Shoshone Defense Project and the New Hampshire Rivers Council.
About the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives established the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in the early 1990s “to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society.” U.S. Representatives Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) serve as co-chairwomen of the 72-member caucus, the largest bloc of Democrats and independents in the House. Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) are both members of the Caucus.