Colia Clark: We Are Standing on Hallowed Ground

March 27, 2013

“I am because we are!”

In this video, Colia Clark recounts the radical untold history of fierce abolitionism in Troy, New York and beyond. This was the opening night of a convergence called “Changing the Climate: (r)Evolution for social and environmental justice” organized by Ecosocialist Horizons. Her speech was the keynote of the launch of the national book tour for “Maroon the Implacable” by political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz on March 22, 2013 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. (

Colia Clark is a long time activist and educator, and a veteran of the civil rights movement. Her work has included activism in the fields of women’s rights and workers’ rights, as well as activism and advocacy for homeless people and youth. She worked with the Cynthia McKinney for President campaign with “Power to the People.” Clark is a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu Jamal. During the Civil Rights era, Colia Clark was a Special Assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field Secretary for the NAACP. Ms. Clark has recently been active in humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti. She believes that the rebuilding of Haiti starts with the removal of occupying troops from the UN and the US.