Kent Minault will talk about community organizing around the Bull Run TVA power plant coal ash ponds and working with the victims of the Kingston TVA coal ash spill cleanup. He will also speak on electric vehicle charging stations in Los Angeles and Knoxville and their relation to energy equity.
Kent started out acting, touring with the award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. He joined the Diggers, organizing street rallies and serving daily free food in the park. They organized the first Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, a version of which is still there. In the 70s, he worked as an Actor/Organizer for the SF Art Commission. An acting career followed, and he worked with his union to defeat anti-union ballot measures.
He volunteered with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
After victory getting LA off coal, he joined the LA County Electric Bus Coalition and within a year got LA Metro to transition to electric buses by 2030. He organized three Electric Vehicle events in Watts and helped found the Watts Clean Air Committee, installing rooftop solar and helping residents enter union apprenticeship programs. He’s organizing an EV event in East Knoxville in collaboration with SEEED, a prominent EJ organization.