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Bay Area activist dies in car accident in Uganda

This just in, via an e-mail from the Impact Fund — renowned environmental justice activist Luke Cole of San Francisco has died in a car accident while abroad:

We have lost a champion for justice. Our dear friend and Board member, Luke Cole, was killed in a car accident while on a sabbatical in western Uganda on June 5. Details of the accident are sketchy, and we are keeping our fingers crossed for his surviving wife Nancy Shelby who was injured to an unknown degree.

Luke was one of the founders of the environmental justice movement, and the Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. No date has yet been set for a memorial.

Per the CRPE’s Web site, Cole has represented community groups across the nation in their struggles for environmental justice, and taught seminars at the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; and UC-Hastings Law School.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR

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