Garry Owens

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Garry Owens

Garry Owens... is a Seattle Washington activist.

Black radical

Garry Owens was born in Seattle’s Chinatown/ International District and lived in a number of Seattle neighborhoods before graduating from Franklin High School. As a senior in high school, Owens was impressed by and participated in the Seattle chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). After high school, he was drafted into the Army and his experiences in the South during his military tenure profoundly affected the way he saw discrimination in Seattle.

Out of the service in 1967, he returned to Seattle, began college at the University of Washington, and joined the Black Panther Party in 1968. A member of the Party from 1968 until 1972, he was particularly inspired by the kinds programs that the Party organized to help impoverished people, was a member of the Black Student Union on the UW campus, and spoke publicly about the mission of the Black Panther Party.[1]

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Garry Owens was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[2].

Letter to Holder and Obama

February 7, 2011, Seattle United Against FBI Repression, contacts: Ellen Finkelstein and Doug Barnes press release;

Local leaders and groups ask President Obama and U.S. Attorney General to end Grand Jury investigation of peace and solidarity activists...

More than 70 regional community leaders and organizations have signed an open letter calling on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to use their authority to "stop assaults on freedom of speech and association, to halt FBI entrapment, [and] to keep nonviolent activists from being sent to prison.” The letter was issued by Seattle United Against FBI Repression.

Signatories included Garry Owens, Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO).

Left Strategies Collective

The Left Strategies Collective was founded to create conversation within the Left around strategy development. Between 2013-2014, the Left Strategies Collective conducted a number of national calls bringing people together to talk about issues such as Worker Organizing in the 21st century, and Lessons from the Moral Mondays movement.

Left Strategies Collective members: Rishi Awatramani, Jake Carlson, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Jon Liss, Garry Owens, Biju Mathew, Merle Ratner, Claire Tran, Helena Wong.[3]

LELO personnel

LELO personnel, 2017;