Judith Le Blanc
Judith Le Blanc, Director, Native Organizers Alliance is an enrolled member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma. The Native Organizers Alliance is a training and organizing network providing support for Native organizers, tribal governments and Native led non-profits through strategic campaign planning and capacity building trainings. It provides a forum for Native organizers and organizations to work in collaboration across communities in Indian Country, share best practices and elevate their local work among national allies.
Judith co-chaired the May 2016 Fertile Ground Planning Committee and co-edited the Fertile Ground II Growing the Seeds of Native American Health Final Report. The convening gathered 200 Native leaders, youth advocates, public health experts and members of the philanthropic community to share ideas, case studies and strategies for healthier Native communities.
In the early 1970s, Judith worked on behalf of the Wounded Knee Defense/Offense Committee on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 2002, Judith became a nationally recognized organizer and leader in the U.S. peace movement — a central organizer for numerous campaigns and mobilizations as a national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice, a national network of over 1,000 labor, community and faith organizations. From 2008-2015, she was the National Field Director of Peace Action, one of the oldest grassroots peace groups in the U.S. She led the Move the Money Campaign: a grassroots organizing campaign and national coalition effort to engage labor and community groups in trainings and projects for a just transition from dependency on the Pentagon budget for good paying jobs to a new, sustainable green economy.
Judith currently is the United Nations representative of the Indigenous World Association, a Native Non-Governmental Organization that lobbies the United Nations on behalf of indigenous peoples’ rights.