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Maritza Arrastia is a writer, activist, and popular educator. She is a member of Sustaining All Life and is committed to supporting unity and effective action in the Climate Justice movement in many ways, including sharing effective tools for listening when we disagree that she has learned over many years of practicing peer counseling. She teaches classes and workshops for people of color, immigrants, and others to listen better to each other in order to reclaim more of our flexible thinking. She is a member of the May First/People-Link leadership committee and is committed to contributing to the revolutionary use of technology. She is a New York Writers Coalition Workshop leader and is committed to contributing to every one having a voice.