Mr. Johnson provides digital and web administration to the Berkeley office and to our campaign staff in the field. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2007, he worked for several years on the IT staff at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research in Chapel Hill. Also a composer and musician, Mr. Johnson has composed soundtracks for several award-winning documentary films and performs regularly in the Bay Area and across the U.S. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Intermedia Art from Mills College.
PRI's radio program The World recently aired a story that features Nubians displaced by the Aswan Dam who are keeping the culture of their region alive in song. The Aswan High Dam was constructed during the 1960s in order to provide electricity for Egypt, but it also created floods that forced the migration of over 120,000 Nubians from their ancient homeland into Egypt and Sudan. Tragically, today Nubians in Sudan are threatened yet again by the Kajbar Dam.
On August 22, 2011 I had the honor of participating in the International Day of Action to Defend the Brazilian Amazon, with a demonstration outside the Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco. The action was organized by Amazon Watch and International Rivers, and was one of many protests that took place that day in front of Brazilian Embassies and Consulates all over the world.A a relative newcomer to the International Rivers staff, this was my first opportunity to take action as part of the team and to stand in solidarity with the people who depend on a healthy Amazon ecosystem. The people of the Amazon need our help now more than ever as recent months have seen an accelerated assault on the Amazon, most notably with the approval of the massive Belo Monte Dam project and the commencement of dam construction on the Xingu River.
Protecting rivers and defending the rights of the communities that depend on them.
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