Founder & Core Organizer of the Soil Not Oil Coalition
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Miguel Robles is the Project Director of Biosafety Alliance & Founder/Core Organizer of the Soil Not Oil International conference; he had previously organized 4 editions of the “Justice Begins with Seeds Conference”. Artisan, poet, urban farmer, permaculture designer and activist, he has founded several organizations in Mexico and the US and launched countless campaigns of great social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization, democracy, human / immigrant rights and for long time focused on environment and food justice. He is a very well-known activist throughout the Latino / social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to present in conferences & community events about his work on immigrant rights, that included the creation of the first Response Alert Network in case of raids in 2007 and the implementation of City ID Cards for all residents (including undocumented immigrants), of San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond, that conducted to the implementation of the IDNYC. He was behind the campaign to stop the 30 days car impounding against unlicensed drivers in Northern California. Regarding his work on environment / Non-GMO advocacy, he was the field organizer for Spanish speakers in 2012 during the historic Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities. He is a strong supporter of the moratorium to prevent planting Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico and works closely with the leaders behind it. For years he hosted a weekly educational radio program in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in which he educated about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. After a few years living in Portland, Oregon, he has recently moved back to the San Francisco Mission District.