Writer Irene Vilar came from a political family. Her mother, who devoted herself to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, spent decades in prison for political actions. Her family had two Episcopalian priests involved in liberation theology, a Latin American religious movement whose followers read the Bible as a Marxist text and struggled for social justice. Steeped in politics, she had no idea how much her vision of the world would change when she moved to Boulder in 1980 and learned about the environmental movement.
Universal demands for clean air, water and food inspired her. She thought that the struggle for the earth could unite communities with different experiences and political concerns.More »