SRAP is excited to welcome two new members to our team: Mary Dougherty, senior regional representative, and Lia Kahan, impacted communities coordinator.
Mary joins our team with nearly a decade of experience fighting industrial livestock operations in her home state of Wisconsin. In 2015, she successfully stopped an incoming 26,000-head hog operation, a victory that opened doorways to community organizing. Mary, former president of Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, led a campaign for a statewide factory farm moratorium with over 60 cosponsors! She also created a factory farm toolkit and supported efforts to pass precedent-setting factory farm ordinances in Wisconsin.
Mary currently resides in Bayfield with her husband, Ted, and their three marginally-behaved pups, Aldo, Otis, and Stella.
Lia is an environmental justice organizer, hiker, and grassroots advocate living on unceded Naumkeag, Massa-adchu-es-et and Pawtucket land in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from the Midwest, Lia grew up between Flint and Detroit, Michigan, at the height of the water crises and witnessed firsthand the power of grassroots organizing, citizen science, and community care. Having worked with various communities on farmers’ rights and Indigenous sovereignty, Lia’s experience makes them a perfect fit for expanding the Food & Farm Network and reaching more communities of color.
Lia enjoys spending their free time hiking, cooking, learning Arabic, and exploring community gardens in Boston.
For more than 20 years, SRAP has served as a mobilizing force to help communities protect themselves from the damages caused by industrial livestock operations and to advocate for a food system built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience. Learn more at sraproject.org.