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Connections: Fred Tutman on how grassroots organizations can compete with corporate interests

May 29, 2018

What can small, grassroots groups do to stand up to corporate interests, especially when it comes to environmental issues? Fred Tutman is the riverkeeper and CEO of the Patuxent Riverkeeper organization. It's a nonprofit whose mission is to conserve, protect, and replenish the Patuxent river basin. Tutman calls himself a "grassroots troublemaker:" his work focuses on protecting the river from corporate pollution, and helping smaller, nonprofit groups ban together to fight corporate interests.

He'll be in Rochester next week as a guest of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, but first, he joins us on Connections. Our guests:

  • Fred Tutman, riverkeeper and CEO for the Patuxent Riverkeeper
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Dorian Hall, member of the PLEX neighborhood