Jeanne Gauna was a politician and environmental-justice activist. Guana was also the co-founder of the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), a prominent environmental and economic justice organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Guana's social consciousness and political activism did not recognize geographical boundaries. Sher supported struggles for liberation in such countries as Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, South Africa, and Palestine.
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