Activist Video Archive

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Peter Douglas

Part One

Part Two

Peter Douglas is the first environmental activist we have profiled at the Activist Video Archive. Peter wrote the law protecting the California Coast, and was longtime Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission. We had known about Peter and his work informally, but made him a priority for our oral history interviews after Alan Sieroty told us about the breadth of his work, and his vulnerable health. Peter was hired by Alan to write the legislation which eventually became the Coastal Act and established the Coastal Commission in the 1970's. We spent a day with Peter last month. He died less than four weeks later. We are indebted to him for making our project a priority, and are proud to feature our interview with him. In an LA Times Op Ed on April 8th by David Helvarg, he is referred to as "The Savior of the Coast." We have compiled excerpts from the interview, and you can see them to the left.


“Everything that is tearing us down today will become a memory, and this memory will be shared as an anecdote or a story or a poem or a play or a warning. It will be shared with another human being, who will then understand that he is not alone in his sadness. This is why we show up for others and tell our tales and listen to others. The great congregation meets daily, and you are someone’s angel today.”

-Tennessee Williams/Interview with James Grissom

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