Ted Glick has devoted 51 years of his life to the progressive social change movement. After a year of student activism as a sophomore at Grinnell College in Iowa, he left college in 1969 to work full time against the Vietnam War. As a Selective Service draft resister, he spent 11 months in prison. In 1973 he co-founded the National Committee to Impeach Nixon and worked as a national coordinator on grassroots street actions around the country, keeping the heat on Nixon until his August, 1974 resignation.
Since late 2003 Ted has played a national leadership role in the effort to stabilize our climate and for a renewable energy revolution. He was a co-founder in 2004 of the Climate Crisis Coalition and in 2005 coordinated the USA Join the World effort leading up to December 3rd actions during the United Nations Climate Change conference in Montreal. In May, 2006 he began working with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and was CCAN National Campaign Coordinator until his retirement in October, 2015. He is currently working as a volunteer with the group Beyond Extreme Energy, which he co-founded in 2014, as well as several groups in New Jersey
Since the 1970’s Ted has been actively involved in community organizing efforts around environmental, tenant rights, community development and racial justice issues in Brooklyn, N.Y. and northern New Jersey. On a national scale he has been a leader in coalition-building and independent politics efforts. From 1995 to 2005, he was the National Coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network.
He has participated in and led hundreds of actions. He has been arrested 24 times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, including 11 times since October, 2006 on climate and climate justice issues.
As the national coordinator of the People’s Alliance, he helped to organize the 1980 People’s Convention of several thousand people on the devastated Charlotte St. area in the South Bronx and a march of 15,000 people to Madison Square Garden just before the Democratic Convention. In 2002 he was a primary organizer of the April 20th, 80,000-person march in Washington, D.C. against the militaristic and repressive response of the Bush administration to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Also in 2002, he was a Green Party of New Jersey candidate for U.S. Senate.
Over the years, Ted’s commitment to social justice has led him to partake in 20 extended fasts, six of which were for more than a month, including the Climate Emergency Fast in the fall of 2007 and two fasts in 2009. During the Climate Emergency Fast he ate no solid food for 107 days as part of an effort to get Congress to pass strong climate legislation.
His prolific writing on the movement to which he devotes his life includes his 2000 book, “Future Hope: A Winning Strategy for a Just Society,” and his column, “Future Hope,” which has been distributed nationally since 2000. In late 2009 he finished a book manuscript, “Love Refuses to Quit: Climate Change and Social Change in the 21st Century,” which is posted elsewhere on this website. In 2020 his latest book, “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned from My Years of Nonviolent Resistance During the Vietnam War,” will be published. The book is a semi-autobiographical account of the draft resistance movement, particularly the Catholic Left component of it, between 1968 and 1973.