Participants/ Bryan Parras

Founder, TEJAS, Houston

Bryan Parras has utilized a combination of old media and new media mediums to help educate and advocate for frontline communities fighting for environmental justice. Parras comes from a multigenerational family of organizers, educators and impacted communities from TEJAS and has dedicated his adult life to utilizing creative organizing techniques to imagine just transitions into sustainable futures. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Gulf Coast Fund, the Environmental Support Center and TEJAS. Parras has also received recognition and awards for his digital media work including the Gulf Coast Fellowship for Community Transformation in 2008, Bridge The Gulf Fellow 2012 and the Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for his work organizing the Librotraficante Caravan in 2012.  In 2013, he was selected by the Texas Observer as a Tyrannt's Foe and in 2014, Parras was selected as a Change Maker in the 60th Anniversary Issue.  Much of Parras' work has focused on the Gulf Coast and Southwest.  He helped organize the Gulf Coast Peace and Dignity Run from Louisiana to Houston and continues to co-produce Nuestra Palabra's radio show on KPFT, 90.1. Parras studied Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been trained by Augusto & Julian Boal as a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator. He has made presentations at various national Pedagogy & Theater of the Oppressed (TO) conferences and worked with communities in Buffalo, Chattanooga and Harlingen. He has also given presentations and facilitated workshops across the globe for church groups, non-profits and international networks.