Shontaé Cannon-Buckley is the Member Relations Manager at US Climate Action Network, of which LNS is a member, and recently was the lead organizer of the 2024 Midwest Regional Meeting, at which union members and climate and environmental justice organizers shared knowledge and built power for a sustainable midwest and beyond.

Shontaé Cannon-Buckley’s life’s work and goal centers around abolition and ending mass incarceration in the United States. Shontaé had led campaigns around environmental justice in the City of Buffalo and Turtle Island (United States) at large, working for the past 10 years to reduce harm in all walks of life whether that be to the earth or carceral individuals. She believes we have to have sustainable and well resourced options while continuing to grow and build, and must do whatever we can to prioritize all life. To this end, Shontaé advocates we must reduce, reuse, relearn and transform to end climate change and other systems of harm. She believes in organizing at the intersections of embodied leadership, healing justice and political education. Shontaé resides in Buffalo, New York with her family and array of pets; she states her best work has come as a mother, to Nayeli and Walter-Orlu. Shontaé will always use her voice and actions to better her children’s future and the seventh generation to come.