2005 GJEP Board meeting in Vermont. Soren is third from left, to his right is his wife Njoki Njehu. Also pictured, from left to right, Anne Petermann, Ann Lipsitt, Karen Pickett, Lesley Adams and Orin Langelle. Photo: Orin Langelle/ Photolangelle.org
We at GJEP are deeply grieved to announce the passing of Soren Ambrose from complications of COVID. Soren, a wonderful friend, outstanding organizer and powerful enemy of the ruling elite, was also a founding board member of GJEP and helped the organization navigate the waters of social and ecological justice work for the past 17 years.
Soren formerly worked with the 50 Years is Enough Network and was a leading organizer and strategist for the anti-corporate globalization movement of the early 2000s, especially A16, the April 16, 2000 shutdown of Washington, DC during the annual meetings of the World Bank. This protest was the first major protest since the shutdown of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings in Seattle on November 30, 1999.
GJEP co-founder Orin Langelle met Soren through his work in Central America in the latter 1990s. Prior to Soren joining the Board of GJEP, Orin served on the Board of the 50 Years is Enough Network. About Soren’s passing, Orin writes,
“It’s hard for me to say what is on my mind,” said Orin Langelle, GJEP co-founder. “Soren was my friend for the quarter of a century that I knew him and he was so many things to me for so many reasons. I can’t pay him tribute enough. I am heartbroken knowing Soren’s physical presence is not with us.”
We miss him. Even though he was on the other side of the planet, his presence was always felt.
Besides being a good friend, he was an important voice on our board calls, his experience and deep wisdom offering so much to our conversations and decisions.
The board and staff of Global Justice Ecology Project send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Njoki Njehu and his mother and father in Chicago.
From a post by Soren’s closest friends and family:
Here is one of Soren’s last pieces of writing:
In the midst of the pandemic, why is the IMF still pushing austerity on the Global South?
Despite its own warnings, the International Monetary Fund is risking another ‘lost decade’ for development.