Hugh Esco, Community Organizing


Hugh Esco currently serves on the campaign staff of the Power to the People Committee, Cynthia McKinney for President 2008 campaign. He also served as an assistant to the former Congresswoman during her tenure in the U.S. Congress.

Hugh has been active with CURE since 2001, supporting the work with organizational development, participating in crafting its Supreme Court Amicus brief in the corporate resititution lawsuit brought by the Restitution Study Group and presenting on panels for CURE.

He has participated multiple times since 1990 in the Undoing Racism workshops offered by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. He credits the training of the People's Institute with whatever effectiveness he has enjoyed in his work for racial justice. Since participating in that training he has long worked to raise issues of racism and skin privilege in the white communities in which he organizes, and to build effective cross-the-color line coalitions among Greens and others.

Most recently he joined CURE's Speakers Bureau and is available to address groups on issues related to white people's work to deconstruct racism in our communities and on the crying need for reparations in our nation. Hugh believes that the work of CURE is vital to any just future possible for our nation.

Hugh Esco is principally active with the Georgia Green Party, which he helped found, and for whom he has run for public office four times: twice state-wide for Lieutenant Governor and twice for the Georgia General Assembly. He served four one year terms as the Secretary of the state Party (until 2001), and then as Executive Director and Political Coordinator for the Party, until 2004. He used his last three campaigns to address the urgent need to 'de-institutionalize racism in our culture'.