Roberta Booth 1929-2003

"I'm not looking at our situation as a losing battle.
I'm looking at ours as a long fought, hard fighting, winning battle."

Roberta Booth, 1998.

In 1998, at the front gates of Georgia-Pacific in Columbus, Booth speaks to environmentalists from Ohio, Colorado, New York, Montana, Lousiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

"We can't fill her shoes, but we can walk her path."

Dr. William Talley III, Pastor
Columbus Bible Way Church, Columbus
July 25, 2003


Above left: Ohio Citizen Action's 25th anniversary party in Cincinnati, December 12, 2000. Sandy Buchanan, Ohio Citizen Action; Marilyn Wall, Ohio Sierra Club, environmental attorney Dave Altman, and Roberta Booth.
Above right: In Columbus, Booth accepts Ohio Citizen Action's leadership award at the organization's 20th Anniversary event.

Jul 23:  Roberta Booth 1929-2003
Neighborhood activist won fight against plant

Roberta Booth in 2001

COLUMBUS -- "Roberta Booth launched her battle against a Georgia-Pacific plant during a meeting with two friends in her basement. Roberta Booth led her South Side neighborhood in an often lonely fight against the corporate giant Georgia-Pacific, ultimately winning a $22 million settlement. Booth, 74, died Sunday night after battling cancer for nearly four years. Doctors originally thought she wouldn’t live a year. 'Oh, my Lord, she was a fighter,' said Doris Monroe, her friend of many years. 'I can’t hardly find words to describe it.' Booth lived to see the South Side Community Action Association win an out-of-court settlement from Georgia-Pacific in October 2001. The resolution allows plant neighbors to submit claims for health and property damages related to a Sept. 10, 1997, explosion at the plant," Jim Woods, Columbus Dispatch.

COLUMBUS -- Woman who organized fight against Georgia Pacific dead at 74, Associated Press.

Roberta Booth's son, Mike Jones, is a member of the Ohio Citizen Action's statewide Board of Directors.