The Gregory H. Finger Racial Justice Fellowship was launched in May 2010 in honor of former CCR Executive Director, long-serving Board member, and former Board Chair Greg Finger. The Fellowship will provide a stipend to a student with a strong commitment to public interest law and/or advocacy, and a demonstrated interest in working on CCR’s broad ranging racial justice docket.
Even before Greg came to CCR in 1971, he had an inspiring history of activism behind him. At CCR he worked daily to promote democratic principles and eradicate racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. CCR is honored to celebrate and remember Greg for his dedication to social justice and his commitment to “train the next generation of people’s lawyers.”
Greg had a deep seated belief in the connection between education and progressive social change. In addition to his many hours at CCR, he served as a head counselor and program director at Camp Thoreau in Walkill and established Camp Thoreau-in-Vermont, which he directed through 2004. A values-driven institution committed to diversity and progressive vision, Camp Thoreau-in-Vermont nurtured the development of many hundreds of young people.
Greg was also a member of the Shawangunk Valley Fire Company, serving as chief for six years, and annually taught several Emergency Medical Technician courses that prepared EMTs throughout the region. He was active in Gardiner town governance, serving as Emergency Management Coordinator, as a Town Board member and as chair of the Open Space Commission.
With his tenacious spirit and compassionate nature, Greg left an indelible mark in all the areas he worked. We are extremely grateful to both Greg and his wonderful wife Joan Hollister for endowing this fund during his lifetime. The Center is proud to carry on his legacy with the Gregory H. Finger Racial Justice Fellowship.
“Greg was a deeply political, loving and caring person. He was the glue that held us together over these 40 years. We miss him dearly.”
– CCR President Michael Ratner
“Greg was a warrior for justice for virtually all of his 65 years. He was a leader and supporter of CCR from 1971, as our first Executive Director, until his passing holding the post of Board Chair. To those of us who've worked closely with him for many years, he was more like the family member that we all wish we had more of. Full of love, energy and passion.”
– CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren