Haryaksha-Baba Knauer is an artist and laborer, registered Green since 1998. He was elected Chair of the Green Party of Yavapai County in August, 2017, and was elected Co-chair of the Arizona Green Party in January, 2020, serving until his resignation in May of 2021. Five times he has run for office, for County Supervisor, state representative, and U.S. Congress. He strives to manifest the GP core values of peace, candor and co-responsibility.
H-Baba’s life trajectory has taken him across continents and into the inner world of meditation. He married a New Orleans native in Jakarta, Indonesia; his daughter and grandson were both born in Austin, TX. He used to love flying, when flying was fun, and before he became aware of the perils of C02 emissions. On his most recent trip to E. Africa he hiked Kilimanjaro. (Next trip, to run the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, it’ll be by slow boat, as an alternative to flying.) In 1983, during Ronald Reagan’s dirty wars in Central America, he moved for a while to Auroville, the international township in S. India.
He has always eschewed business-as-usual. To reduce our carbon footprint he advocates cutting back on rampant consumption, as an effective direct action. The “Inagaddadavida” smorgasbord offers alternatives to Babylon, and showcases Green Party candidates.
Back in the mid-80’s a roommate tagged him a Cosmic Bumpkin. He was working with horses in show barns and in riding academies. Later in NY he groomed and hotwalked at Belmont Racetrack. (At Saratoga in 1992 his horse won the Travers Stakes.) For a brief season he groomed with the Big Apple Circus. On the Lower East Side he served as president of the Uranian Phalanstery 1st NY Gnostic Lyceum. He has also chopped in various vegetarian restaurants in NY and CA, and worked in Alaska as a welder’s helper and bullcook.
On the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run he carried the torch all over the U.S., and in 1993 he ran with the team halfway across Venezuela from his hometown Maracaibo to Caracas. During the last of 17 years that he worked in the Cosanti and Arcosanti bronze bell foundries and gardens here in AZ, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World. He has trimmed on a pot farm, and someday aspires to build a People’s Palace with greenhouses for growing our own food.
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