|Member of the Berkeley City Council|
from the 4th district
1992 – July 13, 2008
|Succeeded by||Jesse Arreguín|
|Born||January 22, 1953|
Plentywood, Montana, U.S.
|Died||July 13, 2008 (aged 55)|
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley (BA)|
Early life and education
Spring worked for many years as an activist devoted to causes such as disability rights, seniors, at-risk youth, poverty, the environment and animal rights. She used a wheelchair for much of her adult life due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Spring was elected to the Berkeley City Council in 1992 as a member of the Green Party of California. She served on the Alameda County Recycling Board from 1997 to 2001, including a stint as its president in 2001. She was elected to her fifth, and last, term to the Berkeley City Council in 2006 with 72% of votes cast. Her last act as a member of the city council was to pledge support for the tree-sitters during the University of California, Berkeley oak grove controversy.
Spring died in 2008, aged 55, at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, after being diagnosed with pneumonia. In July 2008, filmmakers Lindsay Vurek and Valerie Trost released a documentary film about Spring's life, Courage in Life & Politics - The Dona Spring Story.
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- Moll, Lucy "Who Profits?", Vegetarian Times. May 1989. P. 46.
- Taylor, Sunaura (2017). Beast of Burden: Animal and disability liberation. The New Press. p. Chapter 16. ISBN 1620971291.
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- "Berkeley Mourns Loss of Dona Spring, Fierce Advocate for the Environment, Justice, and Human and Animal Rights. Category: Extra from The Berkeley Daily Planet". www.berkeleydailyplanet.com. Retrieved 2020-04-29.
- "Green Focus | Dona Spring". www.cagreens.org. Retrieved 2020-04-29.