Thomas Pearce, based in the Louisville area, is Co-Chair of the American Indian Movement of Indiana and Kentucky. He has been organizing solidarity rallies for the trans-national Indian movement Idle No More.
He has been closely associated with the Maoist leaningFreedom Road Socialist Organization since his leadership of the Progressive Student League, the Louisville Kentuckyaffiliate of Freedom Road’s Progressive Student Network, in the late 1980’s.
Thomas Pearce helped design the “Columbus was Lost” button, back in 1992:
- It became a big fat hit among young anti-racist activists. It (and a companion tee-shirt) were designed and produced locally in Louisville, KY by Average Tom Pearce, a young American Indian Movement activist (who is still at it today, almost a quarter century later). Those buttons and shirts, along with the Columbus Discovered America—NOT tee-shirts designed by graphix ace ERK were mainstays on the Freedom Road and Progressive Student Network lit tables that year.
As a leader of the state Sierra Club affiliate Thomas Pearce has been an effective enemy of Kentucky’s vital coal industry. In 2011, he helped shut down a proposed coal terminal near the Ohio River in West Paducah.