John “Akasha” Dolato, Jr. 1956–2009

Friends with Akasha's Leaf
Friends with Akasha’s Leaf

John (also known as Akasha/Akacia/Taz) overcame life-long challenges with mental illness and stress to be a supportive leader in a tree-sitter community that successfully protected ancient forests in California and Oregon. Yet again facing impending homelessness on Seattle streets he died by suicide on January 11, 2009.

His Leaf is at All Pilgrims Church, in his old stomping grounds of Capitol Hill.  If you have photos or memories of him, please post a comment.

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