Government failure to invest in and maintain basic infrastructure in low-income communities and Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color communities perpetuates the disproportionate exposure of these communities to environmental harms. In Centreville, Illinois, the poorest city in the state, Black community members are suffering from failing sewage infrastructure, inadequate flood prevention systems, and potentially contaminated drinking water. A newly formed community group—Centreville Citizens for Change—is fighting for housing and environmental justice with the support of Equity Legal Services, Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council, Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Join us for an interview with two community leaders.
Speakers: Walter Byrd, Co-President, Centreville Citizens for Change; Earlie Fuse, Centreville Resident; Nicole Nelson, Executive Director, Equity Legal Services; Kalila Jackson, Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council
Mar 20, 12pm
Climate solutions must address the legacy of pollution and promote racial and economic justice. In Michigan City, Just Transition NWI and the LaPorte County Chapter of the NAACP are fighting dirty, uneconomic coal plants and advancing a vision of a more sustainable economy that promotes the health of the community. This roundtable discussion will feature two leaders in the ongoing efforts including their advocacy, supported by Earthjustice, for the closure and cleanup of five coal ash ponds at the Michigan City Generating Station.
Speakers: Ashley Williams, Co-Founder, Just Transition NWI; La’Tonya Troutman, Environmental Climate Justice Chair-NAACP 3061; Co-Founder, Just Transition NWI; CEO, PRfect PR; Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Earthjustice
Artwork by Sanya Hyland
Earthjustice, the largest pro bono environmental litigation organization, is bringing its fighting power to the Midwest.
Join us to learn more about Earthjustice’s efforts alongside impacted communities and tribes to protect health, to preserve the region’s treasures, and combat climate change. Weinberg/Newton Gallery and Earthjustice will introduce you to our partnership and preview the upcoming programs.
Speakers: David Weinberg, Executive Director, Weinberg/Newton Gallery; Sam Sankar, Senior VP, Earthjustice; Patrice Simms, VP, Healthy Communities, Earthjustice; Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office, Earthjustice; Thom Cmar, Deputy Managing Attorney, Coal Program, Earthjustice
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Artwork by William Estrada
Mining and oil pipeline proposals across the Midwest pose grave threats to places of deep cultural, economic, and spiritual significance to regional Tribal Nations. The Menominee Tribe is fighting the proposed Back Forty gold mine, on the border of Michigan and Wisconsin, which is a direct threat to the Tribe's heritage. The Bay Mills Indian Community seeks to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline that currently runs along the lake bottom in the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Leaders from the Menominee Tribe and Bay Mills Indian Community will share stories of their historic connection and continued reliance on the area. The groups will discuss the strategies that they are using to protect cultural resources, the role of lawyers at Earthjustice and the Native American Rights Fund in these fights, and the importance of these efforts in championing the health of the environment for all communities.
Speakers: Whitney Gravelle, Tribal Attorney, Bay Mills Indian Community; David Grignon, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; President Bryan Newland, Bay Mills Indian Community; Dr. David Overstreet, Consulting Archaeologist to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Kayla Perron, Cultural Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club for Bay Mills Indian Community; Moderator: Gussie Lord, Managing Attorney, Tribal Partnerships
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