Overview: Discuss the origins of Climate Justice and the concept as applied to the U.S. What are the major debates about Climate Justice? What are the communities that are affected? What are the major initiatives that can help prevent climate injustice and what can be done to improve existing strategies? How can activists, policy makers, communities, and on-the-ground services like law enforcement and medical services work together?Moderator: Theodore Ross, Features Director, New Republic
Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Co-founder and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED)
Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Mustafa Ali, Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice
Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives, WEACT
Mustafa Santiago Ali has been a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator on Social Justice and Environmental Justice issues for the past 17 years. During that time Mustafa has worked with communities on both the domestic and international front to secure environmental, health and economic justice. He currently serves as an Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Environmental Justice.
Dr. Cecilia Martinez is the co-founder and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED). Dr. Martinez previously held positions as Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware, Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University and Research Director at the American Indian Policy Center.
Jacqui Patterson is the Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to a Jamaican immigrant father and an African American mother from Mississippi. She attended Boston University where she gained a Bachelors in Special Education while working in the Boston shelter system and participating in the “Housing Now” movement. During her 3.5 year term as a volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Jamaica she worked with the Community Environmental Resource Center which began due to the contamination of the Harbour View community water supply by the neighboring Shell Company plant.